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No-confidence motion against CM Balochistan to be tabled on Oct 20

QUETTA: A session of the Balochistan Assembly has been summoned on October 20 when a no-confidence motion will be tabled against Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani.

Governor Balochistan Syed Zahoor Ahmad Agha has summoned the session at 4pm, where the motion against CM Kamal will be tabled, as the political crisis in the province deepens.

On October 11, disgruntled members of the provincial assembly — including lawmakers from Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and allied parties — had submitted a no-confidence motion against him.

The disgruntled members, in the motion submitted to the assembly secretariat, said during the three years of Kamal’s term as the chief minister, there has been unemployment, unrest, and frustration in the province.

A similar move was made back on September 14, when as many as 16 MPAs from the Balochistan Assembly had moved a no-confidence motion against CM Kamal, but it was later denied by the Governor House Secretariat on technical grounds.

The onus to produce at least 51% of the total members of the Balochistan Assembly is on the movers of the no-confidence motion for its success against CM Kamal. Of the total members of the provincial assembly, only 14 have sponsored the resolution, and they need a minimum of 19 lawmakers more to carry it.

However, Jam Kamal Alyani had on October 14 refused to step down as the chief minister of Balochistan after he held a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The disgruntled BAP lawmakers told Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak that they would accept no option other than “minus Jam Kamal” after he asked them to resolve matters amicably.

Meanwhile, CM Kamal said that BAP General-Secretary Manzoor Kakar’s letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for appointing Buledi as the party’s acting president holds “no legal value”, as he rejected the move.

Provincial minister Buledi was appointed as the acting president of BAP on October 11, but CM Kamal took back his decision to step down from the office a day after.