JWP’s Shazain Bugti not to ‘attend’ PM’s dinner
Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), an ally of the PTI-led coalition government, has decided not to attend the dinner to be hosted by Prime Minister Imran Khan in honour of the leaders of the allied parties, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday, quoting its sources.
The sources said that JWP leader Shazain Bugti after consulting the party leaders has decided not to break bread with the prime minister. Shazain Bugti said they have put forward their demands before the government, but it did not seem serious about them.
As per the sources, Shazain Bugti said Balochistan province was completely ignored in the federal budget. “The ultimatum which the party gave to the government is about to expire,” he added.
On June 22 last, JWP gave Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government a one-week ultimatum, as Shazain Bugti had said the PTI had not fulfilled a single promise.
The decision was taken at the party’s central committee meeting in Quetta, which made it clear that the alliance with the ruling party would come to an end if the agreement was materialised within a week.
Shazain, who is a National Assembly member from NA-259 (Dera Bugti-cum-Kohlu-cum-Sibi-cum-Lehri), attended the meeting via video link and said many Bugti tribesmen were spending their lives in a helpless condition in Punjab and Sindh.
Imran, at time of taking oath as prime minister, had promised to develop Balochistan at par with other provinces but not a single promise was fulfilled during the last two years, he added.
This development came after the Akhtar Mengal-led BNP-M, which has three National Assembly and one Senate seats, had left the ruling coalition over the government’s failure to implement the six-point agreement inked at the time the federal government was formed.
Although the prime minister had directed federal cabinet member Pervaiz Khattak to lead the efforts to convince Mengal for reversing the decision, the recently held meeting did not produce the desired result, as the BNP-M chief made it clear that the agreement had be to be implemented first.