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کشمیری اصل کے پاکستانی سیاستدان اور مصنف. | A Pakistani politician and writer of Kashmiri origin.
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شیخ رشید احمد Biography

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پاکستانی سیاستدان۔ سابق وزیر ثقافت ۔ وزیر ریلوے۔ وزیر اطلاعات و نشریات۔ 1950ء میں روالپنڈی میں ایک متوسط گھرانے میں پیدا ہوئے ۔ سیاست کے میدان میں طالب علمی کے زمانے ہی میں قدم رکھ دیا تھا۔ ساٹھ کی دہائی میں جب صدر ایوب کے خلاف عوامی تحریک شروع ہوئی تو اس میں بڑھ چڑھ کر حصہ لیا۔ پھر جب گورڈن کالج میں داخلہ لیا تو کالج کی طلبہ یونین کے صدر منتخب ہوئے۔ 1992ء مں ایم اے سیاسیات کرنے کے بعد تحریک استقلال میں شمولیت اختیار کی ۔ لیکن جلد ہی ان سے علیحدہ ہو گئے۔ 1984ء میں بلدیاتی کونسل کے رکن منتخب ہوئے۔ 1985ء کے غیر جماعتی انتخابات میں قومی اسمبلی کے رکن منتخب ہوئے۔ محمد خان جونیجو کے عہد میں آزاد پارلیمانی گروپ کے سب سے فعال رکن تھے جس کے سربراہ فخر امام تھے۔ 1988ء کے عام انتخابات میں اپنی شعلہ بیانی اور پر زور عوامی خطابات کے بل پر پیپلز پارٹی کے امیدوار جنرل ٹکا خان کو شکست دے کر قومی اسمبلی کے رکن منتخب ہوئے۔ 1990 سے 1993ء اور پھر 1997ء کے انتخابات میں کامیابی حاصل کی ۔ محمد نواز شریف کے پہلے دور میں شیخ رشید صاحب کو پہلے مشیر اطلاعات و نشریات ، پھر وزیر صنعت و حرفت مع اضافی چارج سیاحت و ثقافت مقرر ہوئے۔ محترمہ بے نظیر بھٹو نے اسمبلی اور اسمبلی سے باہر ان کی بلند بانگ تنقید کو روکنے کے لیے ان کی لال حویلی میں ایک عدد کلاشنکوف رکھنے کے جرم میں جیل بھیج دیا ۔ چند ماہ کی قانونی کاروائی کے بعد رہائی پائی۔ 1997ء کے الیکشن میں کامیاب ہو کر میاں نواز شریف کی کابینہ میں بطور وزیر شامل رہے۔ سن دو ہزار دو میں پرویز مشرف کی چھتری تلے ہونے والے انتخابات میں آزاد حیثیت سے کامیاب ہوئے بعد میں مسلم لیگ ق میں شمولیت کا اعلان کیا۔ پہلے وزیر اطلاعات اور پھر وزیر ریلوے بنے۔ پرویز مشرف کے مداحوں میں ان کا شمار ہوتا تھا۔ سن 2008ء کے الیکشن میں جناب مخدوم جاوید ہاشمی کے ہاتھوں شرمناک شکست کھائی۔ جس کے بعد مسلم لیگ ق سے علیحدہ ہو کر عوامی مسلم لیگ نام کی ایک نئی جماعت کی بنیاد ڈالی۔ 2010 میں سیاست میں ایک دفعہ پھر سرگرم ہوئے اور ایک بار پھر سے پنڈی کے حلقے سے ضمنی انتخابات میں حصہ لیا مگر 24 فروری کو ہونے والے ان انتخابات میں ایک بار پھر ان مسلم لیگ ن کے شکیل اعوان کے ہاتھوں شکست کا سامنا کرنا پڑا۔ ان کی وجہ شہرت ان کا عوامی انداز ، سکینڈلز ، لال حویلی اور سیاسی پیشن گوئیاں ہیں۔

 

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Sheikh Rashid Ahmed (Urdu: شيخ رشيد احمد‎, born November 6, 1950 in Rawalpindi) is a Pakistani politician and writer of Kashmiri Origin. He served as the Federal Minister for Railways in Pakistan from 2006 to 2008. His previous portfolio have included appointments as Federal Minister for Labor and Manpower, Information and Broadcasting, Industries, Sports Culture, and Tourism and Investment. He formed his own political party Awami Muslim League Pakistan in 2008.

