Sardar Ayaz Sadiq

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Sardar Ayaz Sadiq
MNA
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Iran.jpg
19th Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
9 November 2015
Deputy Murtaza Javed Abbasi
Preceded by Murtaza Javed Abbasi (Acting)
In office
3 June 2013 – 22 August 2015
Deputy Murtaza Javed Abbasi
Preceded by Fahmida Mirza
Succeeded by Murtaza Javed Abbasi (Acting)
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
18 November 2002
Constituency NA-122 (Lahore-V)
Personal details
Born (1954-10-17) 17 October 1954 (age 63)[1][2]
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
(2001–present)
Alma mater Aitchison College
Hailey College of Commerce

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq (Urdu: سردار اياز صادق‎; born 17 October 1954) is a Pakistani politician who is the 19th and current Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. A leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), Sadiq has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 2002.

Early life and education

Sadiq was born on 17 October 1954[3][4] in Lahore to Sheikh Muhammad Sadiq and Attiya Sadiq.[2] He belongs to Arain family hailing from Kasur, Punjab.[1] He completed his education from Aitchison College, Lahore. Imran Khan, Nisar Ali Khan, Pervaiz Khattak, Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Zulfiqar Ali Magsi were amongst his class fellows when Sadiq was enrolled in Aitchison College.[1] In an interview, Sadiq said he was an average student.[5] Sadiq received degree in commerce from Hailey College of Punjab University in 1975.[1]

Sadiq married to Reema Ayaz in 1977, and has a daughter and two sons.[2] Sadiq is a son-in-law of former Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Sardar Iqbal.[1]

Since 1996, Sadiq has been a member of the Lahore Gymkhana Club.[1] Sadiq is a businessman by profession and has had business contracts with Pakistan Railways.[1] He along with members of his family runs a non-profit hospital "Sardar Trust Eye Hospital".[1][2]

Political career

Sadiq began his political career as a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the late 1990s[1] when he was a close friend of PTI chairman Imran Khan.[5] Sadiq ran for the seat of Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as a candidate of PTI in Pakistani general election, 1997 from Constituency PP-121 Lahore but was unsuccessful. He received 4,541 votes and lost the seat to Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N).[6]

Sadiq left PTI in 1998 owing to differences with Imran Khan[5] and joined PML (N) in 2001.[2]

Sadiq was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency NA-122 (Lahore-V) on 2002 general election,[7] [8][5] by defeating Imran Khan.[1] Sadiq claimed "it was a big victory as his leader Nawaz Sharif in exile and Pervez Musharraf, a close aide of Imran Khan at that time, in power".[5] During his tenure as the member of the National Assembly, he remained a member of the National Assembly's Standing Committees on Railways,[1] Finance and Defence Production.[2]

Sadiq was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency NA-122 (Lahore-V) in 2008 general election.[9][8] During his tenure as the member of the National Assembly, he became the chairman of the National Assembly's Standing Committees on Railways.[1]

Sadiq was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency NA-122 (Lahore-V) in Pakistani general election, 2013,[8] by defeating Imran Khan.[10][1] In June 2013, Sadiq was elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.[10][11][12][13]

In 2015, Imran Khan alleged rigging in the constituency of Sadiq from where Sadiq won in 2013 election.[14] Following which the Election Commission of Pakistan de-seated Sadiq and ordered re-polling in the constituency.[15] In October 2015, Sadiq retained his National Assembly seat by defeating a PTI candidate in by-election and was re-elected to the National Assembly for the fourth time.[16][17] In November 2015, Sadiq retained its position as the speaker of the National Assembly by getting re-elected for the second time[18] and become first person to have been elected as the Speaker of National Assembly for the second time during the same government's tenure in Pakistan.[18]

He is generally considered a soft-spoken and cool-headed politician in Pakistan.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Ayaz Sadiq — a profile". Dawn. 4 June 2013. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Profile of Speaker". National Assembly of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "If elections are held on time…". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "Detail Information". 19 April 2014. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "I hit Imran with a hockey stick, says NA Speaker". DAWN.COM. 30 April 2013. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Election Result" (PDF). Election Commission of Pakistan. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "As Pakistan goes to polls: Take a peek at some major NA constituencies". DAWN.COM. 10 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c "Imran Khan loses Lahore seat to PML-N – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 12 May 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "NA-122-Lahore-V election results". Geo News. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "PML-N's Ayaz Sadiq submits nomination papers for speaker NA". DAWN.COM. 2 June 2013. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Coveted posts: New speaker, his deputy in saddle – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 4 June 2013. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "PML-N's Ayaz Sadiq elected speaker of the National Assembly – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 3 June 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "PML-Ns Sardar Ayaz elected NA speaker, Murtaza Javed deputy". Geo News. 7 June 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "NA-122 rigging allegations: Tribunal terms Ayaz Sadiq's election null and void – The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 22 August 2015. Archived from the original on 22 June 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "NA-122 election tribunal deseats Ayaz Sadiq, orders re-polling". DAWN.COM. 22 August 2015. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Ayaz Sadiq takes oath as MNA". DAWN.COM. 6 November 2015. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Ayaz Sadiq retakes NA-122, but PML-N loses provincial assembly seat to PTI". DAWN.COM. 12 October 2015. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Ayaz Sadiq elected NA Speaker again". DAWN.COM. 9 November 2015. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Fahmida Mirza
Speaker of the National Assembly
2013 – present
Incumbent
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