" Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch with Chou-En-Lie 9th June 1965 "

Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch with President of Pakistan, Field Marshal M. Ayub Khan

Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch (1913-1981)

(Founding Father) (Tamgah–e–Khidmat)

Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch was one of the leading activists in Pakistan Movement who subsequently became the Advisor to the President of Pakistan, Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan. He was twice elected as the Father of the City Karachi in early 50’s when it was the capital of Pakistan. He played a major role in the development of Balochistan & Pakistan, especially Gwadar. At a time when Gwadar was not a part of Pakistan but of Oman, realizing the geostrategic importance of Gwadar and its natural deep seaport and forecasting it to be a part of progressive Pakistan, he pushed the initiative of consolidation to President Ayub Khan due to which the Government purchased Gwadar from Oman and made it a part of Pakistan in 1958. CPEC base-work actually started during his time, and due to his foresight he built a deep relationship with Chinese leadership, Mao Zedong and Chu En Lye. He spearheaded the integration of far flung areas with business and commerce and introduced Pakistan International Airlines into the remote corners of Balochistan as GSA. In 1988 Gwadar was air-linked to Muscat through his company National Express. He was awarded Tamgha-e-Khidmat by the Government of Pakistan for his exemplary services and historical role. The vision of Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch is kept alive by his sons through the Visionary Group. Sardar, Haji Mohammad Iqbal Baloch s/o Kauda Durra Khan was a prominent personality of Pakistan. President Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan in recognition of his outstanding social and economic services had accorded him with certificates and Sanad of appreciation. In 1950, he had submitted a plan with the Federal Government for the development of Gwadar as the second port city of Pakistan.

Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch with President of Pakistan, Field Marshal M. Ayub Khan

Initiating separation of Gwadar from Oman to Pakistan.

Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch (advisor to the President of Pakistan, Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan) played a major role in the development of Gwadar. It was due to his constant efforts and persuasion that Government of Pakistan purchased Gwadar from Oman and made it a part of Pakistan in 1958. He built a deep relationship with the Chinese leadership, Mao Zedong and Chunen Lye foreseeing the interest of China as the CPEC base work had begun. In December 2018 Jashan-e-Gwadar, was celebrated as 60 years of Gwadar after it was acquired from Oman, the event was organized by Pakistan Navy. Senator Babar and others said that the people of Gwadar & others had put in a lot of effort to bring Gwadar to Pakistan including Haji Mohammed Iqbal Baloch, who was awarded Tamgh-e-Khidmat because of his role as a leading personality in the Pakistan and Gwadar Movement.

Historic letter to government of Pakistan for the purchase of Gwadar from Oman

First GSA PIA, General Service Agent for PIA from 1958-89 in Balochistan, introducing airline in Makran region.

Air transport in Balochistan was introduced by our founding father (late) Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch’s company “National Express”, it was seen as an indicator of the importance of air transport towards economic growth. The growth has reflected increasing travel opportunities as economic development took place. Air transport was important for both local business and residents of Balochistan especially when the alternatives were weak, such as traveling to Gwadar by land usually took five days to reach from Karachi. The importance of air transport becomes particularly evident when people need to travel to cities on immediate bases specially for medical reasons. Introducing an airline in Balochistan have played an important role in promoting development and population migration. The growth in air transport has reflected increasing travel opportunities as economic development took place. Air transport became important for both local business and residents of Balochistan especially when the alternatives were weak, such as traveling to Gwadar by land usually took five days to reach from Karachi. The importance of air transport becomes particularly evident when distances are vast and people need to travel to cities on immediate bases specially for medical reasons, day to day trade and meet their relatives during festivals and holidays.

HMIB with Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud King of Saudi Arabia

HMIB with Russian government official

HMIB with General Muhammad Musa Khan Commander in Chief of Pakistan Army

HMIB with Süleyman Demirel President of Turkey

HIMB with Jam of Lasbela Jam Ghulam Qadir Khan & Nawab of Makran Mir Bai Khan Baloch

HMIB with President of Pakistan, Field Marshal M. Ayub Khan

HMIB with Nawab of Makran Mir Bai Khan Baloch

HMIB with Russian government official

HMIB with Russian government official

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