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Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri (Urdu: نواب ثناء اللہ خان زہری‎) was the Chief Minister of Balochistan from 24 December 2015 to 9 December 2017. He is the Nawab of the Zehri tribe and chief of Jhalawan. Zehri succeeded Abdul Malik Baloch as chief minister Balochistan, Pakistan on 24 December 2015 as part of the power sharing deal brokered in the resort town of Murree.[3][4] Zehri is the central president of the Pakistan Muslim League's Balochistan branch and a confidant of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.[5]

The Honorable
Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri
Chief of Jhalawan
نواب ثناء اللہ خان زہری
Chief Jhalawan.jpg
Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri
15th Chief Minister of Balochistan
In office
24 December 2015 – 9 January 2018
Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai
Preceded by Abdul Malik Baloch
Succeeded by Abdul Quddus Bizenjo
Member of Balochistan Assembly
Assumed office
7 June 2013
Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai
Constituency PB-33 (Khuzdar-I)
Senior Minister of Balochistan
In office
7 June 2013 – 24 December 2015
Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai
Pakistan Senator from Balochistan
In office
27 December 1997 – 12 October 1999
Preceded by Sandiq Bugti
Succeeded by Israr Ullah Zehri
Personal details
Born (1961-08-04) 4 August 1961 (age 56)
Khuzdar, Balochistan, Pakistan
Citizenship Pakistani
Nationality Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
(6 January 2010 – present)[1]
Children Sikander Khan Zehri, Hamza Khan Zehri
Parents Sardar Doda Khan Zehri (father)
Education University of Balochistan
Profession Politician, chief of Jhalawan , nawab of Zehri tribe
Cabinet Government of Balochistan, Pakistan

On 7 June 2013, Zehri was appointed senior minister of Balochistan with portfolios of communication works, mines, minerals and industries. On 9 January 2018, due to the imminence of a no confidence vote against him, Zehri resigned from his post as Chief Minister to prevent the brewing of a political crisis.


Nawab Sanaullah Zehri was born in Zehri family of Gujjar in Anjeera in the Khuzdar District, Balochistan, Pakistan, on 4 August 1961. His father, Sardar Doda Khan Zehri, was a tribal leader and an activist in the Pakistan Movement who played a crucial role in gathering Balochistan's support for the cause of Pakistan.[6][7] He graduated with a BA degree in political science in 1983 from the University of Balochistan.[7]

Upon graduating from Balochistan University, he ran in the 1990 Balochistan Assembly general election, performing well on the PML(N)'s conservative platform.[6] During this time, he campaigned for local government in Balochistan.[6] In 1997, he contested and triumphed in a senate election, representing Balochistan until 1999. Zehri ran for the PB-50 (Khuzdar-I) constituency on the National Party's platform during the 2002 general election. He served as the provincial minister of prisons and tribal affairs until 2003.[2]

In 2008, the National Party boycotted the general elections. Zehri disagreed with the move, left the party, and in February he won a seat in the Assembly under his own, newly founded National Party Parliamentarians. In September 2006, Zehri participated in a loya jirga called by the Khan of Kalat, Mir Suleman Dawood Jan, following the death of Akbar Bugti.[8][self-published source]

On 6 January 2010, he joined the Pakistan Muslim League.[1][9] In August 2011, Baloch was selected by PML(N) as the assistant secretary general of the PML-N for Balochistan.[1][10]

In 2013, Zehri defended his constituency on PML (N)'s platform and was initially named as candidacy for Chief Minister of Balochistan.[11] However, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif instead approved the appointment of Abdul Malik Baloch to be elevated as the Chief Minister of Balochistan.[11]

On 16 April 2013, Zehri escaped an assassination attempt[12] on his life when his convey came under a bomb attack in his native Khuzdar district. The attack killed his son, Sikander Zehri, brother Mir Meharullah Zehri and nephew Mir Zaid. The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), accepted responsibility for the attack on Zehri.[13]

On 7 June 2013, Zehri was appointed senior minister of Balochistan.[5]


  1. ^ a b c (6 January 2010). "Sanaullah Zehri, Qadir Baloch join PML-N". Dawn newspaper, 2010. Dawn newspaper. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b staff, et. al. "Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri". Pakistani leaders online. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Baloch vacates CM office as Murree agreement takes effect". Samaa. 12 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Zehri elected new Balochistan CM". Samaa TV. 24 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Pakistan Herald (29 October 2013). "Sanaullah Zehri". Pakistan Herald. Pakistan Herald. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c et. al. PD. "Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri". Provincial Assembly of Balochistan, press. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b News desk. "GEO elections monitoring cell: Sanaullah Zehri". GEO News, elections cell. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Malik Siraj Akbar (2011). The Redefined Dimensions of Baloch Nationalist Movement. Xlibris Corporation. p. 181. 
  9. ^ From the Newspapers (29 May 2013). "Pakistan Muslim League (N) names Zehri for Balochistan CM post". Dawn news papers, 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Two ex-generals picked for key PML-N positions". Dawn. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Web edition (17 May 2013). "Sanaullah Zehri named for Balochistan CM post". News International. News International. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Desk, Web (16 April 2013). "Sardar Sanaullah Zehri's convoy attacked, 3 family members killed". Express Tribune. 
  13. ^ "Son, brother and nephew of Sardar Zehri die in bomb attack". Dawn. 17 April 2013. 

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