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ISLAMABAD - The chief minister of Pakistan's Baluchistan resigned on Tuesday to end "instability" in the gas-rich province, his spokesman said, amid opposition efforts to remove him through a vote of no confidence.
Nawab Sanaullah Zehri quit shortly before a provincial assembly session in which lawmakers were expected to table a motion to demand a vote to oust him.
"I can confirm CM Baluchistan tendered resignation following the spirit of democratic principles," Jan Achakzai, Zehri's spokesman, said on Twitter.
Resource-rich Baluchistan is plagued by violence, perpetrated by both Islamist militants and nationalist insurgents, who are fighting to keep a greater share of the revenues from gas and minerals in the province.