CM Balochistan, CJCSC call on Prime Minister
Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch held a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday. The meeting held at Prime Minister House, and attended by Minister for Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch and National Party (NP) president Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo, discussed matters relating to Balochistan and pace of development projects in the province.
During the meeting, views were exchanged on Pur-aman Balochistan programme, which was launched during the last visit of the prime minister to the province. Moreover, on Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also met with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Gen Rashad Mahmood. He briefed the Prime Minister on issues relating to defense and security.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accepted Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan's resignation, according to a statement issued by PM Office. Mushahidullah explained his position with regards to his earlier BBC interview in a meeting with Premier Nawaz Sharif at PM House. The prime minister then accepted his resignation from the Cabinet. Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid on Saturday had said that the senior cabinet member had tendered his resignation to the PM.
An official from the PM Office had confirmed to Dawn that the government had received the resignation on Saturday, but had said it would be processed on Monday due to public holidays.
Mushahidullah had, in an earlier interview with BBC, alleged that the former Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam Abbasi wanted to overthrow the country's civil and military leadership during last year's sit-ins by the PTI and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).
In his interview, Mushahidullah alleged that during PM Nawaz's meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on July 28, 2014, an audio tape was played in which Lt. Gen Zaheerul Islam could be heard giving orders to ransack the PM House and spread chaos.
The tape, claimed the federal minister, was obtained by officials of the civilian intelligence agency - Intelligence Bureau. On hearing the audio tape, Gen Raheel summoned the ISI chief to the meeting and played the tape in front of him, said Mushahidullah. When Zaheerul Islam confirmed that the voice was his own, the army chief asked him to leave, claimed Mushahidullah in his interview with BBC.
Taking notice of the minister's statements, the PM House had issued a news release, asking Mushahidullah Khan to explain his remarks and tender his resignation. The release also said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had never heard such an audio tape, nor was he aware of its existence. The minister had been immediately summoned from what was to be a three-day official visit to the Maldives, sources at the PM Secretariat said.