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Balochistan CM Nawab Sanaullah Zehri quits to avoid no-confidence vote

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Sanaullah Zehri meets Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai on Tuesday

Later, the chief minister chose to comply and headed to Governor House for talks with the governor of the province to formally announce his decision.

Bugti added that the new chief minister as per his capacity should work for the next six months.

Sharif conveyed to Zehri that he would continue to perform duties as party's provincial chief, according to the party leader.

In a statement following his resignation, Zehri said that he did not wish to cause problems in the political setup of Balochistan.

Zehri, after stepping down, said that he was not in the habit of hanging onto power.

He said the government will defeat the opposition's no-rust move in a democratic way. Zehri said he will continue to serve the people.

Earlier, sources claimed that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has advised Sanaullah Zehri to resign after he failed to garner the support to defeat the no-trust motion against him.

Two more resignations by a provincial minister and the chief minister's adviser shook up the political landscape of Pakistan's biggest province by land. Abbasi asked the chief minister to step down to avoid division within the party ranks.

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Landing of the prime minister and three other central PML-N figures in Quetta shows that Zehri is in deep trouble. However, Bugti had made it clear that his differences and those of other party members were with Zehri and not with the PML-N.

Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri resigned prior to a no-confidence motion being taken up against him in the provincial assembly.

The Assembly was likely to witness a stormy session which was convened to discuss the no-confidence motion against Zehri filed by the treasury benches, levelling serious allegations. Soon after his sacking, the former home minister, however, claimed that he had submitted resignation and the reports of his dismissal were untrue.

A no confidence motion was submitted against Zehri on January 2 by MPAs Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Syed Agha Raza and had the signatures of 14 lawmakers.

Abbasi also held meetings with the governor and chief minister of Balochistan.

In his resignation, Zehri wrote that he is resigning under Article 138 (8) of Pakistan constitution.

Opposition parties refused to meet the prime minister during his stay in Quetta.

In order to dismiss the motion, the provincial chief executive need to get 33 votes from a house of 65 members.

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