JUI-F, BNP-M mull over toppling Balochistan chief minister
Amid the efforts to change the provincial chief executive, the two parties have also contacted other opposition components like PML-N, PkMAP (Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party) and independent members.
During these consultations, the factors behind the need for the no-confidence motion were deliberated upon, as it is expected that a meeting of opposition parties would soon be convened.
It is also decided to form a committee for contacting the disgruntled members of the ruling alliance.
In this connection, the political parties directed their provincial leaderships to complete their homework as soon as possible.
Earlier, it was reported last month that JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman was focusing on government change in Islamabad and both the PTI and the opposition parties trying their best to gain the support of Akhtar Mengal of BNP-M who has quit the ruling coalition.
It is a complete change in strategy as sources had claimed that Fazl was eyeing the Centre and had asked the party leaders to remain on opposition benches in Balochistan.
This advice was given as Fazl chaired a meeting of his party’s provincial lawmakers and leaders, where the participants talked about toppling the Balochistan government. But the seasoned politician had totally different views as he was determined to bring a change in the federal setup, especially at a time when the Finance Bill is yet to be approved.
The sources said Fazl told the meeting that the JUI-F could go for government formation along with the allies in Balochistan if the ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) members staged a rebellion.
Fazl and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari are taking a clear position against the PTI government amid the suggestions to reverse the 18th Amendment and slash the share of provinces under the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award. The JUI-F chief is especially eager to exert more pressure on the government.
Last week, the participants at an All Parties Conference (APC) organised by the JUI-F in Karachi warned against the attempts to reverse the 18th Amendment and the slashing the shares of provinces defined under the National Financial Award.
Earlier on Monday, BAP was among those supporting the attempt to bring changes in the NFC Award through a constitutional amendment.
It was a ruling coalition Senator Saif of MQM who presented the bill. However, he failed to get the required support to move the proposed legislation as the opposition warned against any such step and said the Parliament and democracy were under attack.
The resolution moved by Saif to introduce the bill for debate was opposed by 25 Senate member, while 17 senators favoured the motion. The opposition members from PPP, PML-N, JUI-F, PkMAP, JI and BNP-M voted against the resolution.