ISLAMABAD -  Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman refused to support ruling coalition government in Balochistan against the move to boot out Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri and decided to go with the party’s provincial chapter.

Talking to media here on Friday, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that he was not under any obligation to stand by the PML-N-led coalition government in Balochistan, as from day first they were in opposition and had never been included in any consultation process despite the fact they were part of the PML-N in the federal government.

Opening a plethora of complaints against the PML-N, the JUI-F chief said that despite being ignored by their senior coalition partner PML-N they stood like rock with them in every thick and thin and fulfilled their responsibility as coalition partner in the federal government beyond their limits.

He said that as from the day first the JUI-F was kept out of the provincial government so they were not under any obligation to extend support to them in the no-trust tabled against Chief Minister Sana Ullah Zehri.

He made it clear that the provincial chapter of the party has decided to go by the no-trust move so he could not help and would go by the decision of the provincial chapter of the party.

The voting on no-trust move against Chief Minister Balochistan would take place on January 9 and right now both sides were claiming having the support of requisite number to achieve their end.

The main opposition party in Balochistan Assembly, the JUI-F has eight MPs in its fold while the other parties sitting on opposition benches, including Awami National Party and Balochistan National Party are having one and two members respectively.

The main problem with the ruling PML-N was the major fissures within the party as a good number of party MPs were likely to vote against their own party chief minister.

Justifying his position, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that from day first the PML-N had not cooperated with them. Despite being in coalition with the government at centre they were kept out of the government in Balochistan and they were left with no choice but to sit on opposition benches. Similarly they were in position to form a coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but the ruling PML-N stayed away and let Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf form the coalition government in the province.

Later on a couple of occasions, all the opposition parties including a dissident within the PTI wanted to bring an in-house change but the PML-N had failed the moves.

He also referred to the PML-N keeping them (JUI-F) at bay in the Senate elections and JUI-F was forced to partner with other parties to secure their interests in the Senate elections.

To a question, the JUI-F chief said that the party’s provincial chapter in consultation with other parties would finalise the name of their candidate for the slot of Chief Minister and would try to take the matter to logical conclusion.

Sources in JUI-F informed The Nation that during meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Maulana Fazlur Rehman had informed him that he could not back out of the no-trust move against the PML-N Chief Minister Balochistan as they were not under any obligation to support him.

The JUI-F is actively working to make the no-trust move successful and in this connection besides provincial chapter of the party Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haider was also making serious efforts to win over the members from other parties, mainly from PML-N, to boot out Nawab Sana Ullah Zehri.

Although the coalition partners with the PML-N in provincial government—National Party with 11 MPs and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party with 14- had given a complete assurance to stand by the PML-N having 21 MPAs in the house, but majority of the members of these parties were completely disenchanted with the way Nawab Sana Ullah Zehri was running the governmental affairs.

The other parties in coalition government in Balochistan included Pakistan Muslim League(Quaid) with five members and Majlis-i-Wahadul Muslameen with one MPA.