"Defending Pakistan Conference" Ejaz ul Haq Speech
Uploaded on Nov 2, 2011
Ch Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq (Urdu: ???? ????? ????) (born 1953) is a prominent Pakistani politician and a businessman who served as a Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Minorities under the Government of Prime minister Shaukat Aziz. A former Pakistan Army officer, Haq joined the Pakistan Army in 1971, as second lieutnenat, but he left during his term as a Captain. Originally a Bahrain-based banker, Ijaz entered national politics following the assassination of his father, Military President General Zia-ul-Haq, in 1988. He rose to prominence in the Pakistan Muslim League as a right-wing opponent of the succeeding Benazir Bhutto's government. He was appointed Federal minister for Labour within the cabinet of Zia's civilian successor Nawaz Sharif as well as the senior president of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) during its second tenure in the 1990s. He stepped down from the post following differences with Sharif, who was overthrown shortly afterwards by General Pervez Musharraf in 1999.
Forming his own PML splinter faction, Zia-ul-Haq Shaheed, Ijaz was elected to the Pakistan National Assembly for a record fourth time in the 2002 general election. Initially allying himself with Musharraf's PML-Q party, he was appointed federal minister for religious affairs. However, he gradually fell out with the government, and regularly sparked controversy. His support for nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan and his criticism of the Bush administration all deviated from the government line. However, his remarks concerning the knighthood of Salman Rushdie received international condemnation. He lost for the first time in the 2008 general election, and resigned from the PML-Q in February 2010. His revived PML-Zia upset the Pakistan Peoples Party in Bahawalnagar for Member of the Provincial Assembly in March 2010.[
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