Profile of Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan (Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting)
• She started her career as a social worker during her student life, which continues to date.
• She is a medical graduate from Fatima Medical College Lahore.
• As a young social activist, she represented Pakistan in the Asian Youth Council at Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 1997.
• In 2000, she was elected Vice President of the World Assembly of Youth for four years after defeating India, and for the first time winning the seat for Pakistan. The World Assembly of Youth is affiliated with United Nations with a representation of 92 countries.
• In 2002 she was elected a member of the National Assembly for the first time.
• She headed Cabinet Division from 2002 to 2005 as a Parliamentary Secretary.
• In 2008 she again won general elections, after defeating the sitting speaker of the National Assembly.
• She represented her constituency as Member National Assembly for 10 years from 2002 to 2013.
• She headed five federal ministries:
1. Ministry of Population Welfare.
2. Ministry of Women Development
3. Ministry of Culture
4. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
5. Ministry of Health (now; Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination).
• In 2013 general elections, even though she lost her seat, she received highest votes in Punjab from amongst the PPP candidates.
• In May 2017 she joined Pakistan Tehreek Insaf and contested 2018 general elections as a candidate from constituency NA-111 Sialkot; now (NA-72).
• In recognition of her social welfare services, she was appointed as an Ambassador of International Human Rights Commission - an organization affiliated with the United Nations.
• She has been working as Special Assistant to PM on Information & Broadcasting since April 2019.