Senator Dr Shahzad Waseem is a member of the Senate of Pakistan and also the Head of Diplomatic & International Affairs of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf – PTI, his party office is responsible for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s International/diplomatic affairs.
PTI’s Diplomatic & International Affairs has a critical role of communicating, and explaining, party’s political policies to the political stakeholders in other countries and it makes an integral part of its external work. It also follows and keeps track of the developments in the external political parties whom PTI would have had built an association with.
He is also responsible for providing briefing and policy proposals to the Central Leadership of PTI, both in routine and on demand. In this role, he is responsible for the formal exchanges and communication with diplomats and organizations.
Waseem also provides regular advice to party’s chairman Imran Khan on issues of regional/international importance pertaining to his party.
Senator Shahzad Waseem was elected as member of Senate of Pakistan in 2002 and again in 2018. He was appointed as Leader of the House for the Senate of Pakistan by Prime Minister Imran Khan on 4 June 2020.
He started his political career with Pakistan Muslim League (PML) in 2002. From the platform of the party, he was elected as a Senator in 2003. In one year time (2004), his hard work and serious interest in the legislative work and passion for development of the capital city Islamabad, became reasons of his appointment as the Minister of State for Interior. He officiated matters pertaining to development, uplifting, and security management of the Federal Capital. During his tenure as the Minister responsible for Islamabad, the Federal Capital saw an unprecedented development and expansion of its entire history. Construction of major avenues, overhead bridges, parks, sports and cultural facilities, and opening of new sectors to meet housing needs of growing population are a few examples.
He was elected again as a Senator for a tenure March 2018 to March 2024, Waseem also acted as the Chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Establishment and Cabinet. In addition, he was an active member of the Senate Standing Committees on Women Development, Youth Affairs, Health, Sports and Culture. Waseem was among the most active members of the Senate and is known for his seriousness and record of presence during the Senate’s proceedings, parliamentary debates and Q&A sessions. In 2006 he presented Private Member Bill on Human Organ Donation and Transplantation to curb the malpractices of trade of human organs including kidneys.
He also served as a Director at the Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights (PCHR). The organization served the cause of Human Rights in Pakistan and assisted both Houses of the Federal Legislature with research, draft laws and pro-rights public advocacy.
On the basis of some party and parliamentary difference, he opted to resign from PML when the party was still ruling Pakistan and devoted time to his business and family. Inspired by charismatic leadership of Imran Khan and his political agenda of Change, he joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and has been working tirelessly to promote party’s program. He has also worked hard to building up the party’s external outreach as the Advisor to Chairman, PTI on Foreign Political Parties Relations.
Subjects of his legislative and academic interest/pursuit include security, foreign affairs, democracy & governance, social development issues, and human rights. He is an active sportsman and indulges in long walks and hiking. Widely traveled, he has officially and privately visited US, UK, China, Turkey, many countries of Europe, Central Asia, Far East, and Africa.
His passions include landscaping, rugged traveling, and restoring vintage cars. He is a medical doctor by training and politician by choice.