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Balochistan CM Sanaullah Zehri resigns following Pak PM's advice

ANI  |  Quetta [Pakistan] 

on Tuesday resigned prior to a no-confidence motion being taken up against him in the provincial assembly.

The arrived at the House and tendered his resignation to Mohammad Khan Achakzai, News quoted sources, as saying.

Pakistani had, earlier, advised Zehri to resign in light of the no-confidence motion.

Sources told News that Abbasi took this decision in order to control the unstable political situation in The Pakistani had also noticed the performance of the party lawmakers in the province.

Speaking to News, Jan Achakzai, the to the chief minister, however, rejected reports and said the would face the no-confidence motion in the assembly.

However, said it would be better, if Zehri followed suit to Abbasi's advice to resign.

The Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which has a government both at the Centre and in the province, had made futile efforts to stem the political crisis in

A no-confidence motion was submitted against Zehri last week, which gained momentum and is said to have had the support of majority lawmakers of the provincial assembly, leading to fears of his removal from the chief minister's post.

The required the support of 33 members from a house of 65 members, to survive the no-confidence motion. The motion was expected to be taken up in the assembly today at 4 pm The Pakhtunkhawa Milli Awami Party, the ruling party's ally in Balochistan, has 14 seats in the assembly, while, the has 11 seats.

Earlier, on January 1, Home Minister had submitted his resignation to Abbasi.

Abbasi also held meetings with the and of

Zehri had reportedly said that he would fight against the no-confidence motion and will prove his support in the house.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 17:39 IST