ANP Balochistan president, Asghar Khan Achakzai addressing a public meeting in connection with August 8 carnage in Chaman: Photo Sardar Khondai

Syed Sardar Muhammad Khondai:

Provincial President Awami National Party (ANP) and member provincial assembly, Asghar Khan Achakzai said the August 8 carnage deprived Balochistan of the treasure of knowledge. Addressing a public meeting in the memory of lawyers martyred in Chaman, he said lawyers of the province were targeted under a pre-planned conspiracy to deprive the province of future talent.

Mr. Achakzai stated that the judicial commission comprising supreme court judge, Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa worked for seven months but his recommendations were totally ignored by the then government. Contrary to this, the then, the nationalist government challenged the report in the apex court instead of following the instructions given in the report, he lamented.

Asghar Khan Achakzai stated that Pashtoons were tired by dead bodies from the massacre of Babara to Quetta carnage and urged upon the rulers to change their policies in this regard. “We are not frightened of bullets rather we will continue our struggle despite all odds”, the ANP president said.

He expressed serious concern over the continued closure of the Pak-Afghan border Chaman and demanded of the federal government to open the border to open new vistas of jobs. He said thousands of peoples’ jobs were linked with the border.

He said the unfortunate incident, which claimed the lives of people before Eid ul Azha was condemnable. He demanded of the ANP followers to adopt the teaching of Pashtoon political elders during their political struggle.

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