Cracks appear in federal government coalition in Islamabad

Cracks appear in federal government coalition in Islamabad

The federal cabinet Tuesday gave a nod to the Reqo Diq project amid a walkout staged by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) members.

According to details, the JUI and BNP members, key allies to the coalition government, recorded their protest in the cabinet meeting and also staged a walkout.

Both parties expressed reservations for not taking them in confidence over legislation regarding Reko Diq.

Federal ministers tried to pacify JUI and BNP after the walkout.

The government admitted that the reservations of both parties are valid and amendments will be added soon.

However, JUI and BNP decided to boycott cabinet meetings until the amendments presented by them are incorporated into the Bill and left the Prime Minister's House.

Meanwhile, BNP chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal chaired a meeting of the BNP senior leaders and discussed the current political situation in the country.

The meeting seriously considered the option to leave the coalition government while the senior leaders gave their suggestions on the alliance to the government.

The party chief made the final decision on the alliance with the government subject to the decision of the core committee meeting, sources said.