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Five members ‘go missing’ as Balochistan Assembly votes on no-confidence motion

Chief Minister Jam Kamal to take vote of confidence, faces opposition from own party

Members of the Balochistan Assembly voted on a motion of no-confidence today against Chief Minister Jam Kamal, with 33 members giving a go-ahead to the motion, while five members allegedly went missing before the session.

Media reports stated that Balochistan Awami Party spokesperson Abdul Rehman Khetran presented the no-confidence motion before the assembly and it was voted upon by 65 members of provincial assembly (MPAs). Thirty three members supported the motion of no confidence against the chief minister.

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Journalist Absa Komal stated on Twitter that the opposition leader claimed that five MPAs went missing before the session, with one lawmaker showing up later during the session.

Meanwhile, local media reported that during the session, MPA Abdul Rehman Khetran had put forth the demand for the release of the five missing legislators, and had added that Chief Minister Jam Kamal had lost the confidence of the house.

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A no-confidence motion against the leader of the house should have the approval of at least one-fifth of the members of the assembly. Subsequent to such an approval, the assembly has to take a vote of confidence against the prime minister or chief minister.

On October 11, fourteen dissatisfied members of the Balochistan Assembly, including members of the Balochistan Awami Party, Baloch National Party (Awami) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf submitted a motion calling the house to take a vote of confidence in the chief minister of the province.

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.

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