If the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) decided to end an alliance and withdraw the support to PTI government in August then the thin PTI majority in the national assembly will reduced to just one seat. PTI needs five members of BNP-M to maintain its numerical strength well over 172. Both the PTI and BNP-Mengal entered into an alliance on federal level to provide support to PTI government in August last year for one year. This period is ending in August this year. BNP-M is not happy over the non- implementation of this agreement.
BNP-Mengal chief and former chief minister Baluchistan Sardar Akhtar Mengal has made it clear that his party’s alliance with the government will terminate in August as it will be free to parts ways with it since the agreement inked for the period is ending. The government made certain commitments but failed to fulfill any of them. The pressure is mounting on BNP-M within the party to quit the government and sit on opposition benches.
Sardar Akhtar Mengal told the reporters outside parliament house after attending the national assembly session that PTI government’s attitude has disappointed him. He revealed that the government has failed in constituting eight-member committee that had to look into the grievances of the BNP-M and Balochistan for resolving problems of the province and its people. The committee’s establishment was agreed in his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan last month in Islamabad. The BNP-M has designated its four members of the committee, but the government has yet to move in the matter, and it has failed to nominate its members. He regretted inaction of the government in this regard.
Sardar Akhtar Mengal is not happy with federal government of PTI as it failed to take him into confidence on important matters including Gwadar port and gold reserves of Reko Diq. The interesting factor is that PTI government is relying heavily on BNP-M and MQM to maintain its thin razor majority in the national assembly. It will be difficult for PTI government to maintain the simple majority of 172 votes without the support of BNP-M. BNP-M has five members in parliament.
Sardar Akhtar Mengal reminded the PTI that BNP-M legislators voted for the PTI candidates in the elections for prime minister and president after signing a six-point accord with it. Sardar Mengal said the BNP-M would not betray the people of Balochistan who had reposed their confidence in it in the July election, adding they had supported this party’s candidates in the election on the promise that they would protect the province’s natural resources and its coast.
He said no one would be allowed to sell Balochistan’s natural resources. He said that no one could force them to withdraw from their struggle for the rights of the province’s deprived people. “We will welcome development projects in Balochistan but moves for turning the Baloch majority into a minority will not be accepted,” he said, adding, “We have no greed for ministries,” What his party wanted was only the rights of Balochistan’s people. Akhtar Mengal said that the BNP-M would not compromise on Balochistan’s shares in development projects, including those being launched under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
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16 July, 2019