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New political set-up in Balochistan soon

Publication Date : 22-02-2013


The political crisis in Pakistan's Balochistan is likely to be over soon as the main parties having representation in the provincial assembly - the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F (JUI-F) - have reached an understanding for a new set-up in the province, sources privy to the development told Dawn.

Sources in the presidency, where Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi met President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday, said: “A new political set-up is likely to be installed in the province soon and it has been conveyed to the president.”

They said the governor’s rule would be lifted first and then a session of the provincial assembly would be called to elect a new chief minister as Nawab Aslam Raisani had already resigned.

The sources said the new leader of the house would be decided by the PPP, PML-Q and JUI-F. They said the PML-Q would most probably get the chief minister’s slot because the JUI-F had already decided to sit on opposition benches.

“We enjoy a majority of 21 members in a house of 65 and it is our right to have our own chief minister,” PML-Q information secretary Kamil Ali Agha said, adding that no government could be formed in the province without consent of the Q-League.

According to the official website of the Balochistan Assembly, the PML-Q has 19 members, PPP 15, JUI-F 10, independents eight, Balochistan National Party-Awami seven and Awami National Party three.

The PML-N, JUI-I and National Party have one member each. Agha said his party was in a position to nominate its own chief minister, but it had agreed on the name of PPP leader Aslam Raisani.

Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, a leader of JUI-F who had held a meeting with President Zardari on Wednesday on the issue of a new political set-up in Balochistan, told Dawn that his party had decided to sit on opposition benches.


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