Dawood Ahmed:

ISLAMABAD: In a telephone call, the President of the National Party and former Chief Minister of Balochistan, Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, communicated with Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar Haq Kakar. Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch expressed the National Party’s urgent demand for the immediate release of participants in the Baloch Long March.

He conveyed the party’s deep concern regarding the late-night violence and the arrests of women and children involved in the peaceful protest. Dr. Abdul Malik emphasized that peaceful protest is an inherent right of every citizen in the country, and any attempt by the government to curtail this right is not only unacceptable but also likely to lead to further complications.

Islamabad Should Not Be a No-Go Area for Protesters

Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch highlighted that, regrettably, various political parties have engaged in violent protests in Islamabad in the recent past, targeting institutions such as the Supreme Court, Parliament House, and PTV buildings. Conversely, he pointed out the creation of the Islamabad Nogo area for peaceful Baloch demonstrators and expressed incomprehension at the government’s use of violence in that specific context.

Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch demanded the unconditional and immediate release of all participants in the peaceful protest, especially women and children. He urged the caretaker prime minister to engage in negotiations with the protesters to address their concerns. Meanwhile, Senator Mir Tahir Bizenjo of the National Party also contacted the Prime Minister, echoing the demand for the release of arrested participants in the Long March.

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