Achakzai throws weight behind CM Zehri in face of no-confidence motion

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QUETTA: Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), PML-N’s main coalition partner in Balochistan, threw its weight behind the ruling party in response to the provincial opposition’s no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri on Tuesday.
Earlier today, fourteen opposition MPAs of the Balochistan Assembly had submitted a no-confidence motion against Zehri, citing unfulfilled commitments as the reason.
“We stand by our principles and will support our coalition partners,” PkMAP Chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai said while addressing a press conference at the MPAs’ hostel in Quetta.
Achakzai also urged the opposition legislators to withdrawn their no-confidence motion.
Commenting on US President Donald Trump’s recent accusations, the veteran leader called for strengthening relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the face of the rising US threat.
“We need unity in such circumstances”, Achakzai said.
“Issues with Afghanistan need to be addressed to pave the way for confidence building measures between the two neighbours,” the leader suggested.
When asked about the country’s internal political crisis, Achakzai said it was an irony of fate that the political parties which struck deals with former military dictators are suggesting that there may be another National Reconciliation Order (NRO) on the horizon.
Ending his address with a warning, Achakzai said that Nawaz Sharif would suffer politically if he stepped back from his stance now.

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