Sanaullah Khan Zehri

Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri (Urdu: نواب ثناء اللہ خان زہری بلوچ ) was the Chief Minister of Balochistan from December 24, 2015, to December 9, 2017. He belongs to Channal Zarakzai family and also the Nawab of the Zehri tribe and chief of Jhalawan. Zehri succeeded Abdul Malik Baloch as chief minister Balochistan, Pakistan on December 24, 2015 as part of the power sharing deal brokered in the resort town of Murree.[2][3] Zehri was the central president of the Pakistan Muslim League's Balochistan branch and a confidant of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif[4] He left the PML-N on November 7, 2020.

Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri
نواب ثناء اللہ خان زہری بلوچ
Chief Minister of Balochistan (15th)
In office
December 24, 2015  January 9, 2018
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
GovernorMuhammad Khan Achakzai
Preceded byAbdul Malik Baloch
Succeeded byAbdul Quddus Bizenjo
Senior Minister of Balochistan
In office
June 7, 2013  December 24, 2015
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
GovernorMuhammad Khan Achakzai
Chief MinisterAbdul Malik Baloch
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister
In office
June 7, 2013  June 20, 2013
PresidentMamnoon Hussain
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Member of Senate of Pakistan (Senator)
In office
March 1997  March 2000
ConstituencyBalochistan, Pakistan
Member of the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan
Assumed office
ConstituencyPB-38 Khuzdar-I
In office
ConstituencyPB-33 Khuzdar-I
In office
ConstituencyPB-33 Khuzdar-I
In office
ConstituencyPB-33 Khuzdar-I
In office
ConstituencyPB-30 Khuzdar-I
In office
ConstituencyPB-30 Khuzdar-I
In office
ConstituencyPB-30 Khuzdar-I
Personal details
Born (1961-08-04) 4 August 1961 (age 59)
Khuzdar, Balochistan, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan People's Party
ChildrenSikander Khan Zehri, Hamza Khan Zehri, Ayesha Zehri
ParentsSardar Doda Khan Zehri (father)
EducationUniversity of Balochistan
ProfessionPolitician, chief of Jhalawan , nawab of Zehri(Baloch) tribe
CabinetGovernment of Balochistan, Pakistan

On June 7, 2013, Zehri was appointed senior minister of Balochistan with portfolios of communication works, mines, minerals, On January 9, 2018, due to the imminence of a no-confidence vote against him, Zehri resigned from his post as chief minister to prevent the brewing of a political crisis.


Nawab Sanaullah Zehri was born in Anjeera in the Khuzdar District, Balochistan, Pakistan, on August 4, 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.[5][6] He graduated with a BA degree in political science in 1983 from the University of Balochistan.[6]

Upon graduating from Balochistan University, he ran in the 1990 Balochistan Assembly general election, performing well on the PML(N)'s conservative platform.[5] During this time, he campaigned for local government in Balochistan.[5] 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.[1]

In 2008, the National Party boycotted the general election. Zehri disagreed with the move, leaving the party, and in February he won a seat in the assembly under his own, newly founded the National Party.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.[7][self-published source]

On January 6, 2010, he joined the Pakistan Muslim League.[8][9] In August 2011, Baloch was selected by PML(N) as the assistant secretary general of the PML-N for Balochistan.[8][10]

In 2013, Zehri defended his constituency on PML-N's platform and was initially named as candidacy for Chief Minister of Balochistan.[11] However, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif instead approved the appointment of Abdul Malik Baloch as the chief minister of Balochistan.[11]

On April 16, 2013, Zehri escaped an assassination attempt[12] on his life when his convoy came under a bomb attack in his native Khuzdar district. The attack killed his son, Sikander Zehri, brother Mir Meharullah Zehri and nephew Mir Zaid. The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), claimed responsibility for the attack on Zehri.[13]

On November 23 2020, Sanaullah lost his daughter Ayesha Zehri allegedly due to Covid 19. [14]


  1. "Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri". Pakistani leaders online. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  2. "Baloch vacates CM office as Murree agreement takes effect". Samaa. 12 December 2015.
  3. "Zehri elected new Balochistan CM". Samaa TV. 24 December 2015.
  4. Pakistan Herald (29 October 2013). "Sanaullah Zehri". Pakistan Herald. Pakistan Herald. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  5. "Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri". Provincial Assembly of Balochistan, press. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  6. News desk. "GEO elections monitoring cell: Sanaullah Zehri". GEO News, elections cell. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  7. Malik Siraj Akbar (2011). The Redefined Dimensions of Baloch Nationalist Movement. Xlibris Corporation. p. 181.
  8. (6 January 2010). "Sanaullah Zehri, Qadir Baloch join PML-N". Dawn newspaper, 2010. Dawn newspaper. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  9. From the Newspapers (29 May 2013). "Pakistan Muslim League (N) names Zehri for Balochistan CM post". Dawn news papers, 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  10. "Two ex-generals picked for key PML-N positions". Dawn. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  11. Web edition (17 May 2013). "Sanaullah Zehri named for Balochistan CM post". News International. News International. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  12. Desk, Web (16 April 2013). "Sardar Sanaullah Zehri's convoy attacked, 3 family members killed". Express Tribune.
  13. "Son, brother and nephew of Sardar Zehri die in bomb attack". Dawn. 17 April 2013.