Khawaja Saad Rafique is a Pakistan-based political figure who is serving as a National Assembly member since Oct 2018. He is among the leaders of PML-N and served as Railway Minister in the Abbasi Cabinet from Aug 2017-May 2018 and in Nawaz’s 3rd Ministry from 2013-2017. He briefly held the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Ministry of Culture during the Ministry of Gillani in 2008.
Later, Khawaja Saad served as Pakistan National Assembly’s member from 2002-2018 and from 1997-1999 held the post of Special Assistant to PM for Youth Affairs under Shareef’s 2nd ministry. This article carries every detail about Khawaja, including Khawaja Saad Rafique Biography.
|Khawaja Saad Rafique
|Punjab University (BA and MA)
|+92 300 4021242
|H.No. 86, Block-D, DHA, Lahore Cantt.
|H-204, Parliament Lodges, Ibd.
|Minister for Railway Incumbent Preceded by:
|Ghulam Ahmad Bilour
|Minister for Railway Incumbent Prime Minister:
|Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
|Minister for Railway Incumbent President:
|Ghulam Ahmad Bilour
|Minister for Railway Incumbent Assumed office:
|7 June 2013
|Minister for Culture In office:
|31 March 2008 – 13 May 2008
|Minister for Youth Affairs In office:
|31 March 2008 – 13 May 2008
|4 November 1962
|Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Khawaja Muhammad Rafique
|Khawja Salman Rafique
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Khawaja Saad Rafique Biography
He is a seasoned politician having a strong political background. He started his political activities during his student life and represented Muslim Student Union at MAO College. After completion of his studies, he properly started his political career. Furthermore, he is a loyal and dedicated leader of PML-N as he was among those leaders who kept the party alive and active in Nawaz’s absence.
Furthermore, his wisdom and competency have led him to have a strong and eminent position in PML-N as he gives advice and suggestions to Nawaz on various important matters and is often seen in talk shows defending his party decisions. He has been elected to Pakistan National Assembly several times on the ticket of PML-N. His strong stances and demands against Musharraf led him to imprisonment, but he remained firm and didn’t change his decisions.
Khawaja Date of Birth
He opened his eyes on 4th Nov 1962 in Lahore, Punjab.
Education of Khawaja
He took admission at MAO (Muhammad Anglo-Oriental) college but in 1982 moved to Punjab University. Later, in 1984 he completed his graduation in political science and in 1986 secured his Master’s degree in Political Science.
Family of Khawaja
He belongs to a political background as his mother Begum Farhat remained a member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly from 1985 to 1988, and his brother Salman Rafique was elected to Provincial Assembly in the 2008 general elections.
His father, Khawaja Rafique, was a small-time businessperson in Lahore and was murdered when he was leading a political rally in Lahore in 1970. Saad married twice; his 1st wife, Ghazala Saad, is also a political figure who remained a member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly.
Later, he married for the 2nd time PTV host Shaffaq Hira, the news of his marriage was leaked in April 2017, and he confirmed this news in 2018 in nomination papers submitted for the general election 2018.
He began his career in politics as a representative of ‘Muslim Student Union’ at MAO College in the 1980s and eventually joined the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).
General Elections 1997
He participated in general elections 1997 on the ticket of PML-N and got elected to Punjab Provincial Assembly for the 1st time. Nawaz Shareef, who was PM of Pakistan at that time, appointed him Special Assistant to PM for Youth Affairs, but Gen Pervaiz Musharraf terminated his tenure when he took control of the country in 1999.
He, along with other PML-N leaders, confronted General Pervaiz in the absence of Shareef.
General Elections 2002
In General Elections 2002, he got elected to Pakistan National Assembly from NA-119 Constituency for the 1st time. During that time, he served as PML-N (Punjab) President.
General Elections 2008
In the general election of 2008, he was again elected to National Assembly for the 2nd time from the NA-125 Constituency. He got appointed at Ministry of Youth Affairs and Ministry of Culture in the ministry of Gillani but later resigned when PML-N decided to lead the Black Coats Protest, also known as Lawyer’s Movement for the restoration of judiciary.
He was detained and imprisoned for demanding Musharraf’s removal. Afterward, he, along with his party members and advocates, protested in the streets, demanding Musharraf’s resignation and re-appointment of judges dismissed by him. Saad was detained for participating in these protests. Saad was among those PML-N leaders who kept the party active during the government of Musharraf.
General Election 2013
In General Election 2013, he got re-elected to National Assembly for the 3rd time. PM Nawaz Shareef designated him at the Ministry of Railway in June 2013, and he took the oath on 8th June 2013.
Designation as Railway Minister for 2nd Time
Following the resignation of PM Nawaz Shareef and disbanding of the federal cabinet, he left the ministerial post in July 2017. After Shahid Khaqan’s resignation as PM, Saad was added to Abbasi’s Federal Cabinet and was designated as Railway Minister for the 2nd time.
Later, after the disbanding of the National Assembly on completion of its period on 31st May 2018, he ceased to serve at the Ministry of Railway.
General Election 2018
He got re-elected to Punjab Provincial Assembly on the ticket of PML-N from PP-168 Constituency in the general election 2018. Khawaja Saad Rafique also stood for the National Assembly seat from the NA-131 Constituency but failed. Later, he was again elected to National Assembly as PML-N candidate from NA-131 Constituency in a by-election organized on 14th Oct 2018.
In 2018 DG of Immigration & Passports blocked Saad’s and his brother Salman’s passports following the application submitted by NAB (National Accountability Bureau) related to the investigation on a corruption case in Paragon Housing-Scheme.
Khawaja Saad Rafique Assets
According to the documents presented to ECP (Election Commission of Pakistan), in 2018, he owned assets worth 174.8 million Rupees. He declared he owns two houses in Lohari valued at 125,000 Rupees. The papers also showed that he has a house in Defense Phase-2, Lahore worth 48.2 million Rupees.
Furthermore, he is the owner of thirty-two Kanal land worth Rupees seventy million in Moza Phalrawan. Furthermore, he owns ‘Sadian Associates Marketing & Consultancy’ worth 29.8 million Rupees. Rafique mentioned his ownership of Rupees fourteen million in cash and prize bonds.
Furthermore, his furniture’s worth is 2.5 million Rupees, and he has fifteen million Rupees in his bank account. He mentioned his two wives, one son and two daughters, in documents sent to ECP. later, in 2015 he paid 2.9 million Rupees tax on 22.6 million rupees earned income and paid 3.9 million rupees tax on 29.9 million rupees earned income.