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EditorialYet another no-confidence motion in Balochistan

Yet another no-confidence motion in Balochistan

Far from the terror incidents that have rocked Balochistan, the capital of the province is abuzz with yet another no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, who came to power through a similar successful motion against then chief minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani seven months ago. The fresh no-confidence motion is being led by Jam Kamal Khan and supported by some members of the ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and the Awami National Party (ANP). At this moment, both sides are confident of inflicting defeat on their rival, but in the house of 65 members, the group showing 33 members will carry the day. So far the Alyani group has shown 14 members to their s side who have signed the no-confidence motion. They are from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the ANP. As Chief Minister Qudoos Binzenjo appears to have lost the support of his own party, the BAP, the parties like the Balochistan National Party-Mengal, the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party have yet to announce their course of action. So far, these parties are in the government. The dynamics of the Balochistan parliamentary politics are always uncertain and swinging, and pro-power. The structure of the assembly always stands on several small parties, and none of them has a simple majority to form its government independently. Since the start of the parliamentary democracy in Pakistan, Balochistan has always formed a coalition government, and all of them fell apart before completing their constitutional terms.

The 2018 assembly started off on a stable note when Jam Kamal was elected chief minister. He, however, failed to keep his own party – the BAP – and other coalition partners to his side and in 2021, he failed to survive a no-confidence motion, spearheaded by then speaker Qudoos Bizenjo. The new government has been shaky since its outset as the coalition partners are not happy with the allocation of cabinet portfolios, while several MPAs have been left out of the cabinet. The new development will only create hurdles for public welfare projects and the new budget preparation. The opposition, however, sees the ouster of the Bizenjo government on the grounds of its ‘poor performance in the last five to six months. The change of a government through a no-confidence motion is a democratic and constitutional process but the excessive use of the means will only lead to political uncertainty and poor development. The fate of the no-confidence motion against the chief minister is in the hands of the MPAs of the PML-N, the PPP, the JUI-F, and ANP-M. The opposition camp has so far not disclosed the name of the successor to Qudoos Bizenjo in case the no-confidence motion gets the required number.

Now, the ball is in the court of the Balochistan Assembly speaker. He should not linger on the motion like the former National Assembly speaker and the deputy speaker did with a similar motion against the Imran Khan government. The assembly must follow the given procedures and conclude the motion at the earliest so that the government turns to budget-making.

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