Muhammad Enver Baig is a notable Pakistani politician and ex-member of the Senate of Pakistan. He was linked politically with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) until 2012 before joining the Pakistan Muslim League (N). He served as chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme from the time period of 2013 to 2014.
Political career of Enver Baig
Enver Baig served as a member of the Senate of Pakistan on the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ticket from the period of 2003 to 2009. In the year of 2012, he joined the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N) after PPP suspended his party membership due to alleged party discipline violation.
Baig was elected as the chairman of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) by President Mamnoon Hussain in November 2012 on the Prime Minister’s advice. He resigned from this post a year later, in November 2014, and was appointed chairman of Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), a lesser position than BISP Chairman.
Enver Baig served as Honorary Council General of The Republic of Uruguay in Pakistan, and president of the Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association from the period of 1982–83. He chaired the Standing Committee on Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis for the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) from 1994–95, and chaired the FPCCI’s Standing Committee on Diplomatic Affairs from the time period of 1995–1998. Baig was also a member of the PPP’s Policy Planning Wing.
Baig inquired the Public Accounts Committee of Pakistan (PAC) for audits of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the year of 2007; he termed the then PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf “the most incompetent official in the PCB”. Ashraf, in reply, termed Baig “a sick man.” However, these statements were withdrawn in a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Sports held under the chairmanship of Tahir Hussain Mashhadi. In the year of February 2009, Baig accused the Pakistan national cricket team’s players of being involved in match fixing, stating that “the main problem in the Pakistan team is gambling and match-fixing”.