Sheikh Rashid Ahmed (born November 6, 1950 in Rawalpindi) is a Pakistani politician and writer. He served as the Federal Minister for Railways in Pakistan from 2006 to 2008. His previous portfolio have included appointments as Federal Minister for Labor and Manpower, Information and Broadcasting, Industries, Sports Culture, and Tourism and Investment. He formed his own political party Awami Muslim League Pakistan in 2008.In Election 2013,he became the member of National Assembly.
His political career began on the village platform where he would try to garner support from the local population alongside other speakers. Sheikh Rashid and his contemporaries would often fail at this attempt and it has been said that they were not well liked in the villages for not understanding the basic problems.
Later, he became the leader of Opposition in the Municipal Corporation Rawalpindi. He was first elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 1985 general elections as an independent candidate and joined Pakistan Muslim League a. He was subsequently re-elected MNA for six times. During October 2002 elections he was elected from two seats as an independent candidate but lost one seat where he tried to get his nephew re-elect in by elections. The constituency is historically a stronghold of Pakistan Muslim League and in last by elections Nawaz Sharif issued parliamentary ticket to a unknown worker who defeated him though widespread allegations of rigging and manipulation were seen. He later won the elections from the same constituency in 2013 general elections.
He is un-married and lives in Lal Haveli in the heart of Rawalpindi.
He is known to have been organizing mass gatherings at his residence on the eve of 14th August (independence day of Pakistan), he is also a popular guest at various political talk-shows and entertainment programs.He also has a one brother in London called Ejaz Ahmed who is a journalist for a renowned newspaper and who has also contested elections on the provincial level. In a interview in 2012, Shiekh Rasheed had regarded his nephew Fahad as being a 'budding and inspirational' teenager who would be able to replicated 'electoral successes' in NA 55 such as his uncle in future.
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