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Sardar Ayaz Sadiq

سردار اياز صادق
Speaker of the National Assembly
Assumed office

3 June 2013
DeputyMurtaza Javed Abbasi
Preceded byFahmida Mirza
Personal details
Born(1954-10-17) 17 October 1954 (age 59)

Lahore, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (N)
Alma materUniversity of the Punjab
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq (Urdu: سردار اياز صادق‎; born 17 October 1954) is a Pakistani politician who is the current and 19th Speaker of the National Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament of Pakistan. Sadiq was elected member of National Assembly (MNA) for three consecuctive terms – in 2002, 2008 and 2013. He became the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan on 3 June 2013, succeeding Fahmida Mirza. Sadiq is politically affiliated to the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N).

Born and raised in Lahore, Sadiq graduated from the Aitchison College and later pursued commerce at the Hailey College of Punjab University. His work in Lahore’s NA-122 constituency for the last 17 years has made him a popular candidate. He started his political career from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in ‘1996 but left the party in 1998 after differences with Imran Khan, Sadiq joined PML-N in 2001, and defeated his former boss Imran Khan in 2002 general election and again in 2013 general election. Sadiq was nominated for post of Speaker, a post many see as a reward for defeating PML-N's main critic Imran Khan.


    Early and personal life

    Sadiq was born on 17 October 1954 in Lahore. He graduated from Aitchison College and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Hailey College of Commerce in 1975. Since 1994, he has chaired the Sardar Trust Eye Hospital. Sadiq is married and has two sons and a daughter.

    Political career

    Sadiq started his political career from Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the 1996. He left PTI in 1998 owing to differences with Khan and joined the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N). He was Khan's junior at Aitchison College during the early 1960s. Sadiq admits that both he and Khan have been on good terms as old friends, even after their split in politics. His Aitchison fellows – Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Pervaiz Khattak, Faisal Saleh Hayat, Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Zulfiqar Ali Magsi – are also prominent figures in the politics of Pakistan.

    Sadiq successfully contested the 2002 general election on PML-N ticket against Khan from NA-122 Lahore-V. In the 2008 election, he defeated the Pakistan Peoples Party's candidate with a huge margin. He was elected member of National Assembly (MNA) for the third consecutive term in 2013 defeating PTI's chairman for the second time. Sadiq was nominated for the post of Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan by PML-N on 2 June 2013; he won the election for the post with a majority of 258 votes out 313 and became the nineteenth Speaker of the National Assembly. Sadiq took oath from his predecessor Dr. Fahmida Mirza.
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