More sackings, resignations as Balochistan’s political crisis escalates


–PML-N provincial leader says Zehri will survive the attempt to ‘derail democracy’

QUETTA: Adding fuel to the fire of growing political uncertainty in the province, Balochistan Chief Minister’s Adviser on Social Welfare Prince Ali resigned from his post on Wednesday.

Confirming his resignation, PML-N leader Prince Ali said that he has tendered his resignation to the governor.

In a separate development, Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri sacked his Special Assistant on Excise and Taxation, Mir Amanullah Notezai.

While no reasons were cited by the chief minister for the dismissal, the move may be explained by the fact that Notezai was among the co-signers of the no-confidence motion against Zehri.

The no-confidence motion was submitted earlier this week by lawmakers Syed Agha Raza and Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo that contained the signatures of 14 members of the provincial assembly.

Following Sarfraz Bugti’s tweet proclaiming the submission of his resignation to Balochistan governer on Tuesday afternoon, a notification from the office of the governor on Wednesday de-notified Bugti as the provincial minister for Home and Tribal Affairs, Prisons and PDMA.

While Bugti did not reveal reasons behind his resignation that was accepted on the advice of the chief minister, he did mention that his conscience did not allow him to continue with a “dispensation which had completely failed the people of Balochistan”.

Shortly after, Balochistan Minister of Fisheries Mir Chakar Dhomki also sent his resignation to the chief minister.

Chief Minster Zehri, on the other hand, has summoned a meeting with his political allies to devise a strategy against the no-confidence motion.

ZEHRI WILL SURVIVE THE ‘CONSPIRACY’ AGAINST DEMOCRACY: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Balochistan General Secretary Naseebullah Bazai said a “no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Balochistan will fail” as a majority of the political parties are with Chief Minister Sanaullah Khan Zehri.

Addressing a press conference at the Quetta Press Club, he thanked Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Chairman Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo for their support to the chief minister.

Terming the no-confidence motion an attempt to derail democracy, he said that some elements were trying to derail democracy through a no-confidence motion against CM Zehri; however, democracy cannot be derailed at any cost in Balochistan.

“Law and order situation was improved and durable peace was also maintained through positive measures in the province by incumbent government,” he claimed while adding that mega development projects were underway in the province.

Bazai said that an action would be taken against those parliamentarians of the PML-N, who took part in the no-confidence motion for violating party rules.

“Even though no-confidence motion was part of democracy, the said motion was submitted with an aim to derail democracy in the province.”

Advisor to Balochistan Chief Minister Zahir Khan Kakar, Deputy Mayor Muhammad Younus Baloch, Syedal Khan Nasir and other party leaders and members were also present on the occasion.