Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, 72104/Liaquat


Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, kit no. 72104/Liaquat House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1972 and left the college within a month or so. Thus, he was unable to experience the real joy of Cadet College Petaro.

He was born on 9 April 1958. He as 4 children.

Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi is the eldest son of the ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan - Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, who was once a key member of the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party. When Ghulam Mustaf Jatoi left PPP, so did other members of his family, and they formed the National People's Party or NPP in the late 1980s.

The family has been in politics for over five decades now, and Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi has been the scion of the family. He was elected to the Sindh Provincial Assembly as well as the National Assembly during the 1980s and 1990s. He held the position of Federal Minister for Communications as well as the Sindh Provincial Minister for Food and Agriculture under Arbab Ghulam Rahim's government.

He was unable to contest in the October 2000 general elections as he could not fulfill the condition of having a Bachelor's degree. He then had to sit for exams and obtained his degree which allowed him to get back into the Sindh Provincial Assembly through a bye-election in 2004.

During the Musharraf regime, the Jatoi family became key allies of the PML-Q and held key portfolios. At one point in time, Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi was even tipped to become the Chief Minister of Sindh.

In the 2008 elections, although most of the allies of PML-Q suffered badly, Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi won a seat to the National Assembly under the banner of NPP from NA-211 Naushahro Feroze-1.

The Jatoi family are one of the largest landlords of Sindh and continue to wield extensive power over the areas where they have their lands. Despite the land reforms during the Bhutto regime, the Jatoi family is still said to own over 30,000 acres of land in Sindh.

Murtaza Jatoi spent two years at the San Jacinto College in Texas, from where he did not graduate. It was after the year 2000 when he finally acquired his bachelor's degree in Pakistan.

Although his ancestral lands are at New Jatoi in Dist. Nawabshah, Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi spends most of his time at Karachi where his family is settled.