Nomination papers for new Balochistan CM to be submitted today

QUETTA (Monitoring Desk): The process for submitting nomination papers for the new chief minister of Balochistan is under way.

The nomination papers can be taken from the secretary of the Balochistan Assembly and have to be submitted before 3pm today.

The election for the new provincial chief executive will be held in the assembly session on Saturday (tomorrow).

The election follows the resignation of chief minister Sanaullah Zehri, who quit on January 9 before a no-confidence motion against him could be taken up in the assembly.

On Thursday, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and the disgruntled members of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) nominated PML-Q’s Abdul Quddus Bizenjo as the candidate for the new chief minister.

Holding a joint press conference in Quetta, PML-N MPA Jan Mohammad Jamali announced Bizenjo as their candidate.

Those backing Bizenjo include five PML-Q MPAs and 15 from the PML-N.

Following the announcement, Bizenjo thanked all the lawmakers who named him their candidate.

“We would continue to serve the people of Balochistan,” he said, adding that they still have respect for former chief minister Zehri.

He further said that they would approach all other parties, including Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), for voting for him.

On Wednesday, opposition parties in the Balochistan Assembly announced they would not field a candidate for chief minister.

Maulana Abdul Wasay, the leader of the opposition in the provincial assembly, said the opposition would not join the new provincial government.