PM Abbasi plans Balochistan tour for providing succour to embattled CM Zehri

  • Those claiming to have the support of 40 MPAs could not gather more than 20 legislators: CM spox
Pakistan

QUETTA – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will jet off to Balochistan’s capital today (Monday) to woo the lawmakers from the treasury benches, hell-bent to dethrone Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri.

In his single-day tour, the premier will meet Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmakers, who are also supporting the no-confidence motion against the provincial chief executive.

Although the voting on the motion that would decide the political fate of Zehri would be conducted in a day or so, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) representative and provincial lawmaker Abdul Quddus Bizenjo are confident about its success claiming that as many as 40 legislators will vote against Zehri.

Bizenjo further said that PML-N leader Changez Marri has also rendered his support for the no-confidence motion that will compel Zehri to walk out of the CM house.

On the other hand, a spokesperson for the Balochistan chief minister said that those claiming to have the support of 40 MPAs could not gather more than 20 legislators at their recently held dinner meeting.

Balochistan govt crisis deepens as minister, adviser to CM resign

Earlier on Sunday, Zehri contacted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif and tried to enlist his support in the time of crisis.

According to sources, Zehri warned Nawaz that a no-confidence motion against him could have an impact on the results of the upcoming general elections.

Moreover, federal ministers Khurram Dastagir and Abdul Qadir Baloch, and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai also called on Zehri to discuss the present political situation, law and order and other affairs.

Dastagir assured Zehri of support from the federal government and the PML-N.

The no-confidence motion submitted on January 2, submitted by Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Syed Agha Raza, was signed by a total of 14 parliamentarians.

Following the motion, chief minister’s adviser Prince Ahmad Ali Ahmadzai, Fisheries Minister Mir Sarfraz Domki and Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti submitted their resignations.

Two more resignations by a provincial minister and the chief minister’s adviser shook up the political landscape of Pakistan’s biggest province by land.