Bakht Baidar

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Bakht Baidar
Member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly
Assumed office
2013
President Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Constituency PK-97 (Dir Lower-IV)
Personal details
Born Bakht Baidar
(1950-01-01) January 1, 1950 (age 67)
Dir Lower, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Citizenship Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Qaumi Watan Party
Residence Dir Lower
Website http://qwp.org.pk

Bakht Baidar (بخت بیدار) is a social worker and politician from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was born in a small Village known as Kityarai. Kityarai is situated in Dir lower, Pakistan. He himself admits that he belongs to a poor family. His father had a small tea-shop. Bakht Baidar has accepted in several interviews that he had worked alongside his father in the tea shop.

Political career[edit]

He started his political career at District Council level in 1979. He has been a candidate 3 times at the district council level in which he was elected twice in 1979 and 1983. In 1993 he became member of the provincial assembly for the first time. He has been to prisons many times during his political career. He specially remembers the time he spent in Qilla Balahisar where he was kept after the incident of plane hijacking by the sons of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

He has served as the secretary general of Qaumi Watan Party. QWP granted him a ticket for contesting elections on the PK-97 seat in the May 2013 general elections. He won by securing 10912 votes against Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan candidate who secured 7528 votes.[1]

He took oath as a Minister in the PTI led provincial government on June 13, 2013.[2]

His brother Muhammad Ishaq had replaced when he was disqualified for contesting elections because of the requirement of graduation.

He claims that his supporters give him vote and note (money).

Education[edit]

He did his Matriculation (secondary school certificate examination) in 1968 from the school in nearby village known as Ouch. He doesn't have any university degree and because of this reason, he was disqualified in the elections in Musharraf era in which a candidate was required to have a bachelor's degree. However, the PPP coalition government removed this condition and he was able to participate in the 11 May 2013 elections.

Minister Irrigation[edit]

He has been a Minister of Irrigation in a caretaker setup in 2008.

Minister of Industries, Commerce & Labour 2013[edit]

He was given the portfolio of Minister of Industries, Commerce & Labour in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. However, he was sacked in November 2013 just after a few months because of poor performance. QWP accused PTI of saving its own ministers at the cost of others and pledged to sit in opposition and play their role as opposition.[3]

Attack on Guesthouse[edit]

There have been multiple attacks on the guest house of Bakht Baidar. The deadliest attack left six people dead and wounded four on the night of Eid Ul Fitr 2014.The funeral prayers of the dead were offered on Eid day, thus turning Eid into mourning. The dead included Muhammad Ishaq (brother of Bakht Baidar) and two policemen.[4] Bakht Baidar was on Umra Trip and arrived the next day. After the incident many leaders including Siraj ul Haq, the Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan offered condolences to the family.

Quitting Party[edit]

Bakht Baidar was blamed to have violated the party policy in the Senate Elections in March 2015. The party chief Aftab Ahmad Khan sent him a show cause notice. However, Bakht Baidar asked for an unconditional apology from the party leadership and threatened he would resign from the party which would eventually lead him to quit his provincial assembly membership.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Opposition accuses PTI of saving own ministers at the cost of others". Dawn. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Attack on ex-KP minister's guesthouse leaves 6 dead". Retrieved 29 July 2014.