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Shireen Mazari

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Profile
Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari is a Pakistani politician who is the current Federal Minister for Human Rights, in office since 20 August 2018. She has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018, and serves as a chief whip for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Previously she was a member of the National Assembly from June 2013 to May 2018.

Mazari studied at the London School of Economics and later received her PhD from Columbia University in political science. Mazari joined Quaid-e-Azam University as an associate professor and went on to head the university's strategic studies department. In 2002, Mazari became the head of the government-funded Institute of Strategic Studies and remained until she was sacked in 2008. In 2009, Mazari became the editor of The Nation. She has been nicknamed the "Lady Taliban" for her outspoken anti-American views and conspiracy theories.

Family

She is the daughter of Sardar Ashiq khan Mazari

Education
She received her B.Sc (Honours) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Ph.D in Political Science from Columbia University, New York.

Academic career
Mazari formerly was an Associate Professor and then Chairperson of the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

The Institute of Strategic Studies
She served as the Director General of The Institute of Strategic Studies, a research think-tank based in Islamabad until 2008. She was removed from this position in May 2008 before the end of her contract in August 2009, supposedly at the insistence of the United States, a point Mazari maintains despite United States denials. Former Foreign Secretary Ambassador Tanvir Ahmad Khan replaced her.

Journalist and editor

Weekly Pulse
She was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Pulse, from 1993 to 1999.

Regular columnist of "The News International"
She has also stayed as a regular columnist for The News International newspaper, writing for the daily as recently as 3 September 2009. She left the paper claiming American intrusion.

Editor of "The News International"
Barely four days after leaving The News, she was offered the editor position at The Nation. She took over this position on 7 September 2009.

Political career
Mazari joined the PTI in 2008 citing "policy differences and its takeover by corrupt elements" after she was served a show cause notice by PTI for making unfounded, incorrect, inaccurate and false statements in the media.

In 2009, she was Information Secretary and Spokesperson of PTI.

In 2012, she resigned from PTI where she was the Central Vice President and incharge of Foreign Policy.

She rejoined PTI in 2013.

She was elected as the member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in Pakistani general election, 2013 on the ticket of PTI on reserved seats for women from Punjab.

She was the chief whip of PTI in the National Assembly of Pakistan.

She was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PTI on a seat reserved for women from Punjab in the Pakistani general election, 2018.

On 18 August, Imran Khan formally announced his federal cabinet structure and Mazari was named as Minister for Human Rights. On 20 August 2018, she was swear in as Federal Minister for Human Rights in the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Controversies
In 2016, Defence Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif called her "tractor trolley" during the session in the National Assembly.

Books
* Pakistan's Lesson from its Kargil War: An Analysis (1999)

 
 
 
 
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