Most of you dotTechies have been with us since the beginning and probably know me by the name I go by, ‘Ashraf’. Some of you have asked me in the past why don’t I reveal more details about myself. As I’ve explained before, I enjoy my privacy and like to keep to myself. However, now I feel it is time to reveal the man behind the curtain. Ready? Let’s begin.
My name is Raja Pervez Ashraf (yes, I like going by my last name). I was born on December 26, 1950 in Sanghar, Pakistan. I am married to Nusrat Pervaiz Ashraf and have four children, two sons and two daughters. I attended University of Sindh and graduated in 1970, wading in agriculture before entering politics (my real calling). I joined the PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party) and contested parliamentary elections multiple times before winning in 2002 and again in 2008.
2008 is when I really hit gold. It was the time when my political party, PPP, came to power in Pakistan which allowed me to be become the Minister of Water and Power. As Minister of Water and Power, I was tasked with trying to alleviate the energy crisis facing my country. However, I decided to alleviate the burden on my wallet instead by (allegedly) accepting kickbacks for rental power plants which were (are) nothing but money pits.
I’m telling you, no where in the world is democracy more pure than in Pakistan. Those Americans have no idea what they are talking about. Indeed, I was “elected” Primer Minister on June 22, 2012 after a contempt of court conviction of then-PM Yousaf Raza Gillani. What other country would make me Prime Minister after I was accused of corruption during my tenure at the Ministry of Power and Water? Democracy rules!
Recently my run as Prime Minister ended as the government was dissolved to make way for elections in May. I have a lot of free time on my hands. So here I am. In the comments below, ask me anything you want.
Oh, and one more thing: