Former chief minister of Balochistan and provincial president of Pakistan Muslim League-Q Mir Jam Mohammad Yousuf was laid to rest at his hometown graveyard in Lasbela next to his father Mir Jam Ghulam Qadir’ s tomb on Sunday.
A large number of people from all walks of life, including tribal elders, members of the political and religious parties attended the funeral.
The Central Secretary General of PML-Q Mushahid Hussain Syed, Senator Ismail Buledi, former speaker of Balochistan Assembly Aslam Bhootani and prominent political figures of the province including Haji Lashkari Raisani, Asim Kurd Gillu, Ismail Gajjar, Akbar Lasi, Pir Abdul Qadir Gilani and Mir Naseer Mengal were present at the funeral.
Jam Yousuf’s body was brought from Islamabad to Karachi by a special plane. He died last night in Islamabad due to cardiac arrest. He was 59. He leaves behind two daughters, a son and wife to mourn his death.
Born in the royal family that ruled the princely state of Lasbela until its accession to Pakistan in 1955, Jam Yousuf remained a Muslim Leaguer for life. He served as chief minister of Balochistan during Musharraf era and was currently inducted as privatisation minister. He had previously served as the federal minister for water and power in 1993 under the Nawaz Sharif government.
It may be mentioned here that Jam Yousuf was the son-in-law of Khan of Kalat and first cousin of Sardar Akhtar Mengal, the BNP President.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2013.