President’s Profile

HONORABLE SARDAR AYAZ SADIQ 
SPEAKER 
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF PAKISTAN 
(NOVEMBER 9, 2015 –       )

Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan
(3 June, 2013 – 22 August, 2015)
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
(12th National Assembly – 2002-2007)
(13th National Assembly – 2008-2013)
(14th National Assembly – 2013-2015)


(Speaker 14th National Assembly – 2015-Till to-date)
President Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
President Parliamentary Assembly of ECO Countries
Acting President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Honorable Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, has been re-elected as Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan by securing 268 votes on 9th November, 2015. He has created the new parliamentary history and elected twice as Speaker National Assembly during the same tenure of the Assembly.
 

Family Background:

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was born on October 17, 1954 to a noted business family of Lahore, the provincial metropolis of the Punjab Province. The family had settled there at the time of the country’s independence in 1947.

His father, Sheikh Muhammad Sadiq not only prided himself as a leading businessman of his times, but also as a noted philanthropist — a passion equally shared by his wife Begum Attiya Sadiq.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s grandfather, Sheikh Sardar Muhammad, a reformer of his times, is credited for establishing the first Muslim Girls school in Lahore by the name of Sheikh Sardar Girls High school. Sheikh Sardar Muhammad was also elected as the city’s Deputy Mayor in early sixties. The elder Sardar Muhammad later joined the struggle of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, the sister of the founder of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, against the then military dictator Field Marshal Ayub Khan and faced arrests and the wrath of the military regime. In his memory, the family built a charity eye hospital “Sardar Trust Eye Hospital” on 16th October, 1994, which continues to serve the needy and the poor. The hospital is also one of the leading hospitals doing corneal transplants completely free of cost.

Mr. Ayaz Sadiq married Ms. Reema Ayaz in 1977, a widely read and dedicated social activist. She is the daughter of Mr. Justice (Rtd) Sardar Mohammad Iqbal, the learned Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court and Pakistan’s first Federal Ombudsman. The couple is blessed with a daughter and two sons.
 

Early Life and Education:

Hailing from a self-made, hard working business family, the emphasis and importance on education, based on high morals and ethics, was a sine qua non. While Ayaz Sadiq was sent to the prestigious Atchison College Lahore, his mother ensured the child’s upbringing in a strict code of moral, religious and social values. After his Senior Cambridge, Ayaz Sadiq went to the noted Hailey College of Commerce, University of the Punjab, to complete his Bachelors in Commerce. He is remembered as an ardent Sportsman of his times being a member of the College Cricket and Hockey teams as well as being Lahore’s junior table tennis champion.
 

Political Career:

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq joined the family business after the completion of his studies, he also started taking keen interest in the social welfare activities; a family legacy. This enabled him to grasp the difficulties of the downtrodden, igniting a passion to bring social reforms through political activism. He entered mainstream politics in 1997 and later joined Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on 1st February 2001.

His joining the PML-N marked the unconstitutional overthrow the Government of the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a military coup, which lead to his arduous journey of opposition. He remained steadfast in his chosen path and braved arrests and political victimizations. He also worked diligently to organize the party at all levels as Member of the Central Working Committee and the Central Finance Secretary of the PML-N.

In 2002, he made his debut to the Parliament by getting elected in both the National as well as the Provincial Assemblies from Lahore. He chose to take oath as a Member of the National Assembly and contributed as Member of the Standing Committees on Finance, Railway and Defence Production. He was among 19 legislators form his party in a House of 342.

In 2008, he successfully returned to the National Assembly for a second term and was elected as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Railways. He also served as Member of the all-powerful Public Accounts Committee and the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir. During this term, he also helped the then Speaker in materializing the idea of Parliamentary Friendship Groups by drafting its rules. His contributions as Convener of the Pak-German Parliamentary Friendship Group went a long way in building a strong parliamentary relationship between the two countries.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was elected to the Parliament for the third consecutive term in 2013 by managing a landslide victory. He secured over ninety-three thousand votes. In view of his contributions to the Party and the Parliament, he was nominated for the Office of the Speaker. He was elected to this Constitutional Office with an over two-third majority.

