Pak’s Baluchistan region elects new CM amid turmoil
PAKISTAN’S volatile Baluchistan province elected a new Chief Minister on Saturday, days after the previous leader was ousted in a blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of the 2018 polls.
Abdul Qudoos Bezenjo, former deputy Speaker of the provincial Assembly and member of the Opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) party, was sworn in as third Chief Minister in four years in the restive southwestern province. Resource-rich Baluchistan is plagued by violence, perpetrated by both Islamist militants and nationalist insurgents fighting to keep a greater share of the revenues from gas and minerals in the province. The province also forms an important leg of the $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor of energy and infrastructure projects that China hopes to build as part of its belt and road initiative.