Bizenjo, Jamali named
CM, speaker in new
Balochistan government

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QUETTA: Balochistan coalition partners on Wednesday decided to nominate Abdul Quddus Bizenjo for the chief minister’s office and Mir Jan Jamali as Speaker of the provincial Assembly.

Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, federal minister Pervaiz Khattak and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri addressed a press conference here along with the leaders of the allied parties.

Chairman Senate addressing the press conference said that the name of Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has been finalized for the leader of the house, while the alliance has also agreed over Mir Jan Jamali as the new Speaker of Balochistan Assembly.

QUETTA: Jam Kamal Khan Aliani talking to MPA Asghar Khan Achakzai during Assembly session on Wednesday.

A political crisis that was ongoing for last one month has come to an end today, all disagreements have been resolved, Sanjrani further said. He also thanked former chief minister Jam Kamal for his role in sorting out differences.

Federal Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak said that the PTI will remain an ally of the BAP in the government and it backs the decision taken by the Balochistan Awami Party.

Abdul Quddus Bizenjo also lauded Jam Kamals role in saving the party and said he expects that all sides will work jointly for the development of Balochistan.

The political crisis in the province moved towards resolution after resignation of Jam Kamal and efforts in the ruling coalition to keep the alliance intact by keeping the pro-Jam Kamal members in the fold.

QUETTTA: BAP Spokesman Abdul Rehman Khetran MPA presenting the no-confidence motion against Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Aliani on Wednesday.

Federal Government

The federal government has decided to agree with any candidate the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) chooses as the new CM of Balochistan. The chief minister’s seat fell vacant after the former Balochistan CM Jam Kamal submitted his resignation on Sunday.

Soon after the announcement, the BAP disgruntled members alongwith the Opposition celebrated their victory at Balochistan Assembly speaker Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo’s residence.

However, later Bizenjo also stepped down from his post.

Earlier today, the Defence minister Pervez Khattak while addressing a presser in Islamabad announced the government’s decision to agree with which ever candidate BAP chooses.

“We will support the decision of the majority within the BAP,” Khattak said, when asked who the Centre would support as the new Balochistan chief minister.

“We will support the decision made by the parliamentary group of BAP”, he said while responding to a question about whether the federal government will support Bizenjo, who has been nominated by BAP.

QUETTA: Members of Balochistan Assembly stand their seats after presenting the no-confidence motion against Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Aliani on Wednesday.

Later in the day, PTI Balochistan’s parliamentary committee revealed that it has decided to nominate MPA Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind as the candidate for Balochistan CM.

As per the details, the decision was made at a meeting presided by Rind which was held in Quetta. During the meeting, current political situation of the province came under discussion.

The meeting had Balochistan MPAs Mir Naimat Zehri, Umar Khan Jamali, Deputy Speaker of Balochistan Assembly Babar Moosakhail, Mubin Khilji, and Farida Rind in attendance.

It has been mutually decided in the meeting that Rind is to be nominated as the candidate for the chief minister’s post and Sardar Babar Moosakhail as the speaker for Balochistan assembly.

On the contrary, the united Opposition on Monday took a decision to nominate Bizenjo as the new chief minister. The interim president of BAP Zahoor Ahmed Buledi confirmed the news. It is pertinent to note that soon after the development, Bizenjo resigned from his post.

Over the selection of a new leader of the House, Buledi said that he would consult other coalition parties in this regard.

Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran on the other hand stated that all the coalition parties have nominated Bizenjo as the next chief minister. “We invite everyone to work together for the betterment of Balochistan,” he concluded.

Speaker of Balochistan Assembly resigned

Speaker of Balochistan Assembly Abdul Quddus Bizenjo resigned from his post on Monday. According to details, the documents for the new speaker will be submitted after approval of Bizenjos resignation; however, Mir Jan Khan Jamali is being considered to replace him.

Earlier during session of Balochistan Assembly, disgruntled lawmaker of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) Abdul Rehman Khetran on Monday withdrew his no-confidence motion after Jam Kamal resigned.

Speaker of Balochistan Assembly Abdul Quddus Bizenjo

Speaker said that CM Jam Kamal has resigned under article 130 clause 8 of the constitution of Pakistan.

It merits mention that Jam Kamal Khan stepped down from his post after weeks of political tussle in the province after disgruntled members of the ruling BAP tabled a no-confidence motion against the CM.

CM Jam Kamal has tendered his resignation to the Balochistan Governor after talks at a meeting held at the Governor House.

Mir Jan Jamali

Sharing his message on social media micro-blogging website, Jam Kamal said that beside many deliberate political hindrances, he has given his utmost time and energy for the overall governance and development of Balochistan, adding that he would rather leave respectfully and not be part of their monetary agenda and bad governance formulation.

Jam Kamal Khan Alyani

The two-month-long political crisis being faced by Balochistan came to end on Sunday evening when Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) tendered his resignation.

Governor Syed Zahoor Ahemd Agha accepted the resignation soon after Mr Alyani sent it to him. Consequently, the provincial cabinet stands dissolved.

The former CM in his written resignation said: “I, Jam Kamal Khan, under Article 130 (8) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, hereby resign from the office of the Chief Minister of Balochistan today the 24th October.”

The late-evening development came after two marathon sessions of negotiations that Mr Alyani held with Senate Chairman Mir Sadiq Sanjrani and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak.

According to sources, Mr Sanjrani and Mr Khattak informed Mr Alyani about the number of MPAs who supported the rival group. Mr Alyani, however, agreed to step down only after he got assurance over some conditions, which include adjusting some ministers of his cabinet in the next government. They also contacted the leaders of the angry MPAs during the marathon meetings.

A session of the Balochistan Assembly had been convened for Monday (today) for voting on the no-trust motion against the then chief minister Alyani. The motion, which was tabled in the 65-member house on Oct 20 by the angry group of BAP lawmakers, was supported by 34 members including those belonging to the opposition.

The members while speaking on the motion had asked then CM Alyani to resign for it was the only honourable way to avoid the no-confidence motion. However, Mr Alyani had turned down the request of the opponents and announced that he would face the no-trust motion and would not resign even if two members remained with him.

Mr Alyani is the fourth chief minister who has resigned to avoid a no-trust motion.