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Speculation over fate of Balochistan government


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Chief Minister Balochistan Aslam Raisani and his entire cabinet are ready to offer their resignation. – Photo by Online

QUETTA/ISLAMABAD: The governor’s rule in Balochistan will be lifted on Thursday or early Friday morning upon completion of a two-month period since its imposition on Jan 14, according to sources in Quetta.

The sources said that after the end of the governor’s rule fate of the suspended provincial government of Aslam Raisani would be decided.

The sources said that Mr Raisani, who had earlier announced that he was ready to resign his position, on Wednesday expressed his unwillingness to relinquish the post.

A former senior minister and parliamentary leader of the JUI-F in the provincial assembly, Maulana Wasey, said his party’s delegation would meet Mr Raisani in Islamabad on Thursday.

“The fate of the Balochistan government will be discussed at the meeting,” he told Dawn.

Meanwhile, a crucial meeting was held in the presidency amid confusion over whether governor’s rule in Balochistan had been lifted or not.

Some politicians believed that governor’s rule had ended after completion of two months. Some others, however, said that there were two days to go for completion of the 60-day period.

No official word was issued about the meeting till the filing of this report. Even the president’s spokesman, Farhatullah Babar, and Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira refused to speak to media about the matter.

The meeting was continuing till late in the night, with some sources saying that former chief minister Raisani was also present.

The meeting was being presided over by President Asif Ali Zardari.

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Asad Khan Mar 14, 2013 05:25am
What is the big deal here. Even if the government gets reinstated, it is supposed to expire within weeks after its 5 year term. Why don't we pay more attention to the agenda on hand - elections.