CM Balochis­tan, CJCSC call on Prime Min­is­ter

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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.

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