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BAP’s Jam Kamal elected new Balochistan CM

QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Saturday elected Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) President Jam Kamal Khan as new chief minister of the province. The election for the coveted slot was held in a session at the assembly building in Quetta. Newly elected Speaker of the provincial legislature Mir Abdul Qaddus Bizenjo presided over the session during which the new chief minister was elected by the method of division of the house. Jam Kamal received 39 votes while his rival JUI-F leader Mir Yunas Aziz Zehri managed to…

Balochistan chief minister to be elected on Saturday

ISLAMABAD: The Balochistan Assembly will elect leader of the house in its special session scheduled to be held on Saturday (tomorrow).  Speaker of the provincial legislature Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has asked candidates intending to contest the election for the office of chief minister to file nomination papers at the assembly secretariat by 5:00 pm on Saturday (today). Yesterday, Mr Bizenjo, an MPA from Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), was elected speaker of the provincial assembly. The session was presided over by the…

MPAs-elect sworn in at Balochistan Assembly session

QUETTA: Outgoing Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani administered oath to newly elected members of the provincial legislature on Monday.  Ms Durrani presided over the first session of the newly elected assembly in the provincial capital and administered the oath to MPAs-elect. After the oath-taking, the session was postponed till August 15 when the election of speaker and deputy speaker of the legislature will be held. The Balochistan-based six-party alliance has nominated Balochistan…

Balochistan Assembly session convened on 13th

QUETTA: The Governor of Balochistan has summoned the inaugural session of the provincial assembly on August 13 when newly elected MPAs will take the oath of their office.   According to the provincial assembly’s secretary, the session of the Balochistan Assembly will start at 11:00am. The Balochistan-based six-party alliance has nominated Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) president Jam Kamal Khan for the position of chief minister of the province. The allied parties — BAP, Awami National Party (ANP), Pak­istan…

Govt and Opposition in provinces at odds over caretaker setup

ISLAMABAD: The assemblies completing their mandated term tonight but the opposition and governments in all four provinces yet to reach an agreement about caretaker setups in their respective provinces. The National Assembly, Punjab and Balochistan assemblies are going through the last day of their mandated term to stand dissolved at 12:00 in midnight on Thursday (today). It is rare second time in a row that the assemblies completing their tenures in Pakistan without any disruption, pointing out to the stabilization and…

ECP de-seats MPA Manzoor Kakar for violating party policy

ISLAMABAD: Just hours before Senate elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday de-seated the member of the Balochistan provincial assembly, Manzoor Khan Kakar. The ECP gave this verdict on a petition of  Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief who moved it seeking to de-seat the lawmaker. The electoral body also cancelled the membership of Kakar, who was accused of violating party policy. MPA Kakar violated his party’s instruction and voted for Abdul Quddus Bizenjo during balloting for the…

Filing nomination papers for new CM Balochistan begins

QUETTA: The process for filing nomination papers by candidates for the new chief minister of Balochistan has been underway on Friday. The nomination papers are to be submitted before 3:00 pm today as the provincial assembly session has been summoned tomorrow (Saturday) to elect a new leader of the house. After a no-trust motion against him, Zehri had resigned from his position and submitted resignation to Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai on Tuesday afternoon, who forthwith accepted it. Following the…

Balochistan assembly session summoned on Jan 13 to elect new CM

QUETTA: As the discussions within political circles to find Nawaz Sanaullah Zehri’s replacement has picked up, the governor of Balochistan has summoned an assembly session for January 13 to elect a new chief minister for the provincial cabinet. After a no-trust motion against him, Zehri had resigned from his position and submitted resignation to Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai on Tuesday afternoon, who forthwith accepted it. Following the resignation of the chief minister, the Balochistan government issued…

After failed effort to prop up Zehri, Abbasi returns to Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi headed to Islamabad after his last-ditch efforts to salvage the coalition government of Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri remained unsuccessful. Zehri seemed to be caught between a rock and a hard place with the opposition hell-bent on pushing ahead with a no-trust motion against him. PM Abbasi landed in Quetta on Monday evening on the direction of the PML-N president Nawaz Sharif and contacted the members of the opposition parties of the Balochistan Assembly, but…

PM Abbasi steps up to salvage Zehri’s govt in Balochistan

QUETTA: As the Balochistan Assembly’s session is scheduled tomorrow to take up a no-trust motion against Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri, the central government of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has stepped up efforts to salvage his coalition government in the province. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is likely to visit the provincial capital today to hold meetings with key political leaders in an effort to defeat the motion against the chief minister. Federal Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch is already in…