ISLAMABAD: To stave off a no-confidence motion against Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Prime Minister Shahiq Khaqan Abbasi called on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday night at his residence in the federal capital to seek his support against the motion.
Accompanying Federal Minister Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, the premier requested Maulana Fazlur Rehman to withdraw support from endorsing the no-trust motion.
According to sources, the JUI-F chief sought time to make a response on the government’s request. Maulana Fazlur Rehman said he would discuss the matter with the provincial party leadership.
The JUI-F is one of the main signatory of the motion against Zehri.
A no-trust motion against Zehri was moved by MPA Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo for allegedly failing to resolve the issues the province has been facing.
As many as 14 MPAs from various political parties expressed lack of confidence in the chief minister over resolving the issues.
At least two ministers tendered their resignations to Balochistan Governor and the Chief Minister.
Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti and Minister of Fisheries Mir Sarfraz Chakar Domki had submitted their resignations to the governor and chief minister respectively.
According to officials, Speaker Balochistan Assembly has summoned the assembly session on Jan 9 to proceed on the no-trust move.
On the other hand, the coalition partners — National Party and PkMAP — have pledged to support the chief minister.
The ruling PML-N also formed a committee to address grievances of the disgruntled lawmakers and keep its coalition government in Balochistan intact.
The committee, headed by PML-N Senator Raja Zafarul Haq and comprising Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, has been tasked by party president Nawaz Sharif to convince the MPAs, ministers, and advisers from ditching the provincial government.
Earlier this week, the embattled Balochistan government suffered another blow when the provincial chief minister’s advisor Prince Ahmed Ali Ahmedzai submitted his resignation to the governor.
The motion of no trust against Zehri has been submitted under Article 136 of the Constitution.
Mr Bizenjo told the media that the provincial government has been failed to address their reservations with regard to the previous provincial budget.
The chief minister was not serious about resolving the issues and this is the reason they have moved the motion of no confidence against him, Bizenjo said.