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Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab
Born: November 1, 1945 (age 76 years), Gujrat, Pakistan
Party: Pakistan Muslim League (Q)
Office: Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab since 2018
Education: Forman Christian College (A Chartered University)
Previous offices: Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan (2013–2018)
Children: Moonis Elahi
NameCh. Pervez Elahi
Father’s NameCh.Manzoor Elahi
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Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi is a Pakistani politician who is the current Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, in office since August 2018. He has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab since August 2018.
He served as the first and only Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2013. After a successful campaign in the 2002 general elections, he became the Chief Minister of Punjab and held this position until 2007.
In 2008, he served as the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly of Pakistan for short time. He was a member of the National Assembly from 2008 to May 2018. He is the president of the Punjab Division of Pakistan Muslim League (Q).
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi was born 1 November 1945 in Gujrat, Punjab to the industrialist Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi Warraich. He belongs to the Warriach clan of Punjabi Jats. He hails from a family of politicians and industrialists of Gujrat.
Chaudhary received his early education from Forman Christian College, Lahore till 1967 and later attended Watford College of Technology from where he received his Diploma in Industrial Management.
He is a cousin of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.
He is married and has two sons.
Elahi begun his political career after electing as the chairman of district council of Gujrat for the four years in 1983.
He served as Provincial Minister for Local Government and Rural Development for a period of eight years from 1985 to 1993.
He was elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the first time in 1985, second time in 1988, third time in 1990, and fourth time in 1993.
He also served as the acting leader of the opposition in the Provincial Assembly of Punjab from 1993 to 1996, in the absence of Shahbaz Sharif who had gone to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.
Several cases were registered against Elahi during Benazir Bhutto’s government in 1993-1996 and he was sent to Adiala Jail where he spent several months.
It was reported that Nawaz Sharif had promised Elahi that if PML-N won the 1997 Pakistani general election, Elahi would be made the chief minister of Punjab.
However, when PML-N won the 1997 general elections, Nawaz appointed his brother Shahbaz Sharif as the Chief Minister of Punjab. To avoid the impression that Elahi was unhappy with this decision of Nawaz Sharif.
Elahi supported Shahbaz Sharif for the position of Chief Minister however decided not to join the provincial cabinet of Shahbaz Sharif.
He was re-elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab for the fifth time in 1997 and was elected as the speaker of Provincial Assembly of Punjab in 1997 where he remained until June 2001.