QUETTA - Balochistan Caretaker Chief Minister Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai said on Monday that peaceful and transparent elections would be held in the province and the government would provide equal playing field to every candidate. The CM was chairing a high-level meeting, in which Balochistan chief secretary, FC IG, provincial election commissioner, Police IG and home secretary were present, to review election arrangements. Barozai said that holding transparent elections was his top priority and all candidates would be treated indiscriminately. “Equal opportunities of participation would be provided to all candidates in elections and all possible efforts would be done to ensure the right to vote to every citizen,” he said, adding that the provincial government was bent to create conducive atmosphere for elections.  “All security agencies have been directed to ensure the holding of peaceful elections by maintaining coordination among them,” he said. Calling the role of intelligence agencies crucial, he said that few sensitive districts of the province needed special attention. He said that Balochistan had previously seen insurgency that was overcome and this time too, the situation would be tackled.  The CM directed the law enforcing agencies to take stringent measures against the saboteurs by ignoring their affiliations.

“The process of contacting all political, especially nationalist leaders has been started and soon meetings would begin with them to yield positive results, he said. Calling the return of Sardar Akhtar Mengal as a positive step, he asked the civil administration to ensure the implementation of the code of conduct issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan. He issued orders for the provision of complete security to candidates, officials of the election commission and taking back government vehicles from former ministers. He said that all conspiracies aiming at sabotaging the electoral process would be frustrated by holding dialogues. The home secretary and provincial election commissioner briefed the meeting about the law and order and polling arrangements. The meeting was informed that 25 percent bogus voters had been detected and excluded after scrutiny of voter lists at Nadra. They said initially 13 districts of the province were declared highly sensitive, 9 sensitive while 9 minor sensitive and security arrangements for those districts were being planned.