Makhdoom Muhammad Javed Hashmi (Urdu: مخدوم محمد جاوید ہاشمی ; b. January 1, 1948), is a senior and influential conservative figure and geostrategist who is currently presiding the Pakistan Movement of Justice (PTI) which is led by sportsman-turned statesman Imran Khan. He was elected to the post of Central President on March 2013 by the electoral college of the party.
Originally a leading and senior member of Pakistan Muslim League (PML), Hashmi briefly started his statesmanship from the ministry of health and the ministry of youth affairs in both first and second government of former Prime minister Nawaz Sharif. After being dismissed in 1999 in a coup d'état staged by General Pervez Musharraf against Nawaz Sharif, Hashmi was appointed party president of the PML and led the PML in the 2002 general elections, which saw the landslide defeat of the PML. In 2003, Hashmi was arrested and faced a trial on charges of treason in the Central Jail Rawalpindi after making controversial statements against Pakistan Armed Forces, and was released on 4 August 2007.
In the 2008 general elections, Javed Hashmi won a record three seats out of the four contested; he only lost out to Shah Mehmood Qureshi in his home city of Multan. Hashmi won National Assembly seats from Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi beating PML-Q leader Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad in the latter one. On 20 July 2010 Javed Hashmi suffered from Brain hemorrhage and was admitted to hospital. After recovering, he served as the Chairman of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and but resigned after falling out with Nawaz Sharif on various political issues. He would later ascended to join the Pakistan Movement of Justice led by Imran Khan as the party president.In 2013 elections Hashmi won from both two constituency's he contested from in Islamabad and in Multan from the platform of PTI.
Javed Hashmi joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on December 24, 2011 saying that he has made no deal with Imran Khan and has become a member because Imran Khan has an agenda of a change, but analysts say that various reasons caused this act, like Nawaz Sharif refused to make Hashmi the leader of opposition, refused to let Hashmi run for President as Nawaz did not want the PML(Q)'s vote for Hashmi and the PML(N) did not give Hashmi's son-in-law, Zahid Hashmi a ticket for the elections. While addressing a mega political rally at the tomb of Quaid-e-Azam in Karachi on December 25, 2011 He said, "The youth of today have to move forward,Karachi is mini Pakistan. It represents all shades of the peoples of Pakistan." Quoting Quaid-e-Azam he said, "Minorities are our blood." Hashmi straight forwardly addressed to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, "Yes, I'm a rebel (Baghi); you invited a rebel to join PTI, Now if you have not delivered as per your manifesto I will be first person to rebel against your Party” He has a very famous chant to his name in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, "baghi hun main", I'm a rebel Hashmi and his daughter Memoona Hashmi resigned from National assembly of Pakistan on December 29, 2011.
Javed Hashmi dared Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader Nawaz Sharif to field his man against Shaikh Rashid in the next elections despite knowing that he too defeated Sheikh Rasheed on the PML(N)'s ticket and Sheikh Rasheed had been defeated by two other PMLN candidates as well.