Abdul Quddus Bizenjo swears-in as Speaker of Balochistan Assembly


QUETTA, Aug. 16 (TNS): Balochistan Awami Party’s Abdul Quddus Bizenjo on Thursday swore-in as Speaker of Balochistan Assembly.

Bizenjo was elected top slot of Balochistan Assembly with 39 votes.

The session was presided over by Speaker Raheela Khan Durrani who will also administer the oath to the newly elected speaker.

The BAP, which commands a majority in the provincial legislature, pitched former chief minister Bizenjo as speaker against Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) nominee Nawaz Kakkar.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Babar Musakhel has been nominated as deputy speaker against Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) candidate Ahmad Nawaz.

The party nominated me because they found me competent, and I hope to be elected without any competition,” former chief minister Bizenjo remarked told reporters.  He said he would donate five months’ salary to the chief justice’s dam fund if elected. BAP’s Bizenjo expressed interest in becoming part of BNP-M and MMA-led government saying such an alliance would improve the province’s standing before the federal government.