Sheikh Rashid Ahmed got his initial education from Christian High school Rawalpindi.He studied at Polytechnic College Rawalpindi.On November 7, 1968 he organized movement against Ayub regime in which one student Hameed Shaheed sacrificed his life.Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was among three student who were barred from getting admisssion in any eductional institution.Later he got admission in Gordon College Rawalpindi and took active part in student politics.He emerged as a successful student leader and was elected in Student Union as Joint Secretary,Secretary,Vice President and President during four years respectively.He graduated from Gordon College and passed his M.A examination from Shahpur Jail.He completed his L.L.B from Lahore.He became Manging Director of Gulmerg Company,which was doing business in silk and silk yarn.
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was born on November 6, 1950 in Bhabra Bazar Rawalpindi.His father was from Sri Nagar, Kashmir while mother was from Amritsar.In 1947 his parents migrated from Sri Nagar and settled in Rawalpindi.They established business in silk.
He started his political career from Municipal Corporation Rawalpindi and became leader of Opposition in the Corporation.In 1985 general elections he was elected Member of the National Assembly from Rawalpindi as independent and subsequently has been elected MNA for six times.During October 2002 election he was elected from two seats and established a new record in politics of pakistan.He is among only few politicians who have been elected MNAs six time consecutively.He has served as Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower,Information,Industries,Sports Culture and Tourism and Investment.He has spent overall five years in solitary confinement for the cause of democracy.He was awarded seven years rigorous imprisonment in Klashnikov case and spent two years in Bahawalpur Jail.
He addressed the 41st session of the U.N. General Assembly and participated in Geneva Accords, Moscow conference.Apart from representing Pakistan on several International fora and was incharge of Gulf war monitoringl.
He has served five times as member of the standing committee of Foreign Affairs and Kashmir.He rendered commendable services for the Kashmir cause.He is the author of two books.His book namely “Farzand-e-Pakistan” was declared book of the year.His other book titled “Sub Achha Hai” is in the final stage of its publication.