Wife: Hiba Khan
Hometown: Dina, Punjab, Pakistan
Age: 53 Years
|Full name||Fawad Ahmed Hussain Chaudhry|
|Other name||Chaudhry Fawad Hussain|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 90 kg
in pounds- 200 lbs
|Political Party||• All Pakistan Muslim League (APML)
• Pakistan People's Party (PPP)
• Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid e Azam Group (PML-Q)
• Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
|Political Journey||• In 2002, he contested elections as an independent candidate for the Provincial Assembly of Punjab from Constituency PP-25 (Jhelum-II) and lost.
• From 2008 to 2012, he was the media coordinator of APML.
• He became a member of PPP in March 2012.
• He served as Special Assistant for Prime Minister on Political Affairs to the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
• In 2013, he contested elections on PML-Q's ticket for the National Assembly seat in NA-63 (Jhelum-II) in the 2013 Pakistani general election but lost.
• In June 2016, he became a member of PTI.
• In November 2016, he became the media spokesperson of PTI.
• On 20 August 2018, he became the Minister for Information and Broadcasting in Pakistan government.
• In April 2019, he became the Federal Minister for Science and Technology.
• In April 2021, he was reappointed as the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting.
|Date of Birth||7 April 1970 (Tuesday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||53 Years|
|Birthplace||Dina, Jhelum district, Punjab province of Pakistan|
|Hometown||Dina, Jhelum district, Punjab province of Pakistan|
|School||F.G. Public School, Mangla Cantt (1991)|
|College/University||Government College University Lahore (GCU) (1993-1995)|
|Educational Qualification||Law degree at Government College University Lahore (GCU) from 1993 to 1995|
|Caste||Jat Muslim from Vains (also spelt Bains)|
|Hobbies||• Playing cricket
• Smoking cigars
|Controversies||• Moonsighting website Daily Times
As the Federal Minister for Science and Technology, he launched Pakistan's first official moon-sighting website and calendar in May 2019. The website, called Moon Sighting Pakistan, aimed to resolve moon-sighting controversies before religious festivals. He submitted a five-year Hijri calendar to the Council of Islamic Ideology, later reviewed by the federal cabinet. Despite criticism, he believed the traditional Ruet-e-Hilal Committee was unnecessary.
• Comments about India NDTV
Fawad Chaudhry has made controversial statements about India, including claiming responsibility for the Pulwama attack and referring to India as "Endia" after the Chandrayaan-2 mission failed. After the Pulwama attack, he stated in the Pakistan National Assembly that they had hit India. He later clarified his statement, saying they hit India in response to the attack. Regarding the Chandrayaan-2 mission, he tweeted that India should avoid such endeavors.
• Sedition Arrest Dawn The News International The Express Tribune
On 25 January 2023, Fawad Chaudhry was arrested on the charges of allegedly threatening senior members of the Pakistan Election Commission and their families. The arrest followed an FIR filed by the ECP Secretary Omar Hamid Khan, who accused Chaudhry of using threatening language against the commission and its members. The Islamabad police registered the case under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code. On 1 February 2023, Fawad Chaudhry was granted bail after being detained. The bail came with the condition that he refrain from using inflammatory language targeting constitutional institutions. Despite opposition from both the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the prosecution, the court approved his release.
• Inciting Violence Hindustan Times
Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, was arrested by the police on 9 May 2023. This led to violent protests by his party supporters. Fawad Chaudhry, who was also arrested during the protests, was released on 16 May 2023 by the order of Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb of the Islamabad High Court. Fawad had to promise not to encourage violence. When he came out of the court, he hurriedly ran back inside to avoid being arrested by approaching police officers. His political rivals mocked and made fun of him for this action.