 

Political career

His political career began on the village platform where he would try to garner support from the local population alongside other speakers. Sheikh Rashid and his contemporaries would often fail at this attempt and it has been said that they were not well liked in the villages for not understanding the basic problems.

 

Later, he became the leader of Opposition in the Municipal Corporation Rawalpindi. He was first elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 1985 general elections as an independent candidate and joined Pakistan Muslim League a. He was subsequently re-elected MNA for six times. During October 2002 elections he was elected from two seats as an independent candidate but lost one seat where he tried to get his nephew re-elect in by elections. As an independent candidate he promised to the voters that after winning election he will leave both seats in the hands of Nawaz Sharif but later joined PML(Q) and became the supporter of General Pervez Musharraf. This was the reason his nephew lost by election. Although he has been elected MNAs six times but lost last two elections consecutively. The constituency is historically a stronghold of Pakistan Muslim League and in last by elections Nawaz Sharif issued parliamentary ticket to a poor unknown worker who defeated him with huge vote margin.

 

He used to be the right-hand man of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but Nawaz Sharif left him and then he joined the newly formed Muslim League, earning himself the nickname Lota of Rawalpindi (political chameleon of Rawalpindi). He is merely popular in Rawalpindi and is known for creating a large number of schools in that city. He is famous for his "awami style" (public style) of politics. He is one of few politicians who started their political career at grass roots level and rose to prominence. He has spent overall five years in solitary confinement for the cause of democracy. He was awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment in Kalashnikov case and spent two years in New Central Jail Bahawalpur.

 

On October 2, 2007 Gen. Pervez Musharraf named Lt. Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, as vice chief of the army starting October 8. If Musharraf wins the presidency and resigns his military post, Kayani will be army chief. Meanwhile, Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed stated that officials agreed to grant Benazir Bhutto amnesty versus pending corruption charges.

 

In the February 2008 general elections, Sheikh Rashid lost both of his Rawalpindi constituencies, NA-55 and NA-56. After his defeat, there were rumors that Sheikh Rashid had fled to Spain, however, these allegations were later discovered to be false. In June 2008, he announced formation of new political party, Awami Muslim League.

 

During his career, He has served as Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower, Information, Industries, Sports, Culture, and Tourism and Investment. He was appointed Federal Minister for Railways in May 2006 and served in that capacity until 2008. His contemporary politics is as a staunch supporter of "enlightened moderation".

 

Armed attack

On February 8, 2010, Sheikh Rashid was injured, and three other people known to be his bodyguards were killed, when gunmen opened fire at his vehicle outside his party’s election office in Rawalpindi.

 

Links with Kashmir

Rashid Ahmed has his roots in Srinagar - capital of the Indian administered Kashmir and is known for his support to the anti-India uprising in Jammu and Kashmir. He shot into prominence when Indian Government denied him permission to visit New Delhi in 2004 fall,and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee refused to come to Pakistan if Sheikh Rasheed is in the reception team. He admits that he provided shelter and arranged for bread and butter for Kashmiri freedom fighters at his farm house near Fateh Jang road Rawalpindi. Kashmiri separatist Yasin Malik also confirms this use of farm house by militant organizations. He has a dream to visit Srinagar to offer prayers at the graves of his forefathers.

 

On June 13, 2005 the chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin Malik, stated that Rashid Ahmed had trained about 3,500 Kashmiri jehadis, including Yasin himself at Freedom House. Subsequently he was not allowed by Gov. of India to visit Kashmir.

 

On June 27 2012, Rashid Ahmed was detained at Houston airport regarding links with Lashkar-e-Taiba and with Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, an alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks. He was released after official protest from Pakistani Ambassador in USA.

 

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November 7, 2011

updated: 2013-03-23

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