Amir Muqam (Politician)

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Amir Muqam Khan (Urdu:امير مقام خان ; b. 25 July 1963), is a Pakistani politician, national conservative, and mechanical engineer who is currently serving as the Advisor to Prime Minister on federal departments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 29 October 2013.He is also president of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Khyber pukhtoon khawa.[1] Amir Muqam  
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Amir Muqam

  • Nationality:

    Pakistani

  • Citizenship :

    Pakistan

  • Residence:

    Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Alma Mater:

    University of Engineering and Technology (BSc)

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Mechanical engineer

  • Advisor to Prime Minister Incumbent Prime Minister :

    Nawaz Sharif

  • Advisor to Prime Minister Incumbent President:

    Mamnoon Hussain

  • Advisor to Prime Minister Incumbent Assumed office:

    7 June 2013

  • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency NA-31 Succeeded by:

    Ibad Ullah

  • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency NA-31 In office:

    18 February 2008 – 11 May 2013

  • Portfolio:

    Incharge of federal departments

  • Cabinet:

    Sharif ministry

  • Constituency:

    NA-31(Shanglapar)

  • Province:

    Khyber Pukhtunkhwa

  • Contact Number:

    0996-853004 0300-8110004 051-2820814

  • Local Address:

    J-312, Parliament Lodges, Ibd

  • Permanent Address :

    Vill Chagum, P.O. Aloch, Tehsil Puran, District Shangla

  • Born
  • Date:

    25 July 1963

  • Place:

    Shangla, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

  • Career
  • Political Party:

    Pakistan Muslim League (N) (2008-)

Amir Muqam Biography

Amir Muqam was born at puran village near Shangla town, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on 25 July 1963 into political Gujjar family. After matriculating from a local high school, Muqam enrolled at the University of Engineering and Technology in Peshawar in 1983 to study engineering. In 1988, Muqam graduated from UET Peshawar with BSc in Mechanical engineering. After graduation, Muqam worked for the provincial government on several projects and practiced engineering profession for nearly 10 years.Since 1989, Muqam has been a member of the Pakistan Engineering Council.In 1998, Muqam was elected as general secretary of the Cantonments Association till he remained until 2001. In 2001, Muqam was elected unoppose as Nazim (Mayor) of Bengali Chagum Union Council after participating in local government elections.[2] Amir Muqam biography

In Power

He elected as member of National Assembly in 2002 elections from NA-31 , Shangla [3] In Power and current status

Current Status

Areas of Legislative Interest
  •  Foregin Affairs 
  •  Religious Affairs 
  •  Communication 
Membership of National Assembly Committees
  • Standing Committee on Kashmir 
  •  Standing Committee on Defence 

Career in national politics

Amir Muqam's son Niaz Ahmad is probably the youngest elected district nazim (from Shangla)
Amir Muqam's son Niaz Ahmad is probably the youngest elected district nazim (from Shangla)
Engr. Amir Muqam
Engr. Amir Muqam
  Muqam participated well on general elections held in 2002 on the Jamaat Islami & Pakistan Muslim League alliance platform for NA-31 constituency.Muqam was brought up as a Minister of State for Water and Power and Political Affairs.From 2002–07, Muqam worked for the whole Pakhtunkhwa province, from chitral to bannu, Muqam completed the Peshawar motorway,which was then inaugurated by the President Musharraf,Amir Muqam ensured Sui gas to different area's of Pakhtunkhwa,Muqam again successfully defended his constituency in the general elections held in 2008.However, his relations grew bitter with party president of PML(Q), Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, because of Ch Shujaat alliance with ppp,Amir Muqam resigned as Federal Minister for Industry and Production, and declare alliance with ppp baseless and unpopular, Ch Shujaat & Ch Pervez elahi went to Amir Muqam house in Islamabad but Muqam refused Ministry & alliance with PPP. After a few days, Muqam announced to join the PML(N) after holding a meeting with Nawaz Sharif. He was soon appointed Senior vice President of the party, a position vacated by Javed Hashmi who quit PML-N and joined Imran Khan's Tehrik-e-Insaf a few months back. In 2013, Muqam decided not to contest from NA-31 constituency where he was elected twice in the past and tried on seats in Swat.He was defeated, However, his brother Dr. Ibadullah got elected as Member of the National Assembly from Shangla. Ibadullah had been District Chief (Mayor) of Shangla in the previous government. On 29 October 2013. Amir Muqam was appointed as Advisor to Prime Minister .Amir Muqam Son Niaz Ahmad Khan is the current Distt Chief (Mayor) of Shangla.Amir Muqam Brother Tariq Wahab is serving as an Officer in Pakistan Army.[4] Careers in national politics

Brother to vacate NA seat for Amir Muqam

Engr. Amir Muqam with Nawaz Sharif
Engr. Amir Muqam with Nawaz Sharif
Doctor Ibadullah, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA from Shangla, is likely to vacate his National Assembly seat (NA-31) to pave the way for re-entry of his elder brother Engineer Amir Muqam, central vice-president of the party, into mainstream national politics.Sources close to Muqam family told Dawn that homework had been made in this regard. His brother Ibadullah had won the May 11, 2013, general election from Shangla, the hometown of Amir Muqam. He had consecutively won the 2002 and 2008 general elections from this constituency with thumping majority.However, he left this safe seat to his younger brother Ibadullah in the May 11 election and opted to contest from NA-30 Swat, PK-80 and PK-82 on PML-N ticket. However, in a great setback Muqam lost to PTI candidates on all the three seats. PML-N provincial chief Pir Sabir Shah, Khwaja Hoti, Rahmat Salam Khattak and other former lawmakers of PML-N were also defeated in the election.A key PML-N provincial leader told Dawn that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had given green signal to Amir Muqam to contest election from his home constituency. Dr Ibadullah, who is presently in Saudi Arabia to perform Umra, will vacate the NA-31 seat on his return after Eidul Fitr.He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself will visit Shangla as part of Amir Muqam’s election campaign and announce special package for the people of Shangla at a public meeting there.However, when contacted Amir Muqam ruled out any such development, saying may be his brother, Dr Ibad, wanted to see him (Muqam) in the National Assembly but there was no such plan in the near future.[5] Brother to vacate na seats for amir muqam

