Manzoor Wattoo

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Manzoor Wattoo
Minister of States, Frontiers and Kashmir Affairs
In office
22 June 2012 – 16 March 2013
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Najmuddin Khan
Chief Minister of Punjab
In office
3 November 1996 – 16 November 1996
Preceded by Sardar Arif Nakai
Succeeded by Azfal Hyatt
In office
20 October 1993 – 13 September 1995
Preceded by Manzoor Illahi
Succeeded by Sardar Arif Nakai
In office
25 April 1993 – 19 July 1993
Preceded by Heather Wynne
Succeeded by Manzoor Illahi
Personal details
political party: Pakistan Muslim League - jinnah and People's Party (PPP)

Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo (Urdu: منظور احمد وٹو‎), is a Pakistani politician. Wattoo was first elected, in 1985, the Speaker of Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, the second largest province of Pakistan. Thrice elected for the same office, he secured the office of the Chief Minister of Punjab, Pakistan in 1993 on the ticket of Pakistan Muslim League (J), after a series of tug of war between the federal and provincial government Wattoo twice had to leave office between his term only to leave office permanently on 16 November 1996. Wattoo formed the Pakistan Muslim League (Jinnah) in 1995 when parted away from his prior party, but the party failed to hold major influence on national politics.

In May 2008, Wattoo along with his daughter Rubina Shaheen Wattoo left Pakistan Muslim League (Jinnah) and joined Pakistan Peoples Party and served as the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, he also led Pakistan Peoples Party's provisional chapter of Punjab only to lead the party in complete failure during the 2013 elections. He left the position after the election results.[1]

Career highlights[edit]

Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo was first elected as Chairman District Council Okara in 1983 during the non-party elections of the Zia era. Then in 1985, he secured the office of the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab, the largest province of Pakistan on Pakistan Muslim League ticket. Thrice elected for the same office, he secured the office of the Chief Minister of Punjab in 1993 on the PML (Junejo) ticket after a vote of no-confidence in the Punjab legislature against PML-N's serving chief minister Ghulam Haider Wayne.

After a tug-of-war between Wattoo and Nawaz Sharif, the then restored (by Supreme Court) Prime Minister of Pakistan and head of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML (N)), all assemblies were dissolved and only after a fresh election, Wattoo was elected the Chief Minister of Punjab again on PML (Junejo) ticket, ruling a coalition consisting chiefly of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), PML (Junejo), minorities, and some independents

It was in 1995 that Wattoo formed his own PML (Jinnah), when he parted ways with Hamid Nasir Chattha who wanted to be the president of PML (Junejo), which Wattoo was previously a part of. The differences cropped up in the same year when Wattoo was removed as the Punjab Chief Minister in the power struggle between the province (headed by PML (Junejo) and the center (headed by rival PPP), leading Arif Nakai another PML (Junejo) candidate to be the new Chief Minister.

In Summer of 1995, Wattoo's father Mian Jahangir Ahmed Khan Wattoo died. Wattoo did not attend his father's funeral owing to the difference in religious ideology between a father and a son. Mian Jahangir Wattoo converted to the Ahmedi sect under the influence and training of the school headmaster of their native village, Muazzam, in Fazilka district, India. Wattoo, on the other hand, took his mother's and forefather's (except father's) religion and is a Sunni.

Painted corrupt by the PPP, PML-N, he was removed from the office of Chief Minister only to be restored to office a year later in 1996 by the High Court. Corruption allegations and court proceedings were started against Wattoo by archrival and then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of the PML-N, Mian Manzoor Wattoo was sentenced by an accountability court to more than 10 years in prison besides being fined 10 million rupees only later to be set aside by a higher court.

Amid mounting tensions within his district between his faction and his rival Syed Afzal Ali Gillani, his son Khurram Jahangir Wattoo was elected the Nazim of the populous tehsil of Dipalpur. Widely regarded as an astute politician, almost having never miscalculated any political situation besides trying to reconcile with his arch rival Mian Nawaz Sharif, Manzoor Wattoo was initially released on bail later to be exonerated of any wrongdoing. Earlier convictions were set aside and he was allowed to run for any public office.

His daughter Rubina Shaheen Wattoo served as a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the PML(Q). He actively began taking part in politics and soon became a close ally of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. Having merged his political party, Pakistan Muslim League (Jinnah), into the ruling PML (Q) on presidential advice, he was made the Senior Vice President of the ruling party. His relations with the party's leadership remained sour from the beginning, who tried at marginalizing Wattoo and anyone associated with him.

Wattoo remained part of the ruling PML (Q) until November 2007, despite differences with the party leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and the Punjab Chief Minister, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi who suffered heavily under Wattoo's reign in Punjab in 1993-95.

With the upcoming elections Wattoo left the PML(Q) due to differences in seat allocations for his constituencies and decided to run as an independent.

Wattoo announced to join forces with the Pakistan People's Party on 29 May 2008 along with party members in Islamabad soon after winning a decisive victory in February 2008 elections in which he won from two constituencies NA-146 and NA-147 as an independent and his daughter Rubina Shaheen Wattoo won PP-188. His local ally Mian Moeen Wattoo and Malik Abbas Khokhar also had victories with their common support.[1]

Wattoo served as Federal Minister for Industries and Production in the PPP government of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and in November 2009, his portfolio was changed and he became Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas.

In 2012, his son, Khurram Jahangir Wattoo, who won NA-147 after his father left his home constituency was made the Parliamentary Secretary for Establishment and Cabinet Divisions by the PPP leadership.

In 2012, in a surprise move, President Asif Zardari instituted Mian Manzoor Wattoo as the Provisional President of the Pakistan Peoples Party Central Punjab which was at its weakest now owing to Punjab being the stronghold of the Shareef brothers further strengthened by stay orders by the new judiciary headed by Iftikhar Mohamed Chaudhry and the partial news coverage by Jang Group whose Daily Jang and GEO News have the most viewership in Pakistan.

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  1. ^ a b "Wattoo, associates join PPP" Daily Dawn, 30 May 2008
Political offices
Preceded by
Ghulam Haider Wyne
Chief Minister of Punjab
Succeeded by
Manzoor Elahi
Preceded by
Manzoor Elahi
2nd term
1993 – 1995
Succeeded by
Sardar Arif Nakai
Preceded by
Sardar Arif Nakai
3rd time
Succeeded by
Mian Muhammad Afzal Hayat