Abdul Malik Baloch
Chief Minister Balochistan
Affiliation(s): Balochistan National Party
Baloch became the 20th Chief Minister of Balochistan on 7th June 2013. He is the president of National Party. He is the first Non-Tribal leader Chief Minister of Balochistan, and hails from Makran. Baloch has campaigned to root out corruption from the province. He has a good relationship with the Federal Government and has taken on several companies from federal to Baloch government, hoping to increase provincial revenues Baloch also favours peace talks with militants in his province.
He was born in Turbat, Southern Balochistan Pakistan. He received his early education from a local school in Turbat, and intermediate education from Ata Shad Degree College, Turbat. He went on to pursue his MBBS degree at Bolan Medical College, Quetta. He has specialized in Ophthalmology.
Baloch started his political career under the platform of Baloch Student Organization (BSO). Later in 1988, with the collaboration of his senior political fellows he established a nationalist political party, Balochistan National Movement. He contested election the same year. He won his Balochistan National Assembly seat and became the Provincial Health Minister in Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti’s cabinet. He has also served as the Provincial Education Minister, in 1993. In 2004, the political followers of Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo merged in the BNM and became National Party. He was elected as senator in 2006. He has worked as a member of various standing committees of Senate including ‘Standing Committee on Minorities Affairs’, ‘Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping’ and ‘Standing Committee on Food and Agriculture’. He was the chairman of ‘Functional Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas’. In 2008, he was elected as President of National Party. He became Chief Minister of Balochistan on 7th June 2013.
As Chief Minister (2013-present):
Baloch was elected CM with a strong mandate from his own party and the PK MAP. After beginning his tenure as Chief Minister he began to preside over reforms such as in the field of health where in July 2013 he dismissed all absentee doctors from the Chaman Civil Hospital after making a surprise visit, reprimanded the hospital for poor santitation and promised an investigation into the selling of prescribed medicine by hospital staff illegally.
He has also served as provincial health minister in 1988-1990. Professionally Abdul Malik Baloch is a medical doctor and eye specialist, he has got the degree of MBBS from Bolan Medical College Quetta. He has been very active in his efforts for the betterment of education and health services in Balochistan.
He was also appointed as the Education Minister in 1993. During his tenure he established a network of schools and colleges in Balochistan, with special focus on Makran division.