Khawaja Saad Rafique



Designation: Politician
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Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz

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Khawaja Saad Rafique is a Pakistani politician, and a conservative activist who was tenuring as the Minister for Railways, appointed since 7 June 2013. He started his political career on the PML(N)'s platform in 1980s. In addition, he is also the provincial general secretary of the party since 2002.

Early life


Rafique was born into a politically oriented family in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, on 4 November 1962. He is of Kashmiri–Punjabi descent. His father, Khawaja Muhammad Rafique, was also a mainstream politician of Muslim League, and an activist of the Pakistan Movement in 1940s. Muhammad Rafique participated well on Pakistan Muslim League platform during the general elections held in 1970. Over the years, Muhammad Rafique became a great critique of the Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's left-wing policies. He brought a great condemnation of Prime Minister Bhutto's strategies and alliances. In 1972, his father was assassinated while leading a PML rally in Lahore. On annual basis, a commemorative seminars are held by the PML(N) in Lahore to highlight the services of Muhammad Rafique.

After matriculating from a local high school, Rafique enrolled at the M.A.O College and made a transfer to Punjab University in 1982. He graduated with an BA in Political science in 1984, and later attained MA in Political science in 1986. His master's work was primary based on the comparative politics.

Career in national politics

In 1989, Rafique began to built political relationship with the PML-N due to similar ideology, and worked on party's national conservative programme. In 1997, he participated well in the general elections on a PML(N)'s ticket for NA-119 constituency and became member of Punjab Assembly. During this time, he was appointed as Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Youth Affairs by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but his tenure was terminated by General Pervez Musharraf after the latter self-coup in 1999. He was eventually arrested and imprisoned after calling for Musharraf's removal.

In 2000, he began his political activism on PML(N) platform and successfully ran for NA-119 constituency in the general elections held in 2002. During this time, he was appointed provincial general secretary of the party. From 2002–07, he worked on party's mainstream conservative programme and the public image of the party. Among PML-N's central leaders, Saad is one of the few activist who kept the party alive during the Musharraf regime.

In 2008, Rafique was allotted a party's ticket for NA-125 constituency and successfully ran for NA-125 against Humayun Akhtar Khan in the general elections held in 2008. He briefly tenured as Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs in Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani's cabinet but resigned after PML-N's went onto lead the Lawyer's movement to restore the judiciary.

In May 2009, Rafique became a staunch critic of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and his government over its strategy on Swat, blaming the military and Gillani's ministry for the "mess" that had been created in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. In his condemnation of the government over the matter, he also termed the session of the National Assembly a "debating club" where people only came to polish their public speaking skills and that decisions were being made elsewhere.

In 2013, Saad Rafique and his wife, Ghazala Saad, were allotted PML-N's ticket. During the general elections held in 2013, Saad Rafique successfully defended his NA-125 constituency against leftist PPP and the PTI. Saad Rafique secured ~123,416 votes with a percentile of 51.90%.

Minister of Railways (2014–)

On 7 June 2013, Saad Rafique was appointed as Minister of Railway by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and took oath on 8 June 2013.

Upon becoming Minister of Railway, Saad Rafique announced the implementation of modernization of the Pakistan Railways, and to bring it up to the par to the international standards. In 2014, Saad Rafique visited the Lahore University of Management Sciences' Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) where he delivered a lectures on business leadership in locomotive industry. At LUMS, he announced that the SDSB's faculty are currently working with him to improve organizational efficiency and the infrastructure of Pakistan Railways.

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zahid manzoor ( lahore,Pakistan) Friday, May 8, 2015 9:16:51 AM (MDT - USA)
ASLAM-O-ALAKIUM, Khawaja Saad Rafique sb you and your team for the revival of Pakistan railways. May Allah bless you for your hard work and dedication. i really desire with heart if God again give u again chance for minister for railways

imran khan ( gujar khan,Pakistan) Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1:35:31 PM (MDT - USA)
hello sir ap ne jab se railway main aye hai tab se railway ka nizam theek howa hai - par aik kaaam ap ne nhi kiya jo railway ke empolay on duty jin ki death hoi thi nu ke bacho ko insaaf nhi mila - mere father ki death 20-11-2007 ko hoi thi tab se le kar aj tak main kosish kar rha ho magar koi insaaf nhi mila janab se requst hai ke plz is tarf bhi gor ker

