JUI-F mulling to form government in Balochistan

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QUETTA: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) is mulling forming the government in Balochistan as the party formally started talks with other parties, ARY News reported citing sources.

According to details, after being ignored by the Pakistan People s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in government formation in the province, the JUI-F would be fielding its nominee for the chief minister slot.

The sources privy to the development said that JUI-F, Awami National Party (ANP), National Party, and others held a meeting and discussed to field joint candidates for main positions in the province including chief minister,  speaker and deputy speaker.

It is pertinent to mention here that the JUI-F emerged as the joint single-largest party with the Pakistan People s Party (PPP) in Balochistan after the elections.

Out of 51 general seats of the Balochistan Assembly, the JUI-F and the PPP secured 11 seats each in the 8th February General Elections. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) bagged also bagged 10 seats.

After the joining of some independent candidates, the PPP and the PML-N managed to surpass the JUI-F in the Balochistan Assembly.

Read More: PML-N excuses from sharing power with JUI-F in Balochistan

Earlier on February 21, the PML-N refused to form a coalition government with JJUI-F in Balochistan, with the former ready to share power with Pakistan People s People (PPP) in the province too.

JUI-F Secretary-General Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri held a meeting with PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar regarding the government formation in Balochistan.

Sources told ARY News that Abdul Ghafoor Haideri offered its former ally to form a coalition government in Balochistan.

However, Ishaq Dar rejected the offer and said his party was going to form a coalition government with PPP as the power-sharing agreement between the two parties had already been reached in the Centre.

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