ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Saturday announced that it would reach out to the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) and the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) to address their grievances after taking the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) in the loop.
According to details, the government’s coordination committee will hold meetings with representatives of BNP-M and GDA next week and then apprise Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding the reservations and demands of its allies.
It may be mentioned here that earlier in the week, BNP-M chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal had threatened to leave the coalition government following the arrest of four women from Balochistan’s Awaran district during a sit-in protest in front of the speaker’s dais at the National Assembly (NA).
“Neither did the previous government want to take Balochistan forward neither does this one,” he had said during his speech in the parliament, while adding that the government is least concerned about the rights of the people of Balochistan.
Mengal, while stating that he and Shahzain Bugti were instrumental in securing votes for the government, asserted that nothing had changed for Balochistan and its people.
A few days ago, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held talks with an MQM-P delegation in Karachi. The MQM-P leadership had assured the foreign minister that it had stood with the government since day one and will continue to do so.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan directed the federal government to bring necessary legislation in the parliament within six months about the extension in General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure as army chief and other matters related to his post.
Ever since the apex court’s order, the government has started contacting allies.