Mian Raza Rabbani
Senator Mian Raza Rabbani is a Pakistani political leader, constitutional lawyer, and former Chairman of the Senate (2015-2018). As a legislator, he was responsible for the drafting of the famous 18th Amendment, which restored the original spirit of the Constitution and established a firm foundation for Federalism. He has been elected a Senator from Sindh six times since 1993. A long-standing member of the Pakistan Peoples Party, he was a close aide to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and was appointed the Party’s Deputy Secretary General in 1997. He has also served as Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Minister of State for Law and Justice, and Leader of the House and Opposition in the Senate. Senator Rabbani was awarded the highest civil award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz, for his parliamentary services. In addition, he was awarded the Bacha Khan Award for the Defence of Provincial Rights. The Human Rights Society of Pakistan selected him for the 2006 award for his invaluable services to human rights. He was Vice-Chairman of the National Institute of Public Policy and a member of the Forum of Federations, Toronto. He has represented Pakistan as a delegate and speaker at the UN General Assembly, Inter-Parliamentary Union, and Commonwealth Parliamentary Union. He is the author of, A Biography of Federalism in Pakistan, Invisible People (fiction), and Smile Snatchers (fiction). Both his books Invisible People and Smile Snatchers are recipients of the Patras Bokhari Award for English prose, 2017 and 2020, respectively.