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Balochistan education minister Sardar Rind resigns

Balochistan Education Minister Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind hs resigned. Source: File

QUETTA: Balochistan’s Education Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) parliamentary leader Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind has resigned as the provincial minister.

He announced the decision in the assembly session, saying he could no longer stay in the provincial government and he was submitting his resignation with a heavy heart.

 “I am resigning as this cabinet has no importance for me. My conscience doesn’t allow me to be a part of this cabinet anymore,” said. “I can’t turn my eyes away from the truth. My constituency has been completely ignored in the Budget 2021-2022.”

Sardar Rind also indicated that he would take the decision to leave the PTI after consultation with his political friends and constituents. He vowed to continue supporting the government in the interest of the province but would resist if it compromised on the rights of Balochistan.

“CM Jam Kamal Khan has handed over my area to my enemies. If anything happens to me or my family, he will be responsible for it”, the minister claimed, adding he will send his resignation to the governor.

Sardar Rind said that he took the position of the education department’s head as a challenge and never interfered in the posting or transfer of the education department.

Sardar Rind is the second minister of the Jam Kamal’s cabinet to have resigned. Last month, Local Bodies Minister Sardar Mohammad Saleh Bhootani quit the cabinet due to differences with the chief minister.

Chairman Kashmir Committee Shahryar Khan Afridi recently visited Quetta and held separate meetings with Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind and Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan to defuse tension in the provincial government.

In a separate meeting, Afridi had also requested Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan to end differences with Yar Muhammad Rind. The differences in the Balochistan cabinet emerged when Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani stripped Sardar Mohammad Saleh Bhootani of portfolio of local government and rural development.