A wise decision

Published on – January 11, 2018 – 7:00 am
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Nawab Sanaullah Zehri took a wise decision by avoiding a controversial and unpleasant debate on the floor of the Balochistan Assembly preferring to tender his resignation to the Governor which was instantly accepted. The debate on the floor of the Assembly could have polluted the political atmosphere probably using unpleasant language from the either side.


Nawab Sanaullah Zehri took a wise decision by avoiding a controversial and unpleasant debate on the floor of the Balochistan Assembly preferring to tender his resignation to the Governor which was instantly accepted. The debate on the floor of the Assembly could have polluted the political atmosphere probably using unpleasant language from the either side.

At the same time, the people in general, including the opposition leaders and MPAs, paid due respect to Nawab Sanaullah as an elder of the Baloch society. The people on the streets also demanded a similar approach to avoid bitterness and unpleasant exchanges of words for political reasons.

Similarly, Sardar Akhtar Mengal also resigned when he too faced a revolt from his own party MPAs/Ministers who joined hands with the PML-N to dislodge his Government some two decades ago.

In any case, it is an irreparable loss to the PML-N and Mian Nawaz Sharif by losing a trusted elder and the Provincial Government. The subsequent events had proved beyond doubt that the future Provincial Government will not be loyal to the PML-N and the party supremo.

Thus the PML-N lost a Province and its political power is confined to the Punjab only. Visibly, the PML-N had been reduced to a regional party confined to the Punjab only and its power and influence curtailed drastically. It is a fact that the revolt was against Nawaz Sharif and his party in which the prime loser will be Mahmood Khan’s PMAP.

There are indications from the speeches and statements of the local leaders that they would not include PMAP in the forthcoming coalition Government. Thus we can safely say that the revolt was against Nawaz Sharif and Mahmood Khan Achakzai and not against Nawab Sanaullah Zehri. In case of Nawab Sanaullah, he was made the target merely because being a powerful personality leading the PML-N in Balochistan and his role was unwarranted.

If he had adopted a low profile in defending Nawaz Sharif following the recent crisis, then he might not have faced the no confidence motion, some observers believed.

Hopefully, the political controversy is settled amicably ahead of the storm over West Asia where international players are involved in a dangerous game against Pakistan and Iran. Or it should be considered a sane move to contain the impending crisis by keeping the house in complete order.

There was a pressing need to minimize the level of influence of Afghanistan in Balochistan as the probable coalition partners are planning to keep the PMAP out of the future government set up. It means that the PMAP will have to occupy the opposition benches surrendering all the perks and privilege and unlimited powers it enjoyed for the past four and half years.

If both the former Chief Ministers—Dr Malik and Nawab Sanaullah Zehri—had contained the power and influence of PMAP in the Government, then intensity of the crisis would have been subdued needing no drastic measure to change the Leader in the mid-stream. Presumably, the stakeholders will soon reach a decision to form a new unity Government by agreeing on a man who will lead the Government.

There are two potential candidates on the front and they are Nawab Jhangez Marri and Sardar Mohammad Saleh Bhootani while Sarfraz Bugti, the main schemer of the field, will remain available on the side line. Both are towering personalities on their own right for being tribal chiefs and elders of the society.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal had publicly declared that he would help form the new and stable Government. But his party will not be part of the Government or joining the coalition.

The National Party had lost its relevancy in politics by remaining a blind supporter of Nawaz Sharif. The JUI, as expected, to replace the PMAP, representing the northern Balochistan while PMAP will be forced to occupy the opposition benches, willingly or unwillingly.