Kashmala Tariq is a lawyer by profession and a politician representing strong working women in Pakistan. Before joining politics she worked for Mandviwala & Zafar law firm where she practiced Corporate and commercial Law. She studied In Punjab University Law School for her L.L.B and she got her master’s degree L.L.M from London School of Economics and Political Science. She joined politics in 2002 when she elected as a member of National Assembly of Pakistan from 2002 till 2012.
|In Urdu:||کشمالہ طارق|
|Education:||Master of Laws|
|Alma Mater:||London School of Economics and Political Science|
|Date:||24 January 1972|
|Spouse:||Mr. Tariq Rashid Khan|
|Children:||Azlan Khan (Son)|
|Political Party:||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
|Role:||Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplaces|
|Dates:||27 February 2018|
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|Role:||Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan|
|Constituency :||Reserved seat for women|
Kashmala Tariq was born in Lahore and she also resides in the same city. Kashmala Tariq has studied law from Pakistan and London, so she is also a lawyer by profession. Kashmala was interested in politics since her college days. She was president of student federation at university level. Before adopting politics as a career, Kashmala Tariq has worked as a lawyer with top lawyers of Supreme Court. Now Kashmala owns a law chamber with the name ‘Kashmala and Associates’ where she works as an advocate. Leadership qualities are something innate in her. Throughout her academic career she had been a ‘guiding light’ for her peers. Her records prove that the Profile Name ‘Kashmala’ always signified confidence and courage.
Kashmala Tariq got married to a Canadian Pakistani Tariq Rashid Khan. Mr Khan is settled in Pakistan now and he is honorable member of Commonwealth Parliamentary association. They also have a son named Azlan Khan.
Politics has been her passion, right from the very beginning. She was Secretary General of an Environmental NGO (Sath) from 1992 to 1995; and has served as President of the Peoples Students Federation (PSF) from 1993 to 1995. Her stay at Punjab University made her well-versed with the political maneuverings and trends prevalent in Pakistan. This exposure made her street-wise and helped her to go a long way in her political struggle, later in life. At LSE she was able to lead the LSE Students’ Union – an honor for Ms. Kashmala, indeed. During her stay at LSE, she developed her political affiliations with ‘ Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf – Imran Khan’s brain child’. For two long years i.e. 1998 – 2000, she remained ‘Chief Organizer – Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf UK’.
Kashmala Tariq joined politics as a member of National Assembly of Pakistan through reserved seat. She joined National Assembly of Pakistan in 2002 and worked as its member for 10 years. She became member of parliament for two times. As the member of National Assembly she has done remarkable work for the rights of women in Pakistan. Kashmala Tariq was also one of the important members of the political party Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) AKA PML-Q for some time. Kashmala Tariq assisted the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians as a chair person for three years. Kashmala is one and only female politician of Pakistan who has won this election of CWP outside Pakistan.
Chairperson of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians
She was elected as Chairperson of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in CPA Annual conference held in India in 2007. She got elected by female MPs of 125 legislatures of 53 commonwealth member countries. Prior to this, she also served as Vice Chair of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) and member of steering committee representing Asian region.
Three Standing Committees of Parliament
She sat on three standing committees of parliament i.e. Law, Justice and Human Rights, Finance and Revenue and Trade and Commerce.
Introduced Two Bills
She introduced two bills regarding women in parliament, on honour killings and amendments to the Hudood Ordinance respectively. She is among the critics of the Hudood Ordinance and questions its legitimacy in Islamic theology as claimed by the proponents. She identifies laws on gender discrimination,harassment scandal and domestic violence among her priority issues and criticizes the feudal mindset along with a male-dominated culture as hindering progress and laws in these areas.
In July 2011, Kashmala was a candidate for the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. She lost the first round of the election to Ms Fiamé Mata’afa, the Samoan Minister of Justice and Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP from the United Kingdom. Sir Alan was eventually elected as the chairperson in the runoff.
Kashmala Tariq is great supporter of human rights specially women’s rights. She has worked for the rights of women as a politician and also as a lawyer. Honor killing and changes to the ‘Hudood Ordinance’ were presented by Kashmala Tariq.
She likes travelling has travelled to Europe, Far East and U.A.E.Her hobbies include Horse Riding and Swimming. She is a brave young lady who has always loved dauntingly difficult tasks and interests. She is vigorous and this very vigor is, arguably, her core competency.
Areas of Legislative Interests
- Women Development
- Law Membership of National Assembly Committees
- Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human rights
- Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue
- Standing Committee on House and Library
Nawa-i-Waqt group CEO
Nawa-i-Waqt group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rameeza Majid Nizami on Thursday 8 March 2018 alleged that a Waqt News television team was illegally detained and manhandled by staff at the office of Kashmala Tariq, the Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace, in Islamabad.Nizami, who levelled the allegations in a series of tweets, said that the team had gone to Tariq’s office to record an interview.However, Tariq allegedly appeared dissatisfied with the interview and, once the recording was complete, her staff was ordered to retrieve and confiscate the footage from the team. When they resisted the move, Tariq’s staff allegedly illegally detained and scuffled with them, on her orders.When Waqt News crew member, Matiullah Jan, who was in possession of the footage, refused to hand it over, he was assaulted, Nizami claimed.
- Permanent Address: C-4 Officers Colony, Zarrar Shaheed Road, Lahore Cantt
- Local Address: F-307, Parliament Lodges, Ibd