Zehri decides to step down as CM Balochistan: sources

In a bid to thwart ongoing political crisis in Balochistan, Sanaullah Zehri has decided to resign ahead of the ‘no confidence motion’ against him scheduled today.
The development comes after a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Zehri during which the PM had adviced him to step down.
In the conversation with the chief minister after arriving back in Islamabad from Quetta, PM Abbasi told Zehri that there was no need to put in efforts for saving the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government when even the party members were not onboard.
Therefore, in order to avoid divisions within the party ranks and imminent ‘horse-trading’ in the provincial assembly he should leave the post before the no-confidence motion, said Abbasi.

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 “That is in the party’s interest,” he added.
On Monday, the opposition leader in the assembly and other opposition members refused to meet the premier in Quetta. The opposition, in a news conference before the prime minister’s arrival, had announced that they would not withdraw the no-confidence motion they had moved against the CM.
The Balochistan Assembly was likely to witness a stormy session on Tuesday afternoon which has been convened to discuss the no-confidence motion against Zehri filed by the treasury benches, levelling serious allegations against his personality.
The government and the opposition both claim that they have the support of the majority to for the no-confidence motion which would be tabled in the assembly.
Speaker Raheela Durrani will preside over the session. Strict security measures have been taken for the scheduled session as authorities had cancelled all the passes of visitors.
Meanwhile, Sanaullah Zehri’s spokesperson Jan Achakzai said the premier did not advise him to resign.