Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani

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Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani
13th Chief Minister of Balochistan, Pakistan
In office
9 April 2008 – 14 January 2013
Preceded byJam Mohammad Yousaf
Succeeded byGovernor's Rule under Zulfiqar Ali Khan Magsi
Personal details
Born (1955-07-05) 5 July 1955 (age 68)
Sarawan, Balochistan, Pakistan
Political partyJamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) (2022-Present)
Other political
Pakistan Peoples Party (until 2021)
ProfessionTumandar of Raisani Tribe, politician, chief of Sarawan

Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani (Urdu: نواب محمد اسلم خان رئیسانی) (born 5 July 1955 in Sarawan, Balochistan) is a four times elected member of the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan who served as the Chief Minister of Balochistan from 9 April 2008 until 14 January 2013.


Raisani is the Nawabtranslated as king of the Raisani tribe of the Sarawan area,[1] succeeding, as eldest son, to the late Nawab Ghous Baksh Khan Raisani.

Business career[edit]

He maintains an interest in developing his own landed estates and is President of the Chamber of Agriculture in Balochistan.[1] He also has an interest in preserving wildlife and is a lifetime member of the Wildlife Conservation Society.[1]With assets worth 21 billion rupees, he is the richest parliamentarian of Balouchistan, and among the wealthiest of Pakistanis.[2]

Political career[edit]

Raisani began his political career with the Pakistani National Party. In 1989, he was first elected to the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan. He was a member of the Provincial Assembly until 1990, when the provincial assemblies and National Assembly of Pakistan were dissolved by then President of Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan.

When elections were held in 1990, Raisani was again elected to the Provincial Assembly, on the National Party ticket. In 1999, he joined the Pakistan Peoples Party and has remained a member since. In 1999, he was elected for the third time. In the general elections of 2008, he was elected for the fourth time, from the constituency of Mastung/Quetta (PB-38) and became the parliamentary leader in the assembly.

On 9 April 2008, Raisani was elected as the Chief Minister of Baluchistan, running unopposed.[1] On 14 January 2013, upon the imposition of Governor's Rule following the January 2013 Pakistan bombings, Raisani was dismissed as Chief Minister by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, under Article 234 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

On Thursday 1 November 2012, media reports claimed that Raisani party's membership had been cancelled by the Peoples Party Kalat Division, for continually violating party policies.[3] However, he denied these reports, and said that his party membership had not been cancelled.[4]


In mid-2010, Raisani stated that he holds a master's degree in political science.[5] When questioned by reporters investigating false claims of educational credentials in Pakistani politics, he stated, "A degree is a degree! Whether fake or genuine, it's a degree! It makes no difference!".[6] Subsequently, in the same year, he rejected allegations of corruption against him by asserting that there was "nothing wrong" with corruption.[7]

Since September 2012, there has been an increasing outcry against Raisani, following his government's failure to maintain law and order in Baluchistan, resulting in the mass murder of the Shia Hazaras community there[8]

There have been numerous instances of people disappearing in Baluchistan and never returning. Many people have accused the government of doing nothing in missing-persons cases with a majority of cases being left unsolved, and people have accused federal agencies of Pakistan of being involved with the Government of Baluchistan in the abduction of suspected separatist militants.[9][10]

In January 2013, the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at (former Sipah e Sahaba Pakistan) attacked the Hazara Shia Community in Quetta but Raisani's government did nothing to calm down the protestors.[11]

In September 2014, the National Accountability Bureau of Pakistan started investigating charges of massive corruption against Raisani.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d "Welcome to the Website of Provincial Assembly of Balochistan".
  2. ^ "Raisani richest lawmaker in Balochistan with assets worth Rs21 billion". The Express Tribune. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Aslam Raisani's party membership suspended". Dawn. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  4. ^ Business Recorder. "Capital punishment: preliminary hearing today". Business Recorder. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ Which claim has not been verified however
  6. ^ "Fake degree scandal roils Pakistani politics". Dawn. AP. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  7. ^ Retrieved 19 October 2012(registration required)
  8. ^ Husain, Fahd (3 September 2012). "Kill at will". The Nation. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Balochistan's missing persons studied by UN working group". 23 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Missing persons is now an international issue: CJ". The Express Tribune. 10 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Pakistan blasts: Shia refuse to bury Quetta bomb dead". BBC News. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  12. ^ Asim Yasin, The News Report, NAB probe against massive corruption by Raisani Archived 18 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine , 16th Sept 2014. Retrieved 18th Sept 2014

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