NEWS DESK: Sanaullah Zehri has resigned from his post as chief minister of Balochistan, a notification said on Tuesday.
He submitted his resignation before the governor of the province, Mohammad Khan Achakzai. Until the resignation is accepted, Zehri will retain the post.
Zehri was expected to face a no-confidence vote in today’s assembly session. Balochistan's lawmakers had expressed a lack of confidence in the CM over "unfulfilled commitments" and important ministers and advisers had recently turned dissidents, sparking a series of resignations and sackings.
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Earlier, it was reported that the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) expressed dismay over the no-confidence motion tabled against CM Zehri while PM Shahid Shaqan Abbasi suggested that Zehri should step down. He reportedly passed on this advice from PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif.
However, the spokesperson Jan Achakzai had said that no such advice came from the PML-N leadership. “The CM is positive that the no-confidence vote will not be successful,” he said.
Also read: By God’s grace, Balochistan CM resigns, tweets Sarfaraz Bugti
Meanwhile, amidst the escalating turmoil involving the Balochistan government, Sarfaraz Bugti, former home minister of Balochistan, announced in a tweet that Zehri has resigned from his position.
Alhumdulillah! CM #Balochistan resigned
— Sarfraz Bugti (@PakSarfrazbugti) January 9, 2018
Taking to the micro-blogging website, Bugti who is being tipped for the spot of Chief Minister, said, “By the grace of God, Balochistan Chief Minister has resigned.”
Story first published: 9th January 2018