Mir Salam Jogezai:

QUETTA: Balochistan’s Interior Minister Zubair Jamali has revealed that over 80% of polling stations in the province have been classified as “sensitive” for the upcoming elections, with 34% designated as “highly sensitive.” This raises concerns about potential security challenges during the polls.

In an interview with a private TV Channel, Jamali stated that only 19% of polling stations have been categorized as “normal.” This classification is based on factors like past incidents of violence, presence of militant groups, and potential for disruption.

The high number of sensitive polling stations underscores the security concerns in Balochistan, which has grappled with separatist insurgencies and sectarian violence for decades. To address these concerns, the provincial government has also imposed a ban on political rallies and corner meetings.

Key points:

  • 80% of polling stations in Balochistan deemed “sensitive,” 34% “highly sensitive.”
  • Only 19% categorized as “normal.”
  • Ban on political rallies and corner meetings implemented.
  • Move likely due to security concerns in the province.

Possible impacts:

  • Increased security deployment at polling stations.
  • Restrictions on voter movement and campaigning.
  • Potential for lower voter turnout in sensitive areas.

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