Jam Kamal sworn in as Balochistan CM

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QUETTA: Governor Baluchistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai administering the oath of office to Jam Kamal as Chief Minister during the oath taking ceremony at Governor House. INP PHOTO by Adnan Ahmad

QUETTA: Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) President Jam Kamal Khan was sworn in as Balochistan chief minister on Sunday.

Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai administered Kamal’s oath.

The oath-taking ceremony was held at Governor House Quetta, which was attended by Balochistan Assembly speaker, provincial lawmakers, caretaker minister Alauddin Marri, inspector general, and chief secretary.

He was elected as the chief minister of the province on Saturday after defeating Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s Mir Yunas Aziz Zehri as he secured 39 votes.

Newly-elected Balochistan Assembly Speaker Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo had chaired the session to elect the provincial chief minister.

THIRD FROM FAMILY:

Kamal is the third person from his family to be elected Balochistan chief minister. His grandfather, Jam Mir Ghulam Qadir Khan, was first elected as the chief minister of the province from Lasbela in 1972 from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) platform. He was named the head of the province again in 1985, but had fought the electoral race as an independent.

Later Qadir’s son and Kamal’s father, Jam Mir Mohammad Yousuf, served as the provincial chief minister from 2002 to 2007. He died of a heart attack in 2013.

Kamal is now the third generation of his family to serve on the top provincial post.

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