Role As The Speaker:

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq brings diverse experience and distinct grace to the office of the Speaker. His non-partisan conduct has strengthened the respect of the Chair as he evenly commands the confidence of the Treasury as well as the Opposition.

As Speaker, he has initiated a number of projects to reform the legislative and administrative working of the House and the Secretariat. These include the automization of the parliamentary business, strengthening of the Committee System, introduction of a strict merit-based hiring policy through competitive examination and the establishment of a Human Resource Department in the National Assembly.

A key initiative of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as Speaker has been the formation of a Parliamentary Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in wake of the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda of the United Nations. This makes Pakistan’s Parliament the first legislature in the world to take up the development agenda on high priority, which has been cited as a “role model” by numerous forums, including the United Nations and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). He has also devised a comprehensive long-term Strategic Plan for the National Assembly. This has been done to foster energy in all spheres of parliamentary development.

He is also instrumental in building closer links with the Academia to bring in qualitative research facilities for the Members. It is through his personal supervision and encouragement that more than 53 leading universities and high institutes have agreed to introduce Parliamentary Studies course as a discipline in order to attract qualified workforce as well as to promote better understanding of Parliament and its working among the youth. The stated Course has successfully been launched by at least 4 Universities while others are to follow the course soon.

Furthermore, being an ardent advocate of parliamentary supremacy, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has laid special emphasis on recreating the image of the Parliament as an institution among the young minds. Batches of young students are regularly invited to witness the proceedings of the House. A sizeable number of young graduates have also been offered internships to work in various branches of the National Assembly.

His prime emphasis on austerity and cost reduction led him to get an energy audit of the Parliament. This helped in bringing in measures, which enabled saving the public exchequer. The audit also enabled them to look at alternative sources of energy production. The idea of shifting the energy needs of the Parliament on solar energy was thus introduced. Work has begun to realize this goal and the Parliament of Pakistan will become the first “Green Parliament” in the world.

In his constitutional position as Speaker, he has performed the duties of Acting President of Pakistan on numerous occasions in the absence of the President and the Chairman Senate.

Parliamentary Diplomacy:

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has long worked in building meaningful partnership with sister parliaments since his days as an Opposition Member. As the author of the Rules of Parliamentary Friendship Groups (PFGs), he has envisaged a clear roadmap for these vital organs to promote parliamentary diplomacy.

Consequently, soon after his election as Speaker, he reorganized and notified 88 PFGs by appointing their dedicated Conveners. He has taken personal interest in ensuring regular meetings of these groups, tasking them to build strong and purposeful relationship with the world community.

His keen interest at the multilateral forums is evident from his proactive participation in numerous Inter Parliamentary Assemblies, The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Association of South Asian Association Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Speakers and Parliamentarians, the Asian Parliamentary Assembly and others.

He is currently:

•    The President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
•    The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization Countries (PAECO)
•    Past President of Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians

It is under his leadership that Pakistan will host the first ever Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in 2015, which will be participated by the parliamentarians of 167 parliaments from 53 countries.

International Travels:

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has widely travelled to various parts of the world in his capacity as a parliamentarian and now as the Speaker.   He has lead parliamentary delegations to numerous friendly countries as state and official guest. These include:
•    Saudi Arabia                                    •    Russia
•    Turkmenistan                                  •    Bahrain
•    Switzerland                                      •    Sri Lanka
•    The Maldives                                   •    The United Kingdom
•    Cameroon                                       •    Spain
•    Cuba                                                 •    Kuwait
•    The United Arab Emirates

Poll

Quaid i Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah preferred Parliamentary authority which allows chosen representatives to take all State decisions as against any dictatorial or aristocratic system.
Yes
90%
No
10%
Total votes: 110