Syed Ali Shah: 

QUETTA: Deadlock persists over the nomination of caretaker Chief Minister in Balochistan. Despite repeated attempts, the opposition leader in Balochistan Assembly was unable to meet the CM of Balochistan, Mir Quddus Bizenjo on Monday. Former Balochistan Minister, Prince Ahmed Ali and Mir Shabir Mengal, the former commissioner have emerged as potential candidates for the slot of CM in Balochistan.

“Our opposition leader waited for three hours to meet the CM but failed to meet the latter”, a senior leader of the Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (JUI) told Daily Quetta Voice on Monday evening. He requested anonymity because of the political sensitivity of the matter.

Mir Usman Badini is a JUI candidate for the CM ship

The religious group has nominated Mir Usman Badini, the former member of the national assembly (MNA) as its candidate for the slot of caretaker CM in Balochistan. The party has also formed a parliamentary committee to hold negotiations with treasury benches.

CM Bizenjo has reached Islamabad to consult his colleagues of the ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) to bring his own blue-eyed as caretaker CM in Balochistan. The names of Hamal Kalmati who belongs to the Balochistan National Party (BNP), Senator Kahuda Babar of BAP, and Mir Naseer Bizenjo are backed by CM Balochistan.

BAP is yet to name its candidate

However, the BAP has not formally shared the names of its candidates for the CM ship with the leader of the opposition in the Balochistan Assembly. Ali Hassan Zehri, a leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from Hub district has also made hectic efforts to win the caretaker CM ship of Balochistan.

Mr. Zehri also held a meeting with Maulana Abdul Wasey, the Balochistan JUI Amir to muster his support. However, he failed to do so.

A breakthrough with regard to the nomination of the caretaker CM is expected today since all candidates and political leaders have also reached Islamabad.

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