A few Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leaders quit the Balochistan ruling party on Saturday and joined the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) after weeks of negotiations led by former president Asif Ali Zardari.
The decision to join Sindh’s ruling party was announced following a meeting with Zardari at Bilawal House in Karachi. MPAs Zahoor Buledi, Saleem Khosa, and Arif Muhammad Hasani reportedly called the PPP leader, according to a brief statement released by the Bilawal House.
Haji Malik Shah Gorej, Mir Wali Muhammad, Mir Asghar Rind, Mir Faiq Jamali, Sardarzada Faisal Jamali, and Agha Shakeel Durrani were among the other BAP leaders.
“The PPP has consistently spoken out in support of Balochistan. The province held a particular place in Benazir Bhutto’s (Shaheed Bibi) heart. The PPP has done a lot for Balochistan, but undoubtedly more needs to be done for the province, the PPP leader was cited as saying in the statement.
The BAP leaders argued that the “increasing difficulties” in the province and the region could only be met by “visionary leadership” as justification for their decision to join the PPP.
They were optimistic not just about the PPP’s prospects in Balochistan, but also about its function in the system of government that is in place at the moment.