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||Year, 2015|
|Wife/Spouse||First wife: Saima Ijaz (Divorced in 2015)
Second wife: Hiba Khan (Married since 2015)
• Nisa Hussain
|Parents||Father- Nassim Hussain Chaudhry (politician)
Mother- Name not known
|Siblings||Brother: Faraz Chaudhry (younger)
|Other relatives||Uncles: 3
• Chaudhry Altaf Hussain (Served twice as the governor of Punjab province in Pakistan)
• Javed Hussain Chaudhry (Politician)
• Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry (Longest serving Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court, post-partition)
Paternal grandfather: Chaudhry Mohammad Awais (Soldier in British Indian Army)
Maternal grandfather: Chaudhry Shah Mohammad
Some Lesser Known Facts About Fawad Chaudhry
- Fawad Chaudhry is a politician, lawyer, and journalist from Pakistan. He belongs to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. He worked as the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Federal Minister for Science and Technology. He has been a member of the National Assembly and has actively participated in the party’s core committee. He has also served as a Special Assistant in the federal cabinet.
- After completing his college studies, he established a law firm called First Law Company in 1998.
- He later pursued a career as a political analyst and anchor on the Urdu News channel Neo News and hosted the program ‘Khabar Kay Pechay.’ In 2015, he conducted an interview with Syed Mustafa Kamal, the former Mayor of Karachi.
- He contested as an independent candidate for the Provincial Assembly of Punjab from Constituency PP-25 (Jhelum-II) in the 2002 Pakistani general election and received 161 votes. Chaudhry Tasneem Nasir of PML-Q won with 38,626 votes in that year.
- He joined the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in March 2012. A month later, in April 2012, he became a member of the federal cabinet led by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani. He was appointed as a special assistant to the Prime Minister and held the status of a minister of state.
- His tenure in the federal cabinet continued until June 2012; however, during that time, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani was disqualified, resulting in the dissolution of the cabinet.
- In July 2012, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf became the Prime Minister, and Fawad Chaudhry was reinstated in the federal cabinet. He was given the position of Special Assistant for the Prime Minister on Political Affairs, and he fulfilled this role until March 2013.
- He contested on a ticket from the Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid e Azam Group (PML-Q) party for the National Assembly seat in NA-63 (Jhelum-II) in the 2013 Pakistani general election and received 34,072 votes, but he was defeated by Malik Iqbal Mehdi Khan in that constituency.
- In the same 2013 Pakistani general election, he contested as an independent candidate for the Provincial Assembly of Punjab from Constituency PP-24 (Jhelum-I) and received only 82 votes. The winning candidate in that constituency was Raja Muhammad Awais Khan.
- In June 2016, he joined Imran Khan‘s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. In the by-election held in August 2016, he contested as a candidate from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party for the National Assembly seat in Constituency NA-63 (Jhelum-II) and received 74,819 votes; however, he failed to win. The winning candidate in that election was Nawabzada Raja Matloob Mehdi.
- He was appointed as the spokesperson of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in November 2016. In March 2018, he was given the additional responsibility of Secretary Information of PTI, following the resignation of Shafqat Mahmood.
- He was chosen as a candidate from Constituency NA-67 (Jhelum-II) for the 2018 Pakistani general election. His nomination papers were initially rejected by an election tribunal due to an allegation that he had not paid the agriculture tax; however, he appealed the decision in the Lahore High Court, and the court granted him permission to contest the election.
- He emerged as the winner from Constituency NA-67 (Jhelum-II) in the 2018 Pakistani general election. He received a total of 93,102 votes, securing victory over his opponent Nawabzada Raja Matloob Mehdi, who represented the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) party.
- In the same election, Fawad Chaudhry was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Punjab as a candidate from Constituency PP-27 (Jhelum-III) representing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party and received 67,003 votes, defeating his opponent Nasir Mehmood from the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) party. After his successful election to both the National and Provincial Assemblies, Chaudhry expressed his interest in becoming the Chief Minister of Punjab during a TV show.
- He was appointed as the Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Imran Khan on 18 August 2018 and officially assumed the role of Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting on 20 August 2018.
- He was relieved of his responsibilities as the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in April 2019 and was instead appointed as the Federal Minister for Science and Technology; however, in April 2021, he was once again reappointed as the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the federal cabinet.
- He actively supported Pakistan’s space program and played a significant role in its advancements. In 2018, he led the successful launch of the Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1), the nation’s first remote sensing satellite. This satellite has proven invaluable in sectors like agriculture, disaster management, and urban planning, contributing to their effective development.