Political crises in Balochistan deepened Thursday after a serious row emerged between Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani and Provincial Assembly Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani.
Bhootani refused to summon the assembly session on the advice of Chief Minister. The chief minister had written a letter to the Balochistan Assembly Secretariat to summon a session on November 9-10 in Gwadar, which was to be attended by the prime minister.
Talking to journalists on the phone from Lasbela, Bhootani said that after the Supreme Court’s interim order in the Balochistan law and order case, calling the assembly session on the advice of the CM (Raisani) would be contempt of court.
Bhootani said that in order to review the constitutional status of the Balochistan government after the interim order, a letter was written to the Governor of Balochistan’s Secretariat to ascertain whether a meeting of provincial assembly could be called or not. “If the governor nods, we will summon the session,” he added.
The speaker claimed that after the SC order, Raisani’s constitutional status was ambiguous and he was no longer the chief minister. He added that the governor of the province should consult the Supreme Court in this regard.
On October 12, the Supreme Court in its interim order on Balochistan law and order situation said that the Balochistan government had failed constitutionally.
The order was critical of the provincial government stating that it had failed to stop human rights violations, kidnappings for ransom and target killings.
Political observers say calling assembly session on governor’s advice will increase difficulties for Raisani and it has also exposed cracks between him and Bhootani.
Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani has called Baloch parliamentarians in Islamabad on Friday to discuss the SC interim order.
Raisani will appear before the Supreme Court on Friday along with coalition partners in the Balochistan law and order case.
Addressing a news conference on Thursday in Islamabad, he said that he would present his position in the case before the apex court.
Commenting on his suspension from the Pakistan People’s Party, the chief minister said his membership had not been suspended nor could anyone suspend it.
“No one can suspend his membership and if one dares to do so he will give him prize of Rs 10,” he said in what was another ‘hilarious’ comment to his stock he is popular for.