Pakistan

QUETTA – Nawab Sanaullah Zehri on Tuesday stepped down as Balochistan Chief Minister, a day after Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi advised him to resign amid political crisis.

Failing to address the reservations of his cabinet members who tabled a no-confidence vote against him, Zehri forwarded his resignation to Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai who accepted it without any delay.

Resignation submitted by CM Zehri

‘I would continue serving the masses’ expressed the outgoing legislator and admitted that many of the legislators were not satisfied with his leadership.

Adviser to CM Balochistan Jan Azhakzai also confirmed the resignation adding that the multi-billion dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor would continue.

Earlier, Sarfraz Bugti, the former home minister of Pakistan’s biggest land-wise province took to the micro-blogging site and expressed gratitude over the decision.

The resignation came hours before the Balochistan assembly was set to vote over the no-confidence motion tabled against Zehri by the lawmakers.

The motion, which was submitted on January 2 by Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Syed Agha Raza, was signed by a total of 14 parliamentarians.

In order to dismiss the motion, the provincial chief executive needed to get 33 votes from a house of 65 members.

Earlier, reports emerged that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had asked Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri to resign in order to control the rising political tension in the province.