QUETTA - The meeting of parliamentarians from Balochistan with Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Wednesday ended without finding any solution to the deepening political crisis in the province. The meeting remained inconclusive rather divided, as it could not name a suitable candidate from a select three for the slot of the leader of the house due to a verbal duel between PPP leaders, party’s Deputy Parliamentary Leader Ali Madad Jattak and party’s Balochistan President Sadiq Umrani. According to sources, the meeting was to be held last week to resolve the political crisis in the province through appointing a new leader of the house after the restoration of the provincial government. The difference between Jattak and Umrani developed when the former criticised Prime Minister Asharaf’s imposition of the Governor Rule in the province. When the premier told the meeting that the Governor Rule was imposed after consultations with Umrani, a charged Jattak criticised him (Umrani) and exchanged harsh words with him, said the sources, adding that due to the fuss, Raja Ashraf and PPP Women Wing chairperson Faryal Talpur became displeased and left the meeting. Nevertheless, sources said that the inconclusive meeting and ensuing brawl, the position of Umrani and Jattak for the slot of new chief minister had weakened and that of Abdul Rehman Jamali, brother of former premier Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, had become consolidated. The sources said that Abdul Jamali was acceptable to former speaker Aslam Bhootani, opposition member Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind and opposition leader Tariq Magsi for the slot of new leader of the house. Some sources said that restoration of provincial government was inevitable for the constitution of an interim government and the next general elections.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 31-Jan-2013 here.