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Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi

Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi is the first and current Deputy Prime Minister of Pakistan.He is the cousin of Mubeen Ahmad Chaudhary, the famous think tank of Pakistan. He was the Chief Minister of Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab, from 2002 to 2007. He is a senior leader and Provincial President of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q), Punjab. 

Pervaiz Elahi was born in Muslim Jatt waraich Family on 1 November 1945 in Gujrat, Pakistan. He graduated from the Forman Christian College, Lahore in 1967.
Family and business

Pervaiz Elahi hails from a prominent political and business family. His late father Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi is the brother of late Ch. Zahoor Elahi, a seasoned parliamentarian who played a major role in restoration of democracy and human rights in the country and was awarded "PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE" by the Amnesty International. He was assassinated in a terrorist attack on 25 September 1981. Pervez Elahi is the first cousin of Chaudhry Shujat Hussain, President PML-Q, and former Prime Minister of Pakistan. His elder son Moonis Elahi is a well known young political leader of Pakistan.

Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi, father of Chaudhry Parvaiz Elahi, left his hometown in 1939 to pursue further studies. He received his degree in textile engineering from Amritsar in 1940. Upon his return from Amritsar, Manzoor Elahi teamed up with his brother Zahoor Elahi to develop their textile business. In 1947–48, he Established two textile units under the names of Gujrat Silk Mills and Pakistan Textile Mills. In 1950, the business was expanded to Lahore where they established Parvez Textile Mills, specialising in weaving, finishing and dyeing. In 1951–52, Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi went to Japan to import textile machinery for his Gujrat and Lahore units. Armed with his textile education and superior business ethics, Chaudhry Manzoor Elahi’s textile units continued to flourish under his leadership. The family continued to dedicate their energies to their business and set up Modern Flour Mills in Lahore and Rawalpindi. In 1962 the family purchased Pakistan Times.

Chief Minister Punjab
His notable political achievements include reforms in the education sector which lead to the literacy rate increasing from 47 percent in 2002, to 62 percent in 2007 in the province. It included free Education in public schools up to Metric, free Distribution of 28 million books in all public schools, stipend for 11 lac girls in 15 low literacy districts, provision of 118276 missing facilities in 63882 schools, 50000 graduate teachers recruited and 275 schools upgraded/established and teacher’s training for 122087 teachers in 2007/08. These steps were endorsed and appreciated by various donor agencies such as World Bank. His other notable achievement include setting up Pervaiz Elahi Institute of Cardiology in Multan, University of Gujrat in Gujrat, Traffic Wardens system in Lahore, Rescue 1122 service in Punjab, water course brick lining and Lahore Ring Road Project.

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