Pak’s Baluchis­tan re­gion elects new CM amid tur­moil

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONTPAGE -

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.

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