The unstable political atmosphere of Balochistan has delivered another blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as three of its MNAs from Balochistan on Thursday resigned from the party and said that they are set to join the newly-formed Balochistan Awami Party (BAP).
In a joint presser in Islamabad, Khalid Magsi, Jam Kamal and Mir Dostain Khan Domki said that they have tendered their resignations to the ruling party and will officially become a part of the BAP in the upcoming days.
Speaking on the occasion, Khalid Magsi said, “We took this decision after consulting our constituency’s voters.”
“We learned a lot in these five years. Balochistan’s interests are not cared for in big parties. Our constituency did not get anything either. The party’s provincial leadership imposed hardships on us. We and Balochistan have been hurt a lot,” he went on to say.
“We informed Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi multiples times but no one paid any attention to our problems,” he added.
Jam Kamal also aired his grievances saying, “Us three joined PML-N on the same day. We wanted to play our part through federal politics. We wanted to give our input. But in the past four-and-a-half years, all the Balochistan-related decisions were made without us being consulted. Instead, the National Party or Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party were consulted on important matters.”
“We were also not consulted for Senate candidates from Balochistan. For us to survive in such an environment was difficult,” he added.
Kamal also said that PML-N itself was to be blamed for creating the political crisis that forced its Balochistan chief minister to resign earlier this year, adding, “Balochistan was not given water, gas or any schemes. No dams, LPG plants or hospitals were made either.”
The trio said they plan on joining BAP, with an official confirmation to come in a presser in the next few days.