Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan

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Speaker of
the National Assembly of Pakistan
قومی اسمبلی
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf
since 16 April 2022
National Assembly of Pakistan
StyleMr. Speaker
(Informal; while presiding the house)
Honourable Speaker
StatusPresiding officer
ResidenceSpeaker House
NominatorPolitical parties
AppointerElected by the National Assembly
Term lengthAs long as the current assembly remains in power, the Speaker continues to exercise its authority (usually 5 years)
FormationConstitution of Pakistan
(12 April 1973)
First holderMuhammad Ali Jinnah
(11 August 1947)
WebsiteSpeaker National Assembly

The Speaker of the National Assembly (Urdu: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی); informally as Speaker National Assembly, is the presiding official of the National Assembly of Pakistan– a lower house of the Parliament of Pakistan.[1]

The office has its roots in 1947 and was reestablished in 1973 in accordance to the Constitution; the speaker presides over the chamber composed of people's representatives elected on the basis of universal franchise.[2] The Speaker is Second in the line of succession to the President of Pakistan and occupies fourth position in the Warrant of Precedence, after the President, the Prime Minister and the Chairman of Senate.[3] In addition, the Speaker is the spokesman of the National Assembly to the outside world, and is non-partisan in his approach.[3]

To exercise the great authority that stems from the respect, affection and consideration which every Member of the House bestows upon the holder of this high office, the Speaker shows complete impartiality in the discharge of his or her functions.[3] The speakers continues to serve until a new speaker is elected when the National Assembly dissolves.[3]

Role and responsibilities[edit]

The office of Speaker of the National Assembly is created by Article 53 of the Chapter 2 in Part III of the Constitution of Pakistan:[3]

After a general election, the National Assembly shall, at its first meeting and to the exclusion of any other business, elect from amongst its members a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker and, so often as the office of Speaker or Deputy Speaker becomes vacant, the Assembly shall elect another member as Speaker or, as the case may be, Deputy Speaker.

— Article 53(1)–53(2) of the Chapter 2: The Parliament: in Part III of the Constitution of Pakistan, source[3]

The Speakership of the National Assembly is a leadership position and the office-holder actively works to set the majority party's legislative agenda. The Speaker usually does not personally preside over debates, instead delegating the duty to members of the House from the majority party. The Speaker usually does not participate in debate and rarely votes.[3]


Jinnah addressing the first Constituent Assembly on 14 August 1947.

The first speaker/president of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was elected unanimously by the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on 11 August 1947. He served from 11 August until his death on 11 September 1948. The deputy president of the Constituent Assembly, Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan was then elected president who served two separate terms in that capacity.[4] Only two speakers in the history of Pakistan have gone on to become prime ministers, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who served as speaker from 14 April 1972 to 15 August 1972 and Yousaf Raza Gillani who served from 17 October 1993 to 16 February 1997. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the incumbent speaker, previously served as prime minister from 2012 to 2013.

List of speakers[edit]

List of speakers of the National Assembly

These are the names of speakers and presidents of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

  Muslim League/Convention Muslim League

  Pakistan Muslim League/IJI/Pakistan Muslim League (N)

  PML (Q)

  Pakistan Peoples Party

  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

List of speakers of the National Assembly
N Photo Speaker Time duration Party Province
1 Muhammad Ali Jinnah 11 August 1947 – 11 September 1948 Muslim League Sindh
Tamizuddin Khan(Acting) 14 December 1948 – 24 October 1954 East-Bengal
2 Abdul Wahab Khan 12 August 1955 – 7 October 1958 East-Bengal
Tamizuddin Khan(Acting) 11 June 1962 – 19 August 1963 East-Bengal
3 Fazlul Chaudhry 29 November 1963 – 12 June 1965 CML East-Bengal
4 Abdul Jabbar Khan 12 June 1965 – 25 March 1969 East-Bengal
5 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto 14 April 1972 – 15 August 1972 Pakistan Peoples Party Sindh
6 Fazal Ilahi 15 August 1972 – 9 August 1973 Punjab
7 Farooq Ali 9 August 1973 – 27 March 1977 Punjab
8 Malik Meraj Khalid 27 March 1977 – 5 July 1977 Punjab
9 Fakhar Imam 22 March 1985 – 26 May 1986 Pakistan Muslim League Punjab
10 Hamid Nasir 31 May 1986 – 3 December 1988 Punjab
11 Malik Meraj Khalid 3 December 1988 – 4 November 1990 Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab
12 Gohar Ayub 4 November 1990 – 17 October 1993 Muslim League (N)/IJI Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
13 Yousaf Raza Gillani 17 October 1993 – 16 February 1997 Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab
14 Elahi Bux Soomro 16 February 1997 – 20 August 2001 Pakistan Muslim League (N) Sindh
15 Amir Hussain 19 November 2002 – 19 March 2008 Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Punjab
16 Fahmida Mirza 19 March 2008 – 3 June 2013 Pakistan Peoples Party Sindh
17 Ayaz Sadiq 3 June 2013 – 22 August 2015 Pakistan Muslim League (N) Punjab
18 Murtaza Javed Abbasi (Acting) 24 August 2015 – 9 November 2015 Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
17 Ayaz Sadiq 9 November 2015 – 15 August 2018 Punjab
20 Asad Qaiser 15 August 2018 – 10 April 2022 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
21 Qasim Suri (Acting) 10 April 2022 – 16 April 2022 Balochistan
22 Raja Pervaiz Ashraf[5] 16 April 2022 – Incumbent Pakistan Peoples Party Sindh

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pakistan Country Study Guide Strategic Information and Developments. United States: Intl Business Pubns USA. 2012. ISBN 978-1438775258.
  2. ^ Akbar, M.K. (1997). Pakistan from Jinnah to Sharif. New Delhi: Mittal Publications. ISBN 8170996740.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Article 53(1) of the Chapter 2: Parliament in Part III of the Constitution of Pakistan
  4. ^ "National Assembly of Pakistan". na.gov.pk. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  5. ^ "PPP's Raja Pervaiz Ashraf elected NA speaker". Dawn. 16 April 2022.