Tahira Asif

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Tahira Asif
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
1 June 2013 – 19 June 2014
ConstituencyReserved seat for woman
Personal details
Born1961
Lahore, Pakistan
Died19 June 2014
Lahore, Pakistan
Political partyMuttahida Qaumi Movement

Tahira Asif (Urdu: طاہرہ آصف) was a Pakistani politician who had been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from June 2013 until her assassination in June 2014.

Early life[edit]

She was born in 1961 in Lahore, Pakistan.[1]

Political career[edit]

Asif was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan on a reserved seat for women from Punjab as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML (Q)) in 2002 Pakistani general election.[1]

She left PML (Q) to join Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in 2007 and resigned from her National Assembly seat.[1]

She ran for the seat of the National Assembly from NA-126 Lahore constituency in 2008 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful and secured only 517 votes.[1]

She again ran for the seat of the National Assembly as a candidate of MQM from NA-126 Lahore constituency in 2013 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful and secured only 422 votes.[1] However following the general election, she was indirectly elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of MQM on a reserved seat for women from Sindh,[1] where she continued to serve till her death in June 2014.[2]

Death[edit]

She was assassinated on 18 June 2014 by two armed men (target killing), while she was traveling with her daughter and driver in Lahore.[3] She was admitted to Shaikh Zayed Hospital where she died on 19 June 2014.[4]

MQM announced three days of mourning.[5] National Assembly paid her tribute and demanded inquiry into her killing.[6] Altaf Hussain, leader of MQM said that her murder was a target killing from religious extremists as she had not been provided adequate security.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Slain Muttahida MNA Tahira Asif — a profile". DAWN.COM. 21 June 2014. Archived from the original on 11 January 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. ^ "MQM MNA Tahira Asif passes away in Lahore hospital". DAWN.COM. 20 June 2014. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. ^ "MQM MNA succumbs to injuries - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 20 June 2014. Archived from the original on 27 April 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "MQM lawmaker Tahira Asif passes away - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 20 June 2014. Archived from the original on 27 April 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  5. ^ "MQM announces 3-day mourning on killing of MNA Tahira Asif". Business Recorder. 20 June 2014. Archived from the original on 16 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  6. ^ "National Assembly session: House mourns murder of MNA - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 21 June 2014. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2017.