Baloch Concerns Compel P.M.L.-N. To Withdraw Achakzai’s Name For Caretaker Prime Minister

AchakzaiFrom Express Tribune 

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has withdrawn Mehmood Khan Achakzai from its list of possible caretaker prime minister candidates after Baloch nationalists and parties objected to his political leanings.

Sources told The Express Tribune that the PML-N leadership held a meeting a few days ago in which they finalised Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid’s name as caretaker prime minister and dropped Achakzai, the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief, from the list after reservations were lodged by the Balochistan National Party, Jamhoori Watan Party and Baloch leaders within the PML-N.

They felt uncomfortable with Achakzai’s ideology of wanting a separate province for Pakhtun strongholds in Balochistan.
Balochistan National Party’s acting president, Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini, confirmed his party’s position, asking how it was possible that Baloch-dominated areas like Chaghi, Sibbi, Bolan, Mastang and even Quetta could be handed over to the Pakhtun community.

He added that he conveyed his party’s reservations to the PML-N leadership. Jamaldini said his party and most Baloch political leaders supported the circulation of Zahid’s name as caretaker prime minister.

A senior PML-N official said his party will seek one more name from opposition parties in the coming days and will publicly announce two names.

The PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal confirmed Zahid’s name, adding that his party was still in consultations and would soon finalise the process.

Balochistan Caretaker Chief Minister

The PML-N has also floated two names for caretaker chief minister of Balochistan for consultation with stakeholders both within and outside the province.

Although the main opposition party has not started discussing the possible candidates for caretaker chief minister of all four provinces, it has so far forwarded two names to other opposition parties for Balochistan.

The two names are former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Ali Ahmad Kurd, and Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khosa.

The PML-N has urged all its members who are part of the Balochistan Assembly and its allies in the province for the forthcoming elections to resist the PPP-led government’s move to appoint its own caretaker chief minister, if it decides to do so.

Republished in The Baloch Hal on February 20th, 2013

  • Malek Towghi /Tauqee, Ph.D.

    About the ‘Baloch leadership’ , one can only recite the following Arabic couplet:


    “When the raven (kawwaa) becomes the guide of a a nation, it will soon lead that nation into a disaster” (which we are already in).

    Long before, I had translated this Arabic couplet into Balochi as follows:


    With my sincere regards for muhtaram Mahmoud Khan Achakzai,
    Malek Tauqee

  • Malek Towghi/Tauqee, Ph.D.– USA

    First of all, muhtaram Mahmoud Khan Achakzai had already declared — and told Nawaz Sharif so — that he is not interested in becoming the caretaker PM because he intends to actively participate in the upcoming general elections — something the caretaker PM is not supposed to do. So, it is less than honorable for Mr. Jamaldini of the BNP to take credit for the ‘deletion’ of Achakzai’s name from the proposed list.

    It is however not the first time that the Sardar Mengal party, suffering from an inferiority complex and guilty conscience because of its record of corruption and opportunism, is trying to sabotage the the much-needed Baloch-Pashtun solidarity in Balochistan. The list is too long ….

    In any case, no responsible Baloch nationalist worker, leader or intellectual shares the Mengal Party leaders’ parochialism concerning the PMAP (Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party) and its leaders we, the responsible and genuine Balochs, love and respect.

    We are sure that in case of the creation of a Pashtun-majority province out of the land now called Balochistan — or in case of the emergence of Pashtunistan / Pakhtunkhwa as a sovereign free independent country — all border and other issues between the two, Pakhtun & Baluch, nations will be solved amicably and with mutual generosity, disappointing the Mengal Party trouble-mongers. Let us remember that in any case, there will be aBaloch minority living in the Pakhtun-majority province/country and vice versa. Nether the Pakhtuns nor the Balochs aim at ethnic cleansing.

    Dr. Malek Towghi/Tauqee, Liaison, Baloch Human Rights International