Known as a Nawaz loyalist, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra is among those Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz ( PML-N) leaders who kept the party alive while its fortunes were dwindling during its chief’s exile. Hailing from Jhagra – a village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa near the provincial capital Peshawar – he actively participated in the All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) against the Musharraf regime. He was also a secretary general for the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) – a coalition of political parties which endorsed the Charter of Democracy (CoD) signed by former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif.
|Name:||Iqbal Zafar Jhagra|
|In Urdu:||اقبال ظفر جھگڑا|
|Residence:||Jhagra House Peshawar,KPK|
|Education:||Peshawar University Engineering College & Bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering|
|Date:||17 May 1947|
|Place:||Peshawar, British Raj|
|Relatives:||Iftikhar Khan Jhagra (cousin)|
|Political Party:||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
|Serve As:||Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa|
|Proceeded by:||Sardar Mehtab Abbasi|
|Time Period :||4 March 2016 _ Present|
|Secretary General:||March 1997, – October 1999, March 2009|
|President :||Farooq Leghari Muhammad Rafiq Tarar|
|Prime Minister :||Nawaz Sharif|
|Constituency :||NA 3|
|Cabinet :||Secretary-General of PML (N)|
|Committees :||Chairman Senate Standing committee for Defence,production and Aviation and Special Asstt to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from 1997 to Oct 1999|
Born in 1947, the senior politician currently holds the post of secretary general in PML-N. Jhagra was elected to the Senate in 1997 and on a vacant seat in 2008. He also contested for a Senate seat in 2012 but lost. The former senator has served as chairman of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence, Defence Production and Aviation. He has also been a of several other standing committees of the Senate – among them are Petroleum and Natural Resources, Interior, Narcotics Control, States and Frontier Region.
At a time when PML-N was sitting on the treasury benches with PPP after the 2008 election, Jhagra had foreseen that the two parties were soon to become political rivals. He has been a longstanding critic of Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) for the support it offered to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and called the party “a group of opportunists formed by the establishment”.In March 2013, Jhagra was made secretary of PML-N’s central parliamentary board, which was tasked with the selection of candidates for the 2013 general election.
Jhagra was re-elected secretary general of the PML-N in 2012. His name was finalised for the position reportedly after Sartaj Aziz’s refusal to accept the assignment on account of “personal reasons”. Aziz’s rejection and Jhagra’s appointment are said to have been punctuated by bouts of resentment within PML-N ranks. His cousin Iftikhar Jhagra joined Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf ( PTI) in 2011 after parting ways with Pakistan Peoples Party.The PML-N stalwart has been vocal on matters of national interest and is known for being an advocate of the restoration of the Constitution to its original 1973 form.
Secretary-general Iqbal Zafar Jhagra will act as secretary of the 36-member panel, which includes Senator Raja Zafarul Haq, Ishaq Dar, Chaudhry Nisar, Ahsan Iqbal, Mushahidullah Khan, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Mamnoon Husain, Tehmina Daultana, Najma Hameed, Dastghir Khan, Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch (retired), Sardar Yaqoob Khan Nasir, sources say.
Chief Administrator of Fata
“Being PML-N secretary general, of course, Mr Jhagra will also be spending much of his time looking after party affairs, instead of tending to his original assignment as the chief administrator of Fata . Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, however, maintained that since he was a Pakhtun, Mr Jhagra was the best choice the PM could have made to serve the people of KP and Fata. “Constitutionally, it’s the right of the prime minister to appoint anybody he deems fit for the job,” he said.