Syed Ali Shah:
QUETTA: Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Chief of the Balochistan National Party (BNP), declared on Monday that the party intends to challenge the recent rejection of its nomination papers for the upcoming general elections in the country, both at the election tribunal and the Supreme Court. He emphasized that if the nomination papers are not accepted by these institutions, the party will take its case to the masses.
Speaking at a packed press conference held at the Quetta Press Club, Akhtar Mengal expressed that the majority of BNP candidates had their nomination papers rejected by returning officers, alleging a pre-planned conspiracy to sideline the party from the elections. Central leaders of the party, including Sajid Tareen Advocate, Prince Musa Jan, Agha Hassan Baloch, and others, were also present at the conference.
Aqama Issue Revolves Around My Speeches In Assembly: Mengal
Akhtar Mengal highlighted that he had held a work permit (Aqama) in Dubai in the past and contested general elections in 2013 and 2018. He stated that the issue revolves around his speeches in the assembly rather than any Aqama. He argued that an artificial leadership was being imposed on Balochistan, expressing concern about the potentially grim future of the elections.
The BNP Chief emphasized that the party is dedicated to pursuing the rights of the Baloch people through political means, playing a prominent role in upholding the supremacy of the constitution and parliament in the country.
“The letter went to London Avenfield, and Mian Sab was not there.”
Responding to a question about his letter to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after the formation of the caretaker government, Sardar Akhtar Mengal clarified, “The letter went to London Avenfield, and Mian Sab was not there.” He later discovered that the former premier had returned to Pakistan.
Akhtar Mengal pointed out that mainstream political parties are seemingly indifferent to the issues of Balochistan as the province has fewer national assembly seats and is not a priority on their agenda.
He also defended his party’s decision to support a no-confidence motion against former Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri in the past, stating, “We were cornered by that government and had no option but to support a change.