Adviser

Advisors are supposed to give advice on specific issues. They ought to be experts in certain areas. However, most of the advisors in Pakistan are appointed to appease or accommodate someone. Often, posts of advisors are created without any real need to ensure that there are enough official positions to adjust people who need to be accommodated. The case of an advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is interesting. What was the compulsion to appoint him an advisor and then forget about him? For almost five months, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Amir Muqam had no official work to do despite being an advisor to the Prime Minister. Finally, a notification was issued recently to assign him the task of monitoring and supervising the federal government departments operating in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The announcement brought relief to his supporters, who celebrated the occasion by paying for newspaper advertisements to felicitate Amir Muqam and thank prime minister Nawaz Sharif for reposing trust in him.

MNA or Senator

Advisor Amir Muqam may not be required to offer advice to the prime minister, but there was need to give him an official title. He couldn’t be made a minister as he wasn’t an elected MNA or Senator. Another option was making him a special assistant, but the title sounded bureaucratic and inferior. So he was made an advisor, but wasn’t given any real work. Last week he was finally given some authority, though one isn’t sure if he would be able to exercise any real powers.[6]  MNA or Senator 

Party Workers and Voters

Amir Muqam is a politician in constant touch with party workers and voters. He is also brave, having survived at least six attacks on his life claimed by the militants. Unlike some other politicians, he has refused to leave his village, district and province despite threats to his life and his family. He could have been an asset to the PML-N, but the prime minister has no time for his Advisor and no use for his political skills.

Maintained

Amir Muqam maintained at the time that he had advised Musharraf not to launch his political party as it had no future. He was right, but Musharraf had floated the APML in the hope that people like Amir Muqam, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, his cousin Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and many others who had benefited from his rule would join the party and contribute to give it a bright future. Most such politicians stayed away from him and some who initially joined him gradually drifted away as they found out that Musharraf had played his innings and his APML stood no chance of winning the elections. It was time to look for greener pastures and the PML-N and the PTI offered better opportunities of entering the corridors of powers than staying with Musharraf.

Pakistan Muslim League APML

Earlier, Musharraf had lured Amir Muqam to ditch his party, Jamaat-i-Islami, and join the PML-Q despite his election in the 2002 general election as an MNA on the ticket of the six-party religious alliance, Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA). Musharraf developed a liking for Amir Muqam, calling him his brother and gifting him his pistol during a visit to Swat. Many opportunist politicians flocked to Amir Muqam when they realised that he was close to Musharraf. However, their brotherhood ended when Musharrafrule came to an end and Amir Muqam declined to join the former general’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).[7]  Pakistan Muslim League (APML) 

Federal Minister

Amir Muqam, the burly engineer who made his money as a contractor and businessman, had joined PML-N with high expectations. He had held negotiations with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also and was inclined to join it, but Imran Khan and his aides rejected Amir Muqam’s conditions for joining the party. Amir Muqam was a federal minister when he quit the government and aligned himself with Nawaz Sharif. The latter was criticised at the time for letting a prominent supporter of General Pervez Musharraf and a Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-i-Azam (PML-Q) stalwart join the PML-N. However, the PML-N made a pragmatic decision as it needed a known politician with grassroots support in Malakand division to join its ranks to win some assembly seats in the seven districts in the region. Amir Muqam lost from his constituency in Swat, but his group did manage to win a national and a provincial assembly seat from his native Shangla.

Shangla district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

It was on October 29, 2014 that Amir Muqam, hailing from Shangla district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was appointed an advisor to the prime minister. He was given the office after much effort and lobbying. However, he wasn’t assigned any portfolio or work. It took Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif another five months to assign some responsibility, or work, to his advisor. It remains to be seen if the federal government departments in KP placed under his supervision listen to him or ignore him. There came a time in the past five months that Amir Muqam, frustrated due to lack of authority despite being an advisor to the prime minister, tendered his resignation. None of his demands was being accepted. He was a powerless advisor, his brother Dr Ibadullah who is MNA from Shangla district, wasn’t given any position in the federal government, and none of the three MNAs in his group from Fata — Shahabuddin of Bajaur Agency, Ghalib Khan of South Waziristan and Nazeer Khan of North Waziristan — was considered for a berth in the cabinet. Instead, an independent tribal member of the Senate, Abbas Afridi, was retained as a federal minister from the Fata quota in the PML-N government after having earlier served in the cabinet of the PPP government.[8]  Shangla district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 

Member of the Federal Cabinet

Amir Muqam has done this kind of work in the past also, but there was a different prime minister at the time. Also, he was an elected legislator then and also a member of the federal cabinet. Presently, he is an unelected advisor to the prime minister because he lost the assembly election in May 2013.


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