Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

PML-Q member elected as new Balochistan CM

PML-Q member elected as new Balochistan CM

In order to retain his position as chief minister, Zehri required the support of 33 members from a house of 65. Addressing a joint news conference in Quetta, Deputy Opposition Leader in the provincial assembly, Engineer Zamruk Khan Achakzai along with other coalition partners hoped that the nominated Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo would establish peace and security in the province and address the public issues.

Bizenjo is the third chief minister of the province in four-and-a-half years.

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

Quetta - Balochistan Assembly on Saturday elected Mir Abdul Qadus Bizenjo , a staunch forerunner of Zehri's resignation movement, as Leader of the House.

The contest was held between Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate Bizenjo, who secured 41 out of the total 51 votes casted, and Pashtunkhuwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) member Agha Syed Liaqat Ali, who bagged 13 votes.

Bizenjo was born in 1974 in Awaran and completed his early education from his native town of Shindi. Zehri was forced to resign after some members of his own party, the PML-N, joined the opposition in its demand to remove him from office. In 2008, he was re-elected on PML-Q's ticket and joined Nawab Aslam Raisani's cabinet as minister for livestock, successfully completing a five-year tenure.

Bizenjo from Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) is the former deputy speaker of the assembly and played role in the ouster of Zehri.

Bizenjo was elected as MPA from Awaran after receiving only 544 votes from the constituency.

He viewed that there were no personal differences with Nawab Sanaullah and appreciated him over tendering his resignation.

Bizenjo thanked PkMAP and NP lawmakers who voted for him.

Following the ouster of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from office in a corruption scam previous year, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) suffered another major blow on Saturday when Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, a candidate of its rival party, was elected CM of the restive southwestern Balochistan province.

Talking to media persons after the assembly session, he said "The provincial government will deal with an iron hand those who are involved in the massacre of the innocent people".

On January 2, Bizenjo and 14 like-minded members of Balochistan Assembly submitted a no-confidence motion against Sanaullah Zehri of the PML-N, triggering a political crisis in the province.

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