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Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry, also known by the name of Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, is a Pakistani politician who is the current Federal Minister for Science and Technology, in office since 19 April 2019. Previously, he was the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting from 20 August 2018 to 18 April 2019. He has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018.

Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry
Member Core Committee Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI)
Assumed office
4 June 2019
Federal Minister for Science and Technology
Assumed office
18 April 2019
PresidentArif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Preceded byAzam Swati
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting
In office
20 August 2018 – 18 April 2019
Preceded byMaryam Aurangzeb
Succeeded byFirdous Ashiq Awan as Special Assistant
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
13 August 2018
Preceded byNawabzada Raja Matloob Mehdi
ConstituencyNA-67 (Jhelum-II)
Majority93,102
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Political Affairs
In office
April 2012 – June 2012
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs
In office
July 2012 – March 2013
Personal details
BornDina Jhelum
NationalityPakistani
Political partyPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Present

Pakistan Muslim League (Q)

Pakistan Peoples Party

All Pakistan Muslim League
RelativesChaudhry Altaf Hussain (uncle)[1]
Chaudhry Iftikhar Hussain (uncle)[1]
Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain (uncle)[1]

Chaudhry Mohammad Awais Grand Father

Chaudhry Farrukh Altaf Cousin

Previously, he has also served in the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as Special Assistant for information and political affairs, and Political Affairs, respectively, between April 2012 and March 2013.recently he was found abusing one of his prlimanterian on open television.

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Journalistic CareerEdit

He hosted Khabar Kay Pechay on Neo News. He also took interview of Syed Mustafa Kamal.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

He was born in Dina. He was born into a Jat family of the Vains clan.[3]

He's lawyer by profession, and worked as a political analyst and an anchor for media organizations.[4]

Political careerEdit

He ran for the seat of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as an independent candidate from Constituency PP-25 (Jhelum-II) in 2002 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful. He received only 161 votes and lost the seat to Chaudhry Tasneem Nasir, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q) who received 38,626 votes.[5]

In January 2012, he resigned as media coordinator of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).[6] In March 2012, he quit APML and joined Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).[7] In April 2012, he was inducted into the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and was appointed as special assistant to Prime Minister for information and political affairs with the status of a minister of state[8] where he continued to serve until June 2012 when[9] the federal cabinet was dissolved following the disqualification of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.[10] In July 2012, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was elected Prime Minister[11] and Chaudhry was re-inducted into the federal cabinet. He was appointed as Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs[12] where he served until March 2013.[13]

He ran for the seat of the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of PML-Q from NA-63 (Jhelum-II) in 2013 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful. He received 34,072 votes and lost the seat to Malik Iqbal Mehdi Khan. In the same election, he also ran for the seat of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as an independent candidate from Constituency PP-24 (Jhelum-I) but was unsuccessful. He received only 82 votes and lost the seat to Raja Muhammad Awais Khan.[14]

In June 2016, he joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).[15][16]

He ran for the seat of the National Assembly as a candidate of PTI from Constituency Constituency NA-63 (Jhelum-II) in by-election held in August 2016 but was unsuccessful. He received 74,819 votes and lost the seat to Nawabzada Raja Matloob Mehdi.[17]

In November 2016, he was appointed as the spokesperson of PTI.[18] In March 2018, he was given the additional charge of Secretary Information of PTI after the resignation of Shafqat Mahmood.[19][20][21]

In June 2018, he was allocated PTI ticket to contest the 2018 Pakistani general election from Constituency NA-67 (Jhelum-II).[22] An election tribunal rejected the nomination papers of Chaudhry after a petition was filed claiming Fawad had not paid agriculture tax.[23] The Lahore High Court allowed Chaudhry to contest the election after he filed an appeal in the court against the election tribunal's decision.[24][25]

He was elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PTI from Constituency NA-67 (Jhelum-II) in 2018 general election. He received 93,102 votes and defeated Nawabzada Raja Matloob Mehdi, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N).[26] In the same election, he was also elected to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as a candidate of PTI from Constituency PP-27 (Jhelum-III). He received 67,003 votes and defeated Nasir Mehmood, a candidate of PML-N.[27] Following his successful election, he expressed interest to become the Chief Ministers of Punjab in a TV talk show.[28][29]

On 18 August, Imran Khan formally announced his federal cabinet structure and Chaudhry was named as Minister for Information and Broadcasting.[30] On 20 August 2018, he was sworn in as Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan.[31]

In April 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a major reshuffle of the federal cabinet and Chaudhry was removed as Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting.[32] He was subsequently appointed as Federal Minister for Science and Technology.[33][34]

In May 2019, Chaudhry launched Pakistan's first official moon-sighting website and issued five-year lunar calendar based on scientific readings of the moon’s movement in a bid to end Pakistan's moon-sighting controversy, however his move was severely criticized by the religious clerics.[35]

ReferencesEdit

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