QUETTA - Senior Vice President Balochistan National Party (BNP), Dr Jahanzaib Jamaldini, has claimed that party workers timely rounded up 10 workers of secret agencies who wanted to harm party President Sardar Akthar Mengal.

“Kalashnikovs and identity cards of secret agencies were also seized from the arrested men who were later handed over to the police for legal process,” he added.

He made this claim while addressing a hurriedly called press conference at Quetta Press Club on Sunday night. He was flanked by other senior party leaders.

He said Mengal was heading towards his residence after addressing a public meeting, when 10 suspects sitting in three different vehicles and already waiting on Joint Road tried to forcibly join the convoy of BNP but party volunteers sensing danger took them in custody. They were possessing Kalashnikov and when they were searched they showed cards of secret agency,” he added.

He said party workers, however, adopted democratic attitude by handing the accused over to police forthwith for investigation. “We do know these arrested persons who are part of the death squad responsible for the brutal murder of hundreds of Balochs, including that of BNP workers,” Dr Jahanzaid said.

He said popularity of Sardar Akthar had frightened the rulers and they were pursuing undemocratic means to harm BNP which was highly condemnable. “We are not fond of contesting elections but this is a democratic process. After consulting our friends, we decided to take part in this democratic process,” he added.

Responding to a question, BNP leader said if some elements were unhappy with BNP for taking part in elections, they should disclose it openly and they (BNP) would not contest the polls.

He, however, clarified that if any leader or worker of BNP was harmed the same people would be responsible for it.

“We demand election commission and real circles of power to take notice of such incidents and ask them to change their attitude otherwise the situation would go out of control,” he added.

On the other hand, police said they were not aware of any such incident.