QUETTA: Upon his visit to Balochistan, Vice President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that a Balochistan chief minister will be appointed after consultation with all parties in the ruling coalition and reiterated that the provincial cabinet this time round will be smaller than it had been in the past.
“Ministries and portfolios will not be available for every minister,” said Shahbaz, while addressing the media after his arrival in Quetta on Sunday.
The Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Awami National Party and National Party have allied with the PML-N, giving it a simple majority to form a provincial government in Balochistan.
Shahbaz also lauded PML-N’s Balochistan chief Nawab Sanaullah Zehri for spearheading the election campaign amid unrest in the province, a daunting task.
He said he had a detailed discussion with President PkMAP Mahmood Khan Achakzai and President National Party Malik Baloch on the making of the provincial government.
An ideal leadership
He pledged to introduce the best possible leadership to head the Balochistan government. “The PML-N government would accelerate the pace of economic development ending mass unemployment and banishing poverty by implementing credible economic policies.”
Talking to media after arrival here on Sunday and consulting the partners and allies on ministry-making, the PML-N leader told newsmen that the new government would mitigate human suffering and focus on “good governance through a representative cabinet.”
Shahbaz added that the priority would be given to ending load shedding and containing the rampant corruption.
A ‘different’ government
Vice President of National Party Mir Hasil Bizenjo said that his party along with the PML-N and the PkMAP would form a coalition government in Balochistan “which would be different from the past governments”.
“We hope that the decision made by PML-N leaders for the selection of chief minister Balochistan would be in favour of all,” said Bizenjo, while talking to journalists after meeting Shahbaz Sharif and others in Quetta on Sunday.
Bizenjo assured that a fair and strong government would be established to restore peace and end deprivation in Balochistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2013.