Balochistan: Individual Candidates Dominate Elections at Cost of Public Interest

In Balochistan assembly, PML-N and its allies had a clear majority and they were ruling the province since June 2013. Nawab Sanaullah Zehri from PML-N was Chief Minister (CM) of Balochistan when the first sun of 2018 rose.

However, the next day members of his own party revolted and presented a no-confidence motion against him. Zehri had to resign a week later to avoid no-confidence motion and a new CM from the same coalition assumed charge. Central command of PML-N lost control over its members in Balochistan and this took many political pundits by surprise.

How come a political party who is ruling Pakistan can crumble overnights? The answer lies in the fact that in Balochistan the individual candidates matter and not the political parties.


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About Adnan Amir 7 Articles
Adnan Aamir is Editor of the Balochistan Voices and is the main force behind the most effective online newspaper in the province. His investigations into government spending on education issues have revealed that Balochistan has been neglected in higher education funding. Other investigations revealed that the region is not receiving its guaranteed quota of government jobs. He is interested in acquiring skills to better track funding and also how to develop narratives and data visualizations that are more likely to prompt a policy response from the government.

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