Liaquat Ali Jatoi - Political Career

Political Career

Liaquat Jatoi was first elected to the National Assembly in 1977. However, this Assembly was dissolved by General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq within a few weeks of the elections. During Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq’s rule, Jatoi served as member of the Federal Council (Majlis-e-Shoora) in 1980–81.

Jatoi later on participated in the elections of 1985, 1990 and 1997, when he was elected to the Sindh Assembly as a Member. In 1990, he was chosen as the Provincial Minister for Finance, Excise and Taxation, Government of Sindh. This was the beginning of his alliance with Pakistan Muslim League (N) headed by Nawaz Sharif.

After the elections of 1997, Liaquat Ali Jatoi was chosen as the Chief Minister of Sindh. He served in this position until the end of October 1998, when Governor’s Rule was imposed in Sindh due to the law and order situation.

In 2002, Jatoi was elected to the National Assembly and was inducted into the Federal Cabinet as a Minister. Initially he held the portfolio of Minister of Industries, and was later on made the Minister for Water and Power. During this period, Jatoi joined the pro-Pervez Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League (Q). He remained a key ally of President Pervez Musharraf.

With the growing unpopularity of the President Musharraf regime in 2007, Liaquat Jatoi also became highly unpopular in his own province of Sindh. When Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007, the people of Dadu District burnt down Jatoi’s home.

In 2012, Liaquat Jatoi formed Sindh Awami Ittehad and merged the party with Pakistan Muslim League (N).

This unpopularity was reflected in the elections that were held at the beginning of 2008 when Liaquat Jatoi was defeated for the first time in elections at all levels. After his defeat he joined Pakistan Muslim League (N) on 26 March 2012

He was defeated by Imran Zafar Laghari in the elections of 2013 with a high number of votes on the seat Na-233.

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