The Jams of Lasbela — the eternal rulers of Balochistan

August 18, 2018





Jam Kamal Khan of the Balochistan Awami Party taking oath as the Balochistan chief minister cements the Jam family's position as the eternal rulers of Balochistan.

After taking oath, Kamal has become the third generation of the Jam family to serve as the Balochistan CM.

Before him, his father Jam Yousaf and grandfather Jam Ghulam Qadir have also served as the chief executive of the province.

The Jam family have been the custodians of Lasbela for around 300 years. Born in 1973 in Lasbela’s Bela city, Kamal is the 13th Jam.

Just months after he was born, his grandfather became the chief minister of the province for the first time after Sardar Attaullah Mengal was removed from his seat. Qadir’s first stint did not last long as he was unseated after the imposition of governor rule in the province.

Qadir became CM once again in 1985 and this time he served for over three years.

After him, his son Yousaf also served as the Balochistan chief minister during former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s regime in 2002.

It was during his stint as a chief minister that the former Balochistan governor and then head of the Bugti tribe, Nawab Akbar Bugti, was killed in 2006.

Kamal started his political career under the patronage of his father and was elected city nazim of Hub in the 1998 local bodies elections. In 2001, he was elected the district nazim of Lasbela.

After his father’s death in 2013, he was made the Jam of Lasbela. The same year, he contested the National Assembly election as an independent candidate. After winning the election, he joined the ruling PML-N and was made minister of state for petroleum and natural resources.

In March 2018, Kamal and other dissidents from the PML-N and PML-Q along with others formed the Balochistan Awami Party.

Apart from his political aspirations, Kamal is an avid car rally fan and often takes part in different rallies held across the country.

Only time will tell how much his experience as a rally driver will come in handy while navigating the political maze ahead of him as he heads Balochistan's coalition government.

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