Abdul Qadir Baloch

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Abdul Qadir Baloch
Minister for States and Frontier Regions
Assumed office
4 August 2017
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
In office
7 June 2013 – 28 July 2017
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Najmuddin Khan
Governor of Balochistan
In office
1 February 2003 – 11 August 2003
Preceded by Amir-ul-Mulk Mengal
Succeeded by Owais Ahmed Ghani
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
17 March 2008
Personal details
Born (1945-04-09) April 9, 1945 (age 72)[1]
Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
(2010-Present)
Alma mater Pakistan Military Academy
PMALC
Command and Staff College
National Defence University
Civilian awards Medal of Excellence Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.pngTamgha-i-Imtiaz
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1966–2003
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant-General
Unit Baloch Regiment
Commands XXX Corps
XII Corps
19th Infantry Division
Battles/wars 1971 war
Kargil War
2001 India-Pakistan standoff
War on Terror
Military awards Sitara Jurat Ribbon.gifSitara-i-Jurat
Hilal-Jurat Ribbon.gifHilal-i-Jurat

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[2] and as the Minister for States and Frontier Regions in the third Sharif ministry.[3]

Baloch has been an elected member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, representing Kharan-cum-Panjgur on PML-N seat.[4]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 9 April 1945.[1]

Military career[edit]

Baloch was appointed as field operations commander of the XXX Corps where he oversaw the redeployment of the military troops near border with India.[5] 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.[5]

Political career[edit]

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.[2] However, his tenure was short and was eventually succeeded by Owais Ahmed Ghani in matter of few months.[6]

In Pakistani general election, 2008, Baloch elected as member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from constituency NA-271.[2] In 2010, he joined the Pakistan Muslim League (N).[7] In August 2011, Baloch was selected by PML(N) as the assistant secretaries-general of the PML-N for Balochistan.[2]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Detail Information". 19 April 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Newspaper, From the (6 August 2011). "Two ex-generals picked for key PML-N positions". Dawn. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Parties demand extension in stay of refugees till 2018". The Nation. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Abdul Qadir Baloch declared winner in Quetta poll". Nation. 25 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Swami, Parveen (27 November 2013). "Troubled history hangs over Pakistan’s new army chief". The hindu, 2013. The HIndu. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Akbar, Malik Siraj (2011). The Redefined Dimensions of Baloch Nationalist Movement. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 1456895338. 
  7. ^ Dawn.com (6 June 2010). "Sanaullah Zehri, Qadir Baloch join PML-N". Dawn newspaper, 2010. Dawn newspaper. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Hussain, Tayyab (8 June 2013). "25-member cabinet takes oath". Pakistan Today. Pakistan Today. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "PM Nawaz Sharif steps down; federal cabinet stands dissolved". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "New cabinet takes oath: Khawaja Asif foreign minister, Ahsan Iqbal interior minister". DAWN.COM. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Pakistan Swears In New Federal Cabinet". Newsweek Pakistan. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Amir-ul-Mulk Mengal
Governor of Balochistan
1 February 2003 – 11 August 2003
Succeeded by
Owais Ahmed Ghani