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No-trust motion against CM Kamal tabled in Balochistan Assembly

The motion, backed by 33 out of the 65 members of the provincial assembly, was moved by Balochistan Food Minister and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Abdul Rehman Khetran.

The text of the resolution said that unrest and unemployment have risen due to the poor governance of the chief minister, adding that Jamal Kamal was running the affairs of the province as if he was the only wise person in the government.

It said that the performance of the institutions was negatively affected due to non-consultation by the CM and therefore he should be removed.

Speaking on the occasion, Khetran said that five of their members had gone “missing”, fearing that five more will also go missing in the next few days in a bid to fail the movement. However, he added, that the House cannot function under such circumstances, advising Kamal to step down immediately.

The provincial chief executive added that he is not worried at all about the no-confidence motion of the opposition.

“Alhamdulillah, I do not care at all about the no-confidence motion filed by the opposition,” the CM stated. “It is important to me that my party and allies are with me. The day my party and allies are not with me, it will be useless for me to be the leader of the house and I will resign.”

However, after meeting Prime Minister Imran Khan on October 12, the troubled chief minister said that he would face the no-confidence motion instead of resigning from the post, claiming support of some “angry members” too.

Talking to the media persons after calling on Premier Imran at the Parliament House in Islamabad, CM Kamal had once again denied that he resigned as BAP president and claimed that his position was still strong.

Chief Minister Kamal has remained undeterred in the face of pressure exerted by the disgruntled MPs, seeking his resignation.

The angry lawmakers had given the chief minister a deadline to step down in a “dignified” manner, warning that otherwise, they would move a no-confidence motion against him.

However, the deadline ended without any breakthrough and with Kamal doubling down on his insistence that he enjoyed the majority. He reiterated that he would not yield to blackmail by the angry group, warning that a change on the “whims of a few elements” would harm both the government and the opposition.

The opposition had also filed a no-trust motion last month which the assembly secretariat had sent to the governor for convening an assembly session to take in the motion. However, the chief minister survived after Governor House Secretariat returned the opposition’s no-confidence motion on technical grounds.

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