QUETTA - The political situation in Balochistan has cooled down to some extent after Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani once again succeeded in seeking vote of confidence from Balochistan Assembly.

He obtained vote of confidence on Nov 13 last, during a special meeting of Balochistan Assembly. About 45 out of 64 members of Provincial Assembly, including that of Nawab Aslam Raisani attended Assembly’s meeting. Some 44 members reposed their complete trust in Raisani as Leader of the House.

However, other members, including 4 members of Opposition Benches, and PPP Balochistan President Mir Sadiq Umrani and PPP leader Jan Ali Changzai did not turn up to attend the meeting.

After Supreme Court’s interim order on Balochistan, CM Raisani strived hard to call meeting of Balochistan Assembly in Gwadar on Nov 9th but Speaker Balochistan Assembly Muhammad Aslam Bhootani did not summon the meeting and pleaded that until the Constitutional status of Balochistan government is cleared he could not call Assembly’s meeting.

He said that Balochistan government had lost its Constitutional position following the interim orders of Supreme Court. However, following the advice of Chief Minister, Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi summoned BA session in Quetta on Nov 13th, but one day before meeting he left for UAE and Speaker Aslam Bhootani became acting Governor of Balochistan.  Following assuming charge as acting Governor Bhootani once again suspended BA’s session which created a political and Constitutional crisis.

Some quarters viewed the trip of Governor Balochistan to UAE as meaningful due to volatile situation of politics in the province but Governor through media has out-rightly clarified that he would never become a part of conspiracy against the provincial government.

Acting Speaker Syed Matiullah Agha on the requisition of 17 MPAs summoned BA’s session in which Nawab Raisani not only sought vote of confidence but also jointly approved a resolution in which it was stated that provincial government was not ignorant from prevailing situation of Balochistan and its duties, and promised to take steps in resolving the issues.

Most of legislators during Assembly meeting were of the view that a conspiracy was hatched against Raisani’s government.

In the meeting, Maulana Abdul Wasay disclosed that some personalities in the Federal govt before NFC Award was issued had conveyed a message to JUI-F that they wanted to change Chief Minister Raisani and need JUI-F’s help.

He said that on the occasion of NFC Award some efforts were also made to weaken the stance of Balochistan but JUI-F did not help them due to which their plan could not succeed.

Maulana Abdul Wasay and Engineer Zamrak Khan of Awami National Party (ANP) strongly criticised nationalist parties who boycotted 2008 general elections. Central Secretary General of Awami National Party (ANP) Asad Baloch though did not directly name Supreme Court yet, he said, “Army and judiciary were blamed for removing elected governments.”  Another leader of BNP-Awami Syed Ahsan Shah said that conspiracy was being made against Nawab Aslam Raisani since he had taken bold stance on millions of dollars Reko Dik project.

Political observers stated that Nawab Aslam Raisani not only kept members of his Cabinet happy but he also made efforts to keep establishment happy. Then the question arises as why Raisani sought vote of confidence when he was facing no threats.

In this regard some political analysts state that Raisani was facing threat of no-confidence motion in the Assembly thus after getting once again vote of confidence from Assembly he has strengthened his position.

Political observers said that Raisani would also use vote of confidence as Constitutional authority of his government before the court.

Though Nawab Aslam Raisani has made strong his position from those fronts which were posing threats to his government yet no such big effort is seen on the ground to improve the Balochistan situation. The incidents of kidnapping for ransom, recovery of bullet-riddled bodies, target of journalists and members of Hazara community is still underway.

In such circumstances let’s see whether Nawab Raisani could satisfy Supreme Court in his efforts.