Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui is a Pakistan-based political figure who has served as Federal Minister of ITT (Information Technology & Telecommunication) from 20th August 2018 to 6th April 2020. Since 2018 he is Pakistan National Assembly’s member and MQM’s (Muttahida Quami Movement) leader in Feb 2018.
During his 2nd tenure as National Assembly member, he performed at the post of Federal Ministry for Industries & Production from 1997 to 1998 in PM Nawaz’s cabinet. The article contains all the detail about him, including Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui Biography.
|Name:||Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui|
|In Urdu:||خالد مقبول صدیقی|
|Residence:||J50, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad|
|Oath Taking Date:||01-06-2013|
|Elected as:||The Member of the National Assembly|
|General Election:||Pakistani general election, 2013|
|Served as:||Deputy Convener Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)|
|Parents:||Maqbool Hussain Siddiqui (Father)|
|Political Party:||Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)|
|Role:||Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan|
|Dates:||1 June 2013|
Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui Biography
Maqbool Siddiqui started his political career during his student life as APMSO chairperson and is still brightening his career in the political field. He contested the general election in 1990 and got elected to Pakistan national Assembly.
In 1997 Nawaz Shareef inducted him into his cabinet, and he served the federal ministry for Industries & Production in Shareef’s cabinet. In 2018 Coordination Committee of MQM raised him from Deputy-Convener rank to Convener rank by replacing Sattar.
Upon which Sattar demanded intra-party elections and succeeded in becoming a convener, but Siddiqui didn’t accept the polls and challenged them in ECP. ECP decided in his favor, and he was restored to Convene post.
Early Political Career
During his study period at Sindh Medical-College (now Jinnah Sindh Medical University), he became chairperson of APMSO (All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organization) in 1989.
General Election 1990
He got elected to Pakistan National Assembly as HPG’s (Haq Parast group) candidate from NA-169 Constituency in general election 1990. The MQM had fielded contestants for general polls in 1990 under HPG’s banner. He got designated as an MQM convener in 1993.
General Election 1997
He got elected to National Assembly on the ticket of HPG from NA-169 Constituency in general election 1997. He was inducted into PM Nawaz Shareef’s federal cabinet in July 1997 and took federal ministry for Industries & Production and served at this ministry until 1998.
General Election 2013
In 2013, he was again elected to National Assembly as an MQM candidate and defeated PPP’s (Pakistan Peoples Party) candidate Ali Muhammad by securing 141,035 votes.
Elevation to MQM Convener
On 11th February 2018, he got elevated from MQM deputy Convener to Convener. MQM’s Coordination Committee replaced Farooq Sattar and made him Convener. Farooq, in retaliation, dissolved the coordination committee of the party and asked for new intra-party elections.
In an intra-party election, Sattar was appointed MQM convener. Siddique led a faction of the party, challenged the results, filed the petition in ECP (Election Commission of Pakistan), and presented his stance that Farooq was removed from Convener and so hadn’t the power to arrange intra-party election.
ECP gave the decision in Siddiqui’s favor and removed Sattar from the position of Convener. On 28th March 2018, Farooq filed an appeal in Islamabad High-Court against ECP’s decision of suspending him from the Convener post. Islamabad High-Court dismissed his petition and maintained ECP orders.
General Election 2018
In the general election 2018, he got again elected to National Assembly as an MQM candidate from NA-255 Constituency.
Appointed as Minister for ITT
Imran Khan announced his federal cabinet’s structure on 18th August, and Maqbool got designated as Minister for ITT (Information Technology & Telecommunication). He took the oath as Federal Minister for ITT on 20th August 2018 in PM Imran Khan’s federal cabinet.
Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui Resignation
The court declared him as an absconder on 20th August 2018 in the case of the Loudspeaker act’s violation. PM Imran Khan accepted his resignation on 6th April in a cabinet-reshuffle. In his address, he stated that we had assisted PTI in its Government formation.
He further added that even after sixteen to seventeen months, no progress had been seen in Sindh. So, it’s difficult for me to hold a ministerial post while my people are at the same point they were before our association with PTI. He explained that his party wouldn’t end its cooperation and affiliation with PTI Government.
Reactions to Resignation Announcement
PTI senior member and Federal Minister for Federal-Education & Professional Training Shafqat Mehmood said he hadn’t seen the press conference yet. Indeed, the reservations of MQM members would be resolved soon. He further added that MQM is our coalition partner, and Maqbool is an integral part of the cabinet.
Fawad Chaudhary said This is not unique, and if MQM has reservations, they indeed have valid points, but their other statements may create problems. Nafisa Shah, a PPP leader, stated that it’s time to note whether MQM succeeds in fulfilling its promises and to what extent.
PPP member Saeed Ghani appreciated Siddiqui’s resignation, saying that PTI Govt had made fake promises with the Pakistani public and had deceived their partners.
Social Media Handles
His social media account include