Speaker Balochistan Assembly Muhammad Aslam Bhootani. — File photo

QUETTA: The no-confidence motion against Speaker Balochistan Assembly Aslam Bhootani was passed by a majority, DawnNews reported.

Forty-seven votes were cast in support of the motion and against Bhootani and one in his favour.

The vote count was followed by a ruling by Deputy Speaker Syed Matiullah Agha stating that Bhootani was no longer the speaker of the provincial assembly.

After the passing of the motion, Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani said he could not rejoice over someone else's misfortune.

The chief minister moreover said that a meeting would soon be called to elect a new speaker for the provincial assembly.

Earlier on Monday, Bhootani had stated that he might move the courts if “unconstitutional voting” on a no-confidence motion against him was held in the provincial assembly.

He had told reporters that the Constitution had been violated while presenting the motion.

“The motion was presented against me after I took the stand that since the Supreme Court has declared the Balochistan government unconstitutional, I will not preside over the assembly session until the status of the provincial government is not clear.”

Bhootani had moreover said that Chief Minister Raisani was backing the movers of the motion. “The tactics of the Balochistan government will not deter me from my principled stand.”

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December 26, 2012 12:42 pm
Is this something very important the Baluchistan Govt had to do. Will this action of the Pro Govt stop violence in Baluchistan? and as a result of the removal of Aslam Bhoot as the Speaker, the people of Baluchistan will now have 3 times meal, 24 hour uniterruptrd Gas and power supply. If this act will solve problems of Baluchis the Govt should get pride of performance award. Well Done Baluchistan Govt, keep it up.
Ahmer Jamil Khan
December 26, 2012 3:45 pm
Excellent move by the provincial assembly to remove the person who despises parliamentary democracy! I see no legal or moral ground for the former speaker to fight on.
December 26, 2012 10:49 am
Forty seven votes against and one in his favor is not enough for Bhootani to walk away and not to fight!
December 26, 2012 11:07 am
Good move to remove a person who do not have belief in the parlimentary form of demoracy
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