Ikramullah Shahid

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Ikramullah Shahid, Abdur Rahim
Published in Khyber.ORG on Friday, September 16 2005 (http://www.khyber.org)


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Ikramullah Shahid

Abdur Rahim

The Most Educated Person in NWFP Assembly (2002)

Publishing Date: Friday, September 16 2005

Belonging to an eminent political family of Mardan, which played a pivotal role in the struggle for Pakistan, Deputy speaker for the NWFP Assembly Ikramullah Shahid is the most qualified member of the provincial assembly having M Phil Degree in Iqbaliat and presently working on his PhD thesis Iqbal and Afghan personalities from Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad.

A seasoned political and social worker, Ikramullah Shahid scored his electoral victory on the MMA ticket from PF23 Mardan 1, outclassing his rivals belonging to well established political parties and families, which traditionally dominated politics in Mardan since pre independence era. In distribution of prestigious slots in provincial set up among component parties of the religious conglomerate, Ikramullah Shahid was given this lot of deputy speaker due to his affiliation with Jamiat Ulema e Islam (Sami Group).

Ikramullah Shahid is the 18th Deputy speaker of the NWFP Assembly. The first one was K B Abdul Rahim Khan Kundi, who worked on the slot from 1932 to 1936 and was followed by Khan Habibullah Khan. During the tenure of both the dignitaries, the post was called Deputy President instead of deputy speaker and Khan Mohammad Sarwar Khan was the first one, who was called provincial deputy speaker.

Then comes names of Nawabzada Allah Nawaz Khan, Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, Girdhari Lal who occupied the slot during 1947, Khan Muhammad Farid Khan, Malik Amir Alam Khan, Arbab Saifur Rahman who worked two times as deputy speaker, Muhammad Nawaz Khan, Rahim Dad Khan, Ahmad Hassan Khan, Abdul Akbar Khan, Shad Muhammad Khan Khattak, Syed Allaudin and Haji Muhammad Adeel who was the last deputy speaker.

The incumbent deputy speaker of the NWFP assembly, Ikramullah Shahid has a long history of giving tough time to feudal lords of Mardan during different electoral battles in the past and is known as hard nut to crack for traditional politicians enjoying privileges of both gold and guns at their disposal.

For two terms, he was elected as chairman Municipal Committee Mardan from 1979 to 1983 and from 1984 to 1985. During his chairmanship of MC Mardan, Shahid rendered great services for development of Mardan and tried to bring about a political and social change through his sheer hard work and commitment with the masses.

While talking to this scribe, he was still proud of his services to the residents of Mardan: few among which are construction of six high schools, nine middle schools and 63 primary schools, construction of public library and town hall, construction of four reservoirs for water supply schemes, developing Younis Stadium, providing land for Government Commerce College Mardan and construction of Administration block, hall, and hostels both for teachers and students on premises of the college and providing Sui gas to a number of localities in the city.

Ikramullah Shahid said it was from Mardan that Civil Disobedience Movement was started in 1948 by Muslim League workers and on 3rd March 1947 Maulana Midrarullah Midrar; who was then provincial secretary general of Jamiat ul Ulema e Sarhad led a procession demanding creation of Pakistan and was sent to jail by Dr Khan Sahib's government. He further said that his paternal uncle, Maulana Mohammad Shoaib was elected president of provincial chapter of Muslim League in 1937 and again in 1938.

About the MMA victory in the October general polls, particularly in District Mardan, he said, "personally it was my lifelong dream to rescue the masses from the clutches of feudal lords and I always struggled for achievement of this noble goal. The electoral victory of MMA during the last general elections proved that people are fed up with traditional politicians and want a positive change in their lot and manifestation of their desire was their unqualified support for the MMA candidates, which is not only a political change but also a harbinger of social change."

About the future plan of the MMA government he said, "We have accepted our responsibility as a sacred trust entrusted by the masses and we will try our best to come up to the expectations of the electorate, adding that governance is not a privilege but a liability for those who are alive to expectations of their electorate."

Ikramullah Shahid hoped that during the net general polls the MMA candidates would go to the masses not only clean handed but with a lot of welfare work, which according to him always remained an elusive dream for masses previously.

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Ikramullah Shahid, Abdur Rahim
Published in Khyber.ORG on Friday, September 16 2005 (http://www.khyber.org)