Allaudin Marri appointed as caretaker CM Balochistan

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Allaudin Marri appointed as caretaker CM Balochistan

QUETTA - Allauddin Marri was named as the caretaker chief minister of Balochistan on Thursday by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Additional Secretary ECP Akhtar Nazir announced the electoral watchdog’s decision during a press conference in Islamabad. Hours earlier, the commission named Professor Hassan Askari as the interim CM for Punjab.

The former provincial government had suggested the names of Sardar Shoukat Popalzai and Alauddin Marri for the post of caretaker chief minister while the opposition had nominated Mohammad Aslam Bhutani and Ashraf Jahangir Qazi.

The candidates were scrutinised during an ECP meeting, headed by the chief election commissioner.

After the two sides failed to reach a consensus, the matter was passed on to the parliamentary committee of Balochistan. However, the government-nominated members boycotted the parliamentary committee meeting on Wednesday after former prime minister Abdul Qudus Bizenjo termed the incumbent opposition leader as controversial.

Former chief ministers Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and Nawab Sanaullah Zehri had reached the Assembly Secretariat for talks, but the other remained absent and the meeting was not held.

“We are acting in line with the Constitution, but the former government is creating hurdles,” Zehri had said. “Bizenjo wants amendments to the Constitution to make way for him to become chief minister for life… Balochistan will not entertain any more jokes.”