Hafiz Abdul Kareem

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Hafiz Abdul Kareem
Senator
Member of the Senate of Pakistan
Assumed office
12 March 2018
Minister for Communications
In office
4 August 2017 – 31 May 2018
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Prime MinisterShahid Khaqan Abbasi
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
1 June 2013 – 31 May 2018
ConstituencyNA-172 (D.G.Khan-II)
Personal details
Born (1960-01-01) January 1, 1960 (age 62)
Karachi, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (N)

Hafiz Abdul Kareem (Urdu: حافظ عبدالکریم; born 1 January 1960) is a Pakistani politician who served as Minister for Communications, in Abbasi cabinet from August 2017 to May 2018. He has been a member of the Senate of Pakistan since March 2018. Previously he had been a Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from June 2013 to 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on 1 January 1960.

He has completed matriculation level education.[1]

Political career[edit]

He ran for the seat of the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) from Constituency NA-172 (Dera Ghazi Khan-II) in 2008 Pakistani general election, but was unsuccessful.[2][3][4] He received 41,894 votes and lost the seat to Farooq Leghari.[5]

He ran for the seat of the National Assembly as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency NA-172 (Dera Ghazi Khan-II) in by-election held in March 2011, but was unsuccessful.[6][7] He received 41,894 votes and lost the seat to Awais Leghari.[8]

He was elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency NA-172 (Dera Ghazi Khan-II) in 2013 Pakistani general election.[9] He received 49,230 votes and defeated Jamal Leghari.[10]

Following the election of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as Prime Minister of Pakistan in August 2017, he was inducted into the federal cabinet of Abbasi[11][12] and was appointed as federal minister for Communication for the first time.[13][14]

He was nominated by PML-N as its candidate in 2018 Pakistani Senate election.[15] However the Election Commission of Pakistan declared all PML-N candidates for the Senate election as independent after a ruling of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.[16]

He was elected to the Senate of Pakistan as an independent candidate on a technocrat seat from Punjab in Senate election.[17][18] He was backed in the election by PML-N[19] and joined the treasury benches, led by PML-N after getting elected.[20] He took oath as Senator on 12 March 2018.[21] On 12 March 2018, he ceased to hold the office of Federal Minister for Communication due to resignation from the National Assembly.[22] On 15 March 2018, he was re-inducted into the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi[23] and was re-appointed as Federal Minister for Communications.[24] Upon the dissolution of the National Assembly on the expiration of its term on 31 May 2018, Kareem ceased to hold the office as Federal Minister for Communications.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MP Profile". Open Parliament Pakistan. FAFEN. 26 January 2016. Archived from the original on 28 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Results of two seats in D.G. Khan withheld". DAWN.COM. 20 February 2008. Archived from the original on 8 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Money and tribes talk in NA-172 electioneering". DAWN.COM. 30 November 2010. Archived from the original on 8 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Traditional rivals face off". DAWN.COM. 2 May 2013. Archived from the original on 8 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  5. ^ "2008 election result" (PDF). ECP. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Awais Leghari leading in NA-172 by-polls". DAWN.COM. 29 March 2011. Archived from the original on 28 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Awais Leghari wins NA-172 by-election". The Nation. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  8. ^ "2002 election result" (PDF). ECP. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Friends or foes?". The Friday Times. Archived from the original on 11 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  10. ^ "2013 election result" (PDF). ECP. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 February 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  11. ^ "A 43-member new cabinet sworn in". Associated Press Of Pakistan. 4 August 2017. Archived from the original on 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  12. ^ "PM Khaqan Abbasi's 43-member cabinet takes oath today". Pakistan Today. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  13. ^ Raza, Syed Irfan (5 August 2017). "PM Abbasi's bloated cabinet sworn in". DAWN.COM. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Bloated cabinet: Influential ministers with powerless underlings - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 25 September 2017. Archived from the original on 25 September 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  15. ^ "List of Senate candidates from Punjab". DAWN.COM. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  16. ^ "PML-N's Senate nominees to contest election as independent candidates, says ECP". DAWN.COM. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  17. ^ "LIVE: PML-N-backed independent candidates lead in Punjab, PPP in Sindh - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 3 March 2018. Archived from the original on 4 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  18. ^ Khan, Iftikhar A. (4 March 2018). "PML-N gains Senate control amid surprise PPP showing". DAWN.COM. Archived from the original on 4 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  19. ^ "PML-N backed candidates win 15 seats in Senate Elections". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  20. ^ Guramani, Nadir (22 March 2018). "15 independent senators backed by PML-N in Senate polls join treasury". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Senate elect opposition-backed Sanjrani chairman and Mandviwala his deputy". The News. 12 March 2018. Archived from the original on 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Dar, Michael, Kareem no more ministers". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Michael, Kareem made federal ministers". The Nation. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  24. ^ "Hafiz Abdul Kareem, Kamran Michael sworn in as federal ministers". www.geo.tv. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Notification" (PDF). Cabinet division. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 June 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.