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In Balochistan, no political party has gained overwhelming majority in general elections 2013 to form its own government, however, Pakhtun nationalist party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) is leading with 2 National Assembly and eight Provincial Assembly seats.
Two prominent Baloch nationalist leaders, Sardar Akhtar Mengal, President of the Balochistan National Party (NP) and Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, President of the National Party, have both won their Provincial Assembly seats.
NP party according to unofficial reports has also secured Provincial Assembly seats.
Similarly, PML-N has bagged 2 National Assembly and 6 Provincial Assembly seats. Meanwhile, PKMAP, NP, PML-N alongwith independent members would make a coalition government in the province.
Political observers are of the view that since PML-N has emerged the largest party at the Centre, it could offer Chief Ministership slot to President BNP-Mengal Sardar Akthar Mengal who is a Baloch nationalist leader that may help satisfy the Baloch people. However, BNP-Mengal has won one NA seat and 2 PA seats.
While the second choice could be the President of NP Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch while PML-N leaders Nawabzada Changezai Marri and Jan Jamali could also be candidate for the CM slot.
Similarly, the PML-N Provincial President Nawab Sanaullah Zehri may be the aspirant for the slot. However, PKMAP which has emerged largest party in the province could insists that the Chief Minister slot should be given to its party.
However, political observers are of the view that if a Baloch Chief Minister is nominated then the PKMAP may demand for appointment of Pakhtun Governor in the province.