Rift in the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) deepened and Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjarani has to step in to woo disgruntled lawmakers.

The chairman is in Quetta and will meet the party leaders to defuse tension.

The development comes after reports surfaced that the disgruntled lawmakers, around 14 to 16 in number, were planning to topple the Jam Kamal-led Balochistan government in collaboration with the opposition.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jam Kamal has also stepped up efforts to allay the concerns of the disgruntled lawmakers. 

He met with Balochistan Minister for Food and Population Welfare Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran at his house and discussed various political issues.

It is learnt that Khetran assured Kamal of his complete support. 

The chief minister also met with Parliamentary Secretary on Information Bushra Rind and tried to address her grievances. 

It may be recalled that 16 opposition members in the Balochistan Assembly submitted a no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Jam Kamal to the assembly secretary on September 14.

The Senate chairman intervened, met with the chief minister and the disgruntled lawmakers, and gave them 15 days to resolve their differences.

It seemed that Kamal has failed in his efforts.

On Saturday, the BAP core committee held important meetings with the disgruntled lawmakers and the party’s office-bearers. 

RUMOURS REJECTED: Meanwhile, Kamal on Saturday rejected rumours of his resignation as chief minister. He, however, resigned as party president a day ago.

He announced on Twitter that he was stepping down as the party’s president after completing a “good” three-year term.

The chief minister asked BAP Central Organiser Jan Jamali and BAP General-Secretary Manzoor Kakar to hold intra-party elections at the earliest.

Kamal was elected as the president of the party, when it was formed months before the July 2018 general election.


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