Balochistan CM Jam Kamal resigns hours before no-trust vote

QUETTA/ISLAMABAD   –   Jam Kamal Khan on Sunday tendered his resignation from the post of Balochistan Chief Minister.

According to a spokesman for the Governor House, Governor Balochistan Syed Zahoor Ahmed Agha has formally accepted the resignation of Jam Kamal Khan.

Earlier, a no-confidence motion was tabled against him in Balochistan Assembly, from the dissident members of Balochistan Awami Party and Opposition members of the House. The voting was scheduled to be held on Monday (today) on the motion.

“Jam Kamal Khan has submitted his resignation to the Governor of Balochistan. Syed Zahoor Ahmad Agha has accepted his resignation,” Paind Khan Kharoti, spokesman of Governor Balochistan said Sunday.

Subsequently, Balochistan Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana issued a notification, saying the resignation had been accepted and the cabinet stood dissolved.

In a tweet earlier, Khan said he had given his “utmost time and energy” for Balochistan’s governance and development despite “many deliberate political hindrances”. 

“I would rather leave respectfully and not be part of their monetary agenda and bad governance formulation,” he said, apparently referring to the disgruntled group comprising members of his own Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and allies that had been demanding his resignation.

The chief minister’s resignation comes on the back of a months-long saga, whose early manifestations were witnessed in June this year, when opposition members had camped outside the provincial assembly’s building for days in protest against the government led by Alyani for its refusal to allocate development funds for their constituencies in the budget. The protest had led to mayhem and police had later booked 17 opposition lawmakers in connection with the incident.

Following that, 16 members of the opposition had filed a no-trust motion against the chief minister. However, the Governor House Secretariat had returned the motion to the Balochistan Assembly on technical grounds.

Earlier this month, a no-confidence motion, signed by 14 lawmakers, had been submitted to the secretariat of the Balochistan Assembly, as Alyani continued to face criticism from the disgruntled members of his party over what they termed his failure to consult them in running the affairs of the province. The chief minister had also stepped down as the BAP president. However, he later withdrew his resignation.

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