But still the exact date and time of governor rule’s conclusion is not conspicuous, Balochistan’s Home Secretary Akbar Durrani confirmed on Wednesday that reclamation of Raisani’s government was certain given that President Asif Ali Zardari’s announcement of governor’s rule in the province was set to expire on March 14.
According to the Article 234 of the Constitution, which gives authority to the president to institute governor’s rule in a province, provides for a two-month period of governor’s rule, after this period of two months any further extension has to be affirmed by a joint sitting of Parliament.
“A proclamation issued under the Article 234 shall be laid before a joint sitting and shall cease to be in force at the expiration of two months, unless before the expiration of that period it has been approved by resolution of the joint sitting and may by like resolution be extended for a further period not exceeding two months at a time; but no such proclamation shall in any case remain in force for more than six months,” reads clause (3) of the same Article.
The provincial assembly in the insurgency-hit province, which has also been the focus of rising sectarian violence, is due to complete its term on April 5, unless it is dissolved at an earlier date.
Raisani was earlier persuaded to resign at his discretion, now will take the pivotal stage in composing an interim government with restoration of the provincial government. Efforts to obtain a resignation from the ousted chief minister had failed and Raisani, who has been holding negotiations in Islamabad since his return from the UAE, was likely to call a meeting of his supporters in the provincial assembly today (Thursday).
After discussions with the coalition partners it has been decided that the PML-Q will become the main opposition party in the Bal0chistan Assembly. Another senior official, requesting anonymity, said all the matters pertaining to the caretaker chief minister of Balochistan will be decided in Islamabad in consultation with the PPP leadership.
PPP, PML-Q and Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s JUI-F are major parties in the provincial government. In order to establish a caretaker government either the PML-Q or JUI-F would have to hold the position of leader of opposition in the provincial assembly.
Meanwhile, Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi met Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf at the federal capital to discuss all the technicalities of the caretaker set-up.
On the other hand, Balochistan Advocate General Amanullah Kanrani said the provincial government would be restored at the stroke of midnight on March 14.
‘’Constitutionally the sixty days time period of governor’s rule will come to an end on March 14, therefore the provincial chief minister and his cabinet will be reinstated automatically,” he said.
He also stated that the assembly could be dissolved by the provincial governor on the advice of the chief minister under Article 112 of the constitution, after which the caretaker government in Balochistan can be formed.
Besides being heavily censured by the Supreme Court for struggling to maintain the law and order situation, the provincial capital of Quetta has also been hit by two huge bombings this year targeting Shia Hazaras that have killed nearly 200 people.