QUETTA - The deadlock over nomination of Balochistan chief minister ultimately ended when PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif put National Party’s Dr Abdul Malik Baloch in charge of the position in a formal announcement on Sunday.

NP has emerged as the third largest party in Balochistan Assembly with 11 seats. And party’s chief minister-designate Abdul Baloch has full support of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party that has the second highest number of seats, 14, in the provincial assembly. He would take oath of chief minister on June 7th meeting of provincial assembly.

Talking to a group of reporters here, Baloch said he would respect the mandate given to him by the people, and vowed he would quit if could not deliver. He made it clear that he would not let anyone indulge in corrupt practices, saying all the steps would be taken in accordance with the constitution, and the rule of the law would be upheld come what may.

Baloch, who was born in Kech, a backward district of Balochistan, in 1958, deplored that people in 29 out of 30 districts were living below the poverty line. He vowed incoming government would strive hard to improve the living standard of the people by making basic necessities available to them. “We would evolve policies and would implement them promptly,” he said while declaring that principles would not be compromised.

He thanked PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for reposing trust in him, saying he would endeavour for the rights of the people without any discrimination.

Baloch, to a query, replied Sardar Attaullah Mengal and Sardar Akthar Mengal had an important role in the politics of Balochistan and had the support of the people. He said he would soon meet them and request them to step forward for resolution of brewing security situation in Balochistan.

“I do not believe in general amnesty; we have to create such atmosphere where all may come to a dialogue table so that the issues of missing persons, recovery of decomposed bodies and other security-related issues could be addressed.

Referring to arrest of murderer of Nawab Akbhar Khan Bugti, Baloch said he would in fact strive to bring his murderers to the book.

Baloch would be the 15th leader of the House of the 10th provincial assembly. He took his primary education from Turbat and also did his intermediate from same Turbat. He got his MBBS degree from Bolan Medical College and later obtained a diploma from an eye hospital in Karachi.

During student life he was affiliated with Baloch Student Organization and later come into practical politics and first time in 1988 on the ticket of Baloch National Movement he won provincial assembly seat from Kech and served as provincial health minister for three year while in the polls of 1990 he again succeeded and remained education minister. In 2006 he was elected senator. Baloch basically belongs to a middleclass family and is a moderate Baloch nationalist who is known for his clean background and also popular among the people.