BNP-M not part of PTI-led coalition govt, says Akhtar Mengal

Opposition parties invite Akhtar Mengal to join anti-govt coalition

KARACHI: Balochistan National Party (Mengal) leader Akhtar Mengal Wednesday clarified that his party was not a coalition partner of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, but only provided support to the government.
Talking to newsmen, the BNP-M chief said that the government has failed to fulfill its promises, adding that he visited Islamabad thrice for meeting with the premier but to no avail. “Who is responsible for that,” he said.
He said that his party’s MNAs were neither part of the government nor opposition, adding that from the day one he had told the government that BNP-M’s support would be on merit. He said that the BNP would support the opposition parties if they continue to play a positive role.
He said that they would not topple the government, as they wanted to work with the government. However, he added, “we put forwarded six demands before the presidential election, and nine points before the provincial by-election. Not a single point was taken into consideration.”
To a question about meeting with COAS, Mengal said that he was informed only 12 hours prior to the meeting. “I was in interior Sindh, it wouldn’t have been possible to attend the Quetta meeting on such short notice,” he said.


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