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

Syed Ali Shah:

QUETTA: In an electrifying turn of events, Balochistan braces for the upcoming general elections with a formidable lineup that includes seven former Chief Ministers vying for key political positions. The political landscape in the province has been set ablaze as parties officially kick-start their election campaigns.

Among the prominent contenders, Sardar Akhtar Mengal, a political stalwart, sets the stage by participating in both the National and Provincial Assembly elections. Simultaneously, the seasoned leader of Jamiat Ulema Islam, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani, former Chief Minister and Chief of Sarawan, throws his hat into the ring for a seat in the Balochistan Assembly.

Dr. Malik Baloch, Nawab Zehri Also In The Run

The political arena is further charged as Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, former Chief Minister and National head of his party, and Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, former Chief Minister and leader of the People’s Party, intensify their presence in the electoral battlefield.

Adding to the mix, Jam Kamal Khan, former Chief Minister of Balochistan from the Muslim League-N, demonstrates full force in preparation for the elections scheduled for February 8. Additionally, Sardar Saleh Bhutani, former Chief Minister hailing from Hub, is set to contest from his constituency.

Notably, Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly, Jan Jamali, throws his hat into the ring, adding another layer of intrigue to the upcoming elections.

Significant Twist With Maulana Fazal Contesting From NA 265 Pishin

As the series of seat-to-seat adjustments between political parties continues, the February 8 elections bring a significant twist with Maulana Fazlur Rehman Pashin, the Chief of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Central Amir, choosing to contest the National Assembly seat from NA 265 Pishin.

The political battleground is set, and Balochistan anticipates a riveting electoral showdown, with seven former Chief Ministers shaping the narrative in this crucial chapter of the province’s political history.

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