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National Party

National Party

National Party

Formed in: 2003

The party came into existence after the Balochistan National Party and the Balochistan National Democratic Party merged with the stated goal to 'safeguard the rights of the Baloch'.

Top leaders

Key concerns

2018 elections

National Party has fielded candidates from 17 NA seats — out of these, 10 seats are from Balochistan, six from Punjab and one from Fata.

2013 elections

The party won one seat in NA and 11 seats in the Balochistan Assembly. Senior NP leader Abdul Malik Baloch was elected as the province's chief minister under a deal between Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) and the National Party. Malik remained chief minister till 2015 and then the position was taken over by PML-N's Sanaullah Zehri under the power sharing deal of 2013.

2008 elections

NP boycotted the 2008 general elections under now retired Gen Pervez Musharraf in protest against the 'military operation' in the province. However, one of its factions contested the provincial polls and the party ended up securing one seat in the Balochistan Assembly.

Major political plays

Criticism and controversy