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File Photo: Balochistan Assembly legislators congratulating newly elected CM Abdul Quddus Bizenjo in the provincial assembly: Photo Manan Mandokhail

Syed Ali Shah: 

QUETTA: No-confidence motion against Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Quddus Bizenjo would be tabled on Thursday (tomorrow) during the provincial assembly session. The acting Governor Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali had convened the provincial assembly session after submission of the no-trust vote against the incumbent chief minister. 

Former Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan and others would table a no-confidence motion against Chief Minister. “Masses are fed up with this setup and worst governance”, former CM, Jam Kamal Khan said.

Mr. Bizenjo has hardly completed seven months and the seven members of the ruling party and other coalition partners submitted a no-confidence motion against him. “I am ready to face a no-confidence motion in a democratic way”, Mr. Bizenjo said in a video message released to the press.

Balochistan Assembly Secretariat made all arrangements

The assembly secretariat has made all arrangements regarding the session and cards have been issued to private and official media for the coverage.

The ruling party, the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) has clearly divided into two factions. Former CM and the President of the BAP, Jam Kamal has directed all lawmakers to abide by the party policy and support the no-trust vote against the CM.

However, the incumbent CM, Mr. Bizenjo has directed all party lawmakers not to support the no-confidence motion as he is the parliamentary leader and Jam Kamal is no more the president of the party.

Out of a total of 24 lawmakers, 17 members are still with CM Bizenjo. However, seven members including former senior minister Mir Zahoor Buledi, Saleem Khan Khoso, Arif Jan Muhammad Hassani, Mitha Khan Kakar, and others support Jam Kamal Khan.

“Members have to toe the party line”, Jam Kamal Khan

“As per the recent supreme court judgment, the members are bound to toe the party line”, Jam Kamal Khan said in a video on the social media network Twitter.

So far, two mainstream opposition parties including the Balochistan National Party (Mengal) and  Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (JUI) have not made their position clear about the no-confidence motion. Although, the BNP appears to support CM Bizenjo.

The JUI F, the second-largest parliamentary group in the assembly is yet to make its decision in this regard. “We will announce our decision whether to support or oppose the no-trust motion within the next couple of days”, Maulana Abdul Wasey, the JUI F Balochistan Amir told Quetta Voice.

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