National Party chief Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo passed away on Thursday, his family members have confimed. He was 62.
The veteran politician belonging to Balochistan was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Karachi.
According to the reports, he was suffering from lungs cancer.
Bizenjo had served as Minister for Maritime Affairs during the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) last tenure (2013 to2018) in the federal government.
The seasoned politician had also remained a member of the National Assembly.
Life in focus
Senator Bizinjo was born into a family that has played a significant role in Balochistan’s politics. His father Mir Ghous Baksh Bizenjo, who also served as Governor of Balochistan, was a nationalist leader known for his peaceful struggle to attain Baloch people’s rights within the framework of Pakistan.
Hailing from Nal Valley of Khuzdar, central Balochistan, Senator Bizenjo started his political career from Pakistan National Party (PNP) and has been elected as the member of National Assembly twice in last general elections of 1990 and 1997.
He was the founder of middle-class led Balochistan National Democratic Party (BNDP) which later in 2003 merged with the non-tribal middle-class nationalist party Balochistan National Movement (BNM) and as the result of this merger National Party (NP) – a social democratic center-left political party was established. Hasil Bizenjo was remained the president of National Party.
The party had boycotted the general elections of 2008 in protest against the Balochistan situation. Yet, in 2009, he was elected as a senator – which reflects his stature as a respected politician.
In the March 2015 Senate’s elections, Bizenjo was re-elected as the party participated in General elections of 2013 under the leadership of Senator Bizenjo and Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and secured victory on 11 seats of Balochistan Provincial Assembly and 1 seat of National Assembly.
The government was formed in coalition with PkMAP and PML-N, with the party’s MPA and then president Dr Abdul Malik headed the government as Chief Minister Balochistan till early 2016.
On 20th May 2016, Mir Hasil Bizenjo took oath as federal minister. Former president Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to Bizenjo.
Condolences pour in
As soon as the news broke out, President Arif Alvi, ministers and other politicians expressed grief over the death of Bizenjo and prayed for the departed soul.
In a statement, President Alvi extended condolences to the grieving family and paid tribute to the seasoned politician saying his services for the country will always be remembered.
Federal Minister for Information, Shibli Faraz said in a tweet that deceased contributions to the Constition, parliament and democracy are unforgettable.
سینیٹر میر حاصل خان بزنجو کے انتقال پر گہرا دکھ اور افسوس ہے۔ وہ طویل عرصے سے کینسر سے جنگ لڑ رہے تھے۔ دستور، پارلیمان اور جمہوریت کے لیے ان کی خدمات ناقابل فراموش ہیں۔اللہ تعالی مرحوم کو جوار رحمت میں جگہ عطا فرمائے اور لواحقین کو صبر جمیل دے۔ آمین
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) August 20, 2020
Our last meeting at his home in Karachi 💔. #HasilBizenjo has left behind a huge hole in progressive politics behind. May Allah give him rest in peace and his family the fortitude to bear such an irreparable loss 🙏.He stood for principles against all odds in our politicalmilieu pic.twitter.com/2Ef34okIt1
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) August 20, 2020