Following the ouster of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from office in a corruption scam a year ago, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) suffered another major blow on Saturday when Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, a candidate of its rival party, was elected CM of the restive southwestern Balochistan province.
Bizenjo, besides his party, had the complete support of disgruntled members of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl).
PML-Q's Bizenjo had earlier in the day been voted in as the third chief minister of Balochistan in four years in a session of the provincial assembly.
The contest was held between Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid candidate Bizenjo, who secured 41 out of the total 51 votes casted, and Pashtunkhuwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) member Agha Syed Liaqat Ali, who bagged 13 votes.
Bizenjo, who had moved the motion of no-confidence against former CM Sanaullah Zehri, managed to bag 41 votes in 65-member house. Balochistan Assembly Speaker Rahila Durrani announced Bizenjo's victory after the process of voting formally ended.
He was proposed by Jan Muhammad Jamali, Sardar Bhootani, Dr Ruquyia Saeed Hashmi, Zafarullah Zehri and Ghulam Dastagir Badini, and seconded by Sarfaraz Bugti, Amanullah Notezai, Prince Ahmed Ali, Mir Aamir Khan Rind and Molvi Maazullah. He added that he would reach out to all political parties, including PkMAP and NP for parliamentary consultation and we would try to resolve issues in Balochistan by keeping everyone together.
The newly appointed CM said that he wanted bureaucrats to keep pace with the measures he wants to implement to solve the problems of the people in the province.
"Writ of the government would be ensured at all costs", he said.
"Zehri resigned with grace and upheld the democratic traditions in Balochistan", the CM said. When he joined the PML-N-led coalition government in the province, Bizenjo was nominated as the deputy speaker of the Balochistan Assembly in June 2013.
Bizenjo was elected as MPA from Awaran after receiving only 544 votes from the constituency.
Speaking on the floor of the assembly, Bizenjo thanked all the lawmakers who had supported him.
The crisis heightened with the resignations of several cabinet members and advisers to chief minister Zehri.