Balochistan’s first CM Sardar Attaullah Mengal passes away at 93

Statesman Report

KARACHI: Veteran politician from Balochistan, Sardar Attaullah Mengal, has died at the age of 93. He was ill and had been hospitalised at a private hospital in Karachi for the last one week, his family has confirmed.

His body will be transported from Karachi at 5am today to his home town of Wadh, in district Khuzdar, where his funeral will be held at 3pm.

The Balochistan National Party has announced a 10-day mourning period and in this time, the party flag will remain at half mast.

Who was Ataullah Mengal?

Sardary Ataullah Mengal was born in 1929 in Lasbela and was the first chief minister of Balochistan. After spending his childhood there, he moved to Karachi.

In 1954, he was declared the chief (sardar) of the Mengal tribe.

It was Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, a founding member of the National Awami Party (NAP), who introduced Mengal to the world of politics. In 1962, Mengal was elected to the West Pakistan provincial assembly.

Mengal was known for his outspoken nature and his fight for the rights of the Baloch people.