Zartaj Gul

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Zartaj Gul Wazir
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Minister of State for Climate Change
In office
5 October 2018 – 10 April 2022
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
MinisterMalik Amin Aslam
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
13 August 2018 – 14 April 2022
ConstituencyNA-191 (Dera Ghazi Khan-III)
Personal details
BornNovember 11
Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Spouse(s)
Humayun Raza Khan Akhwind
(m. 2010)
Alma materQueen Mary College
National College of Arts
Websitehttps://zartajgulofficial.com

Zartaj Gul (Pashto, Urdu: زرتاج گُل ) is a Pakistani politician who served as Minister of State for Climate Change, in Imran Khan ministry between 5 October, 2018 and 10 April, 2022 after Imran Khan was ousted by No-confidence motion against Imran Khan. She remained a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan between August 2018, and 14, April 2022.

Early life and education[edit]

Gul hails from North Waziristan, born on 17 October 1984 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa[1] to Ahmad Wazir, chief engineer of WAPDA and belongs to Wazir tribe.[2][3]

She obtained her early education in her native town Bannu and Miramshah before moving to Lahore with her family.[3] She attended Queen Mary College for her undergraduate studies and then National College of Arts for her postgraduate studies.[1] She did Textile Designing from National College of Arts.[3]

After completing her education, she joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)[4] and became a volunteer with Insaf Student Forum (ISF) in 2005.[3]

She moved to Dera Ghazi Khan after getting married in 2010.[3]

Political career[edit]

Gul ran for the seat of the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PTI from Constituency NA-172 (Dera Ghazi Khan-II) in 2013 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful.[4] She received 38,643 against 49,142 votes of Hafiz Abdul Kareemand lost the seat.[5]

She was elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PTI from NA-191 (Dera Ghazi Khan-III) in 2018 Pakistani general election.[6][7] She received 79,817 votes and defeated Awais Leghari.[8]

On 5 October 2018, she was inducted into the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan[9] and was appointed as Minister of State for Climate Change.[10]

Controversy[edit]

In June 2019, Gul was criticized by the media for allegedly using her position to influence NACTA in the appointment of her sister in the authority.[11] Prime Minister Imran Khan took notice of the situation.[12] However, NACTA clarified that appointment of Zartaj Gul was totally based on merit and there was no nepotism involved in the case. [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Female factor: In DG Khan, Zartaj Gul Akhwand set to fight dynastic politics | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Women For All Seasons".
  3. ^ a b c d e "Zartaj Gul: breaking barriers in clan politics in southern Punjab | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Zartaj Gul, a young woman who upended the Legharis' rule". Geo News. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ "2013 election result" (PDF). ECP. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Election results: Imran Khan's PTI on top". Geo News. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Live Blog - DAWN.COM". www.dawn.com. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  8. ^ "NA-191 Result - Election Results 2018 - Dera Ghazi Khan 3 - NA-191 Candidates - NA-191 Constituency Details". www.thenews.com.pk. The News. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  9. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (6 October 2018). "Six federal ministers administered oath". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Notification - 5 October 2018" (PDF). Cabinet Division. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  11. ^ Durrani, Fakhar. "Zartaj Gul made official request to appoint her sister in Nacta". www.thenews.com.pk. The News. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  12. ^ Tribune.com.pk (2019-06-03). "PML-N moves ECP against Zartaj Gul over sister's appointment". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  13. ^ "NACTA CLARIFIES 'MERIT-BASED' APPOINTMENT OF ZARTAJ GUL'S SISTER". arynews.tv. 2019-06-01.