Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sardar Farooq Ahmaed Leghari (14.11.93-2.12.97)

Sardar Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari was born on 2 May, 1940, in the village of Choti Zerim in the Dera Ghazi Khan District, in the southern part of Punjab Province. His father, Nawabzada Sardar Mohammad Khan Leghari, was chief of the Baluch Leghari Tribe, which has settled in Dera Ghazi khan in the sixteenth century. Being the son of a Powerful feudal Sardar of 115,000 acres of land, Farooqgraduated himself from Punjab University in 1960, got B.A (Hons) and M.A. from Oxford University.
He was a sports man and a polo player  He joined the Civil Service in 1964 until 1973 when he succeeded as chief of the Leghari tribe. He then resigned from the civil service and took up a political career as a member of PPP in 1966.Elected to the Pakistan Senate in Aug 1975 and joined the cabinet of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as Minister of Production in 1977.  
In 1993, with expressed support of the Pakistan Peoples Party he won the election against Wasim Sajjad but in 1996 he dismissed Benazir Bhutto on charges of corruption. He then formed  a political party of his own, Millat partyand entered in a coalition with seven other political Parties as National Alliance to participate in the general Election of 2002and emerged as third largest group with13 seats in the National Assembly. He entered ina coalition ministry.
He was the first Balouch President of Pakistan.