PML-Q’S Bizenjo elected CM of Balochis­tan

The Gulf Today - - ASIA - BY TARIQ BUTT

Islamabad:ab­dulqud­dus­bizenjo, be­long­ing to the Pak­istan Mus­lim League-quaid (PML-Q), was elected the new chief min­is­ter of Balochis­tan bythe­p­rovin­cialassem­blyon­sat­ur­day by bag­ging 41 votes.

Bizenjo was voted in as the third chief min­is­ter in four years. He was elected af­ter former chief min­is­ter Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri stepped down from his post last week.

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. Ali se­cured 13 votes.

A to­tal of ifty-four law­mak­ers In A 65-mem­ber House took part in the vot­ing. Balochis­tan As­sem­bly Speaker Rahila Dur­rani an­nounced Bizenjo’s vic­tory af­ter the process of vot­ing for­mally ended.

On Fri­day, Bizenjo sub­mit­ted his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers, which were pro­posed and sec­onded by mem­bers of al­lied par­ties.

He was pro­posed by Jan Muham­mad Ja­mali, Sar­dar Bhootani, Dr Ruquyia Saeed Hashmi, Za­farul­lah Zehri and Ghu­lam Dasta­gir Ba­dini, and sec­onded by Sar­faraz Bugti, Aman­ul­lah Notezai, Prince Ahmed Ali, Mir Aamir Khan Rind and Molvi Maazul­lah. Bizenjo was elected from Awaran in the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion with just 544 votes, the low­est tally of bal­lots in all con­stituen­cies of Pak­istan.

The Pak­istan Mus­lim League-nawaz (PML-N) suf­fered a set­back as its en­tire par­lia­men­tary party sup­ported Bizenjo.

EAR­LIER, if­teen out of Its 21 law­mak­ers had re­belled against it. Ex­cept Zehri, all the re­main­ing leg­is­la­tors also voted for Bizenjo. The cen­tral lead­er­ship of the PML-N turned out to be to­tally help­less in stop­ping de­fec­tions of all of its mem­bers.

Zehri stepped down last week af­ter op­po­si­tion BENCHES iled A no-conidence mo­tion against him.

Ab­dul Qud­dus Bizenjo

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