Royal funeral: Jam Yousuf laid to rest

Published: February 4, 2013

This photo of Mir Jam Mohammad Yousuf taken outside a court in October 2012. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

QUETTA: 

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.

Reader Comments (4)

  • Abdul Ghafoor
    Feb 4, 2013 - 2:14PM

    Who paid the cost of C30 and hellicopterRecommend

  • shazada Zahid M Loan
    Feb 4, 2013 - 3:49PM

    We need to bring back our princes in to proper politics, as part of the Lower Chamber- the senate, to give democracy credibility and to clean up the existing dirty politics. These former princes have a positive role to play since they come from educated segments of our society and are people friendly and very loyal to Pakistan. They would also hold the balance and check the rampant corruption characterised by the National Assembly. The one unit should never have been created and the former rules, being a national asset, should never have been dispossessed of their titles – I for one will campaign on their behalf during the coming elections for these rulers to be restored to their dignity and place in Pakistan.

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  • Stranger
    Feb 4, 2013 - 5:28PM

    Monarchy was much better. At least the king’s word was the final law.Kings too had ministers to advise them . They too had a senate of some kind. In Democracy , there are many rulers and each one pulls the country in one direction.

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  • Kamal
    Feb 5, 2013 - 8:36PM

    Lasbela was an independent state before partition and it was the first one to announce itself for pakistan from its own wish…not only that, but it gave all its assests and things for the administration setup for proper functioning. It had an idependent decission by british either to remain independent like nepal and rest or go for pakistan..lasbelas ruller had their own port, courts, revenue and governance..its easy to say that i shall do or that for Pakistan if one does not have it, but its quite hard my friend to just give away all your power, liberty, wealth and thing for a islamic nation without anything to offer its match.,lasbela ruller opted for Pakistan..It was the sacrifice of such people and places because of which Pakistan came into being and now friend is asking who paid for the C130 or helicopter. Those nations dont progress who forget the sacrifices of their ancestors and past.Recommend

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