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Sanaullah Zehri.  — File Photo.
Sanaullah Zehri. — File Photo.

LAHORE: The PML-N is in a fix over the government formation in Balochistan as its provincial chief, Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, has refused to quit the race for the office of chief minister.

Mr Zehri enjoys the confidence of the party’s parliamentary group, which has already nominated him as its leader in the Balochistan Assembly.

But the PML-N’s likely allies in the province have refused to accept him as chief minister because he had been part of the cabinet led by Aslam Raisani that, according to them, set new records of misappropriation of state funds.

The PML-N is the largest party in the house with 13 seats — it won nine seats and four independents have so far joined it.

It is seeking cooperation from the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (10 seats) and National Party (seven) to form a coalition government.

According to PML-N leaders, the party’s chief Nawaz Sharif is in favour of nominating Jangez Khan Marri as chief minister and has not yet given audience to Mr Zehri. But the latter is determined to bag the slot on the basis of his support within the parliamentary party.

Mr Zehri could only hold a one-to-one meeting with Shahbaz Sharif.

To make matters worse for Mr Sharif, the PKMAP and the NP have been reluctant to sit with the JUI-F.

Sources quoted PKMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai as saying his party’s legislators could not sit with the JUI-F as they had defeated them in the elections. “Forming a coalition with the JUI-F would mean supporting our rivals who had been in power since 2002,” he is reported to have told the mediators.

The sources said that even if Mr Marri was made to withdraw in favour of Mr Zehri, the coalition was not likely to last long because of the latter’s differences with the leaders of the PKMAP and NP.

Federal cabinet

Mr Sharif is also under pressure on the composition of the federal cabinet he is going to form after taking charge as prime minister for the third time.

Members of the Shirazi and Jatoi families of Sindh who have joined the PML-N after winning the polls are reported to have been taken aback by an offer made by Mr Sharif to the PPP and the MQM to form their government in Sindh. They fear that it would put them at the mercy of the provincial government and the only way for them to escape likely victimisation at the hands of the PPP-led administration would be to get a federal security cover through representation in the cabinet at the centre.

Comments (4) Closed

Baloch May 22, 2013 02:22pm

PML(N) is not strong in Balochistan, i am sorry to say but most of their leaders are power greedy and if NS choose Dr Malik Baloch as per most of the Baloch people are wishing, PMLN might face party breakdown and loose their strength. Political game in Balochistan is at peak once again May 22, 2013 08:50pm

Dr, Malik Baloch of the National Party or Sardar Akhtar Mengal of the Balochistan National Party can guarantee a relatively clean administration in Balochistan. Among PML N leaders Gen. Qadir or Jan Jamali are the better ones.

Ahmar Mustikhan

damaani May 22, 2013 11:20pm

Mr. Zehri is as financially and morally corrupt as members of the last Raisani led government. He must not be allowed to become CM if PMLN wants to avoid disintegration of coalition and its own party. Instead, Dr. Malik is a better choice. Similarly, they should stay away from JUI-F as they have been part of all previous governments and didnt do any good for the people of the province.

khalid May 24, 2013 06:25pm

pmln should consider pkmap mehmood khan achackzai for the post of speaker national assembly, anyone other than sanaullah zehri for cm balochishtan,,,and abdul qadir baluch for interrior minister(fedral),bcaz mian sahabs only problems will emerge from balochistan and karachi,,having a respected baluch like qadir baluch as interrior minister can handle baluchistan tribal problems,motorway/highway from gwadar, levis/fc problems,has been governer baluchistan,dg sindh rangers as required for effective control on karachi,bcaz its imminent MQM will not sail smoothly with ppp in sindh and centre will hav to intervene,he will the right man,buttttt,,,,punjab based hawks like ch nisar etc will like to have police force under them,,,thats a tough ask for mian sahab but may be best .for country,but in any case most of police is a provincial subject aswell, as law and order,but please consider Gwadar port,,khuzdar ,,rattodero highway/rail link ,,mqm not getting port and shipping ministry ,,any mis adventure will play havoc for mian sahab. we love khw. asif,,but other young khw saad rafiq would have been more dynamic for water and power/energy minister,,its just a suggestion.please note mr sana zehri is not very well noted amongst baluch tribesmen.with above mentioned arrangments MIAN SAHAB will be able to handle pakhtuns in baluchistan baluchs in there,,and biggest trouble maker MQM in karachi.,,is it a FOOD FOR THOUGHT?????