Aslam Raisani

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Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani
13th Chief Minister of Balochistan, Pakistan
In office
9 April 2008 – 14 January 2013
Preceded by Jam Mohammad Yousaf
Succeeded by Governors Rule under Zulfikar Ali Magsi
Personal details
Born 5 July 1955
Sarawan, Balochistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Profession Tumandar of Raisani Tribe, politician, chief of Sarawan
Religion Sunni Muslim

Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani (Urdu: نواب محمد اسلم خان رئیسانی‎) (born 5 July 1955 in Sarawan, Balochistan) was the Chief Minister of Balochistan from 9 April 2008 till 14 January 2013. He was sacked by the Prime Minister of Pakistan by imposing Governor Rule after the January 2013 Pakistan bombings. He is also the chief of the Raisani tribe of the Sarawan area,[1] succeeding late Nawab Ghound Baksh Raisani as the eldest son. The Raisani tribe is one of the most politically influential tribes in Balochistan,[citation needed] the largest province of Pakistan by area.

On Thursday 1 November 2012, media reports claimed that Raisani party's membership had been cancelled by People's Party Kalat Division for continually violating party policies.[2] However, he denied these reports, and said that his party membership had not been cancelled.[3]

He maintains an interest in developing his own land estates and is President of the Chamber of Agriculture in Balochistan.[1] He is working to introduce modern technology and agricultural methods to his own estates and those of his friends and allies.[citation needed] He also has an interest in preserving wildlife and is a lifetime member of the Wildlife Conservation Society.[1]

He has been elected as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan four times. He was elected Chief Minister of Balochistan on 9 April 2008.[1]

Technical career[edit]

Raisani initially claimed that he was a mechanical engineer (DAE) with a degree from Baluchistan University, but this has never been verified. Nawab Aslam Raisani was interested in Engineering and Technology.[citation needed] In his school life, he claimed to have 'developed' an infrastructure of rotary piston flow meter.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Nawab Aslam Raisani started his political career with Pakistan National Party. He was first elected to Balochistan Provincial Assembly in 1989. He became the Parliamentary Leader of the party in the provincial assembly. He was a member of the provincial assembly until 1990 when the provincial assemblies and National Assembly of Pakistan were dissolved by then, President of Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan. He was again elected to Balochistan provincial assembly in 1990, through Pakistan National Party's ticket, when elections were held. In 1999, he joined Pakistan People's Party and has remained its member since. He was elected to Balochistan Provincial Assembly for the third time in 1999. In the general elections of 2008, he was elected for the fourth time to Balochistan Provincial Assembly from the constituency of Mastung/Quetta (PB-38) and became the parliamentary leader in the assembly. He was elected as the Chief Minister of Baluchistan on 9 April 2008 unopposed. He was dismissed from the Chief Ministership of Baluchistan on 14 January 2013 under Article 234 of the Constitution of Pakistan.


Aslam Raisani has been involved in several controversies: in mid-2010, he stated that he holds a master's degree in political science.[4] When questioned by reporters investigating false claims of educational credentials in Pakistani politics, he stated, "A degree is a degree! Whether fake or genuine, it's a degree! It makes no difference!";[5] subsequently, the same year, he rejected allegations of corruption against him by asserting that there was 'nothing wrong' with practicing this.[6] Raisani once turned up at a public function in a drunken state, which reflected poorly on his image in conservative Pakistani society.[7]

Governance and corruption[edit]

Since September 2012, there has been an increasing outcry against Raisani, following his government's failure to check the poor law and order position in Baluchistan, resulting in the mass murder of the Shiah Hazaras community there[8] Many people have accused the government of doing nothing in missing persons case and majority of the people still remain missing. There have been numerous instances of people disappearing from Baluchistan and never returning. Many accuse government of harboring these activities. In addition to this, people accuse federal agencies of Pakistan to be involved in the abduction of suspected separatist militants with Government of Baluchistan also being involved .[9][10] In September 2014, the National Accountability Bureau of Pakistan also started investigating massive corruption charges against Raisani.[11]


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