Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi was born on August 14, 1931, at New Jatoi, Sindh. Eldest of four brothers, Ghulam Mustafa’s father, Khan Bahadur Ghulam Rasul Khan Jatoi, was a member of the Sindh Legislative Assembly.
Ghulam Mustafa was educated at Karachi Grammar School from where he passed his Senior Cambridge. In 1952, he went to England for his Bar-at-Law, but had to return home within a year due to his father’s serious illness.
He was elected to the first Provincial Assembly of West Pakistan in 1958, and was re-elected in 1965.
Jatoi joined Pakistan Peoples Party in March 1969. In 1970, he was elected to the National Assembly on the P. P. P. ticket. In 1973, he was elected Chief Minister of Sindh, and held this office till 1977. He was re-elected in March 1977. After the imposition of Martial Law, Jatoi remained associated with the Movement for Restoration of Democracy. He was arrested twice, in 1983, and again in 1985. Later, he founded the National Peoples Party.
In 1989, he was elected to the National Assembly in the by-elections from Kot Addu. After joining Islami Jamhuri Ittehad, Jatoi was elected leader of combined opposition parties in the National Assembly, in 1989.
Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi was appointed caretaker Prime Minister in 1990 by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan. He relinquished his office after Nawaz Sharif was elected Prime Minister in the October 1990 elections. He was again elected a member of the National Assembly as a result of October 1993 elections, but lost his seat in the elections held in February 1997.
His two sons, Tariq Jatoi and Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, are also in politics.
This article was last updated on Sunday, June 01, 2003