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Political crisis in Pakistan's NWFP

A constitutional crisis has developed in the province with CM Akram Durrani and governor pitted against each other.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 10:29 IST

A constitutional crisis has developed in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) with the chief minister and governor pitted against each other.

The NWFP assembly met on Monday in the provincial capital Peshawar to administer oaths of office to two new MMA women members, despite Governor's Khalilur Rahman refusal Sunday to call the session, the Daily Times reported on Tuesday.

The assembly Speaker, Bakht Jehan Khan, called the session at the instance of Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani.

Durrani had reacted angrily to the governor's refusal to summon a session on Sunday and accused Rahman of trying to delay the session so the new members could not take oath.

However, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz sought to play down the development.

"There is absolutely no chance of imposing governor's rule in NWFP," Aziz told reporters here.

He said the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) government in NWFP had adequate majority and there was no question of dismissing it.

Underlying the political crisis is the expulsion of four MMA legislators, Maulana Dildar Ahmed, Gor Saran Lal, a Hindu and two women, Rukhsana Raz and Yasmin Khalid.

The four had appealed to the governor against their expulsion from the party by the chief minister.

The speaker announced in the house that four MMA members had "resigned" and their resignations had been accepted on March 25.

He said the Election Commission had released a notification on March 30 and approved the nominations of two new women members.

While the two women have taken oath of office, the nomination of minority member Kishwar Kumar is expected soon while one general seat will be filled through by-elections.

The four legislators were expelled from the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazlur Rehman) for allegedly voting for opposition candidates in the recent Senate elections.

They have moved the court alleging that their resignations were faked and have denied that they were involved in horse-trading.

First Published: Apr 04, 2006 17:16 IST