Sufi Sultan Mahmood ( Gujar Khan,Pakistan) Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:17:43 AM (MDT - USA)
Dear Khawaja Saad Rafique Sahib, Assalam-o-alaikum. Presently the situation of Pakistan Railway is good in your supervision, but you have finish the stoppage of Tezgam in Gujar Khan, which is very necessary and needs of general public. I request you that please release the stop of Gujar Khan for all trains. Thanks

Atifa Raffat ( Islamabad,Pakistan) Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:11:23 AM (MDT - USA)
Respected Minister sahab, Kudos to you and your team for the revival of Pakistan railways. May Allah bless you for your hard work and dedication. Its a pleasure to travel between Islamabad and Lahore on the Margalla Express. I love traveling by train and its a sheer joy to view the beautiful landscape from the eyes and courtesy of Pak Railways. The chugging sound of a train is so nostalgic. I read the great news in today's newspaper that a non-stop train would start running between Islamabad and Karachi from May 2015. Bravo. Please keep it up. Actually instead of roads, development of rail should have been preferred which is economical and environmental friendly.

Shah Faisal Zaman ( Bannu,Pakistan) Sunday, March 1, 2015 12:06:26 AM (MDT - USA)
Khawaja Saad Rafique sahab railway ko agr ap jaisa dyanat dar our sacha minister na milta to pata nahi railway ka kya hal hota,lekin muje herat he k baaz jago par ap log twajja nahi detay halankay wo tawajja k qabil hotay hay.Locomotive factory Risalpur me garib mulazimin k sath jo zulam ho raha he zara un par tawaja day Allah k wastay.Chand magarmacho ne poory factory ko yargamal banaya he.Jin ko wo chahay Quarter de day aur jis ko chahay nikal day apni zatyat ki waja se.Allah k wastay mery pukar ko sunay aur in logo ka ya masla hal karay.

HAMID ALI ARAIN ( divison sukkur district khair pur tahsel Gambat,Pakistan) Monday, October 27, 2014 7:26:34 AM (MDT - USA)
khawaj sahb is a best politeshon i locked in capitl talk in Geo and ak din geo kay sath sohal warich and other media pres confrens

Mohammad Baqar Ul Zaman ( Feroza,Pakistan) Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:08:36 PM (MDT - USA)
اس بات سے کسی کو انکار نہیں کہ اس بار آپ کے وزیر ریلوئے بننے جے بعد ریل میں بہت سی اصلاحات ہوئی ہیں،ریل اپنے پاوں پر کھڑا ہو رہی ہے لیکن ضرورت اس وقت اس امر کی ہے کہ وہ ریلوئے اسٹیشن جہاں سٹاپ منافع بخش ہیں وہاں سٹاپ مقرر کئے جائیں تاکہ جہاں ریل کو منافع ملے وہاں عوام بھی ریلوے کے محفوظ اور سستے سفر سے مستفید ہو سکیں اللہ تعالی آپ کا حامی وناصر ہو۔

fazal hussain ( pistoia,Italy) Thursday, January 30, 2014 3:40:49 AM (MDT - USA)
aslamo alikum sir ALLHA tala app ko hamet aur taqaat day pakistan ki kahdidamt ke wasty

Engr. Ihsan bari ( Lahore,Pakistan) Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:32:31 AM (MDT - USA)
We as a nation are proud of your hard work to restore the Railway stem back on track in Pakistan. Keep it like that , GOD is always with you.Is it possible for you to convince Mian Nawaz Sharfi not to sell PIA , and you come forward and restore the PIA also . Pl reply me if you read my message.

zahid Qureshi ( lahore,Pakistan) Monday, December 16, 2013 10:42:35 PM (MDT - USA)

Mujahid Ali ( Hyderabad sind,United States) Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:37:38 AM (MDT - USA)
SAAD RAFIQ SAHIB Railway se tamam bad deyanat logon ko kara ehtesaab kar k aala adalaton se saza dilwaey phir railway ko ehal aur deyanat dar logon k zareye se chalain agar pehlay ehtesaab na kia to ye bad deyanat log phir m jab moqa milay ga to mehakmay ko nuqsaan phonchaeyn gay iss leye pehlay bad deyanat logo logon se mehakmay ko paak kejeye shukuria :::: mujahid ali Hyderabad

