QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, has resigned following the advice of the former Prime Minister, Mina Mohammad Nawaz Sharif colleagues and political allies saving the province from a deeper political crisis.
Former Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch escorted the Chief Minister to the Governor’s House where he submitted his resignation to the Governor.
Nawab Sanaullah Zehri went to the Governor’s House where he formally tendered his resignation as Chief Minister. The Governor, who is constitutional head of the Province, instantly accepted the resignation and a formal official notification issued to this effect.
The Balochistan Assembly had been postponed the scheduled session for an indefinite period following the acceptance of resignation of the Chief Minister. Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, a PML-N MPA, had withdrawn the no confidence motion.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi rushed to Quetta the other day in an attempt to rescue the Chief Minister and the party Government in Balochistan on the advice of the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is also supremo of PML-N. “It is better to resign than facing the no confidence motion in a humiliating manner,” the saner advice reportedly said.
The Prime Minister stayed overnight in Quetta in a bid to woo the dissidents and tried to make a breakthrough in the crisis which gripped Balochistan since the New Year.
Most of the dissidents and opposition members claimed that the Prime Minister had made attempts to meet them which they refused. One important source in the political crowd claimed that the Prime Minister also tried to meet the powerful Marri Tribe Chief, Nawab Jhangez Marri, also a PML-N MPA, and he refused.
Both Maulana Abdul Wasay and Zamurak Khan Piralizai claimed that they too received calls to meet the Prime Minister which they refused. Political observers of the Balochistan scene considered it an insult to the sitting Prime Minister, Chief Executive of the country, which culminated in his advice to the Chief Minister to resign.
Mr. Mahmood Khan Achakzai, the PMAP Chief and a stalwart of the present PML-N Government had also passed on a similar advice which finally prevailed.
Nawab Sanaullah Zehri said that he never wanted to impose his will on others and desired that the democratic and political process should continue.
He said he felt for the past few days that his colleagues were not happy with him and strongly felt a different or unfriendly attitude. Nawab Sanaullah pledged to continue to serve the people if given a given he would continue the public service.
Nawab Sanaullah Zehri is the third Chief Minister who faced the No Confidence Motion. The two Chief Ministers were Mir Taj Mohammad Jamali and Sardar Akhtar Mengal.
Nawab Sanaullah Zehri faced a similar situation as was faced by Sardar Akhtar Mengal some 20 years ago and MPAs from his own party defected. Members of the Treasury Benches joined the other coalition partner to topple down the Mengal Government.