QUETTA: Pakistan’s politics is a Pandora Box that continues to baffle the world from time to time. This time around, it is from Balochistan where a man who bagged just 544 votes in 2013 general elections managed to grab nomination for the top slot of the province.
The man is Mir Quddus Bizenjo– a member of the PML-Quaid (PML-Q). He was former deputy speaker of the provincial assembly.
Earlier, the PML-N’s dissenters in unison with Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and other lawmakers moved the no-confidence motion against Nawab Sanaullah Zehri and managed to get the top post vacated from him.
Later, the group unanimously nominated Bizenjo as a consensus candidate for the office of chief minister.
According to reports, a meager 683 votes were polled in all in his constituency, PB-41 (Awaran)—a turnout of only 1.18 per cent, thanks mainly to bad law and order situation back then.
The remaining votes were grabbed by Hayder Ali of the NP (95 votes) and Hafiz Abdul Khaliq Bizenjo of the JUI-F (18 votes). However, the number of votes obtained by Bizenjo are the lowest in the entire country achieved by any successful candidate in 2013 polls. –Samaa
Story first published: 12th January 2018