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Makhdoom Muhammad Ameen Faheem
Federal Minister for Commerce
"I don't believe in ruling the people. I believe in ruling their hearts. That is why my voters love me, and they’ve never disappointed me." (Amin Fahim)
Amin Fahim’s victory as MNA from NA-218 ‘Matiari-cum-Hyderabad’ has made him a significantly important MNA, given PPP’s heavy mandate. Whatever he may do, in immediate future he will continue to be a decisive figure. At this hour, both Peoples’ Party and Pakistan have found a less polarised, and a uniting figure in Amin Fahim.When we talk of political loyalty we do not have Makhdoom Javed Hashmi only, we have “Makhdoom Amin Fahim” as well. Makhdoom Muhammad Amin Fahim is an icon of clear politics, loyalty and devotion. He has won a seat in the National Assembly as a candidate of Pakistan Peoples’Party. He has been previously elected MNA on seven occasions (1970, 1977, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1997 and 2002). He has held offices as Provincial Minister of Revenue in Sindh and as Federal Minister (1988 and 1994). He has also served as Federal Minister of Oil and Natural Resources (1988 – 1990), and Communication (1993 - 1996). An ‘agriculturist’ by profession, Makhdoom Amin Fahim is a graduate.
Known as a humble politician, Amin Fahim entered the political arena in 1970, when he was elected as member National Assembly from Southern Thatta district of Sindh province.
Fahim boycotted the non-party elections of 1985 held by General Zia-ul-Haq — led military regime in line with the decision of his party.
Fahim was offered the post of Prime Minister in 2002 by General Pervez Musharraf keeping Benazir's refusal to appoint Fahim as Chief Minister of Sindh province
after 1993 elections in mind.
However, Amin Fahim regards Benazir Bhutto as his leader and his Prime Minister, and the idea of betraying her never clicked his mind; and today that she is no more, the fact that he remained loyal to Pakistan Peoples’ Party gives him pleasure.
The office of the Prime Minister was just a step away from him, but he had to except a condition to enter. The condition was to part his way from his leader, which was unacceptable to him, as he believes loyalty is the best policy.
Descending from a spiritual family of the southern Sindh province of Pakistan, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, never regrets his decision to turn down a clear-cut offer to become the country's prime minister on the condition of parting his way from his leader, Benazir Bhutto (late), former Prime Minister and Chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), one of the largest political parties of this South Asian Muslim state.
He also contested for the Presidential Elections. He knew he is going to concede a sure defeat at the hands of the country's military ruler General Pervez Musharraf in the presidential elections but his leader (Benazir) asked him to contest election against General Musharraf. That is why he contested and lost, but never regretted.
Born in Makhdoom family of Hala, which is located some 200 Kilometers off the southern port city of Karachi, on August 4, 1939, Fahim is a rare breed in Pakistani
politics where loyalty doesn't matter at all. Change of party and leadership is considered a routine affair in local politics.
His father Makhdoom Talib-ul-Maula, the spiritual leader of Sarwari Jammat of Pakistan, was one of the founding members of the PPP — which was founded in 1969
by the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, father of Benazir Bhutto.
Being the eldest of the sons, Fahim had always been very close to his father, as in Sindhi tradition eldest son is considered the political heir of father.
Amin Fahim did his matriculation in 1955 and intermediate in 1957 in his native town Hala. In 1958, he got admission in Political Science Department of Sindh University, and did his Bachelors in 1961.
Amin Fahim is affectionately known by his followers as, "he whose presence brings good harvests."
Initially, Amin Fahim was more interested in poetry than politics. However, he had no choice but to jump into the fray as the political heir of Makhdoom family.
He believes that ‘poetry’ is his first love. He is still fond of saying verses and reading poetry of others.
His forte is mystic poetry. His poetry speaks about love, peace, and simplicity. He is fond of the poetry of Maulana Rumi, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, and Sachal Sarmast. Their poetry has left a deep impact on his life. He has learned from these poets that a person should be loyal to his loved ones in good or rainy days.
Makhdoom Muhammad Amin Fahim is married. He has travelled to Brazil, Chile, Europe, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, U.S.A and the Middle East.
Federal Ministry of Commerce
Contributing to the national economy through trade liberalization and facilitation, improving export compositeness and reducing cost of doing business.
Aim to achieve higher market access for Pakistani products in existing markets as well as new markets with ultimate aim of improving quality of life of the people of Pakistan.
CHARACTER OF THE MINISTRY
Under the Rules of Business 1973, Commerce Division is assigned the following functions:
Imports and exports across custom frontiers
Commercial intelligence and statistics
Tariff policy and its implementation
Anti-dumping duties, countervailing duties and safeguard laws
Organization and control of Chambers and trade associations
Law of Insurance and regulation and control of Insurance companies
Administrative Control of Attached Departments/Organizations
Selection of Trade Officers for posting in Pakistan’s Missions abroad
OBJECTIVES OF TRADE POLICY
People centric : Poverty alleviation and employment generation through export led growth
Value addition and Higher Unit Value (e.g. Yarn-Fabric-Textile Chain)
Coordination for Improvement of Infrastructure
Improving competitiveness through reduction in cost of doing business
Facilitating investment in manufacturing sector
Focus on Export Marketing
Better Commercial Intelligence
Trade diplomacy/market access
Diversification of export products and markets