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Balochistan Chief Minister steps down before no-confidence vote

'I would rather leave respectfully,' says Alyani

SAMAA | and - Posted: Oct 24, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Posted: Oct 24, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago

Jam Kamal Alyani has stepped down as Balochistan chief minister a day before the provincial assembly was to vote on the no-confidence motion tabled against him.

His resignation was first announced by Pakistan Television (PTV). A spokesman for Governor Balochistan Zahoor Agha also confirmed the development, saying the governor had accepted the resignation.

Jam Kamal Alyani Sunday evening tweeted that he would “rather leave respectfully and not be part of [his opponets’] monetary agenda and bad governance formulation.”

“Beside many deliberate political hindrances, I have given my utmost time and energy for the overall governance and development of Balochistan,” he said.

Hours before stepping down, Jam Kamal urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to restrain federal cabinet members from muddling in the affairs of the provincial government.

He accused on Sunday members of the federal cabinet of interfering in provincial matters.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, the Balochistan chief minister said in a tweet, should allow its provincial leadership to act responsibly.

“Our movement will usher in a new era of politics not only in Balochistan but for all of Pakistan,” Jam Kamal said.

He said that the crisis had revealed the truth about several people. “People of high integrity and impeccable credentials turned out to be greedy, power hungry and conspiring.”

According to him, he had handed over all his powers to members of BAP and allies. “I believe they will make better decisions to overcome the current political crisis,” Jam Kamal said.

If PDM formed a new government, he said: “We will sit on opposition benches. We know who is guiding our opponents. All past opponents are now on the same side.”

Praising the actions undertaken by security agencies, Jam Kamal said that action in the difficult terrain of Jambro mountains showed the stability and strength of the security forces.

“Despite the level of political fragmentation, many many people are still fulfilling their responsibilities and also risking their lives for protecting the motherland,” Jam Kamal said in another tweet.

Voting on the no-confidence motion submitted jointly by dissident members of the Balochistan Awami Party or BAP and a few opposition members was to take place on Monday morning at 11am.

Months of political wrangling

Jam Kamal Alyani faced a rebellion from disgruntled members of his Balochistan Awami Party (BAP). The no-confidence motion against him tabled on October 20 was supported by at least 16 signatures. However, Alyani’s opponents claimed that between 33 and 28 members supported the motion.

Chances for Alyani’s survival seemed promising when at least four MPAs did not show up for the Balochistan Assembly meeting on the day the no-confidence motion was tabled last week. Their fellows staged a sit-in at the gate, claiming that the MPAs had gone ‘missing.’ The MPAs later surfaced in Islamabad and returned to Quetta in a Balochistan government’s plane.

They met with Balochistan Assembly Speaker Abdul Quddus Bezinjo and assured him of their support for the no-confidence motion. Bezinjo is said to have played a major role in the move against Alyani.

Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak also tried to defuse the political tension. Sanjrani had reportedly advised Alyani to step down. However, the latter repeatedly said that he would face the no-confidence vote instead of giving in without a fight.

Alyani’s resignation, however, does not bring to an end the months of political wrangling in Balochistan. A new battle for the new chief minister is about to start.

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