Participants of Loralai march receive warm welcome in Quetta
Participants of the Loralai long march arrived in Quetta on Friday evening

Participants of Loralai March receive a warm welcome in Quetta

Matiullah Khan:

Participants of the Loralai long march received a warm welcome in Quetta. Dozens of youngsters marched for nine-days from Balochistan’s Loralai district to Quetta to press the authorities to construct roads and provide basic facilities in their area. Asfandyar Khan, a social activist-led the long marchers from Loralai.

For nine days, they travelled for 280km to reach Quetta.

On Friday evening, the participants of the long march arrived in Quetta. A large number of political workers, members of civil society, and people belonging to various walks of life joined them. They lamented that the government has failed to Loralai-Spara Ragha road despite the passing of more than a decade. They said social-indicators were portraying a grim picture as the provincial government has ignored the area.

Political leaders receive participants in the long march 

Political leaders including Yousaf Khan Kakar of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP), Maulana Abdul Qadir Luni of Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (Ideological), Luqman Kakar of the Balochistan National Party received the participants of the long march.

They were chanting slogans for the construction and dualization of national highways in Balochistan. Scores of precious human lives lost as a result of traffic accidents on national highways of the province. The political leaders backed the demands of the long march participants and assured their full cooperation in this regard.

The participants of the long march announced that they would stage a sit-in outside the chief minister Balochistan secretariat if their demands were not met. The political leaders said they would also join the protest of participants of the long march in support of their demands.

60 to 70 people from Balochistan’s Loralai walked for nine days to Quetta to mount pressure on the government. They also criticized the government for what they claim its failure to address the basic issues of the masses.

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