Zulfiqar Ali Khan Magsi

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Zulfikar Ali Magsi
22nd Governor of Balochistan
In office
28 February 2013 – 9 June 2013
President Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister
Succeeded by Muhammad Khan Achakzai
Chief Minister of Balochistan
In office
19 October 1993 – 10 November 1996
Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
Preceded by Taj Muhammad Jamali
Succeeded by Zafarullah Khan Jamali
Personal details
Born Zulfikar Ali Magsi
14 February 1954
Jhal Magsi District, Balochistan, Pakistan
Citizenship  Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Alma mater Aitchison College
Punjab University

Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi (Urdu: نواب ذوالفقار علی مگسی), (born 14 February 1954 in Jhal Magsi, Balochistan) was the 20th Governor of Balochistan Province since 28 February 2008 to 9 June 2013 as well as the chief executive of Balochistan since 14 January 2013. He is the Nawab and Tumandar of Magsi Tribe, Governor and the Chief Executive of Balochistan, a senior politician and the former Chief Minister of Balochistan province in the Benazir Bhutto government of 1993–1996.[1] Nawab was appointed as the Chief Executive of Balochistan on 13 January 2013 after the sacking of Aslam Raisani's unpopular government and imposing of Governors Rule. It was the main after effect of the January 2013 Pakistan bombings. Nawab Magsi did his schooling from Aitchison College, Lahore. He first came to politics in 1977, when he won as an independent candidate seat from his native constituency in provincial assembly. However, his family was involved in Balochistan politics before Pakistani independence. He served in many provincial ministries and also worked in the Home Ministry in the 1990s. In 1993, his coalition won majority of seats and he became Chief Minister of Balochistan.

In February 2008 elections, he again stood as an independent candidate from his native PB-32 Jhal Magsi constituency and won without any opposition. On 27 February 2008, the caretaker Chief Minister Sardar Mohammad Saleh Bhootani announced officially that Nawab Magsi would be the next Governor of Balochistan province. On 28 February 2008 Nawab Magsi took oath in the Governor House at Quetta. In the ceremony, he promised to resolve the ongoing military operation in Balochistan, missing political workers and bring peace in province.[2] On Wednesday, 19 March 2008, Nawab Magsi asked Balochistan Government issue an outstanding bill against federal government and the Sindh Government of 128bn rupees.[3] Zulfikar Ali Magsi is married to Shama Parveen Magsi, who was previously married to his paternal uncle.

Political career[edit]

Nawab Magsi started his political career in 1977 when he participated in general elections as independent candidate and elected as Member Provincial Assembly. He also took part in the non-party elections of 1985 and returned successful as MPA. He was re-elected as MPA in 1988 and again in 1990. He remained Provincial Minister Education and Planning and Development in 1988 while he served as Provincial Minister Home in 1990. He was twice elected as Chief Minister Balochistan and remained in office from 30 May 1993 to 19 July 1993 and from 20 October 1993 to 10 November 1996 respectively. In the general elections of 1997 he returned successful as MPA for the sixth time. He did not participate in 2002 elections. In the recent elections 2008 he participated as independent candidate of Provincial Assembly and won his traditional seat. He was appointed by the Hon'able President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, as Governor Balochistan on 28 February 2008 and same day he took oath of his office. He resigned as Governor Balochistan after prime minister-in-waiting Nawaz Sharif announced to bring the next governor from Mehmood Khan Achakzai's Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) which was accepted by the President on 9 June 2013.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Saleem Shahid, "Former CM Magsi appointed governor" Daily Dawn, 28 February 2008
  2. ^ "Zulfiqar Magsi sworn in as Balochistan governor" PakTribune, 28 February 2008
  3. ^ "Balochistan to raise issue of dues with Centre, Sindh"[permanent dead link] "Thenews", Thursday, 20 March 2008

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Political offices

Preceded by
Taj Muhammad Jamali
Chief Minister of Balochistan
Succeeded by
Zafarullah Khan Jamali
Preceded by
Amanullah Khan Yasinzai
Governor of Balochistan
Succeeded by
Muhammad Khan Achakzai