QUETTA - Opposition leader in the Balochistan Assembly (BA) Maulana Abdul Wasay has demanded cancellation of the assembly membership of Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch, saying he has violated the oath of his office in an interview in London.
“If the BA speaker doesn’t take notice of our demand, we will move the court,” he said on Saturday at a press conference, flanked by ANP leader Engineer Zamrak Khan, Sardar Abdur Rehman Kehtran and other members.
Addressing the press conference at his chamber, he said Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch had violated the Constitution of the country under which he had taken oath by saying in his London interview that there should not be any religion of the state.
“Whosoever takes part in politics and becomes a minister, a chief minister or a prime minister takes the oath of defending the Constitution, but in his interview, the CM has violated the law of the land,” said Maulana Wasay. “He has violated the Constitution and we cannot tolerate any such act. If he sticks to his statement, it will never be acceptable to us,” he said.
Responding to a query, he said he had also tabled an adjournment motion against the statement of the CM in the assembly, which would be taken up on his return to the country. He added, “We can also consider the option of the court as the foundation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is based on the Islamic system and everyone understands its meaning.”
“Islam is the state religion of Pakistan,” Mualana said and added that he had violated the Constitution to please Europeans. “We will never allow such an act,” he reiterated.
Responding to another question, he said the Council of Islamic Ideology had been constituted to make the country an Islamic state.
Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Abdur Rehman Kehtran said the CM had also shattered their confidence by saying in his interview that Nawabs and Sardars (tribal chieftains) were an obstacle in the way of development. “The CM should categorically state which Sardar is against development,” he said and added Sardars were also present in his party and PML-N.
Staff Reporter from Lahore adds: The ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, is unwilling to get into the tussle that erupted after the statement of Balochistan Chief Minster Dr Abdul Malik Baloch that the survival of Pakistan lies in adopting the path of secularism.
Malik had, while speaking in the UK during his last visit, advocated secularism for the success of democracy, and opined religion and state should be treated as two separated entities as religion was the personal matter of an individual.
The statement of Malik, who is running a coalition government comprising PML-N, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and Balochistan National Party, has infuriated the opposition which is now out to demand the Balochistan Assembly speaker to send a reference against Malik to the election commission for his disqualification.
A functionary in the federal government, when contacted for version about Malik’s statement, said the government did not want to involve itself in such matters.
PML was established in 1906 and this party had its own point of view, so the party did not want to play up the issue which was only the viewpoint of a person, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said the government had already been dealing with very serious issues to provide peace and relief to the masses.