Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi

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Pervaiz Elahi
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14th and 19th Chief Minister of Punjab
Assumed office
27 July 2022
GovernorMuhammad Baligh Ur Rehman
Preceded byHamza Shahbaz
In office
29 November 2002 – 18 November 2007
GovernorKhalid Maqbool
Preceded byShehbaz Sharif
Succeeded byEjaz Nisar (Acting)
Governor of Punjab (Acting)
In office
18 August 2018 – 5 September 2018
Preceded byRafique Rajwana
Succeeded byMohammad Sarwar
Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan
In office
25 June 2012 – 16 March 2013
PresidentAsif Zardari
Prime MinisterPervez Ashraf
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byVacant
Federal Minister for Industries
In office
3 May 2011 – 16 March 2013
PresidentAsif Ali Zardari
Prime MinisterRaja Pervez Ashraf
AdvisorMuhammad Basharat Raja
Senior Minister Cabinet of Pakistan
In office
May 2011 – June 2012
PresidentAsif Ali Zardari
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Federal Minister for Defence Production
In office
May 2011 – June 2012
PresidentAsif Ali Zardari
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Leader of the Opposition Pakistan
In office
10 April 2008 – 16 September 2008
PresidentPervez Musharraf
Muhammad Mian Soomro
Asif Ali Zardari
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded byFazal-ur-Rehman
Succeeded byNisar Ali Khan
Leader of the Opposition Punjab (Acting)
In office
1993–1996
LeaderShehbaz Sharif
Provincial Minister of Punjab for Local Bodies and Rural Development
In office
1985–1993
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
1 June 2013 – 31 May 2018
ConstituencyNA-105 (Gujrat-II)
In office
17 March 2008 – 16 March 2013
ConstituencyNA-58 (Attock-II)
Member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab
Assumed office
15 August 2018
ConstituencyPP-30 (Gujrat-III)
In office
25 November 2002 – 17 November 2007
ConstituencyPP-292 (Rahimyar Khan-VIII)
In office
18 February 1997 – 12 October 1999
18 October 1993 - 17 November 1996
5 November 1990 - 28 June 1993
30 August 1988 - 6 August 1990
ConstituencyPP-94 (Gujrat)
In office
12 March 1985 – 30 May 1988
ConstituencyPP-28 (Gujrat)
Personal details
Born (1945-11-01) 1 November 1945 (age 76)[1]
Gujrat, Punjab Province (British India)
NationalityPakistani
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (Q)
Other political
affiliations
Pakistan Muslim League (N) (before 2002)
Children2 including Moonis Elahi
RelativesSee Chaudhry family
Alma materForman Christian College University

Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi (Punjabi, Urdu: چوہدری پرویز الہی) (born 1 November 1945) is a Pakistani politician who is the 19th and current Chief Minister of Punjab, in office since July 27, 2022. He has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab since August 2018.

He served as the first and only Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2013. After a successful campaign in the 2002 general elections, he became the Chief Minister of Punjab and held this position until 2007. In 2008, he served as the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan for short time. He was a member of the National Assembly from 2008 to May 2018. He has also been the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab from 2018 to 2022. He is the president of the Punjab Division of Pakistan Muslim League (Q).

Early life and education[edit]

Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi was born 1 November 1945[2][3][1] in Gujrat, Punjab[4] to the industrialist Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi Warraich. He belongs to the Warriach clan of Punjabi Jats.[5][6][7] He hails from a family of politicians[4] and industrialists of Gujrat.[8][1][9] Chaudhary received his early education from Forman Christian College, Lahore till 1967[1][4] and later attended Watford College of Technology[8] from where he received his Diploma in Industrial Management.[1]

He is a cousin of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.[4]

He is married and has two sons.[8]

Political career[edit]

Elahi began his political career after being elected as the chairman of the district council of Gujrat[4][10] for the four years in 1983.

He served as Provincial Minister[4][10] for Local Government and Rural Development for a period of eight years[1] from 1985 to 1993.

He was elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the first time in 1985, second time in 1988, third time in 1990, and fourth time in 1993.

He also served as the acting leader of the opposition in the Provincial Assembly of Punjab from 1993 to 1996, in the absence of Shahbaz Sharif who had gone to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.[10]

Several cases were registered against Elahi during Benazir Bhutto's government in 1993-1996 and he was sent to Adiala Jail where he spent several months.[11]

It was reported that Nawaz Sharif had promised Elahi that if PML-N won the 1997 Pakistani general election, Elahi would be made the chief minister of Punjab. However, when PML-N won the 1997 general elections, Nawaz appointed his brother Shahbaz Sharif as the Chief Minister of Punjab. To avoid the impression that Elahi was unhappy with this decision of Nawaz Sharif. Elahi supported Shahbaz Sharif for the position of Chief Minister however decided not to join the provincial cabinet of Shahbaz Sharif.[10][4][12]

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the fifth time in 1997 and was elected as the speaker of Provincial Assembly of Punjab[1][4][10][12] in 1997 where he remained until June 2001.[13]

