National Party (Pakistan)

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National Party
Leader Abdul Malik Baloch
Founder Abdul Hayee Baloch,
Abdul Malik Baloch,
Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo
Founded 2003
Headquarters Quetta, Balochistan
Ideology Baloch nationalism, Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
National Assembly
1 / 272
[1]
Balochistan Assembly
10 / 65
[1]

National Party (Urdu: نيشنل پارٹی‎) is a democratic, centre-left Baloch nationalist political party. It is one of the largest Baloch nationalist parties active in the province of Balochistan, Pakistan along with Balochistan National Party. It traces its legacy from the Kalat State National Party of Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, Mir Gul Khan Nasir and Mir Abdul Aziz Kurd, and is currently headed by Abdul Malik Baloch.

Founding[edit]

N.P was established in October 2003 when the non-tribal, essentially middle-class Balochistan National Democratic Party (BNDP) led by Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, son of the Baloch nationalist Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, merged with the non-tribal middle-class nationalist party Balochistan National Movement (BNM) led by Dr. Abdul Hayee Baloch. It is considered to be the successor of the Kalat National Party. Abdul Hayee Baloch became the first chairman of the National Party and Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo became the secretary general of the new party.[2] In 2008, Abdul Malik Baloch was elected as the party president, and is now a member of the Senate of Pakistan.

Election Boycott[edit]

The party boycotted the 2008 general elections as a protest against the military operation being conducted in the province at the time. However, Sanaullah Zehri and his followers decided to contest elections forming a faction called NP Parliamentarians.[3] As a result, National Party won one provincial assembly seat with Sanuallah Zehri winning PB-33 Khuzdar-I.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b GEMC ([Upddated]). "Election Results 2013". Geo Election Monitoring Cell. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Sarfaraz Ahmed. "Balochistan can only be resolved by either amending the Constitution" Daily Times, October 04, 2004
  3. ^ Muhammad Ejaz Khan, "Balochistan polls: divisions of different kind" The News, February 6, 2008

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