Mr. Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka

Director General Research

Mr. Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka, pioneering team member that established the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in 2008-09, is presently Director General Research. In 2009, he commenced PIPS Research on demand services while in 2010-11 the PIPS Training services. He brings with him two decades experience in academia/research and over a decade of parliamentary services. Mr Zaka has authored ten’s books on various aspects of Parliamentary Business. He holds an M. Phil. degree in International Relations (1997-98) and M.Sc in Strategic Studies with distinction (1993-94) from the top ranking Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad.

Mr Zaka was awarded Professional Legislative Fellowship by US State Department (Oct-Nov., 2015) for Washington. He has also attended an International Course on Legislative Research by US Congressional Research Service (2008) and an International Fellowship on Human Rights and Budget Analysis (April 18-29, 2008) held by US Budget Group and Asian Institute of Human Rights, Thailand. Since 2008-09, Mr Zaka was instrumental in developing the Institute’s long standing relationships with international partners such as UNDP, USAID, Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung, European Union and WestMinster Foundation for Democracy. He led PIPS to be recognized as centre of parliamentary excellence in Jordan in March, 2016. He steers PIPS team that commenced Parliamentary Studies as a discipline in universities and runs outreach programme since 2012 that has oriented more than 10,000 youth on Constitution, Parliament and State Building from all over Pakistan. He is also Editor of PIPS Parliamentary Research Digest, most widely read monthly parliamentary publication.

Mr Zaka has supervised eleven MS dissertations in the fields of development studies, international relations, sociology, diplomatic and strategic studies, at reputable Pakistani universities. He has been Member, Board of Studies at the Department of Defence and Diplomatic Studies, Fatimah Jinnah Women University, FJWU. Mr Zaka is a certified international trainer in parliamentary research, assessing laws, peace and human rights and parliamentary business. He is an eloquent speaker on ideology of Pakistan, Parliament and Constitution, leadership, role of youth, peace, tolerance and state building well as security issues not only by academia but civil society and parliamentary institutions. He has been member of founding team member of the Foundation University, Islamabad.

He started his full-time career as Lecturer, political science at FFCB (1996-2000) and Faculty at FFIMCS (2000-2003). Mr Zaka has also served on leading portfolios including Head, Deptt. of Social Sciences and Development Studies, Iqra University (2003-2006); Director, Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) (2006-2007) and Legislative Capacity Advisor, Pakistan Legislative Strengthening Project, (PLSP) (2007-2010). He was promoted as Senior Director General Research and Legislation in April, 2019.

Mr Zaka has also served as the Executive Director of the Institute from 1st July to 30th September, 2014; from 3rd September, 2015 to 19th May, 2016 and from 01st June, 2019 till-date.research@pips.gov.pk

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