Differences in BAP over nominee for chief minister's slot

Dunya News

Parties have expressed reservation on Jahangir Tareen's announcement backing Kamal as the candidate.

QUETTA (Dunya News) – There have been reports of differences within the ranks of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) over the nomination of Jam Kamal for the chief minister’s slot.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Balochistan chapter, Balochistan National Party (BNP Mengel) and BAP have expressed reservation on Jahangir Tareen’s announcement backing Kamal as the candidate.

They say the right to take decisions pertaining to the provincial matters rests with the Balochistan leadership. PTI parliamentary group members, on the other hand, claim they were not taken into confidence over the matter.

The development came a day after winning candidates of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) had announced their “unconditional support” for PTI.

A BAP delegation, led by Jam Kamal Khan, reached Bani Gala in Islamabad Tuesday where they met PTI Chairman Imran Khan to discuss matters pertaining to the formation of a coalition government in centre and Balochistan.

Zubaida Jalal, Khalid Magsi, Ishfaq Tareen, Ehsaan Ruki and Senator Anwarul Haq Kakar were part of the BAP delegation.

Addressing media after the meeting, Jam Kamal said his party would work with PTI for the development of Balochistan. “We’ll work as a team with the centre ... This cooperation is for Pakistan,” he added.

Welcoming the development, PTI leader Jahangir Tareen said the parties had agreed on all points. “It is up to (BAP) to decide on the chief minister. PTI supports Jam Kamal as candidate for Balochistan CM slot,” he added.

BAP managed to secure four of the 272 seats in the National Assembly, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan, and emerged as the largest party in Balochistan with 15 provincial assembly seats.