Published On: Sat, Jun 15th, 2019
Published in Category: Islamabad

PPP invites BNP’s Akhtar Mengal to join opposition

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ISLAMABAD: Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) President Sardar Muhammad Akhtar Jan Mengal on Friday said his party was ready to join the opposition if it accepted the BNP-M’s demands.

Mengal made the remark while addressing a press conference following a meeting with a delegation of senior PPP leaders, who had called on him to invite him to join the opposition benches.

PPP leaders Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Syed Naveed Qamar, Farhatullah Khan Babar and Agha Rafiullah were part of the delegation.

Following the meeting, Mengal addressed a press conference in which he expressed regret that the government had not made any progress towards addressing any outstanding demands.

“We had not taken any ministry or other benefit for joining the treasury benches,” he recalled, stressing that he only sought action on his demands. Mengal’s party is a confidence and supply partner of the ruling coalition in the National Assembly. “We are ready to join the opposition if it accepts our conditions,” he said.

The two parties had talked in detail during today’s meeting, he said, adding that the nation’s problems would not be resolved until democratic institutions are strengthened. Mengal said that another meeting will be held in the next few days.

“Our demands are not hidden,” he said. “Our demands are for the development of Balochistan. We have put forward six points before the government but no action has been taken on the points as yet.”

He said the same points have been put forward before the PPP and will be deliberated with other opposition parties as well.

Our issue is the situation of Balochistan, not the voting for the budget, he said. “We will not be able to remain with the government if political issues are not resolved.”

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