Provincial Assembly of Balochistan

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Provincial Assembly of Balochistan
صوبائی اسمبلی بلوچستان
Provincial Assembly of Balochistan
Flag of Balochistan.svg
Type
Type
Leadership
Speaker
Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, PML(N)
Since 24 December 2015
Deputy Speaker
Vacant, PML(Q)
Since 24 December 2015
Moulana Abdul Wasey, JUI(F)
Since 24 December 2015
Structure
Seats 65
(1 vacant)
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Political groups

Government (51)

Opposition (11)

Non-aligned (2)

Elections
51 members are elected by Direct Election
11 seats reserved for women
3 seats reserved for religious minorities
Last election
11 May 2013
Meeting place
Balochistan Assembly Building, Quetta
Website
www.pabalochistan.gov.pk

The Provincial Assembly of Balochistan is one of the four provincial assemblies of Pakistan. The Balochistan assembly is the unicameral (single chamber) legislature of the province of Balochistan. It was set up by Article 106 of the Constitution of the Pakistan.[1] The Assembly has 51 directly elected Members of the Provincial Assembly, representing constituencies from each district, as well as 11 seats reserved for women and 3 for non-Muslims.

The most recent election in Balochistan was 2013. Turnout was 43% of registered votes according to the Provincial Election Commission,[2] much lower in Baloch areas such as Kech, Panjgur, Awaran "because of a strike call given by the Baloch National Front".[3] The Express Tribune called the turnout "record", despite threats of violence by Balouchistan nationalist militants,[2] while another source (defense.pk) said that in some districts (PB-41, Awaran), turnout was as low as 1.18% and "only 22 candidates could obtain more than 10,000 votes in Balochistan" (the districts mentioned had as few as 32,000 and as many as 75,000 registered voters).[4] According to journalist Malik Siraj Akbar, "most" Baloch voters boycotted the 2013 general election "on the call of the separatist groups".[5]

List of speakers[edit]

Name of Speaker Entered Office Left Office Political Party
Sardar Muhammad Khan Barozoi 02-05-1972 06-12-1976 NAP
Al-Haj Mir Jam Ghulam Qadir Khan 06-12-1976 05-07-1977 NAP
Muhammad Sarwar Khan Kakar 06-04-1985 02-12-1988
Sardar Muhammad Khan Barozoi 02-12-1988 04-02-1989 PPP
Mehr Muhammad Akram Baloch 05-02-1989 24-04-1990 BNA
Mir Zahoor Hussain Khan Khosa 31-05-1990 17-11-1990 BNA
Malik Sikandar Khan Advocate 17-11-1990 19-10-1993 JUI-F
Abdul Waheed Baloch 19-10-1993 21-02-1997 BNM
Mir Abdul Jabbar Khan 21-02-1997 12-10-1999 JWP
Jamal Shah Kakar 29-11-2002 08-04-2008 MMA
Aslam Bhutani 08-04-2008 26-12-2012 PML
Matiullah Agha 31-12-2012 04-06-2013 MMA
Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani 24-12-2015 current PML-N

References[edit]

  1. ^ Constitution of Pakistan
  2. ^ a b Gishkori, Zahid (May 28, 2013). "Despite threats, Balochistan saw record turnout in polls". Dawn.com. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Shahid, Saleem (May 12, 2013). "Turnout in Balochistan estimated at 35 to 40pc". Dawn.com. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  4. ^ KHAN, IFTIKHAR A.; ALI, KALBE (May 17, 2013). "Balochistan miracle: 544 votes enough for PA seat". Dawn.com. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Akbar, Malik Siraj (17 May 2015). "Betrayal in Balochistan". The World Post. Retrieved 25 June 2015.