Shehbaz rings Fazl, Mengal in attempt to pacify them on Reko Diq

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday made telephonic calls to PDM President and JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, and BNP leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal in an attempt to pacify them over the burning Reko Dik issue.

In his talk with Akhtar Mengal on phone, Shehbaz Sharif discussed a string of issues including the overall political situation prevailing in the country. Sardar Akhtar Mengal conveyed to the prime minister his party’s reservations of the Riko Diq agreement. Shehbaz Sharif assured the BNP leader of allaying his fears about the Reko Diq legislation.

The prime minister also contacted Maulana Fazlur Rehman and discussed the issue of Reko Dik and informed him about the committee constituted in connection with the issue.

It may be mentioned here that the federal cabinet had on Tuesday given its nod to the Reqo Diq project amid a walkout staged by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F and Balochistan National Party-M members.

The JUI and BNP members, key allies in the coalition government, recorded their protest in the cabinet meeting and then walked out.