He was born to a Rajput Family in Chakri Village at Rawalpindi and he is the youngest of five brothers and a sister. He did his intermediate from Aitchison College Lahore and then went to Army Burn Hall College. He graduated from there and after his graduation he got married and has three daughters and a son.
He jumped into active politics in 1980.He won the seat of National Assembly from the constituency NA-52 in 1985. He received national attention in 1985 since then has been re-elected seven times as a MNA of Pakistan Muslim League. Under the leadership of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, he was the most trusted man of Nawaz Sharif. He served as Federal Minister for Food Agriculture and Federal minister for communications during 2002 to 2008.he was made leader of opposition in 2008. He was given the status of interior minister and Minister of water and power during 2013-2015.