Ammar Rashid , NA-53
Ammar Rashid (NA-53) is a development professional, researcher and academic by profession, who has been a leading member of the Awami Workers Party since its founding in 2012. He has been especially involved in AWP’s struggle for the right to shelter and affordable housing in Islamabad and organized political and legal resistance to the illegal and inhumane eviction drive by the government in 2015.
As a student, Ammar was deeply involved in the movement against the military dictatorship of Pervez Musharraf in 2007, during which he started the underground Emergency Times newsletter against the military regime. He has a BSc (Hon) in Economics from LUMS and a master’s degree in development studies from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University.
As a professional, Ammar has been involved in research and teaching work on themes ranging from public education and health reform, the political economy of public policy, sub-national governance, gender and development and tax reform. He has previously taught at the Gender studies department at Quaid-e-Azam University and at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE).
Ammar is also a musician, regularly performing revolutionary songs and poetry at political events. He is married with a one year-old son.
Ismat Raza Shahjahan , NA-54
Ismat Shahjahan’s (NA-54) entire life has revolved around progressive political struggle. Hailing from a small village in district Karak and belonging to a khudai khidmatgar family, Ismat Raza Shahjahan joined revolutionary politics as a student leader in 1983.
In 1986, Ismat joined the Democratic Students Federation (DSF), a leftist organisation. Later she became a part of the Communist Party Pakistan (CPP) and actively worked with the Muttahida Labour Federation (MLF), a labour front of CPP. She also established the Democratic Women’s Association (DeWA), a feminist front of the CPP in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She remained part of democtric movements against military dictatorships, anti-war and anti-state oppression campaigns.
Ismat played a key role in laying the foundation of the Awami Workers Party, a platform for combining the progressive forces in Pakistan and rebuilding the left. More recently, Ismat has played a pioneering role in building a socialist feminist movement, the Women Democratic Front, which has chapters all over Pakistan.
Ismat is a retired internationals finance specialist. She studied public administration from Peshawar Univeristy and development studies from the Institue of Social Studies in the Hague. She remianed a publisher of progressive revolutionery journal “Leekwal”, she paints and writes.