Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali (born January 1, 1944) is a former Prime Minister of Pakistan and former Chairman of the Pakistan Hockey Federation.
Born in Baluchistan, Jamali was the first Baluch Prime Minister of Pakistan. He completed his primary education in Baluchistan, and his secondary education at the famous elite public schools of Pakistan The Lawrence College Ghora Gali at Murree and Aitchison College in Lahore. He obtained a master's degree from the Government College of Lahore in History
Member of Pakistan Peoples Party
In the 1970s he was a minister for the Pakistan Peoples Party, serving as an important minister in his home province. In the 1980s he worked in the government of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq as a minister of various departments. He was almost appointed to the position of Prime Minister at numerous times in the 1980s, but never succeeded. However, he was the chief minister of Baluchistan in long-time provincial ruler General Rahimuddin Khan's cabinet at various times
Member of Pakistan Muslim League (N)
In the 1990s he was an important member of the Pakistan Muslim League (N). However, after the removal of Nawaz Sharif, Jamali joined the new faction of that party that was formed to support General Pervez Musharraf called the PML-Q. in 1988 he became caretaker chief minister of Baluchistan. He also won the general election and elected chief minister Baluchistan with the alliance of Jui (F) before confidence vote he dissolve assembly once again in 1996 he became caretaker chief minister.
He was elected as Prime Minister by the Parliament of Pakistan on November 21, 2002 after the general elections of October 2002. This was the first general election to take place in Pakistan following the 1999 coup by General Pervez Musharraf. His election as Prime Minister came after weeks of political negotiations due to no party winning a majority. Jamali won the position after members of the Pakistan Peoples Party defected to the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) to support him.
As Prime Minister, he was seen as being close to President Musharraf, and supported the political and economic policies of the establishment. Jamali oversaw a broad political coalition, and promised to work towards restoring democracy to Pakistan. However, he resigned on 26 June 2004. Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain replaced him as the interim Prime Minister. The reasons for his resignation are not clear, but many have speculated that it was a result of deteriorating relations with Chaudhry Shujaat.
In 2006 he became president of the Pakistan Hockey Federation, a sport of lifetime interest for him. He has previously played hockey for Punjab province, acted as chef de mission for the 1984 Olympics team, and has been chief selector for the national team.