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Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi

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Profile
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi is a Pakistani politician who is the current Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, in office since August 2018. He has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab since August 2018.

He served as the first and only Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2013. After a successful campaign in the 2002 general elections, he became the Chief Minister of Punjab Province and tenured until 2007. In 2008, he served as the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan for short time. He was a member of the National Assembly from 2008 to May 2018.

Early life and education
Elahi was born 1 November 1945 in Gujrat, Punjab to industrialist Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi. According to another report, he was born on 17 November 1972.
He belongs to a political and industrialists family from Gujrat. The family is Jat of the Warraich tribe.

Elahi received his early education from Forman Christian College, Lahore in 1967 and later attended Watford College of Technology, London from where he received Diploma in Industrial Management.

He is a cousin of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.

He is married and has two sons.

Political career
Elahi begun his political career after electing as the chairman of district council of Gujrat for the four years in 1983.

He served as Provincial Minister for Local Government and Rural Development for a period of eight years from 1985 to 1993.

He was elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the first time in Pakistani general election, 1985.

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the second time in Pakistani general election, 1988.

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the third time in Pakistani general election, 1990.

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the fourth time in Pakistani general election, 1993 and served as acting leader of the opposition in Provincial Assembly of Punjab from 1993 to 1996 in the absence of Shahbaz Sharif who had gone to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.

Several cases were registered against Elahi during Bhutto government 1993-1996 and he was sent to the Adiala Jail where he spent several months.

It was reported that Nawaz Sharif had promised Elahi that if PML-N win Pakistani general election, 1997, Elahi would be made the chief minister of Punjab. However, when the PML-N won the 1997 general elections. Nawaz Sharif appointed his brother Shahbaz Sharif as the Chief Minister of Punjab. To avoid the impression that Elahi was unhappy with this decision of Nawaz Sharif. he supported the Shahbaz Sharif for the position of Chief Ministership however decided not to join the provincial cabinet of Shahbaz Sharif.

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the fifth time in 1997 general election and was elected as the speaker of Provincial Assembly of Punjab in 1997 where he remained until June 2001.

Following the 1999 coup he was detained by the National Accountability Bureau on corruption charges. Charges were dropped following an agreement they made to defect from the Pakistan Muslim League (N) with whom he have been part of till the ouster of PML-N government and assist President Musharraf in building PML-Q.

He along with his cousin Shujaat and other dissidents left PML-N to form their own party, PML-Q.

He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the sixth time in Pakistani general election, 2002.

Following the elections, Elahi was appointed as the chief minister of Punjab for the first time where he served from October 2002 until the dissolution of the provincial government in October 2007.

In Pakistani general election, 2008, Elahi was elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time and as the member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the seventh time.

PML-Q nominated Elahi as its candidate for the post of prime ministers of Pakistan following the 2008 general elections.

In 2008, he was made the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, however he quit this post later that year.

He was made Federal Minister for Defence Production and Industries in Yousuf Raza Gilani cabinet.

In 2011, the ceremonial post of deputy prime minister of Pakistan was created to appoint Elahi as the first deputy prime minister of Pakistan having no powers even in the absence of the prime minister of Pakistan.

In Pakistani general election, 2013, Elahi ran for seat of National Assembly from the NA-105 Gujrat constituency and won it defeating candidates of PPP and PML-N.

He was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PML-Q from Constituency NA-65 and NA-69 in Pakistani general election, 2018. In the same election, he was re-elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab as a candidate of PML-Q from Constituency PP-30 (Gujrat-III).Following his successful election, he abandoned his national assembly seats in favor of the provincial assembly seat. He was named by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-Q as their joint candidate for the office of Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab. On 16 August 2018, he was re-elected as Speaker of the Punjab Assembly. He received 201 votes against his opponent Muhammad Iqbal Gujjar who secured 147 votes.
 
 
 
 
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