In May 1962 he returned to Pakistan where he met and married Shafait, his wife for over 45 years. In 1963 he began work in Birmingham in the Drawing Office at George H Hughes, a local engineering firm. Chauhdry Rashid started his work in public life in 1980 when he was appointed to serve on the East Birmingham Community Health Council. This led in 1982 to his appointment to East Birmingham Health Authority where he served until 1985. In 1982 he also became a magistrate. He served on the Small Heath Community Law Centre during the early 1980s and also served as its Chairman.
During this time he also served on the Black Country Talking Newspaper, Dudley Council of Faiths and Dudley One World. In 2000 Chauhdry Rashid took early retirement from local government service due to ill health. In 2002 he picked up from where he left off and has since served on the board of Birmingham Family Housing Association, the board of St Peters (Saltley) Housing Association, as governor of Mathew Boulton College and as governor of Regents Park Primary School. He re-entered politics in 2004 and was elected as one of three councillors for the Nechells ward. In 2006 he was re-elected to his seat. In May 2008 Chauhdry Rashid was appointed Lord Mayor of Birmingham. The following year he served, as is usual, as the Deputy Lord Mayor.