Ms Zobaida Jalal , Federal Minister for Defence Production

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Ms Zobaida Jalal


Federal Minister for Defence Production

 

Hailing from Mand village of the Kech District, an area of South-Western part of Balochistan, Pakistan. Zobaida Jalal started her work as a Social Activist in 1982 when her father, Mir Haji Jalal Khan Rind, started the first ever Girl’s School in the remotest part of Balochistan, in Mand.

She started her political career in 1999 when she was selected in Former President General Pervez Musharaff’s first tenure as the Federal Minister for Education, 1999-2002. In the year 2002 she consciously made a decision to contest General Elections and was the first Baloch woman, who made history by winning the National Assembly seat in Balochistan. She continued as Federal Minister for Education till 2004. She worked tirelessly to make Pakistan’s education system more inclusive. As an Education Minister, she made sure all religious seminaries in Pakistan were providing mainstream modern education, as well. Her curriculum update efforts were widely lauded and her support for girls’ education is not a secret. She took the first ever sector wide approach in making the Education Sector Reforms, which included focus from Early Childhood Education, all the way to Knowledge based Higher Education.

From December 1999 to December 2000, she was also the Federal Minister for Women Development and in this short period she created history again, by getting Honour Killings declared as murder and made it part of the Penal Code of Pakistan. She also set up the first ever Permanent National Commission on the Status of Women. She continued as Member of the National Assembly (MNA) from 2008-2013.

She did not contest elections in the year 2013.

She contested the General Election in the year 2018 and again became the only women to win the elections on a general seat and is presently the Federal Minister for Defence Production, Pakistan.   

Ms Zobaida Jalal

Federal Minister for Defence Production