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Rehman Malik

In office
27 March 2008 – Incumbent
Preceded by Incumbent
Succeeded by Hamid Nawaz Khan

Born December 12, 1951 (1951-12-12) (age 58)
Sialkot, Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Alma mater University of Karachi
Occupation Statistician and Criminologist
Religion Islam

Senator A. Rehman Malik (Urdu: رحمان ملک ) (born 12 December 1951) is Pakistani politician, senate member of Senate of Pakistan, and the current Interior Minister of Pakistan under the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani administration. He was upgraded to latter position from Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Affairs and Narcotics Control after he was elected in the Senate of Pakistan.[1] He took the oath as the federal minister on 27 April 2009.[2] He has been the interior adviser since 27 March 2008.[3]

Malik is a former FIA officer who rose to head the Federal Investigation Agency during Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. He later joined the Pakistan Peoples Party and was the trusted lieutenant and chief security officer (CSO) of Benazir Bhutto.


Early career and Education

Rehman Malik was born in Sialkot, Pakistan on 12 December 1951. He got his secondary and intermediate education from Sialkot[citation needed]

Federal Investigation Agency career

Rehman Malik began his career as an immigration officer and became the top-man in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the mid 90’s.[2] During 26 years of active service as an officer of FIA, he has held the post of Additional Director General of FIA besides heading various regional offices of the department such as Crime Zone Peshawar, Immigration, Interpol and National Security Cell. He had been associated with anti-terrorism and anti-money launching operations of FIA which have earned for him recognition by the international law enforcement community. He was bestowed with Sitara-e-Shujaat in 1995.[4]

Benazir Bhutto appointed Rehman Malik as the additional director-general of the FIA which then launched a secret war against the Islamist elements in Pakistan, which amounted to a direct attack on the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).[5] The Pakistani military was equally dismayed by reports of FIA contacts with the Israeli secret service, the Mossad, to investigate Islamist terrorists. The FIA leadership under Bhutto also angered Taliban supporters within the establishment, because they allowed the extradition of Ramzi Yousef to the US for trial on the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.[5]

One of the first acts of President Leghari after dismissing Benazir Bhutto on 5 November 1996 was to imprison the Ghulam Asghar, head of FIA, suspended on non specified corruption charges, and Rehman Malik, Additional Director General of FIA, was also arrested.[5]

Accusation against Sharif and exile

In November 1998, Rehman Malik termed the termination of his service by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif an "act of retaliation" because of the 200-page report, which he had sent to then President Rafiq Tarar, disclosing large-scale corruption of Sharif family. Rehman Malik then fled to London and made corruption accusation against the Sharif brothers.[6]

With the dismissal of the government of the PPP, Rehman Malik left the country and settled in the United Kingdom where he started his business and became a business tycoon. He assisted admirably Benazir Bhutto who was in exile during all the years. Rehman Malik was the chief of the security of Benazir Bhutto when she returned home in 2007.[2] There, he got involved with DM Digital Network with the head office at Manchester, UK. DM Digital announced that he was honourary director with no shares; Malik resigned before his appointment as Advisor/Minister to the Prime Minister for Interior.[citation needed]

Rehman Malik emerged as the deal broker in Benazir-Musharraf reconciliation talks in Abu Dhabi in July 2007, and replaced Makhdoom Amin Fahim as the most trusted political lieutenant of Benazir Bhutto. Fahim was Benazir's aide since 2002, when he formed the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians and acted as the leader of PPP in the absence of Benazir and her husband Asif Ali Zardari. It was also reported in The News that after Rehman Malik took over the role of top "adviser and broker" of Benazir on important matters ranging from politics to business, Fahim seemed to have become an "obsolete political commodity."[7]

Under the amnesty of the National Reconciliation Ordinance, Malik had three cases of corruption allegations against himself dropped.[8]

Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto there were many accusation against Rehman Malik for lax security and his absence.[9]

However, he was brought into the limelight for his past service to Asif Ali Zardari[citation needed] and PPP, and was made an adviser on interior affairs and narcotics control to the PPP Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, with the status of Federal Minister. He was later upgraded as Interior Minister of Pakistan.


  1. ^ Tahir Niaz. "Masood Kausar to be made law, justice adviser " Daily Times, 18 March 2009
  2. ^ a b c Muhammad Saleh Zaafir. "Malik made federal minister" The News, 27 April 2009
  3. ^ Syed Irfan Raza, "Rehman and Haqqani join Gilani team" Dawn Newspaper, 28 March 2008
  4. ^ Profile of Chairman of National Police Bureau NPB Website, retrieved 4 February 2009
  5. ^ a b c "Federal Investigative Agency ", retrieved 4 February 2009
  6. ^ Rehman Malik refuses to accept his termination Dawn Newspaper, 10 November 1998
  7. ^ Rauf Klasra, "Rehman replaces Fahim as Benazir’s most trusted aide" The News, 29 July 2007
  8. ^ Saeed Shah (18 December 2009). Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik faces arrest as crisis deepens. The Telegraph. Accessed 2010-01-12.
  9. ^ Rauf Klasra. "PPP asking many questions about Rehman Malik" The News, 2 January 2008

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hamid Nawaz Khan
Interior Minister of Pakistan
2008 – present
Succeeded by


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