Almost every party protests in Balochistan against rigging  
Almost every party protests in Balochistan against rigging  
Beberg Baloch

QUETTA: Balochistan remained cut off from Sindh and Punjab on Saturday as different highways and inter-provincial roads were blocked by workers and supporters of various political parties against alleged electoral fraud and rigging. Candidates and workers from various political parties staged sit-ins in front of the Deputy Commissioners’ offices.

The trade between Pakistan and Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, including transit trade, also remained suspended throughout the day, as both highways were blocked at different points.

The train service between Quetta and Chaman was also stopped by the protestors at Quetta-Chaman highway’s railway track.

The President of the National Party, Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, Chairman of PkMAP Mehmood Khan Achakzai, President of Pakistan Peoples’ Party Balochistan, Mir Changez Khan Jamali, JUI-F Provincial Ameer Maulana Abdul Wasey and PTI’s Salar Khan have rejected the changes in the results and had announced launching a strong protest, including wheel Jam strikes and blocking highway linking Balochistan with other provinces.

The supporters and workers of the National Party on Saturday blocked China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) highway in Turbat and other areas staging sit-ins at the main Chowk of the CPEC highway in Turbat where hundreds of party workers and supports gathered after a protest rally led by the party president Dr. Malik Baloch and Secretary General Jan Buledi. The participants of the rally carrying placards and banners inscribed with demands marched on various roads of Turbat town.

The party workers also staged a sit-in in Panjgur and blocked the roads linking parts of Makran with other parts of the province. Dr. Malik while speaking at the sit-in in Turbat said that the NP was deprived of a national assembly seat and at least three provincial assembly seats from Makran and other areas through a change of real results. “We will continue our protest,” Malik Baloch said.

The workers and supporters of Pakistan Peoples’ party gathered at the Sibi-Sukkur National Highway linking Nasirabad division with Sindh at Dear Murad Jamali and Dera Allahyar area and blocked the highway against changing of the result of a provincial assembly and a national assembly seat. Mr. Jamali said that the PPP candidate from PB-14- Nasirabad Sardar Ghulam Rasool Umrani was declared elected late on Thursday night but the very next day the result was changed and Muhammad Khan Lehri was declared elected.

He said that his result was also changed overnight and his opponent was declared MNA from Nasirabad-Cum Sohbatpur elect.  The party workers staged a sit-in in front of DRO and demanded restring the real result immediately. Nawab Sanaullah Zehri also reached the sit-in and said that the party would not accept changed results and strongly protested over the rigging of the election.

The other political parties, including BNP-Mengal, JUI-F, PML-N, and other parties also protested over the alleged change of results and blocked national and inter-provincial roads and highways.

Quetta also remained cut off through Quetta-Sibi road due to blocking the highway in Sibi on the issue of the election result of the provincial and national highway from Sibi. Traffic was also remained suspended on other highways and inter-provincial highways, including the Noshki-Taftan highway which also affected trade between Pakistan and Iran. The trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan was also suspended as the workers and supporters of the Awami National Party  gathered against the allegedly changing result of the Provincial President of ANP, Asghar Khan Achakzai from Chaman putting barricades and heavy boulders.

Traffic between Quetta-Dera Ismail Khan-Islamabad via Zhob was also closed and the province was also cut off from Karachi through the Quetta-Karachi national highway due to blocking at different places, including Kalat, Khuzdar, and Hub.

Authorities said that the traffic at Loralai-Dera Ghazi Khan road also remained suspended for several hours and people also blocked the road at Pasni Zero-Point.” We are making efforts through negotiation with the protestors to open the highways and Inter-provincial roads,” said, a senior official of the NHA.