Abdul Quddus Bizenjo sworn in as Chief Minister of Balochistan

Abdul Quddus Bizenjo sworn in as Chief Minister of Balochistan

Growing terms between candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) who was sworn in as Balochistan CM today, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Asif Ali Zardari have been in the news for at least a year.

Agha Syed Liaqat Ali of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) was the only contestant against Bizenjo after Abdul Rahim Khan Ziaratwal of the same party withdrew his candidature in his favour. He was elected after former chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri stepped down from his post last week.

A no-confidence motion was submitted against Zehri on January 2 by MPAs Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Syed Agha Raza and had the signatures of 14 lawmakers.

On Friday, Bizenjo submitted his nomination papers, which were proposed and seconded by members of allied parties.

The oath was administered by Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai.

The election took place amid beefed up security in and around the assembly building.

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Speaking to reporters, Bizenjo said that he will come up to the expectations of the parties who have expressed their confidence in him.

Abdul Quddus Bizenjo was born in Awaran on Januaray 1, 1974, and contested elections for the first time in 2002.

A political crisis developed in Balochistan following the no-confidence motion, with efforts stepped up by the PML-N, which has a government both in the centre and province, to defuse the situation.

He remained Deputy Speaker from 2013-15.

The new CM had took part in the general elections from Awaraan (PP-41) on the ticket of PML-Q, which faced historic defeat in all other provinces.

The PML-N has 21 members in the provincial assembly, out of which 19 members are said to be supporting Bizenjo. He resigned as deputy speaker when CM Nawab Sanaullah Zehri nominated Raheela Durrani as the new speaker of the provincial assembly.

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