Siraj Raisani

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Mir Siraj Khan Raisani
Born(1963-04-04)4 April 1963
Mehrgarh, Balochistan province, Pakistan
Died13 July 2018(2018-07-13) (aged 55)
Mastung, Balochistan province, Pakistan
Cause of deathSuicide bombing
Resting placeKanak, Mastung, Balochistan province, Pakistan
Other namesSiraj Khan Raisani
EducationBSc agronomy
Alma materSindh Agriculture University
Occupation(s)Agriculturist, politician
Political partyBalochistan Awami Party (BAP)
ChildrenShaheed Nawabzada Mir Hakmal Raisani (deceased)[1]
Nawabzada Mir Jamal Raisani
FamilyNawab Aslam Raisani (brother)
Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani (brother)

Mir Siraj Khan Raisani[2] (4 April 1963 – 13 July 2018) was a Pakistani politician from Balochistan. He belonged to the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP). Previously, he had served as the chief of the political party called Balochistan Muttahida Mahaz (BMM) until June 2018. Later, he merged BMM with BAP.[3]

He was assassinated in a suicide bombing while campaigning for his seat prior to the 2018 general elections.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Raisani, an ethnic Baloch, was born on 4 April 1963 in Mehrgarh area of Bolan district. He belonged to Raisani tribe.[5]

He came from a politically distinguished family. His father, Ghous Bakhsh Raisani, served as the governor of the Balochistan province between 1970 and 1971. His eldest brother Aslam Raisani served as the 13th Chief Minister of Balochistan from 2008 to 2013. Another of his brothers, Lashkari Raisani, served as a senator in the Senate of Pakistan from 2009 to 2015. Siraj himself, was the head of a political party named Balochistan Muttahida Mahaz (Balochistan United Front) until June 2018. The party was founded by his father.[3] Later he merged it into the newly formed Balochistan Awami Party.[6]

Siraj Raisani obtained his early education from government institutions in Bolan. He then went on to get a bachelor's degree in agronomy from the Sindh Agriculture University in Tando Jam. After that he undertook a course in floriculture from an academic institute in the Netherlands.[5]

Political work[edit]

Siraj Raisani was a hard working politician. He had served as the chief of the political party called Balochistan Muttahida Mahaz (BMM) until June 2018. BMM was formed by his father Ghous Bakhsh Raisani in the 1970s. He later merged the BMM with the newly formed Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).[3]

He held the record of making the longest Pakistani flag stretching from Mastung to Quetta.[7]

He wanted to unite the various tribes of Balochistan in pursuit of the province's rights. Upon joining the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) in June 2018, he said that the decision was made keeping in view the "BAP's mission to unite people from all tribes and ethnic backgrounds living in the province for the rights of the province."[6]

Raisani was regarded as true patriot and a brave politician in Pakistan. He boldly raised his voice against anti-Pakistani groups.[8][9] Throughout his career, Raisani had received many death threats. He was advised by some not to campaign in public and was instead offered a ticket for Senate. However, he declined and insisted that he wanted to serve the people of his country.[10]


Bismillah ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem, my brave people of Balochistan...

—Last words of Siraj Raisani.[11]

While on the trail in his campaign for the Balochistan Provincial Assembly seat of PB-35 (Mastung), he had held a political gathering in the Daringarh area of the Mastung District on 13 July 2018. He was about to address the people gathered inside the ceremonial tent and had just taken to the stage when a powerful suicide blast ripped through the audience.[12] Siraj Raisani was one of the 131 people who were killed in the attack.[13] Islamic State of Iraq and Levant claimed responsibility for the bombing.[14]

Raisani was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Kanak area of Mastung on 14 July 2018. His funeral was attended by dignitaries from across Pakistan, including army chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa and interim Chief Minister of Baluchistan, Alauddin Marri. A day of national mourning was also declared.[15]

United States also condemned the attack on Siraj Raisani. United States termed the attack on Raisani as a cowardly attempt to deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights. US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, also stated that they will continue to stand with the people of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism.[16]

After his assassination his youngest son Nawabzada Mir Jamal Khan Raisani is continuing his legacy, trying to unite various tribes of Balochistan under the flag of Pakistan.[citation needed]

Awards and honors[edit]

He was posthumously awarded Sitara-e-Shujaat, a civilian medal for brave conduct, on 23 March 2019.[17] The award was received by his son, Nawabzada Mir Jamal Raisani.[18]


  1. ^ "Mastung blast: Hakmal Raisani laid to rest". The Express Tribune. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Death Toll in Pakistan Suicide Bombing Rises to 128". Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "133 killed in suicide bombing at Pakistan election rally, Islamic State claims attack". Hindustan Times. 14 July 2018.
  4. ^ "BAP candidate among 128 killed in Mastung blast". The Nation. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Who was Nawab Siraj Raisani?".
  6. ^ a b "BMM merges with Balochistan Awami Party". Dawn. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  7. ^ "The man who made longest Pakistani flag, Siraj Raisani is no more". Daily Times. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  8. ^ "'I am Siraj Khan Raisani Baloch & I will die a Pakistani'". The News. 14 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Lived A Patriot, Died A Patriot – Nawab Siraj Raisani". 16 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Siraj Raisani remembered on his first death anniversary". Daily Balochistan Express. 14 July 2019.
  11. ^ Pakistan News (13 July 2018), Mastung Attack 13th July 2018 Video Footage, retrieved 15 July 2018
  12. ^ Shah, Syed Ali (14 July 2018). "'Doomsday': Victims recall horror of Mastung blast". Dawn. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Death toll in Mastung blast escalates to 131". Dunya News. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  14. ^ "After quadrilateral meet on ISIS, group kills 132 people in Pakistan attacks". Tehran Times. 15 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Siraj Raisani laid to rest in Mastung". Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  16. ^ "US condemns 'cowardly' attacks on political candidates in Pakistan". Business Standard. 14 July 2018.
  17. ^ "172 people, including Mehwish Hayat, Wasim Akram, conferred national awards". Samaa TV. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  18. ^ Raisani, Nawabzada Jamal Khan (27 March 2019). "Proud son !". @jamalraisani. Retrieved 1 April 2019.

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