A Distinctive & Bright Politician from Balochistan

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(Jam Mir Kamal Khan Alyani)

By Nasir Dehwar

Part 1.

 

Jam Mir Kamal Khan Alyani is the current and 13th Jam of Lasbela. He belongs to the royal Jam family of Lasbela. He was born on 1st January 1973 to Jam Mohammad Yousaf. One of his ancestors Jam Arradin Migrated from Sindh and settled in Kanrach during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir (1569-1627), later one of his descendents of Jam Arradin, Jam Rabdino was known for his bravery and generosity. At that time Lasbela was under the rule of Burfats Finally Jam comes over and They ruled over Lasbela for our two centuries and produced nine able rulers namely Jam Aali Korejo (1742-1760), Jam Ghulam Shah Korejo (1760-1776), Jam Mir Khan Korejo (1776-1830), Jam Aali Khan II, Jam Mir Khan II, Jam Mir Khan III, Jam Kamal Khan, Jam Ghulam Muhammad Khan and Jam Ghulam Qadir Khan. He holds a Degree in Marketing from Greenwich University, Karachi.

Jam Mir Kamal Khan Alyani is a Pakistani Politician who is the current and 16th Chief Minister of Balochistan, in office since 19 August 2018. He has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan since August 2018.

Previously, he was a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from June 2013 to May 2018 and served as Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources in the cabinet of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from 2013 to 2017 and again from August 2017 to March 2018 in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

He twice served the District Nazim of the Lasbela District before he was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as an independent candidate from Constituency NA-270 (Awaran-cum-Lasbela) in 2013 Pakistani General Election. He received 56,658 votes and defeated Ghulam Akbar Lasi, a candidate of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). In the same election, he ran for the seat of the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan from Constituency PB-45 (Lasbela-II) as an independent candidate but was unsuccessful. He received 20,169 votes and lost the seat to Mohammad Saleh Bhuthani.

In June 2013, he was appointed as the Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Resources in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He had ceased to hold Ministerial Office in July 2017, when the Federal Cabinet was disbanded following the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after Panama Papers case decision.

Following the election of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as Prime Minister of Pakistan in August 2017, he was inducted into the Federal Cabinet of Abbasi. He was appointed as the Minister of State for Petroleum, a division under then newly created Ministry of Energy.

In April 2018, he resigned from the post of Minister of State for Petroleum. In April 2018, he quit PML-N and helped in creating Balochistan Awami Party (BAP). In May 2018, he was elected first president of the BAP.

He was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan as a candidate of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) from Constituency PB-50 (Lasbela-II) in 2018 Pakistani General Election. Following his successful election, Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) nominated him for the office of Chief Minister of Balochistan. On 18 August 2018, he was elected Chief Minister of Balochistan. He received 39 votes against his opponent Mir Younas Aziz Zehri who received 20 votes. The same day, he was sworn in as the 16th Chief Minister of Balochistan.

After assuming the office as the Chief Minister, Jam Kamal Khan formed a 10 Member’s Cabinet. Of the 10-member cabinet sworn in on 27 August 2018, 9 were Provincial Ministers and 1 was Advisor. The second part of his cabinet, consisting of 2 Provincial Ministers was sworn in on 8 September 2018 increasing the size of the cabinet to 12. The same day, he appointed three Advisors.

In a obscure reference to the previous PML-N Government in which Jam Kamal Khan had worked as a Minister before resigning and joining the newly formed Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), the CM said he and other politicians of Balochistan had worked as Federal Ministers and had relations with various prime ministers and presidents, yet they had remained helpless in resolving issues confronting the province due to lethargy of the Centre.

Jam Kamal Khan belongs to Balochistan’s new breed of politicians who realized that the people of Balochistan also accountability and transparency as part of modern-day politics.

With an interview to Najma Minhas, Jam Kamal Khan said, to understand Balochistan, the land has to attract people to come here and learn about it. Most have viewed Balochistan through the eyes of a few people, that of few party leaders or other such representatives. But that was not Balochistan and certainly did not cover the whole of Balochistan.

Whoever comes to an important seat in Balochistan, remains very much focused on his own constituency, his district and maybe his own clan; he is least bothered about looking at Balochistan as a whole or ensuring that all areas of the province get their due rights and share, including infrastructure, finance, etc.

This has been going on here for the last 50-60 years and it’s still happening. But now is the time where I think we should give credit to a few stakeholders, who have really opened up Balochistan. And the key success of changing this whole thing is, opening up Balochistan so that the people of Baluchistan see the rest of the country.

This will stop the old status of stakeholders, who have been sitting on different political positions and many other important positions, to realize that they cannot continue to buy out people with their old political slogans; when the people had no communication and no access to the rest of the country, they believed in whatever was told them. The people were kept literally in the stone-age with no access to any modern services.

Jam Kamal Khan Alyani further said what our Government will really focus on above all is putting in place a good governance structure. After being the Chief Minister of the province, it is not that I am new to Balochistan, I have been in the system for a very long time, but in my point of view, I feel that for the last 15- 20 years and we have really not invested in our systems. The organizations that we have, the authorities and the departments have been totally neglected for the last 15 years. We need to fix them and make Balochistan as an example for other provinces.

 

(To be Continued…)

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