QUETTA – Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, an opposition member in the Balochistan Assembly, held on Saturday that the conspiracy of removing Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani would be unsuccessful.

The chief of the Rind tribe told the media that the reason behind removing Bhootani was his principled stance and respect for the judicial decisions and supremacy of law.

Rind said he favoured the appointment of Tariq Magsi as opposition leader in the Balochistan Assembly by the speaker. “The appointment of Magsi is according to the law. And we hope he would expose the rampant illegalities of the corrupt government before the people,” he said as he assured the newly-appointed opposition leader of his full support.

Criticising the Balochistan government, Rind said its tenure was about to end, but incidents of targeted killing, bomb blasts and kidnapping for ransom were increasing alarmingly. He alleged that the government had miserably failed to provide security to the people which, according to him, was evident from the fact that even journalists and doctors were being murdered. Rind also accused the government of implicating him in bogus cases in order to keep him away from his voters.

Four submit credentials for vacant Senate seat: Four aspirants submitted their documents with the Balochistan Election Commission on Saturday for a Senate seat that fell vacant after the death of Wali Muhammad Badin.

According to the provincial election commissioner, Sultan Bayazid, Haji Wali Muhammad from the JUI, Abdul Wahid Baloch of the BNP, Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini from the PPP and an independent candidate, Engineer Muhammad Usman Badini submitted their documents with the Commission office for the vacant Senate seat.

Sultan said the scrutiny of their documents would be carried out on December 26 and 27, while the polling would start on January 7 next year at the provincial assembly from 9am till 4pm.