Balochistan Assembly meets today to elect new leader of house

Balochistan Assembly meets today to elect new leader of house

QUETTA: Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has been sworn in as the fresh Balochistan chief minister (CM) on Saturday after Sanaullah Zehri tendered his resignation the day when a no-confidence motion was to be moved against him in the provincial assembly.

Later, the group unanimously nominated Bizenjo as a consensus candidate for the office of chief minister.

On January 09, former chief minister Sanaullah Zehri stepped down from his post following mounting pressure in the wake of no-trust motion against him in the provincial assembly.

Agha Syed Liaqat Ali of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) was the only contestant against Bizenjo after Abdul Rahim Khan Ziaratwal of the same party withdrew his candidature in his favour.

A total of fifty-four lawmakers in a 65-member House took part in the voting.

The session of the House was headed by Speaker Raheela Durrani.


The cabinet members are: Tahir Mehmood Khan, Sardar Sarfraz Khan Domki, Nawaz Jangez Khan Marri, Mir Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti, Rahat Jamali, Abdul Majeed Abro, Asim Kurd Giloo, Mir Amir Rind, Ghulam Dastagir Badini, Muhammad Akbar Askani, Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhel, Agha Raza, Manzoor Ahmed Kakar and Prince Ahmed Ali.

Bizenjo belongs to the troubled Awaran district of Balochistan and was elected on a PML-Q ticket during general elections 2013.

Earlier, fifteen out of its 21 lawmakers had rebelled against it.

"Maintenance of public order shall remain the utmost priority with the protection of the life and property of the people without any discrimination", Bizenjo told the House. The central leadership of the PML-N turned out to be totally helpless in stopping defections of all of its members.

A political crisis developed in Balochistan following the no-confidence motion, with efforts stepped up by the PML-N, which has a government both in the centre and province, to defuse the situation.

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