Following the 1999 coup he was detained by the National Accountability Bureau on corruption charges. Charges were dropped following an agreement they made to defect from the Pakistan Muslim League (N) with whom he have been part of till the ouster of PML-N government[12][10] and assist President Musharraf in building PML-Q.[8]

He along with his cousin Shujaat and other dissidents left PML-N to form their own party, PML-Q.[1][4][10]

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the sixth time in 2002 Pakistani general election.[1]

Following the elections, Elahi was appointed as the chief minister of Punjab for the first time[12][10] where he served from October 2002 until the dissolution of the provincial government in October 2007.[12][1]

In the 2008 Pakistani general election, Elahi was elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time and as the member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the seventh time.[1]

PML-Q nominated Elahi as its candidate for the post of prime ministers of Pakistan following the 2008 general elections.[12]

In 2008, he was made the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, however he quit this post later that year.[1][4][14]

He was made Federal Minister for Defence Production and Industries in Yousuf Raza Gilani cabinet.[15][4][1]

In 2011, the ceremonial post of deputy prime minister of Pakistan was created to appoint Elahi as the first deputy prime minister of Pakistan[16] having no powers even in the absence of the prime minister of Pakistan.[15][4]

In 2013 Pakistani general election, Elahi ran for seat of National Assembly from the NA-105 Gujrat constituency[4][17] and won it defeating candidates of PPP and PML-N.[18][6]

He was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PML-Q from Constituency NA-65 and NA-69 in 2018 Pakistani general election. In the same election, he was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab as a candidate of PML-Q from Constituency PP-30 (Gujrat-III).[19] Following his successful election, he abandoned his national assembly seats in favor of the provincial assembly seat.[20] He was named by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-Q as their joint candidate for the office of Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab.[21] On 16 August 2018, he was re-elected as Speaker of the Punjab Assembly. He received 201 votes against his opponent Muhammad Iqbal Gujjar who secured 147 votes.[22][23]

On 19 August 2018, he became acting governor of Punjab[24] following the resignation of Rafique Rajwana.[25] In March 2022, Imran Khan nominated Pervez Elahi as a candidate for the post of Chief Minister of Punjab Province after the resignation of Usman Buzdar due no confidence motion against him.

He took the oath of Chief Minister of Punjab on July 27, 2022 at Aiwan-e-Sadr Islamabad.

Personal life[edit]

He is married with daughter of his uncle Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi. He has two sons, Moonis Elahi and Rasikh Elahi.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "If elections are held on time…". www.thenews.com.pk. Archived from the original on 5 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Detail Information". 23 March 2011. Archived from the original on 23 March 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi". DAWN.COM. 30 April 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  5. ^ "LAHORE: Pervaiz Elahi's father dies". DAWN.COM. 12 January 2005. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi takes Gujrat's NA-105". DAWN.COM. 12 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Detail Information". www.pildat.org. PILDAT. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ a b c d "Pervaiz Elahi as chief minister fought terrorists effectively: Wikileaks". www.thenews.com.pk. 7 December 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Choosing right man for Punjab CM real test for Imran". The News. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Pervaiz pledges to uproot corruption". DAWN.COM. 29 November 2002. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Zardari keeps alive PPP legacy of embracing political opponents". www.thenews.com.pk. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Nawaz went back on his promise to Pervaiz". DAWN.COM. 4 December 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  13. ^ "1997-1999". www.pap.gov.pk. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Pervaiz resigns as Leader of Opposition in NA -DAWN - Top Stories; September 15, 2008". Daily Times. 15 September 2008. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2017.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  15. ^ a b "PML-Q gets all that it wanted; deputy PM, 15 ministers". DAWN.COM. 26 June 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  16. ^ "•Zardari 'accepts all demands' •Pervez Elahi to be Deputy PM: PPP and Q agree to seal deal". DAWN.COM. 29 April 2011. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Pervaiz Elahi to run for NA-105". DAWN.COM. 30 January 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Dunya News: Pakistan:-Pervez Elahi wins NA-105 seat..." dunyanews.tv. Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  19. ^ Butt, Waseem Ashraf (27 July 2018). "PML-Q, PTI alliance makes clean sweep in Gujrat". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  20. ^ Khan, Iftikhar A. (14 August 2018). "By-polls on 11 NA seats to be held within two months". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Pervez Elahi set to be elected as Speaker Punjab Assembly". The News. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Pervez Elahi elected Speaker Punjab Assembly". The News. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  23. ^ "KP, Sindh chief ministers elected; Punjab Assembly elects Elahi as speaker". DAWN.COM. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Notification". www.pap.gov.pk. Punjab Assembly. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  25. ^ Rana Bilal, Dawn.com (15 August 2018). "Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana resigns". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by Chief Minister of Punjab
2002–2007
Succeeded by
Preceded by Leader of the Opposition
2008
Succeeded by
New office Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan
2012–2013
Succeeded by
Vacant