Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi (Urdu: چودھری پرویز الہی) (born November 1, 1945) was the Chief Minister of the Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab, from 2002 to 2007.
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi is the nephew of late Pakistani politician Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi. He is from a political and business family, commonly referred to as Chaudhrys of Gujrat belonging to the Ruler Jatt clan of Warraich and sub-clan of Natt.
His cousin and brother-in-law, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, served as the Prime Minister of Pakistan from May to August 2004. He is the parliamentary leader of the ruling PML (Q) party.
He studied at Forman Christian College completed graduation in 1967, and obtained a diploma in Industrial Management from the University of London.
He became chairman of the Gujrat district council in 1983 and has been serving as an MPA (Member of Provincial Assembly) of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab since 1985.
He served as Minister for Local Government and Rural Development during 1985-88, 1988-90 and 1990-93. He was Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly during 1993-96, and also the Leader of the Opposition later. He was the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly during 1997-99.
In the elections of 2002, he was elected for a sixth consecutive term from two constituencies - PP-110 (Gujrat) and PP-292 (Rahim Yar Khan). On November 29, 2002, he was inducted as the Chief Minister of Punjab, serving until November 22, 2007, when the five-year mandate ended for the provincial assembly of Punjab. He is also the President of his political party, Pakistan Muslim League (Q) in Punjab. On 24 July 2006 he was elected, second time unopposed, the President of the PML for next three years.
He has been praised for making great contributions to agriculture and irrigation, education, health, IT, public sector development, infrastructure, supply of gas and electricity and law and order while serving as Chief Minister of Punjab, He has also faced criticism for the appointment of cronies. For the first time in Punjab, all citizens were offered all levels of health care and medical facilities completely free of cost.
Thousand of water courses were bricklined. For the first time in Lahore, traffic was controlled by traffic wardens. Even his most fierce rivals have acknowledged his work
In the February 2008 parliamentary election, Elahi ran for the National Assembly as a PML-Q candidate, and it was believed that the party wanted him to become Prime Minister after the election, although it did not officially declare him as its candidate for the position. He ran for the seats NA-58 in Attock, NA-61 in Chakwal, and NA-187 in Bahawalpur, along with two provincial assembly seats. After the election, he was reported to have won the National Assembly seat in Attock but lost the other two.
Despite the PML-Q's defeat in the election, Elahi said that he thought the party had still performed well enough to take part in a future government.
Named as suspect in Bhutto assassination attempt
After the suicide bomb attacks that killed hundreds of supporters during rallies immediately after her return to Pakistan from exile in 2007, the former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto named four persons, including current Intelligence Bureau Chief Ijaz Shah, Chaudhry Parvaiz Elahi, former Sindh Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim, and the former ISI chief Lt Gen (retd) Hamid Gul, as those who posed a threat to her life. Bhutto instructed a news reporter to reveal this in case she was assassinated.
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