In what appeared to be another slap on the face of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, speaker of the provincial assembly Aslam Botani has rejected his request for summoning a session of the Balochistan Assembly.
The latest development occurred immediately a day after the Supreme Court questioned the constitutional authority of the provincial government.
According to the reports, the speaker had decided to consult Governor Zulfiqar Magsi about the constitutional position of the chief minister.
The Chief Minister’s Secretariat had written a letter to the provincial assembly speaker on Wednesday requesting him to summon the assembly session on November 9 and 10 in Gwadar.
However, after obtaining legal opinion from experts, the Speaker’s Secretariat rejected the request.
The reports said the speaker was of the opinion that after the court’s interim order about law and order in Balochistan, the chief minister had lost his constitutional position.
In his view, convening of the assembly session on the request of the chief minister in this situation would tantamount to contempt of court.
In another challenge to Raisani’s chief minister’s office, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Balochistan President Sadiq Umrani accused Raisani of involvement in the kidnappings of doctors across the province.
The allegation came as the PPP Kalat Division president, Rafique Sajjad suspended Raisani’s party membership for three months due to his “constant deviation from party’s policies”.
Speaking to media representatives in Quetta, Umrani said that the provincial government had failed to establish law and order in Balochistan. He said there had been a hike in the incidents of targeted killings and kidnapping for ransom in the province.
Umrani said that 18 activists of the PPP had been killed in Kalat during the past two years due to the CM’s negligence in delivering his duties.
Meanwhile, the PPP Kalat president said that Raisani was not spending enough time in Quetta and was damaging the party’s reputation.
He said the party had sent him a show cause notice earlier but the CM did not mend his ways due to which his membership was being suspended for three months.