Khattak calls Mengal as govt steps up efforts to woo back BNP-M

By: News Desk      Published: 11:00 PM, 19 Jun, 2020
Khattak calls Mengal as govt steps up efforts to woo back BNP-M
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As part of PTI-led federal government’s efforts to woo back the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), Defence Minister Pervez Khattak on Friday called estranged ally Sardar Akhtar Mengal over the phone and sought time for a meeting.

Mengal told Khattak that his doors are always open in line with Baloch traditions. Khattak told Mengal that implementation of the six-point agenda, which was agreed upon between the ruling PTI and the smaller coalition partner BNP at the time of formation of the government, would come under discussion at the meeting.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan had tasked Khattak with wooing the BNP chief back into the ruling coalition. 

Mengal had announced parting ways with the PTI government earlier this week, citing non-implementation of two agreements as the reason. “I formally announce on the floor of the National Assembly, separation from the federal government,” Mengal said, sending shockwaves to government benches during his speech on the budget.

Mengal recalled that his party supported the ruling coalition in elections of the president, prime minister, speaker and the deputy speaker. “We supported the last budget as well despite the fact that it was rejected by the opposition parties but what we get in return?” he questioned.