Quetta: Balochistan opposition members offer voluntary arrests

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Quetta: Balochistan opposition members offer voluntary arrests

Manan Mandokhail :

Opposition members in Balochistan Assembly offered voluntary arrests at Bijli road police station on Monday. Over 17 members from the opposition benches walked from Balochistan Assembly to the police station to offer arrests. “We cannot arrest the lawmakers without the approval of speaker Balochistan Assembly”, a senior police officer said. He requested anonymity.

Opposition’s arrests have come after registration of the First Information Report (FIR) against its members. “We offered volunteer arrests”, Maulana Wasey, the provincial amir of Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (F) said.

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Administration adopted strict security measures 

The administration had adopted strict security measures on the eve of volunteer arrests of opposition lawmakers. Armored vehicles, baton-wielding policemen deployed aroud Balochistan Assembly to maintain the order. “Government lodges FIR against anyone who violates the law”, Home Minister Balochistan, Ziaullah Langove told Quetta Voice. He said oppositoin members violated the law and harmed the sanctity of the house the other day.

“Our struggle is for the people of Balochistan”, Sanaullah Baloch

“Our struggle is for the people of Balochistan”, Sanaullah Baloch, the Balochistan National Party (Mengal) lawmaker said. Members from the component parties including JUI (F), BNP (Mengal) and PKMAP offered arrests.

The opposition members include Malik Sikandar advocate, Sanaullah Baloch, Malik Naseer Shahwani, Nasrullah Zarai, Ahmed Nawaz Baloch, Akhtar Hussain Langove, Shakeela Naveed Dehwar, Zainat Sana Shahwani and others.

3 BA members injured

At least three members of the opposition sustained injuries in a clash with police on the eve of budget session. Officials said five policemen also injured during the clash.

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