Jam Kamal Khan elected Balochistan Chief Minister

QUETTA: Jam Mir Kamal Khan Alyani of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) was elected as the Chief Minister of Balochistan on Saturday.

Jam Kamal bagged 39 votes while Mir Younus Aziz Zehri of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) received 20 in secret balloting. Kamal enjoyed the support of Awami National Party, Hazara Democratic Party, Jamhoori Watan Party, Balochistan National Party-Awami and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

The session of Balochistan Assembly begun after a delay of 40 minutes and was presided over by speaker Abdul Quddus Bizenjo. At least 59 provincial assembly members exercised their right to vote.

Born on January 1, 1973 in Lasbela district of Balochistan, Jam Kamal is the third member of his family to hold the post of Balochistan CM

His father and BAP chief, Jam Muhammad Yousaf, had served on the post 2002 to 2007, while his grandfather, Jam Mir Ghullam Qadir Khan, had remained chief minister of Balochistan during non-party elections in 1985.

During Pervez Musharraf’s regime, Jam Kamal was appointed as nazim for district Lasbela.

In 2013 tenure of PML-N, he stayed on position of state minister for petroleum and natural resources.

He continued to serve in Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s cabinet after Nawaz Sharif’s ouster, but resigned from his post and membership of the PML-N in April this year.

He was elected chief of the BAP in May.

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