Balochistan political crisis: PML-N no-show cancels cabinet meeting

PML-N Balochistan chief says party will quit coalition if it is ignored.


Our Correspondent March 18, 2014
Balchistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch. PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA:


The political crisis in Balochistan deepened on Monday after seven members of the provincial cabinet belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz refused to attend the scheduled cabinet meeting.


Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, who was going to chair the meeting, cancelled it and rushed to the residence of PML-N provincial chief Sardar Sanaullah Zehri to address the latter’s party grievances.

PML-N’s Balochistan chapter has been threatening to part ways with the ruling National Party (NP) in protest against a host of issues, including alleged meddling by the chief minister in ministries and departments run by PML-N ministers and advisers.

Talking to the media after the meeting, Baloch claimed that he received a positive response from Zehri and he will address the issues amicably. The chief minister admitted that he is facing hardship because of partners in the coalition government have opposing opinions.

Responding to speculations that his provincial government will not be able to last even a few more months, he said the opposition always tries to topple the government but they will not succeed. “Leaders of the PML-N and the NP are very senior politicians and they know how to settle issues. We will sit together and address concerns.”

The chief minister said he will soon call a cabinet meeting.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 18th, 2014.

COMMENTS (1)

Saleem | 7 years ago | Reply

Pakistani politicians needs to learn to rise above their personal agenda for the sake of progress in the country. We all have seen disasters these selfish politicians have created throughout the country, still they don't seem to learn any lesson from them.

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