Jam steps down as Balochistan CM


QUETTA: Jam Kamal Khan stepped down here Sunday evening from the post of Balochistan chief minister. He tendered his resignation to the Balochistan Governor at a meeting held at the Governor House, which was accepted.

“Beside many deliberate political hindrances, I have given my utmost time and energy for the overall governance and development of Balochistan. I would rather leave respectfully and not be part of their monetary agenda and bad governance formulation,” Jam Kamal tweeted today.

Today, while chairing a meeting of Balochistan Awami Party and its allied parties in Balochistan Provincial Assembly held here today, Khan said that he was proud of his coalition partners.

The meeting was attended by provincial Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MPAs of Balochistan Provincial Assembly, Senators of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and allied parties. The meeting throughly deliberated upon the future course of action about Monday’s session of Balochistan Provincial Assembly. Attendants of the meeting reposed wholehearted confidence in the leadership of Chief Minister Balochistan in view of the voting on the no-confidence motion against the CM on Monday.

A no-confidence motion against Khan was tabled in the Balochistan Assembly on Wednesday. Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) spokesperson Abdul Rehman Khetran presented the no-confidence motion before the assembly. Of the 65 lawmakers in the house, 33 had backed the vote of no confidence against the CM, according to credible sources.

Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal on Saturday dismissed the rumours as saying that he hasn’t stepped down from the position after rumours surfaced regarding his resignation. “I have not resigned and such rumours [should] not be spread,” Kamal wrote on Twitter.

On Friday, Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said the coalition partners were standing by Chief Minister (CM) Jam Kamal Khan against the no-confidence motion.

Addressing a presser, he declined the opposition’s baseless allegations and said there was not an iota of truth in them. Shahwani said the opposition, earlier, was claiming to have 42 legislators along with them and later, allegedly reported the abduction of some members over not meeting the above mentioned figure.

On Saturday, Kamal clarified that he hasn’t stepped down from the position. He wrote on Twitter: “I have not resigned and such rumours [should] not be spread.” The spokesperson of the Balochistan government Liaquat Shahwani had also said that the news about the resignation “is not true”.

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