In 1997, new elections were called for again. Tahir Rasheed was given Pakistan Muslim League ticket to contest in the elections, from the same constituency NA-116. This time again he was faced by Tanveer Gilani, who is a close relative of current Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and PML-N's Javed Hashmi. However, Tahir Rasheed once again managed to defeat former federal ministers.
During this time, Sheikh Tahir Rasheed became a member of Parliamentary Steering Committee (PSC). The PSC was created in response to UNDP's assistance to enhance the professional capacity of the parliamentarians and National Assembly Secretariat and to support other democratic processes. He was one of the members of parliament who were also interested in assistance regarding relations between the Parliament and the media and in making television coverage of Parliament more effective.
In 1998, Sheikh Tahir Rasheed was one of the foremost supporters of the decision taken by the government to develop nuclear weapons.
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