HONORABLE ASAD QAISER
SPEAKER, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF PAKISTAN
Honorable Asad Qaiser was elected as the 21st Speaker of the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan by securing 176 votes on 15th August, 2018. He created parliamentary history by being consecutively elected as the Speaker of the assemblies at the Provincial as well as National level. During his last term, he successfully served as the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from 2013 to 2018.
Early Life and Education:
Mr. Asad Qaiser was born on January 02, 1967 in the respected family of Sardar Bahadur of Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. His family hails from the village of Marghuz in Swabi district. He is the eldest in a family of four brothers and two sisters. As a young man, he was a gifted player of both volleyball and hockey. After completing his early education from Marghuz, he went on to graduate from University of Peshawar with a degree in Bachelors of Arts.
Being happily married and settled, Mr. Qaiser has been blessed with two sons and two daughters.
Mr. Asad Qaiser stepped into practical life with the goal to bring about change in the society. This passion persuaded him to contribute in the field of education for the uplift of the people of his area. As a result, he founded Quaid-e-Azam Public School in the town of Zaida, Swabi, which is ranked as one of the top established school networks in the district now. His services have earned him the reputation of a well-known educationist.
Being vocal about the social issues since his student life, Mr. Qaiser started his early political career by serving as an active member of the students’ political wing. His drive for reform led him to eventually join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 1996 as one of the founding members of the party. The manifesto of “justice and equality for all” resonated with his personal aspirations for his people. Resultantly, he made sure that over the years he voiced the socio-economic concerns of his area using the formal platform of the party. In addition, he also contributed to organize the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) at grass root level in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. As a recognition and acknowledgement of his dedication and commitment, he was promoted to the rank of Provincial President in 2008.
Career as an Elected Representative:
Mr. Asad Qaiser formally contested the General Elections of 2013 from both the provincial and national seats of Swabi district. His narrative of instituting a welfare state and his hard work at grass root level were fully endorsed by his constituents. Hence, his people entrusted full confidence in him by extending huge support for him through the power of ballot. Resultantly, he stood successful from both the seats. However, Mr. Qaiser decided to retain the provincial assembly seat and went on to be elected as the 14th Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. His term (2013-2018) as the Speaker of KP Assembly is characterized as one of the most progressive periods for the provincial legislature.
At the successful completion of the previous assembly, Mr. Asad Qaiser once again contested in the General Elections of 2018 from both the provincial and national seats of Swabi district. He went on to make history by once again winning from both the seats. This time, he retained the National Assembly seat and has consequently been elected as the 21st Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
The political journey of Mr. Asad Qaiser from being a founding party member in 1996 to becoming the Speaker of the 15th National Assembly in 2018, speaks volumes of his popularity, political maturity and positive approach towards the issues of the masses.
Hallmarks of Speakership:
The emphasis of Mr. Asad Qaiser as custodian of the House has always been to ensure that the legislative process is transparent, easy, accessible and up-to-date for the honorable members of the Assembly. Hence, it was his visionary leadership that led the Provincial Assembly of KP to become the first ever legislature in Pakistan to have successfully adopted and implemented the e-Parliament project.
Mr. Qaiser also served as the chairman of three most powerful committees of the KP Provincial Assembly. These include, Legislative Committee, Public Accounts Committee and Standing Committee on Law Reforms and Control on Subordinate Legislation. Under the able chairmanship of Mr. Speaker, significant strides were achieved by these committees.
Being a self-made man, Mr. Qaiser is a simple, humble and down to earth person who is deeply connected to his roots. The doors of the Speaker’s chamber stand open for his constituents to approach him for grievance redress. He is often found quoting that he draws his strength from the trust, which people place in him. He is well known for his cool temperament and calm nature. The hallmarks of his political journey have been his advocacy for socio-economic issues and his efforts towards political harmony.
In his capacity as the Speaker, he is the Chairman of the House Business Advisory Committee and the House Finance Committee of the National Assembly.
In order to promote friendly relations between Parliamentarians of Pakistan and elected representatives of the fraternity of democratic Governments, National Assembly – under the patronage of the honorable Speaker, has passed resolution to establish Parliamentary Friendship Groups with ninety one (91) parliaments of friendly countries. Speaker National Assembly is the President of Parliamentary Friendship Groups.
Mr. Asad Qaiser is a staunch advocate of women empowerment and encourages women’s enhanced political and legislative participation. After assuming office of the Speaker, he has offered full support to the newly elected Secretary and the Working Council of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus.
Heedful of Pakistan’s commitments to the international development agenda, he nominated Convener of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Secretariat and reconstituted parliamentary task force on SDGs on a priority basis. He has also written letters to the Speakers of provincial assemblies to formulate the similar taskforces to review progress of the Sustainable Development Goals.
He has empowered and offered every support to the parliamentary forums including the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, SDGs Secretariat and Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) as he strongly believes in institutional strengthening for effective functioning of the Parliament.
Mr. Asad Qaiser has widely traveled to various parts of the world in his capacity as Speaker. He has led parliamentary delegations to numerous friendly countries as state and official guest. These include: Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Iran, Turkey, India, the United States of America, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.