Liaquat Ali Jatoi, 195/Jinnah

Liaquat Ali Jatoi - 2007

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Liaquat Ali Jatoi, kit no. 195/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1961 and left the college in 1964 after completing his Matric.

He was born on 5 January 1948, and was married to Mrs. Tehseen. They have four children.

After leaving Petaro, Liaquat Jatoi completed his Intermediate and then joined the University of Sindh. He acquired a Masters in Political Science in 1970.

He belongs to a landlord family from Dadu where he has his ancestral home. The family has large land holdings in Dadu District. His family has been in politics, and therefore he too entered the political arena.

Liaquat Jatoi was first elected in 1977 to the National Assembly of Pakistan. However within a few weeks of the elections, the assemblies were dissolved after the coup by Gen. Zia-ul-Haq. When Gen. Zia-ul-Haq formed the Federal Council (Majlis-e-Shoora), Liaquat Jatoi was inducted as a Member of the Council in 1980-81.

In later years, Liaquat Jatoi participated in the elections of 1985, 1990 and 1997. He was elected to the Sindh Provincial Assembly in all three elections as a Member. In 1990, he was appointed the Sindh Provincial Minister for Finance, Excise and Taxation. This was the beginning of his alliance with Pakistan Muslim League headed by Nawaz Sharif.

When the PML won the 1997 elections, Liaquat Jatoi was chosen as the Chief Minister of Sindh. He served in this position until the end of October 1998, when Governorís Rule was imposed in Sindh due to the law and order situation.

Jatoi won seats in the Sindh Provincial Assembly as well as the National Assembly of Pakistan during the 2002 elections. He chose to become an MNA and was inducted into the Federal Cabinet as a Minister. Initially he held the portfolio of Minister of Industries, and was later on made the Minister for Water and Power. During this period, Jatoi joined the pro-Pervez Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League (Q). He remained a key ally of President Pervez Musharraf throughout his tenure.

Liaquat Jatoi lost the 2008 elections at all levels, and became a victim of the growing unpopularity of the Musharraf regime. When Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007, the people of his own Dadu District burnt down his home.

He presently has his homes in Karachi and Dadu.

Liaquat Ali Jatoi - 2003