No plan to topple Balochistan govt, Fazl tells Raisani


ISLAMABAD: In what seems to be a pre-emptive attempt to block the possible alliance of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) for overthrowing the Balochistan government, a threatened and perturbed Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani on Tuesday rushed to meet JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman.
Fazl, however, assured Raisani that he had no such plans and did not want to form a coalition with the PML-Q in Balochistan. “Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain floated the proposal, but we are not part of this and we have no such plan,” Fazl said after the meeting. Raisani was also accompanied by Minister for Postal Services Israrullah Zehri. A source in the JUI-F said Raisani asked Fazl to rejoin the federal government, but he plainly declined the offer. The source added that the provincial political situation following rumours of a potential PML-Q-JUI-F alliance also came under discussion.
Fazl told Raisani that his party was not part of any effort to bring change in Balochistan, however, the decision on remaining part of the provincial government would be taken in the party’s executive council meeting. Raisani also met JUI-F Balochistan chief Muhammad Khan Shirani at Parliament Lodges to convince him not to make any move aimed at disturbing the provincial set up. Talking to reporters, Fazl said JUI-F executive council meeting would be held on Wednesday, adding that the Balochistan body of the JUI-F would be consulted before taking any decision regarding the province.