Shafqat Mahmood served as Civil Services Officer in Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS), but he left the office of Civil Services in 1990 and Joined Bhutto’s led Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Currently, He is in Imran Khan’s Cabinet as Federal Minister for Federal Education, Professional Training, National History, and Literary Heritage. Shafqat is the father of famous Pakistani TV actress Tara Mehmood.
Early Life and Education
Shafqat was born in 1950 in Lahore and received his early education from Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur. For his Higher Education, he moved to Lahore and joined Government College, Lahore. He also attended Punjab University. Later, Mahmood Completed his Masters in Psychology & Public Administration from Harvard University and did a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Southern California.
Shafqat Mahmood cleared the competitive exams of Pakistan and was allocated in Pakistan Administrative Services. He started his career in Civil Bureaucracy as Assistant Commissioner. He served as Assistant Commissioner of Murree and Pakpattan, Deputy Commissioner of Gujranwala, and Dera Ghazi Khan. He was assigned the Charges of Additional Commissioner Afghan Refugees Organization, Deputy Secretary, and then Additional Secretary Finance to the Government of Punjab.
Shafqat Mahmood’s Political Career
Mehmood started his Political career in 1990 when he joined hands with PPP. He served as Special Assistant to the Former President of Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. In 1994, Shafqat was elected as a Senate Member on the seat of PPP. Again, he was elected as a Member of the Senate in 1997 as an Independent Candidate.
He was also a part of Musharaf’s Military Government and served as Federal Minister for Information Technology from 1999 to 2000. In 2000, he resigned from all political designations and started writing in English Newspaper, THE NEWS.
In 2007, Benazir Bhutto was shot dead in Liaqat Bagh, Rawalpindi. Shafqat left PPP after the Incident. And after a gap of four years, in November 2011, he joined Pakistan Tehreek-E-Insaf led by Imran Khan Niazi as Information Secretary. Later he was contested in the General Elections of 2018 and won the seat of National Assembly from Lahore’s NA-126.
In 2015, he resigned as PTI Organizer, Lahore, and then re-assigned the charge of Central Information Secretary of PTI.
In the General Elections of 2018, he won the National Assembly’s seat from the NA-130 Constituency of Lahore. Prime Minister Khan allotted him the Ministry of Education, Professional Training, National History, and Literary Heritage.