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Minister, adviser to CM resign fueling Balochistan govt crisis

QUETTA: In the latest blow to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Balochistan, the newly appointed Adviser to the Chief Minister on Excise and Taxation Majid Abro and Minister for Labour and Manpower Rahat Jamali resigned from their respective positions on Friday.

Abro, who was appointed in place of Mir Amanullah Notezai after the latter signed the no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Nawab Sana Ullah Zehri, sent his resignation to the Balochistan governor.

Minister for Labour and Manpower Rahat Jamali also tendered her resignation.

The latest resignations have arrived following Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s meeting with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday night during which Abbasi requested Fazl to extend support for PML-N’s fragile government in Balochistan.

The PML-N government in Balochistan led by Zehri faced a sudden crisis earlier this week when some treasury Member Provincial Assembly (MPAs) filed a no-confidence motion and important ministers and advisers — notably home minister Sarfraz Bugti and fisheries minister Sarfaraz Domki — switched camps, sparking a series of resignations and sackings.

Following the development, Zehri’s coalition partners — the Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) and the National Party (NP) — publicly offered him some words of support, even as at least one of NP’s own MPA was among signatories of the motion.

Before the current political storm in the province brewed, the coalition government in Balochistan comprised Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and National Party (NP).

The Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) holds eight seats with 12 members sitting on the opposition benches.

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