Kashmala Tariq Biography

Introduction :

Kashmala Tariq is a renowned Pakistani politician and Lawyer. She is known for her exceptional beauty and advocacy of women rights. Tariq came to prominence during Pervez Musharraf’s rule when she was affiliated with PML-Q. She is currently serving as Federal ombudsperson for protection against harassment of women at workplaces. Tariq was appointed for said post in February 27, 2018 for a period of four years. As a lawyer, she is running her own law firm “Kashmala & Associates”.

kashmala tariq biography

Early Life & Education

Kashmala Tariq was born on January 24, 1972 in Lahore. She studied law at Punjab University and earned her LLB. She obtained a Masters degree in Law from London School of Economics and Political Science in 1999.

Career Before Politics

Before joining politics, Kashmala Tariq worked for Mandiviwala & Zafar Law Firm. She practiced corporate and commercial law for the said firm.

Polictical Career of Kashmala Tariq

Kashmala Tariq joined politics in 2002 at the age of 30. She joined PML-Q and served as Member National Assembly from 2002 to 2013 on a reserved seat for women. She was elected as the chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Committee in 2007.
During her political career, Tariq has vocal about women rights. She introduced two bills regarding women, one linked to Honor Killing and second related to amend Hudood Ordinance.

Personal Life

Kashmala Tariq is married to Canadian Pakistani man Tariq Rashid Khan. Mr Khan is a member of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The couple has a son named Azlan Khan.
Tariq is an only child of her parents. She lives in Islamabad and her son lives in Lahore. She keeps travelling between two cities. Tariq is very close to her mother who has been supportive of her career. She gives credit to her mom for all of her successes.
Kahsmala Tariq likes to be happy. She does not listen to sad songs. She believes in ‘what goes around, comes around’. Tariq is fond of travelling. She traveled a lot as a chairperson of commonwealth.
Tariq has a big friends circle. She is adventurous and likes to try new things. She likes golf, riding, polo and swimming. She likes eastern, western and Indian dresses.

Scandals & Controversies

Social media rumors linked Kashmala Tariq with politician Humayun Akhtar Khan which both politicians have denied in interviews. Tariq says that she had a close liaison with Khan because she belonged to his constituency.
Pakistani newspapers accused Tariq of having a romantic relationship with Khawaja Asif. Both politicians appeared on Hamid Mir’s program where Tariq cleared those allegations.
Politician Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and Kashmal Tariq had a fight in Javed Chaudhry’s talk show Kal Tak. Awan said that she did not enter into politics through ‘Heera Mandi or someone’s bedroom or prostitution’ indirectly accusing Tariq of doing so.
Hanif Abbasi got furious when Tariq repeatedly interrupted him in Asma Sherazi’s program. She asked Abbasi not to distort facts over which he said that he knew her ‘facts’ indirectly pointing to media rumors about her. Tariq left the show in protest.
In March 2018, Kashmala Tariq was interviewed by Waqt News journalist Mati Ullah Jan. She lost temper when Jan repeatedly asked pinching questions. He was asking her how she ‘managed’ to secure positions she had held. Tariq stormed out and asked her staff to forcibly delete recorded conversation.

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