Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo elected as CM Balochistan

Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo elected as CM Balochistan

Following the ouster of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from office in a corruption scam a year ago, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) suffered another major blow on Saturday when Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, a candidate of its rival party, was elected CM of the restive southwestern Balochistan province.

Strict security arrangements have been put in place in and around the assembly premises with pickets erected at four locations for security checking.

Abdul Rahim Ziyaratwal, a PkMap candidate, withdrew his nomination from the race.

PML-N is expected to elect its four senators from the assembly, which some analysts say will not acceptable to Chaudhrys of PML-Q and forces behind the no-confidence move against Sanaullah Zehri of PML-N who resigned as Balochistan CM before the voting on the move.

After contesting general elections in 2013 again on PML-Q's ticket, Bizenjo was elected MPA for the third time. He won the seat, obtaining only 544 of the 57,666 registered votes in the constituency as turnout was an abysmal 1.18 per cent since the separatists had called for a boycott of the elections.

Trump defends immigration stance amid uproar over vulgar remark
The government in Botswana has described the language as "reprehensible and racist", demanding a clarification from the United States ambassador.

Any option to dissolve Balochistan Assembly was not under consideration at PML-Q level, said its spokesperson Senator Kamil Ali Aga.

Born in 1974, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid first became a lawmaker in 2002 and remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15. However; National Party has refused to support the nominated candidates.

In the 65-member provincial assembly, members from the opposition and treasury benches support Bizenjo for the slot of the chief minister.

A no-confidence motion was submitted against Zehri on January 2 by MPAs Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Syed Agha Raza and had the signatures of 14 lawmakers. He took oath as the CM after Sanaullah Zehri stepped down ahead of a no-confidence motion against him.

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. He turned in his resignation on January 9, the day when opposition parties planned to move the motion against him in the provincial assembly.

Like this: