Abdul Quddus Bizenjo elected as new Balochistan chief minister


Election of Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, a lawmaker of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), as 23rd chief minister of Balochistan not only ends PML-N coalition government, but also carries unmatchable facts that are enough to make history.

He was proposed by Jan Muhammad Jamali, Sardar Bhootani, Dr Ruquyia Saeed Hashmi, Zafarullah Zehri and Ghulam Dastagir Badini, and seconded by Sarfaraz Bugti, Amanullah Notezai, Prince Ahmed Ali, Mir Aamir Khan Rind and Molvi Maazullah. Fourteen cabinet members also took the oath administered by the Balochistan governor.

It merits a mention here that the third candidate Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party withdrew his nomination papers before the election process in favour of Syed Agha Liaquat Ali nominated by the same party.

Bizenjo, who had moved the motion of no-confidence against former CM Sanaullah Zehri, managed to bag 41 votes in 65-member house.

The oath was administered by Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai.

Sanaullah Zehri belonged to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) but was a tribal leader used to autocratic ways, seldom found in Quetta and spending more time in Karachi like all other Baloch leaders.

PM Abbasi had reportedly advised Zehri to resign after dissenting leaders rejected his invitation to discuss outstanding issues, sources within the PML-N had said.

Abdul Quddus Bizenjo at the Balochistan Assembly on Saturday.— DawnNews
Abdul Quddus Bizenjo at the Balochistan Assembly on Saturday.— DawnNews

Speaking on the floor of the assembly, Bizenjo thanked all the lawmakers who had supported him.

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

Retracing the steps of his father, who was thrice elected from Awaran, Bizenjo commenced his political career from his hometown Shindi Jhao Awaran. He was elected from the PB-41 constituency.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15.

The new CM had took part in the general elections from Awaraan (PP-41) on the ticket of PML-Q, which faced historic defeat in all other provinces. He resigned as deputy speaker when CM Nawab Sanaullah Zehri nominated Raheela Durrani as the new speaker of the provincial assembly.

The political crisis began with Bizenjo submitting a no-confidence motion against the chief minister on January 2.