Islamabad (August 01, 2018): There have been reports of differences within the ranks of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) over the nomination of Jam Kamal for the chief minister’s slot. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Balochistan leaders expressed on Wednesday their displeasure over party stalwart Jahangir Tareen naming Balochistan Awami Party’s Jam Kamal as the next chief minister of Balochistan.
According to the details, just a day after Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Jam Kamal emerged as the leading candidate for chief minister, cracks ─ and a new contender for the top job in Balochistan ─ have surfaced within the party.The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Balochistan chapter, Balochistan National Party (BNP Mengel) and BAP have expressed reservation on Jahangir Tareen’s announcement backing Kamal as the candidate.
After securing the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s support on Tuesday, BAP got 30 out of 50 general seats in the Balochistan Assembly, giving it a simple majority to form the provincial government without support from other parties.
In a press conference held on Tuesday, Kamal’s candidacy for the CM role was endorsed by PTI leader Jahangir Tareen. “The party has nominated Jam Kamal sahib and the PTI fully supports him as the candidate for Balochistan CM,” he had said.
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However, Kamal’s emergence as the front-runner for the top ministerial job in the province does not appear to sit well with former Balochistan CM Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Jan Jamali.
When asked about PTI’s endorsement of Kamal, Bizenjo did not openly oppose it but said: “We created BAP in order to make decisions in Quetta rather than Bani Gala.”
Aside from friction within BAP, the “sudden nomination” of Kamal also seemed to strike a chord with the PTI Balochistan chapter.Sources said that the PTI’s Balochistan wing is unhappy with the steps taken by Tareen, adding that party chief Imran Khan had resolved the issue during a meeting between PTI and BAP leaders.
In the meeting, Imran had delegated the right to PTI Balochistan president Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind and Jam Kamal to make decisions regarding the provinces.
However, Tareen had appointed Jam Kamal as the chief minister on his own accord, the sources claimed.
The party sources said that the provincial party should have the right to make decisions pertaining to chief minister Balochistan and provincial ministers.
Speaking about the issue, Rind remarked that PTI can form its own government in Balochistan. “The statement made by Jahangir Tareen gave BAP a chance to form the government,” he said, adding that Imran hasn’t named anyone as CM Balochistan.
“It is not BAP’s job to name CM Balochistan,” he added and clarified that there are no differences within the party.
On the other hand, the reports of the internal rift were denied by party spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry.
“There are reservations over Tareen naming Jam Kamal as the provincial CM,” he said, adding that party decisions are made after detailed discussions.
However, sources informed that Imran has summoned a meeting with Balochistan’s national and provincial assemblies members tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the issue.BAP managed to secure four of the 272 seats in the National Assembly, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan, and emerged as the largest party in Balochistan with 15 provincial assembly seats.