Mazaaq Raat 03 December 2014 on Dunya TV
Syeda Shehla Raza (Urdu: سیدہ شهلا رضا) (born 15 May 1964 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a Pakistan People’s Party politician in the Sindh province of Pakistan. In 2008, she was unanimously elected deputy speaker in the Thirteenth Assembly of the Sindh Assembly, and re-elected in 2013 for that position in the Fourteenth Assembly.
Raza completed her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Karachi, receiving her Master’s degree in Physiology in 1991. Her political career began while she was attending university. In 1986, she joined the People’s Students Federation, a student wing of the Pakistan People’s Party, when political activities were banned. Her activism began during this period of military rule. Three years later, Raza was elected as the Joint Secretary of the People’s Student Federation.
In 1990, after the right-wing conservative alliance, the Islamic Democratic Alliance (IDA), formed a government, she was arrested and incarcerated for almost a month for her political activities, based upon allegations of a double murder and possession of illegal arms. The charges were later dropped.
Politically she was a protege of Benazir Bhutto, who picked her for the party’s “reserved women’s seat” in the Sindh Assembly for the 2008 elections.
In 1991, she married Ghulam Qadir, a former politician and then a general manager for Shahzeb Pharmaceutical Company. Her first child, a daughter, was born in 1992; in 1994 she had a son. Both of them were killed in a traffic accident in 2005.
Sidra Iqbal is a celebrated television journalist and a passionate development activist from Pakistan. She presently hosts and produces ‘Insight with Sidra Iqbal’, teh flagship current affairs show on the state television, PTV News. She is the first Pakistani to be presented the GR8 Women Award for Journalism 2014 by the Government of UAE and the Indian Television Academy.
Sidra is an accomplished media strategist. Previously, she was Vice President, Public Relations at Ogilvy & Mather Pakistan. As a young entrepreneur she successfully launched Statuspro 360, an integrated PR communications firm. In 2011, she founded Blinck, a thought leadership and advocacy group for young people (More info about Blinck: www.blinckfoundation.org). Blinck has been in the forefront with efforts relating to promoting youth entrepreneurship and empowerment.
Sidra won the English Speaking Union’s International Public Speaking Champion 1999 in London and was invited to the Buckingham Palace to receive her Winner’s certificate from HRH the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip. This early achievement catapulted her as a powerful voice of development activism in the international arena.
She successfully represented the youth of Pakistan at a number of power-packed forums in Australia, Cyprus, Japan, Turkey, UAE, US and many other countries throughout her college years. She was selected as an Advisor by the Ministry of Education for their global initiative ‘Women as Global Leaders’ at the Sheikh Zayed University in Dubai. In 2007, she won a scholarship to attend the International Relations summer program at Oxford University. Presently, She is the Academic Ambassador of two higher education initiatives in the country, namely; ACCA Pakistan and Habib University.
Over the last 8 years, she has gained an in-depth understanding of national and regional (South Asian) security, political, economic, governance and human development challenges & environments, based on extensive experience in reporting Live, leading analytic discussions and interviewing the public leaders from Pakistan and abroad.
Her television career highlights include; coverage of 2 national elections of Pakistan (2008 and 2013), special series of financial policy debates of Pakistan Federal Budgets through 2007 to 2014, covering & reporting the US-Pakistan & India-Pakistan strategic dialogues, hosting and producing the popular youth-issues based TV show; ‘Mind The Gap’ and exclusive interviews of President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf, the slain Governor of Punjab Salman Taseer, Information Minister of India Ambika Soni, Former Minister of State UK Baroness Sayeda Warsi, Minister of Trade and Development of Netherlands Liliane Ploumen, among many others.