The federal government on Monday claimed to have addressed “reservations” of the allies in the ruling coalition after which the first phase of the long-awaited induction of a 34-member cabinet will take place on Tuesday (today).

It is learnt that some government allies are still said to be “unsatisfied” over the demands they had extended to the government regarding distribution of ministries and other lucrative positions.

It has been learnt that the Balochistan National Party (BNP) and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) may not join the cabinet on Tuesday, as the BNP has accused the government of not preventing violent incidents in the province, such as the recent firing on protesters in Chagai.

Ruling PML-N leader Khawaja Asif claimed in a private TV show that all reservations of the coalition partners had been addressed and the oath-taking ceremony would be held on Tuesday.

He revealed the names of some of the PML-N leaders who were set to take up ministries in the new cabinet: Ahsan Iqbal is likely to get the Ministry of Planning and Development, Azam Nazir Tarar law, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi energy, while Ayaz Sadiq will get the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Miftah Ismail was said to be made the finance minister or adviser.

However, a PPP leader told a news channel that Bilawal was not joining the cabinet in the first phase being announced on Tuesday and might opt for a ministry a few days later.

FAZAL DEMANDS ELECTIONS: JUI-F chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has demanded immediate general elections after being annoyed over the non-fulfillment of his demands regarding distribution of ministries and some constitutional posts like the offices of the president and Senate chairman.

Interestingly, Khawaja Asif put weight behind Fazal in the call for holding early elections in the country.

Addressing the National Assembly session on Monday, Asif urged the government to hold the general elections as soon as possible.

“In my personal opinion, we should go to the people as soon as possible and take a new mandate,” Asif said while speaking on the floor of the lower house.

Criticising the past government over its alleged incompetence and corruption, he said Imran Khan brought the country to the brink of bankruptcy.

Asif maintained that their coalition government is faced with the gigantic task of price hikes, and added that time and peace are required to deal with such challenges.

He said the coalition government is cognizant of the grievances of the people of Balochistan and wants to address them.

A day earlier, Maulana Fazal had said that the maximum tenure of the new government is one year. Demanding immediate elections, Fazl said that JUI-F has its own identity and narrative within the collation government.


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