Muhammad Afzal Sahi
Chaudhry Muhammad Afzal Sahi
چوہدری محمد افضل ساہى
|Speaker of Punjab Assembly|
27 November 2002 – 11 April 2008
|Preceded by||Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi|
|Succeeded by||Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan|
|Born||1 November 1949|
Sahianwala, Faisalabad District, Punjab
|Political party||Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI)|
|Alma mater||University of Punjab|
He is the son of Chaudhry Nawab Khan Sahi, a famous landlord of Sahianwala. He got his early education from Government High School for Boys, Salarwala and then from Government College. He carried on with his education in Lahore and graduated from University of the Punjab (Lahore) in 1971.
After completing his education, Sahi stepped into politics in 1973.
District Government Faisalabad
He served as Member District Council Faisalabad for three consecutive terms from 1979 to 1991.
Provincial Assembly of Punjab
In 1985 he participated in the non-party basis Punjab Assembly elections, the first elections to be held during Zia-UL-Haq's Martial Law.Although earlier results indicated that Sahi was defeated by 88 votes, the majority of the population was of the view that the elections were rigged.Mr. Sahi filed an election petition against these results which went in his favour. In February 1988 He was asked to take oath as member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab but the then government never allowed him to take oath until the assembly dissolved 30 May 1988. He remained undefeated from his constituency from 1985 till 2008. He served as a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab in 1985-1988, 1988–90, 1990–93, 1993-96, 1997–99 and 2002-2008. He functioned as Parliamentary Secretary for Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife during 1990-93 and as Minister for Communications & Works in Punjab during 1997-99. He was elected for the sixth consecutive term as a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab in the 2002 General Elections, and was elected as the Speaker of Provincial Assembly of the Punjab. He remained on this post from 2002 to 11 April 2008. During this period he also functioned as governor of Punjab several times. He is highly regarded in the political arena as a seasoned politician and plays an important part in the politics of Punjab. Sahi is currently serving his seventh term as member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab beginning from 29 May 2013.
Afzal Sahi's elder brother, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, is also a veteran politician.He served as member National Assembly from 2002 to 2007. He has returned for his second term as member National Assembly of Pakistan in 2013 after securing 130,300 votes, the highest number of votes in Faisalabad Division. His son Zafar Zulqarnain Sahi served as member of Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, he was elected from PP-52 in the February 2008 elections. Sahi's younger brother, Maj.General Akram Sahi is serving Pakistan Army as a Major General.Now his son Ch Junaid Afzal Sahi is chairman Uc 10 Faisalabad and candidate for Chairman District Council Faisalabad