KHALID SAIFULLAH ( hyderabd,Pakistan) Friday, June 7, 2013 7:11:34 AM (MDT - USA)
\Asslam o alikum muhtram janab Khawaja Saad Rafiq sahab me apko Railways ka wazir banne pe mubark pesh karta hu, mera taulak pakistan ke province sindh se he,aur peshe se me pakistan railways ka mulazim hu,Khuwaja Saad sahab me pkaistan railways me commercial staff association ka elected markazi seniour naib sadar hu mene khas tor pe aek bat mehsoos ki ke railway mulazmin ke andar aek anjana sa khoof paya jata aue wo ye mehsoos karte he k (Pml N) ki hukumat ane ke bad pakistan railways ko nijkari ke bhed chra diya jayega Janab kabil e izat Mian Khuwaja Saad sahab pakistan railway aek qomi idara aur pakistan ki mashi shehrag he jise sabika dictater ke dor me danista aur sabika makhloot hukumat me nakis poloiciyo ki bhed chara diya ab Railway ke mazloom mulazmin kisi mashiya ke intizar me he jo ap he ap se guzarish he ke ap ye tausr door karde aur apna policy statement jari kare ke ap railway ki nijkari nahi balke iski taskil e noh chahte he take railway ke 1 lakh se zaid mulazmin me pai jane wali becheni khtam hoske,janab Muhtram Mian Khuwaja Saad sahab aek guzarish aur bhi he ap zimedariya sambhalte hi Railway me kam karne wali tamam unions ur associations se muzakirat kar ke Pakistan Railway ke liye behtreen hikmat e amli tashkil de sakte he,faqat apki kamiyabiyo ka dua go

saleem Pervez ( karachi,Pakistan) Friday, May 31, 2013 10:53:41 PM (MDT - USA)
u r a nice and brave person. I salute ur loyalty with PML-N. God bless u.

imdadali ( jhelum village,Pakistan) Tuesday, April 3, 2012 11:32:23 PM (MDT - USA)
saadrafique sb i like you i see your talk show you are great leader

Engineer Sardar Bakhsh Malik ( Shikarpur Sindh,Pakistan) Sunday, January 9, 2011 1:21:36 PM (MDT - USA)
Respected Khawaja Saad Rafique the brave son of brave father Khawaja Mohammad Rafique ha no need of introduction for whole pakistan. He is very loyal, Intelligent, energetic,industrious, sincere and what not????? I like him because this parliamentarian who face the media with totally facts & figures His views on different issues are really remarkable. May Allah Showers HIS countless blesings upon him & his Family Ameen. Saad Sahib Carryon you have really the capability of an excellent Parliamentarian . I am your true fan . Regards Engineer Sardar Bakhsh Malik Shikarpur Sindh

Shahid ( Oshawa,Canada) Thursday, December 9, 2010 11:55:13 PM (MDT - USA)
Khawaja Sb, let me know is there any guarantee that corrupt army generals will not take over when your government comes after completion of the current government tenure

RANA MUHAMMAD SALEEM ( Bangla Taj Colony,Farozwala, Shahadra.,Pakistan) Wednesday, December 1, 2010 6:59:53 AM (MDT - USA)
ASLAM-O-ALAKIUM, Khawaja Saad Rafique sb,My name is RANA MUHAMMAD SALEEM VICE PRESIDENT OF YOUTH WING WANDALA DYAL SHAH SHAHADRA, DISTT, SHEIKHUPURA. I am a worker of Pakistan Muslim League N. Mr. RANA TANVEER HUSSAIN MNA We loved Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and all Muslim leagui leaders.regards and wishes.\r\nYour sincerely Rana Muhammad Saleem

Mohammad Tariq ( Lahore,Pakistan) Sunday, August 15, 2010 5:44:55 AM (MDT - USA)
You are a great speaker and a great person, you are once of the finest politicions of all times. you have faced the strongest oppositions but stood straight and steady. i salute people like you. You are truly the backbone of PML-N and Pakistan's politics..

TALHA ( KARACHI,Pakistan) Friday, April 30, 2010 8:13:20 AM (MDT - USA)

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naseer ahmed ( myrtle beach sc,United States) Wednesday, September 16, 2009 12:08:09 AM (MDT - USA)
i hope your tears r real, i m sure they r real but still u r a politician. please visit this center more often and keep these kids in your thoughts while you enjoying with your children,they deserve everything what your kids have.
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Muhammad Nadeem ( Birmingham,United States) Friday, July 24, 2009 10:17:40 AM (MDT - USA)
I like mr khawaja Rafique,s personality,bold and clear speaking person.
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Zaheer ( Toronto,Canada) Tuesday, July 14, 2009 4:19:54 PM (MDT - USA)
I have watched you on the other channel KAL TAK in which you were criticizing the media baseless. I was thinking the PML(N) as a fair dealing party with media and I have been the supporter of (PML(N). Now, you have disappointed me in this matter.
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