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Sardar Akhtar Mengal
سردار اختر مینگل
|9th Chief Minister of Balochistan|
February 22, 1997 – June 15, 1998
|Preceded by||Zulfikar Ali Magsi|
|Succeeded by||Jan Mohammad Jamali|
|Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan|
|Assumed office |
13 August 2018
|Born||6 October 1962|
|Political party||Balochistan National Party (Mengal)|
Sardar Akhtar Mengal (Urdu: سردار اختر مینگل) is a politician from Balochistan who is the chairman of Balochistan National Party (Mengal). He previously served as the Chief Minister of Balochistan between 1997 and 1998.
Mengal came to Pakistan after ending his self exile in Dubai on 25 March 2013 after four years to participate in 2013 election. The party only has two seats in the 51 member provincial assembly. One is Mengal's and the other is Hamal Kalmati, who represents Gwadar. Two candidates of the BNP, Esa Noori and Raouf Mengal, won national assembly seats from the Makran coastal region and Khuzdar, respectively.
Arrest and release
Akhtar Mengal was arrested in September 2006, along with around 700 other political workers, in a government crackdown in Balochistan. He was held because he was planning a long march against President Pervez Musharraf's military rule. Mengal was released on May 9, 2008 and all charges against him were dropped by the Government of Sindh. The Balochistan government withdrew all cases, including those of sedition, against Mengal.