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Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo dies: A brief overview of the life of experienced politician

Politician Hasil Bizenjo

Renowned national politician Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo passed away on Thursday at 62 after fighting with lung cancer for many months.

Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo the National Party leader born in 1958 in a political family who played a vital role in Balochistan’s politics. Mir Hasil Khan started political career by joining Pakistan National Party (PNP). Hasil Khan’s father was once governor of Balochistan province and fought for Baloch’s rights.

Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo was a respected figure in Pakistan politics, he elected two times as a Member of National Assembly (MNA) in the elections of 1990 and then in 1997.

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The Senator Mir Hasil always talked in favor of Baloch people and their rights and resisted armed aggressiveness in the province. The senator chose peaceful ways instead of militancy.

Senator was also in favor of repatriation of the Afghan refugees as their own country is stabilized now and they can return home safely.

Senior politician Hasil Bizenjo started his own party named as Balochistan National Democratic Party (BNDP) and later it was fused with Balochistan National Movement in 2003, becoming the National Party (NP).

In 2008 Bizenjo and Party boycotted the general elections to record a protest against Balochistan’s critical situation but later in 2009 he was elected as a senator.

Hasil Bizenjo became leader of the National Party in 2014 when party came into the limelight with Pakistan Muslim League-N (PMLN) help. The National Party faced competition from PPP, ANP, and BAP.

In 2013 general elections National Party grabbed 11 seats in provincial assembly and one in National Assembly, while Bazinjo was elected again on his position.

In PML-N reign he took Federal Minister oath from at that time of President Mamnoon Hussain for Ports and Shipping on May 20, 2016.
After the removal of Nawaz Sharif from office by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in Panama case, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took charge as a caretaker Prime Minister and in that time Hasil Bazinjo served as Federal Minister of Maritime Affairs from August 2017 to May 2018. However, he did not compete in the next general elections.

He was also selected as a Senate Chairperson by nine opposition parties when a no confidence movement started against Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani in 2019 but failed to oust Sadiq Sanjrani.

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