Makhdoom Muhammad Ameen Fahim is a Pakistani politician of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Fahim is the Vice Chairman of the PPP and is also the Parliamentary Leader of the same party in the National Assembly. He was a federal minister in both of Benazir Bhutto governments. He was Communications Minister from December 1988 to August 1990 and Railways Minister from December 1988 to March 1989. In the second government Fahim was Minister for Housing and Works from January 1994 to November 1996.He is current minister for commerce and senior minister (deputy prime minister) of islamic republic of Pakistan. He was born in Makhdoom family of Hala which is located some 200 Kilometers off the southern port city of Karachi on August 4 1939 Fahim is a rare breed in Pakistani politics where loyalty doesnt matter at all. Change of party and leadership is considered a routine affair in local politics. His father Makhdoom Talib ul Mola the spiritual leader of Sarwari Jammat of Pakistan was one of the founding members of the PPP. Fahim has been criticized in Pakistan for his contradictory characteristics. He is a feudal landlord and leader of a social democratic party as well as a Sufi divine (inherited status).His political party the PPP is self avowedly liberal Fahim is affectionately known by his followers as he whose presence brings good harvests.Fahim entered in the political arena in 1970 when he was elected as member National Assembly from southern Thatta district of Sindh province.Since then Fahim has so far contested seven elections in 1977 1988 1990 1993 1997 and 2002 and remained undefeated. Makhdoom Amin Fahim was mentioned as a possible chairman for the PPP in the wake of the December 27 2007 assassination of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto but Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari were named party co chairs and Fahim was considered the partys probable candidate for Prime Minister.However the PPP hesitated to name Fahim as its candidate following its victory in the February 2008 election. It was suggested that Asif Ali Zardari might be reluctant to nominate Fahim as Prime Minister because he is worried that Fahim could strengthen his political base in Sindh and threaten the influence of the Bhutto family there. On March 15 2008 Fahim said that he did not understand why the PPP had still not named him as its candidate. It is rumored that he secretly met with President Pervez Musharraf causing a rift with the party leadership other speculation centered on the possibility that Zardari wants to become Prime Minister himself which would require him to win a future by election. According to Fahim if Zardari wanted to take the position for himself Fahim would support him.Benazir Bhutto is my leader and my Prime Minister. She is the daughter of my leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and I cant betray her Fahim says.