Quetta - Owing to the prevailing deteriorated law and order situation, political activities are constantly declining in Balochistan.

The Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party was scheduled to hold a public meeting at Sadiq Shaheed Ground here on Thursday to show it political strength in connection with the upcoming general elections. But the party was left with no other option but to call off its political activities as the authorities concerned failed to ensure adequate security measures for the public meeting.

Repeated attacks on the Awami National Party’s public meetings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwah, remote control bomb attack on the convoy of PML-N provincial president Sanaullah Zehri and prevailing poor law and order situation are the main reasons which made the political parties to suspended their activities across the province.

It may be mentioned here that the banned Baloch organisations including the Baloch Liberation Army, Baloch Republican Party and Baloch Liberation Front have threatened of carrying out attacks on election commission offices and activities to disrupt the electoral process. The organisations have also appealed to the people to stay away from political activities.

The BLA had claimed responsibility for the remote-controlled bomb attack on the convoy of Zehri in Khuzdar district on Tuesday in which four people including son, brother, nephew and a security guard of Zehri were killed.

Apart this, hand-grenade attacks have been carried out on Election Commission offices in different parts of Balochistan. Following the attack on Zehri’s convoy, political activities are diminishing throughout the province as the workers are avoiding visiting the offices set up by their parties in different areas in connection with the general elections.

However, as compared to the Baloch-dominated areas, political activities are quite better in Pashtoon areas in Balochistan.

17 candidates move BHC

against disqualification

At least 17 candidates disqualified by the Election Tribunal have filed petitions in the Balochistan High Court.

JUI-F’s Hafiz Hamdullah, Roziud Din Kakar, Maulvi Agha Muhammad, Sarwar Musa Khail, Ghulam Qadir Bugti, Mir Abdul Ghafoor Lehri, Azhar Khan Khosa, Muhammad Khan Toruthmankhail, Babu Ameen Umrani and Ali Madad Jattak, while PML-N’s Zahoor Ahmed Khosa, Humayun Kurd and BNP-Awami’s Syed Ahsan Shah are among the candidates who moved the court against their disqualification by the tribunal.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Justice Qazi Faez Essa would hear the petitions today.