Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri



Designation: Chief Minister Balochistan
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Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz

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Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri is the Chief Minister of Balochistan. He is the leader of Zehri tribe and chief of Jhalawan. Zehri succeeded Abdul Malik Baloch on 24 December 2015 as part of the Murree tribal power sharing agreement. Zehri is the central president of the Pakistan Muslim League (N)'s Balochistan branch and a confidant of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

On 7 June 2013, Zehri was appointed senior minister of Balochistan with portfolios of communication works, mines, minerals and industries.


Sanaullah Zehri was born in Zehri family of Anjeera in 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. He graduated with a BA degree in political science in 1983 from Balochistan University.

Upon graduating from Balochistan University, he ran in the 1990 Balochistan Assembly general elections, performing well on the PML(N)'s conservative platform. During this time, he campaigned for local government in Balochistan. 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.

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.

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

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

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

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