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Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai talks to media after the meeting. — INP Photo by Jamal Tarakai
Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai talks to media after the meeting. — INP Photo by Jamal Tarakai

QUETTA, May 19: The PML-N, the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and National Party (NP) which together have a majority of seats in the Balochistan Assembly have agreed to form a coalition government and authorised Nawaz Sharif to nominate the leader of the house.

This was announced by PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif here on Sunday after holding discussions with the MPAs-elect of his party and leaders of the PkMAP and NP.

He said Nawaz Sharif would consider recommendations made by the prospective coalition partners.

Shahbaz Sharif, who was accompanied by PML-N leaders Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Senator Pervez Rasheed, held separate meetings with delegations of his party and the NP and PkMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai.

Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, Sardar Saleh Bhootani, Nawabzada Jangez Khan Marri and retired General Abdul Qadir Baloch of the PML-N and NP leaders Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, Mir Hasil Bizenjo and Mir Tahir Bizenjo took part in discussions about the formation of the government.

Mr Sharif said that the three parties had simple majority in the assembly.

About the inclusion the Jamiat Ulama-i-Islam (Fazl) in the coalition, he said that the PML-N and allies would jointly take a decision in this regard.

Balochistan, he said, would have a small cabinet and a corruption-free government this time. “It will try to provide basic amenities and jobs to people and develop education, health, agriculture, irrigation, public health engineering and other sectors.”

He said that the people of the province had suffered because of massive corruption, bad governance and deteriorating law and order over the past five years.

“We have learned a lesson from our past mistakes and will not repeat them,” Mr Sharif said.

He said that performance of the PML-N in Balochistan was satisfactory and it had emerged as the leading political party in the province.

He said that the PML-N would promote harmony among all political parties to strengthen democracy.

Earlier, on his arrival in Quetta airport he said that Nawaz Sharif wanted to take serious steps to remove the sense of deprivation among the people of Balochistan.

He said that the issue of Balochistan would be amicably resolved with joint efforts of all political stakeholders.

The PML-N would introduce a model government to put the country on the path of progress and prosperity, accelerate the pace of development and boost national economy.

He said that people would feel a difference between the new government and the previous ones.

Talking to reporters after meeting Shahbaz Sharif, senior vice-president of the NP Mir Hasil Bizenjo confirmed that his party, the PML-N and PkMAP had agreed to form a coalition government whose chief minister would be selected by Nawaz Sharif.

He said that the coalition government would discard the policy of granting massive development funds directly to MPAs because it had led to unprecedented corruption.

The coalition government would try to meet the expectations of the people and ensure that the benefit of development trickled down to the grassroots level, he said.

He expressed the hope that the coalition government would set an example of good governance without which the goal of a developed and prosperous Balochistan could not be achieved.

Comments (5) Closed

ABDUL KHAN May 20, 2013 10:15am

The main issue which must be addressed is the Law and Safety of public. It will allow people to move freely and able to gain employment by personal choice rather than political norms. Most of the elites at the have secured dual citizens and are just getting ready to harvest the crops for next five years. Canada has become the new destinations for bureaucrats and diplomats. Many arrive with massive amounts of looted wealth.

Most elite family children enter prestigious universities and then return to gain high position within government. Many Pakistani bureaucrats have taken long sick leaves in order to settle the families well, before returning for the final harvest. These individuals have no fear of death or judgement day, but they shall meet the creator. The change will only occur, if we truly believe and act upon our intentions. We have become the dull and the diseased. A sick nation with no real lead in sight. But, hope with change will deliver us of the misery.

Nation can only lead if its citizens are free and protected. It is a shame when, citizens are kidnapped by its own administration and handed to another government just to keep the master happy, USA. Maybe, time of change has come. Let keep calm and carry on !!

Fayzee May 20, 2013 10:26am

Good luck to you guys. We really need a totally different governorance from the past. Balochistan specifically and Pakistan in general need real sincere people to govern. No corruption please! We have already had too much of it.

M. Amin Bhatti May 20, 2013 10:52am

Good Initiative by PML(N).

Dr. Malek Towghi/Tauqee May 20, 2013 11:51am

The PML-N and the NP leaders have to realize that their and others' MPAs from the Baloch constituencies of Balochistan are there as a result of a sham election. According to today's Dawn Urdu online, BP 41 Awaran had 57666 registered voters; only 672 (1.18%) votes were cast; the PML-N winning candidate got 544 votes! ** BP 50 Kech had 59097 registered voters; 3700 votes were cast; the PML-N candidate became the MPA with 1385 votes! *** BP 45 Panjgur had 42102 registered voters; 4892 are reported to have voted; out of these, the NP candidate got 2073 and is now the MPA. Sooner or later, it will be documented that in the Baloch constituencies with comparatively greater reported turnout 'angels' instead of real voters performed their duty!

For the League and the NP leaders, the way to get out of this sham is to remember their pre-election promises... that .Balochistan will be treated as a federating unit with full constitutional rights instead of .a conquered colony ... and that those responsible for the horrible extrajudicial acts and gross violations of Baloch human rights during the Musharraf & Zardari eras WILL BE PUNISHED.

b2y2007 May 20, 2013 03:31am
Let any leader from Nationlist Baloach Leader as leader of the house and President from Baluchistan preferably Atta Ullah Mengal to ease situation in Baluchistan.