Balochistan cabinet on Saturday approved the proposed agreement and settlement regarding the Reko Diq Project. Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Quddus Bizenjo chaired a special meeting of the provincial cabinet.  "The cabinet thoroughly reviewed all aspects and points of the agreement", an official handout issued said. The provincial cabinet expressed satisfaction over the stance of the Balochistan government regarding the multi-billion dollars copper and gold project. Reko Diq project would guarantee an end to the prevailing sense of deprivation and backwardness of Balochistan, the statement stated. "It would be a game-changer", it mentioned. Secretary Minerals briefed the Cabinet about the benefits of implementing the proposed agreement and project for Balochistan and its people. Full details of the agreement and settlement will be released after a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister on Sunday (tomorrow).
Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Quddus Bizenjo chairing a special meeting of the provincial cabinet: Photo provided by DGPR

Syed Ali Shah :

QUETTA: Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) is still part of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) led coalition government in the province. Seven members except for Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind are partners in the Chief Minister Quddus Bizenjo led provincial government.

“We support Mir Quddus Bizenjo and our alliance is with him”, one of the provincial ministers told this scribe. Although, he requested anonymity because of possible reactions from the party.

Ruling BAP had parted its ways with PTI on March 22, 2022, as four out of five members of the national assembly threw weight behind the combined opposition. The party extended support to the joint opposition in the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“Balochistan’s politics is different from that of Islamabad”

“Balochistan’s politics is different from that of Islamabad”, the lawmaker argued. He said the majority of the lawmakers want to be part of the BAP-led coalition government in the province. PTI is the fourth-largest parliamentary group in the house of 65 in Balochistan.

However, sources within the Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (F) revealed that two sitting lawmakers from the PTI have contacted the party. “They want to join JUI”, they claimed. There was no response from the PTI lawmakers when this report tried to speak to them.

PTI has tendered resignations from the national assembly to mount pressure on the newly elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced launching a countrywide protest movement against the present government.

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