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National Party (Pakistan)

National Party
نيشنل پارٹی
Leader Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo
Founder Abdul Hayee Baloch,
Abdul Malik Baloch,
Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo
Founded 2003
Headquarters Quetta, Balochistan
Ideology Social Democracy
Political position Centre-left
International affiliation Progressive Alliance[1]
National Assembly
1 / 272
[2]
Balochistan Assembly
10 / 65
[2]
Website
www.nationalparty.org.pk
Politics of Pakistan
Political parties
Elections

National Party (Urdu: نيشنل پارٹی‎) is a social democratic, centre-left political party. It is one of the largest parties active in the province of Balochistan, Pakistan along with Balochistan National Party. It traces its legacy from the Kalat State National Party of Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, Mir Gul Khan Nasir and Mir Abdul Aziz Kurd, and is currently headed by Hasil Bizenjo.

Founding

N.P was established in October 2003 when the non-tribal, essentially middle-class Balochistan National Democratic Party (BNDP) led by Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, son of the Baloch nationalist Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, merged with the non-tribal middle-class nationalist party Balochistan National Movement (BNM) led by Dr. Abdul Hayee Baloch. It is considered to be the successor of the Kalat National Party. Abdul Hayee Baloch became the first chairman of the National Party and Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo became the secretary general of the new party.[3] In 2008, Abdul Malik Baloch was elected as the party president, and is now the Chief Minister of Balochistan.

Party flag will display 2/3 part in red and 1/3 in green colors. Red color symbolizes the struggle waged by our people and the sacrifices they rendered during their historic movement, while green color signifies a progressive and prosperous future. There will be four stars right in the middle of the red part representing a multi-national state with four National Units enjoying equal status.

Election boycott

The party boycotted the 2008 general elections as a protest against the military operation being conducted in the province at the time. However, Sanaullah Zehri and his followers decided to contest elections forming a faction called NP Parliamentarians.[4] As a result, National Party won one provincial assembly seat with Sanuallah Zehri winning PB-33 Khuzdar-I.

Election 2013

The party participated in General elections of 2013 and secured victory on 11 seats of Balochistan Provincial Assembly and 1 seat of National Assembly. The government was formed in coalition with PKMAP and PML(N), with the party's MPA and then president Dr Abdul Malik Baloch heading the government as Chief Minister Balochistan. Now Hasil Bezenjo is the president after 4th National Congress held in Quetta in November 2015.

Congress 2014

The 4th congress of National Party was conducted on 8 - 10 November 2014 in which the elections were conducted by Abdullah Dayo who was assigned as the Chief Election Commissioner of the party where

  1. ^ http://progressive-alliance.info/participants/
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Sarfaraz Ahmed. "Balochistan can only be resolved by either amending the Constitution" Daily Times, October 04, 2004
  4. ^ Muhammad Ejaz Khan, "Balochistan polls: divisions of different kind" The News, February 6, 2008

External links

  • Election 2008: Political Disintegration in Balochistan (Election Commission of Pakistan)
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