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Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Biography, Education, Political Career

By Jabbar Mirza

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Jabbar Mirza

Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali also left this world. To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return. We have been together for 42 years.

Birth and Education

Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali was born on January 1, 1944 to Mir Shahnawaz Jamali in Rojhan Jamali, Naseerabad District, Balochistan.

He completed his primary education in the village and went to Lawrence College. He was a Ravian too and a graduate of Aitchison College.

He did his BA from Government College, Lahore and MA in History from Punjab University, Lahore. Mir Zafarullah Jamali was fluent in Balochi, Brahui, English, Urdu, Sindhi and Punjabi.
Mir Jafar Khan Jamali was a reliable reference of Tehreek-e-Pakistan and a close associate of Quaid-e-Azam. Mir Jafar Khan Jamali was the uncle of Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali.

Founding member of the Pakistan People’s Party

When Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto founded the PPP on December 1, 1967, a few days before that he went to meet Mir Jaffar Khan Jamali in Rojhan Jamali and asked him to form a political party, to take a member of his family.
Mir Jafar Khan Jamali said, “We will not send you empty handed”, so senior Jamali handed over his nephew Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

Chief Minister to the Prime Minister

Thus Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali is one of the founders of the Pakistan People’s Party. He was attending the founding meeting of the PPP at the house of Dr. Mubashir Hassan in Lahore. However, he lost the 1970 provincial assembly election on a PPP ticket.

Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has twice been the Chief Minister of Balochistan. During the interim tenure of General Zia-ul-Haq, he was also the Minister of State for Cooperatives and a member of the Senate.

Mir Jamali also remained a WAPDA minister in the in Jonejo cabinet. Mir Zafarullah Jamali was the Prime Minister of Pakistan from November 21, 2002 to June 26, 2004.
Jamali wears a shalwar kameez.

Here too a strange incident took place that when the constant grievances, neglect and deprivation of Balochistan became commonplace, it was decided to take the Prime Minister from Balochistan.

In this regard, when the agencies mentioned the name of Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, General Pervez Musharraf said, “He wears a shalwar kameez. Tell me the name of someone else.” On this Pervez Musharraf was told that shalwar kameez is the national dress of Pakistan and Mr. Jamali’s family has the most services for Pakistan.

Refusal to extradite Dr. Abdul Qadir to US

Though Jamali became the Prime Minister, but when the nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan was to handed over to the United States by military dictator General Musharraf, Jamali, as the Chief Executive, refused to sign Dr. Khan’s “Exit”.
Pervez Musharraf said a lot but Jamali did not agree and thus the United States became angry.
In emergency, then Chaudhry Shujaat was made the Prime Minister. By-election was held in Attock and Shaukat Aziz became the next Prime Minister replacing Mr. Jamali!
Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali was a good volleyball and football player and also led the hockey team.

Nawaz Sharif said “Let Jamali Go”

When He came to Islamabad in the 1993 elections as an independent winning candidate for the National Assembly, I said that Nawaz Sharif needs you. You go with them.

Jamali said, “I went to him, met Shahbaz Sharif in Raiwind, stated the respondent and said, “My ancestors belonged to the Muslim League, I was elected an independent member of the assembly but I want to stay with you in the Muslim League”. Shahbaz Sharif thanked and said, “Let’s meet Nawaz Sharif.” Nawaz Sharif was sitting in another drawing room with Chaudhry Shujaat.

Shahbaz Sharif went there, opened the door and said, “Bhaaji Jamali Aaye jay.(Dear Brother Jamali has come).” While I stood on the side. Nawaz Sharif asked, “Which Jamali?” Nawaz Sharif thought that it would be Mir Jaffer Khan’s son would be Taj Jamali. When Shahbaz said, “Bhaaji! Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali,” Nawaz Sharif said, “Dafaa Karo (Let Jamali go).”

Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali had said to me in a state of great grief, “Jabbar Mirza! I had heard this sentence with my own ears. Shahbaz was very upset and remorseful but I came back to Islamabad after consoling him.”

Alas! Today one of them has left, another is out of country and a third is in prison!

Alas! How the color of the sky changes!

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