Abdul Qadir Baloch
Abdul Qadir Baloch (Urdu: عبد القادر بلوچ; born 9 April 1945) is a Pakistani politician and retired army general who is the current Minister for States and Frontier Regions, in office since August 2017. A leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), Baloch briefly served as the Governor of Balochistan during Pervez Musharraf rule in 2003 and as the Minister for States and Frontier Regions in the third Sharif ministry.
He was born on 9 April 1945.
Baloch was appointed as field operations commander of the XXX Corps where he oversaw the redeployment of the military troops near border with India. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, Baloch was assigned as field operations commander of the XII Corps which had the area of responsibility of the Balochistan.
In 2001, Baloch was appointed as Martial Law Administrator of Balochistan. In 2003, he received honorable discharge from the army and prematurely retired from the military as corps commander of Quetta to be appointed as Governor of Balochistan. However, his tenure was short and was eventually succeeded by Owais Ahmed Ghani in matter of few months.
In Pakistani general election, 2008, Baloch elected as member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from constituency NA-271. In 2010, he joined the Pakistan Muslim League (N). In August 2011, Baloch was selected by PML(N) as the assistant secretaries-general of the PML-N for Balochistan.
In 2013, the PML(N) allotted a party ticket to Baloch for the constituency NA-271 to participate in general elections. Baloch performed well in the election and defeated Ahsanullah Raki of PPP. Later, he was appointed as Minister for States and Frontier Regions by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and took oath on 8 June 2013.
He had ceased to hold ministerial office in July 2017 when the federal cabinet was disbanded following the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after Panama Papers case decision. Following the election of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as Prime Minister of Pakistan, Baloch was inducted into the federal cabinet of Abbasi and was appointed Minister for States and Frontier Regions for the second time.
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|Governor of Balochistan
1 February 2003 – 11 August 2003
Owais Ahmed Ghani