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Balochistan political crisis: CM visits Zehri to end trust deficit

* Malik rushes to PML-N leader’s house after party refuses to attend cabinet meeting * Says Zehri gave positive response
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QUETTA: After a potential threat by PML-N to break away from the coalition government of Balochistan, Chief Minister Malik Baloch reached the residence of the PML-N parliamentary leader Sardar Sanaullah Zehri on Monday to address the party's grievances.
The chief minister, who was going to chair the meeting, had to cancel the meeting and rushed to the residence of Zehri instead. Talking to the media personnel, Malik had admitted that he was facing hardship because of the coalition government.
Malik said that the opposition has always tried to topple the government but they will not succeed. Despite having a majority in the Balochistan Assembly, the PML-N supported the Baloch Nationalist Party, NP and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) to form a coalition government. However, PML-N's leaders have long expressed their grievances and said that they are not comfortable with the nationalists "PML-N is the major party and has been ignored from the very first day," Zehri added.
"We have the support of the majority. The CM should address the grievances or we would tender our resignations," Zehri said, adding that his MPAs had already offered him their resignations. "If the NP and PkMAP, have reservations we can discuss it," he added. Zehri also criticised the CM, saying he has turned the Chief Minister's Secretariat into his party office. Another PML-N leader, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that his provincial leadership has tried to persuade the PM to change the Balochistan CM or topple the government.
"We can easily form our government and topple the government of nationalists," another senior leader of PML-N said, however, he added that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants the government to be stable. Political observers believe that there are clear indications that the government would face more crises in future.

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