Balochistan’s ruling party and allies turn on CM Jam Kamal

Unlike earlier no-confidence motion, the current motion has been submitted by members of Balochistan Awami Party and its allies

Fourteen dissatisfied members of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and their allies have submitted a no-confidence against Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal.

According to a report by a private TV channel, members of the ruling BAP and allies submitted a no-confidence motion to the secretary of Balochistan Assembly today. The members who have submitted the no-confidence motion are from the BAP, Baloch National Party (Awami), and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The motion has been submitted by 14 members and calls for Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal to take a vote of confidence as he had lost the confidence of the provincial legislature. The assembly has to deliberate on the matter within seven days.

In September, a no-confidence motion had been submitted against the Balochistan chief minister citing Article 37 and 38 of the constitution of Pakistan. The said articles pertain to promotion of social justice, eradication of social evils, promotion of social and economic well-being of the people. The motion further stated that the chief minister had failed to curtail poverty, deprivation and unrest in the province.

The earlier motion had been submitted by opposition members, and CM Jam Kamal had been unmoved by the motion. In a tweet following the move, the chief minister had said that what mattered was the support of his party and coalition members.

Unlike the earlier motion, the current no-confidence motion has been moved by members of Balochistan’s ruling party and allies.