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Govt., BNP ‘Working Together For Natl. Interest’: Mengal and Khattak Agree on 6-Point Agenda

“The issue of Balochistan was political in nature and only political leaders could solve it.”

PKONWEB — Following Balochistan National Party’s Akhtar Mengal meet with Premier Khan on Wednesday, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak held a parley with the Baloch leader on Thursday to discuss the 6-point agenda.

After the meet, Khattak said, “Reservations presented by BNP had been addressed and the two parties were working together for the national interest.”

Khattak and Sardar Mengal addressed media outside the National Assembly and said the six points raised by BNP (incumbent government’s ally in the south-western province), have been discussed and agreed upon by the PTI-led government.

“Reservations presented by BNP had been addressed and the two parties were working together for the national interest,” said the defense minister.

Khattak, while addressing the media alongside Mengal, said the issue of missing persons would soon be resolved as the government and the leaders of Balochistan were working together to find a solution.

Mengal elaborated that during his meeting PM Khan the issue of missing persons was discussed and it was highlighted that for the development of the province, the resolution of the matter was significant.

He said the issue of Balochistan was political in nature and only political leaders could solve it.

Earlier, (last week) he said his party has no plan to collapse the government, as reports of emerging differences between BNP-M and PTI made circles in social media.

The BNP-M leader, who is a member of the National Assembly (Lower House) from Balochistan, added that a committee had been formed to resolve the issues of the people of Balochistan and it will present its report within six months.

Khattak told media that six per cent of jobs in government departments would be reserved for the people of Balochistan and a gold refinery would also be set up in resource-rich Balochistan.

The province’s Gwadar city alongside Arabian Sea shoreline hosts a newly operational deep sea port, an upcoming international airport and gateway to the multi-billion dollar Pakistan China Economic Corridor (CPEC) considered a game-changer for the province’s and country’s economy.

The runup to all this has seen the State and the governments face headwinds from detractors– India leads the pack, observers say.

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