The Provincial Assembly of Balochistan was constituted under a Presidential order in 1972. The first assembly session was held on May 2nd, 1972 with 21 members – one woman and twenty men.
Presiding over this first session were Mr. Muhammad Khan Barozai and Molvi Shams Ud Din as Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively. Sardar Attaullah Mengal served as the first House Leader and Mr. Ghous Bakhsh Raisani as Opposition Leader.
Until the present Assembly Building was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo on 28 April 1987, the Provincial Assembly met at the Shahi Jirga Hall (Town Hall).
The foundation of the present Assembly building was laid in 1973 by the then Governor Mohammed Akbar Khan Bugti. On his special instructions, the present design of the building was modeled on that of a ‘Gidaan’ (tent in Balochi). This unique building reflects the culture of Balochistan. The total area covered by the building is 12 hectares. Adjacent to the building, a hostel comprising of 66 rooms was built for the members of the Assembly. The present Assembly building was completed in 1986 and it was formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Mr. Mohammad Khan Junejo on 28 April, 1987.
Since its inception in 1972, the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan has witnessed eight General Elections, growing in size to its present membership of 65, although the shift in the number of Members has been both up and down.
In 1977, there were 45 Members, but this number was reduced to 43 in 1999. After the last census, the membership was increased to 65 with 51 General seats, 11 reserved seats for Women and three reserved seats for Minorities.
The current Session, which began in 2002, has been one of the most active terms in the history of the Assembly. It has passed 33 Bills and disposed of 93 Privilege Motions, 174 Resolutions, 170 Adjournment Motions and 1327 Questions.
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