Shibli Faraz

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Shibli Faraz (Urdu: سید شبلی فراز) is a Pakistani politician who served as the Minister of Science and Technology, in office from 16 April 2021 to 10th April 2022. He is member of Senate of Pakistan from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2015.

Shibli Faraz
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سید شبلی فراز
Federal Minister for Science and Technology
In office
16 April 2021 – 10 April 2022
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Preceded byFawad Ahmed Chaudhry
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting
In office
28 April 2020 – 2 March 2021
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
DeputyAsim Saleem Bajwa
Preceded byFirdous Ashiq Awan (as Special Assistant)
Succeeded byFawad Ahmed Chaudhry
Leader of the Senate of Pakistan
In office
26 August 2018 – 4 June 2020
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Arif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Preceded byRaja Zafar ul Haq
Succeeded byShahzad Waseem
Pakistani Senator
from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Assumed office
12 March 2015
Personal details
BornKohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf
RelationsMasood Kausar (uncle)
Parent(s)Ahmed Faraz (father)

Previously, Shibli has served as the Leader of the House for the Senate of Pakistan from 26 August 2018 till 4 June 2020. He is a senior member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.[1][2][3]


He completed his MA in International Relations from the University de Los Andes, Colombia in 1994.[4]

Professional and Political Career[edit]

Faraz is an investment banker by profession and was a PIA Commercial pilot and then a civil servant. He has contested the election for the Kohat District mayor in 2002 and his uncle Barrister Syed Masood Kausar had served as the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He is the son of poet Ahmad Faraz.[5][6] His family is of Pashtun background.[7]

In 2015 he was elected as a Senator of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for a term until March 2021.

He is a member of the following standing committees of the Senate of Pakistan:

  1. Senate Committee on Circular Debt.(Chairperson Committee)
  2. Senate Committee on Strategic Plan Oversight. (Chairperson Committee)
  3. Council of Chairpersons.
  4. Climate Change Caucus.
  5. Senate Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs.
  6. Senate Committee on Planning Development and Special Initiatives on Rules of Procedure and Privileges
  7. Senate Committee on Commerce. (Chairperson Committee from 2015 till 2019)
  8. Senate Committee on Finance.
  9. Senate Committee on Power.
  10. Senate Committee on the Promotion and Development of Football in Pakistan.
  11. Parliamentary Committee on the Appointment of Chairperson and Members of the National Commission for Human Rights.
  12. Parliamentary Consultation Committee on Legislative Business.
  13. Senate Special Committee on Circular Debt. (Convener Committee), he also made a comprehensive report on the circular debt of Pakistan.
  14. Public Accounts Committee of National Assembly of Pakistan.

He is also a member of the Central Selection Board (CSB).

In August 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan appointed Faraz as the Leader of the House for the Senate of Pakistan, where he served until 4 June 2020.[8]

Prime Minister Imran Khan on 27 April 2020, appointed Shibli as the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting along with General Asim Saleem Bajwa as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting.[9] [10]


Shibli Faraz is the son of Urdu poet Ahmad Faraz, and nephew of former Speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Barrister Masood Kausar.[11] His brother, Sarmad Faraz is a marketing professional and musician.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Maulana Haidri sworn in as Senate deputy chairman".
  2. ^ "Politicians surprised as PTI's Shibli Faraz gets 16 votes instead of 7 - Pakistan - Dunya News".
  3. ^ "PTI, coalition partners sweep senate polls from KP - ARYNEWS". 6 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Syed Shibli Faraz". Senate of Pakistan. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Senate deputy chairman: Three-hour canvassing gave us 16 votes, says PTI candidate - The Express Tribune". 16 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Senate complete".
  7. ^ Khan, Hidayat (23 November 2015). "Dawn report". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  8. ^ Guramani, Nadir (25 August 2018). "PM Khan appoints Shibli Faraz as leader of the house in Senate". Dawn.
  9. ^ "Shibli Faraz appointed new information minister, Asim Bajwa replaces Firdous Ashiq Awan". 27 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Firdous Ashiq Awan out, Shibli Faraz in". The News.
  11. ^ "My preference is to play role of bridge between govt, media: Shibli Faraz". The Nation. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  12. ^ Nauman, Hashim (27 August 2012). "Sarmad Faraz goes back to music". The Pakistan Tribune. Retrieved 6 June 2020.