Veteran Baloch politician and former president of the National Party Senator Hasil Bizenjo has passed away in Karachi’s Aga Khan Hospital, his party confirmed Thursday.
The National Party’s central leader Hasil Bazinjo is no more with us, the party said in a tweet.
An hour earlier, the National Party had informed its supporters that Bizenjo had been admitted to a hospital Thursday morning after his health deteriorated. It added that the party leader had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
The Baloch politician was born on February 3, 1958 in Balochistan’s Khuzdar.
He started his political career in 1972 and was a two-time senator and two-time MNA.
In 1977, he completed his Matriculation in Quetta and in 1979 completed his FA. In 1980 he obtained a masters in philosophy degress from the University of Karachi. Between 1972 and 1985 he remained part of several student organisations.
He was first elected as an MNA in 1990 from his home district of Khuzdar. His second term as MNA came in 1997.
Bizenjo joined the Balochistan National Party Democratic in 1998 and when the National Party was formed in 2003, he joined that.
He served as a senator in 2009 and then 2015. The same year, he was appointed federal minister for ports and shipping under then premier Nawaz Sharif.
Bizenjo was elected president of the National Party in 2014.
In 2019 he contested the Senate election from the platform of the joint opposition but lost.
The agenda for Friday’s Senate session was deferred and a condolence reference is being held for Bizenjo. Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani canceled the scheduled agenda for the session and senators offered prayers for Bizenjo.