Veteran Baloch leader Attaullah Mengal passes away


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Veteran Baloch leader and Balochistan’s former chief minister Sardar Attaullah Mengal passed away on Thursday after a protracted illness. He was 92.

The Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) confirmed the demise of its chairman.

Mengal breathed his last at a private hospital in Karachi, where he was under treatment. His funeral prayer and burial will take place on Friday in Wadh, a small town of Balochistan.

Born in 1929, Mengal spent his childhood in Balochistan’s Lasbela and later moved to Karachi. He was declared the chief (sardar) of Mengal tribe in 1954.

Mengal was introduced to politics by Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, a founding member of the National Awami Party (NAP) – who also briefly served as the governor of Balochistan in 1972-73.

In 1962, Mengal was elected to West Pakistan’s provincial assembly.

Condolences pour in

Balochistan CM Jam Kamal expressed sorrow over the demise of the veteran Baloch leader and offered condolences to the bereaved family.

President Dr Arif Alvi in his condolence message expressed sympathy with the grieved family and prayed for the high ranks of the deceased.

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Mengal started his political career after he became the chief of his tribe in 1953. In 1960 elections, he was elected as the Member of National Assembly (MNA) but he was put behind bars for opposing then military dictator Ayub Khan’s rule.

He became the first chief minister of Balochistan on May 1, 1972 but his government was dissolved just after eight months on February 13, 1973.

Mengal and then governor Ghaus Bux Bizenjo were jailed on charges of involvement in armed rebellion. However, the charges were never proved and Mengal went into self-exile in the Britain.

He returned from exile after 18 years and established his political party, BNP-M. 




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