LAHORE: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who replaced Dr Fehmida Mirza to become 19th speaker of the National Assembly on Monday, had hit headlines when he defeated Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan from NA-122 (Lahore) in 2002 general election with a big margin.

He repeated the feat by again beating Imran Khan in May 11 general elections from the same constituency when the PTI leader was riding a new wave of popularity and the party was expecting a major share from Lahore’s 13 constituencies.

Born to an Arain family of Kasur in 1954, Ayaz graduated from prestigious Aitchison College, Lahore, and earned his degree in commerce from Hailey College of Punjab University.

Besides Imran Khan, former opposition leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar, KPK chief minister Pervaiz Khattak, Baloch leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Zulfiqar Magsi were his fellows at Aitchison. His association with the Balochs earned him a place in the PML-N committee formed by the PML-N to hold talks with the political leadership of the restive province for government formation.

These Baloch leaders, it is stated, also played a role in his nomination for the office of National Assembly speaker.

A son-in-law of former federal ombudsman Sardar Iqbal, he is also a close relative of former federal secretary Ismail Qureshi, who is facing corruption charges. He has also been a member of the Lahore Gymkhana Club since 1996.

He runs a large firm that has several contracts with Pakistan Railways. In his first tenure (2002-07) as MNA, he served as a member of the standing committee on railways while in the second tenure (2008-13) he remained chairman of the committee.

His family runs a charity eye hospital where he regularly gives time whenever he is available in Lahore.

The nomination of the soft-spoken politician, who had remained associated with the PTI in the late 1990s, for the slot of speaker surprised many. For he had never been in important party meetings while MNAs Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Pervaiz Malik used to be seen as the most active PML-N leaders in the provincial metropolis.

He is cool-headed to the extent that he remained calm and composed when a PML-N leader had virtually abused him in the party office over a yticket issue before the 2008 general elections.

Unlike other party leaders, he never tried to build his own group or clout within the party. This ‘harmless’ trait of his personality reportedly became the major plus point in earning him the coveted post for which Chaudhry Nisar was being earlier considered.

— Staff Reporter

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tanvir
June 4, 2013 2:39 pm

He remained member and then chairman of standing committee on railways for 10 years and he runs a firm that deals with railways. Wao, so much for being soft spoken.

Shabbir
June 4, 2013 3:08 pm

"He runs a large firm that has several contracts with Pakistan Railways. In his first tenure (2002-07) as MNA, he served as a member of the standing committee on railways while in the second tenure (2008-13) he remained chairman of the committee"

Mashallah There would be more progress in Railway

Razi
June 4, 2013 5:07 pm

A bad choice.

damaani
June 4, 2013 8:26 pm

So seems like he kept on protecting his business interests quitely while being in Railways Committee. Obvious conflict of interest and not strange enough why railways is in such condition now.

malik
June 4, 2013 8:31 pm

Why was Mahmood Achakzai from Baluchistan not elected for this slot? He would have been an ideal candidate. Or possibly, Hasil Bizenjo, he seems well spoken, articulate and a seasoned politician. Glad, Niwaz at least selected Dr. Abdul Malik, that is a good start. I wish Sind could have elected someone different than Qaim Ali Shah, who is basically a non-entity--or probably that is the reason for his continuous chief ministership.

Pakistani
June 4, 2013 11:01 pm

Mashallah Pak Railways will continue the path of progress it on since his firm going business with Railways. His firm will now do much more business not only with railways but other government entities.

Malik Nawaz
June 4, 2013 11:45 pm

Make him Railway Minster.....................................he will do wonders !!!!!

Asad
June 5, 2013 6:05 am

I am sure he is suitable for the job. However giving all top assignments to people from Lahore and Punjab is not a clever strategy. Aspirations of other provinces must be taken seriously!!

Abu-Salmaan
June 5, 2013 11:06 am

@tanvir: Ibtidae ishq hai rota hai kya! Aage aage daikhiyai hota hai kya!

SH
June 5, 2013 11:33 am

@Shabbir: This is a clear case of conflict of interest. He chaired the highest watchdog committee for Railways and in parallel his firm doing business with the same organizations in big way. .

Imtiaz-ul-Haq
June 5, 2013 1:38 pm

The nomination of the soft-spoken politician, who had remained associated with the PTI in the late 1990s, for the slot of speaker surprised many.

It is clarified that Imran Khan came in Politics under the Platform of PTI in 1996, not in 1990.

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