Azam Khan Swati

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Azam Khan Swati
اعظم خان سواتی
Azam Khan Swati - 2018 (cropped).jpg
Azam Khan Swati in 2018
Minister of Narcotics Control
In office
6 April 2020 – 10 December 2020
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Preceded byImran Khan
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
In office
18 April 2019 – 6 April 2020
Prime MinisterImran Khan
DeputyAli Muhammad Khan
Preceded byIjaz Shah
In office
2008 – 17 December 2011
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Succeeded byIshfaq Ahmad
Pakistani Senator from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Assumed office
12 March 2018
In office
22 March 2003 – 17 December 2011
Federal Minister for Railways
In office
11 December 2020 – 10 April 2022
Personal details
Born (1956-06-22) 22 June 1956 (age 66)
CitizenshipPakistani
American (renounced)[1]
Political partyJamiat Ulema-i-Islam (2002–2011)
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (2011–present)
Alma materUniversity of Houston
ProfessionPolitician

Azam Khan Swati (Pashto: اعظم خان سواتی) (born 8 December 1947) is a Pakistani politician and a businessman who served as the Federal Minister for Science and Technology[2] and member of Senate of Pakistan from 2006 to 2011. He is the elected senior vice president of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.[3] Swati, during his stay in the United States, owned a chain of stores, was a member of Pakistani American Congress, played important role in high-profile charity events. He was born in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. He joined the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam. Azam Khan Swati resigned from the Senate and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, on Saturday 17 December 2011, joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).[4] Swati had pursued the Hajj corruption case in the Supreme Court relentlessly, which ultimately forced the government to sack former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi.[citation needed] In 2018 Senate election he was again elected as a senator on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ticket.[5] He has served as Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs from 18 April 2019 to 6 April 2020 in cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Early life and business[edit]

Azam Khan was born in Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[citation needed] Initially, he started his career as a practicing lawyer in Karachi but then left for the US in 1978.[citation needed] In 1997 he established Pak-Oil Company and acquired a jobber-ship for Exxon, Chevron, Mobil, Shell and Diamond Shamrock.[citation needed] Besides fuel distribution and wholesale business[citation needed] he has handsome investments in real estate in the Beaumont-Golden Triangle area[citation needed] as well as in the bordering state of Louisiana.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

He has a degree of Bs . economics & political science[citation needed], LL.B, LL.M of International Law from University of Houston. Dr. of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 1990 and then passed Texas Bar and became attorney-at-law in Texas, US.[6]

Politics[edit]

Mr. Swati moved back to his home country of Pakistan in 2001 and got elected as a mayor of District Mansehra. In 2003 after President Musharaf announced the Referendum, Mr. Swati voluntarily resigned from mayorship and thereafter when the Senate election was announced, he was elected senator with the highest number of votes as an independent candidate. After getting elected he joined JUI-F. He took on to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl party. Mr. Swati was again elected for a second term in the Senate on the JUI ticket. Azam Khan Swati resigned from the Senate and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), on Saturday 17 December 2011, joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). After joining PTI he was elected senior vice president of PTI and lead the party historical Dharna by playing a pivotal role in making it successful. Due to his political contribution, Mr. Swati was nominated president of PTI for the province of KPK. In May 2015 he was awarded the PTI ticket for Senate and was for the 3rd time elected as senator. Mr. Swati's biggest contribution was the establishment of Hazara University in his home District Mansehra along with standing against corruption on every level and through every forum in Pakistan. He was also the member of Standing Committee on Commerce, Functional Committee on Government Assurance, Functional Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas, Standing Committee on Health, Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources, Committee on Information Technology, Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Standing Committee on Federal Education, Standing Committee on Food Security, Standing Committee on Legislation and Library Committee.[citation needed]

In December 2020, He was appointed as Federal Minister for Railways.

Assets[edit]

He is ostensibly one of the richest parliamentarians in the history of Pakistan in terms of wealth formally declared and taxed of $20.5m, with fellow PTI member Jehangir Khan Tareen also having a high official declared wealth. Swati's declared assets are:[7]

  • Rs 250m Abbottabad house
  • Rs 0.45m another Abbottabad house;
  • 10 plots worth Rs 12m in Bahria Town
  • Rs 13 million of worth 8 plots in Top City
  • Rs 11m four plots;
  • Total current assets US$4.8m including personal banks accounts, note receivable etc.;
  • US$15m worth fixed assets including real estate, 46% equity in Swati Enterprises and 100% equity in Swati Investment co.
  • Other assets worth US$0.59m include household furniture, jewelry etc.
  • His liabilities are US$5.2m.
  • He is a taxpayer in the USA since 1979 and taxpayer in Pakistan as well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hegstrom, Edward (12 May 2003). "The World in Houston: Success spans the globe". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  2. ^ Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Biography
  3. ^ Imran vows to make ‘corrupt’ rulers accountable Archived 10 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Azam Swati quits JUI-F, Senate - Pakistan - DAWN.COM".
  5. ^ Khan, Iftikhar A. (4 March 2018). "PML-N gains Senate control amid surprise PPP showing". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  6. ^ "State Bar of Texas | Find A Lawyer | Mohammad Azam Swati". www.texasbar.com. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  7. ^ Azam Khan Swati resigns from Senate, quits JUI-F