Protest in Quetta against alleged poll rigging in Balochistan: Photo Daily Quetta Voice

Syed Ali Shah, Manan Mandokhail: 

QUETTA: Protests against the contested election results continue to grip Balochistan for the seventh consecutive day, with rallies and sit-ins persisting across various districts of the province on Thursday. The demonstrators took to the national highways, roads, and streets in Quetta, Chaman, Qila Abdullah, Harnai, Pashin, Sibi, Loralai, Zhob, and beyond.

Main Roads Blocked 

In Quetta, the provincial capital, the agitation shows no signs of abating as the Balochistan National Party (BNP),  Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP), National Party (NP), Hazara Democratic Movement (HDP),  and the Awami National Party (ANP) continue their sit-ins at key locations for the seventh consecutive day.

The epicenter of protest, Quetta witnessed a protest rally led by nationalist parties, originating from the Deputy Commissioner Office Quetta and coursing through the city’s arteries, symbolizing the populace’s unwavering resolve against perceived electoral injustices.

Outcry Against Alleged Rigging

Participation in these demonstrations has been robust, with a multitude of workers from prominent political entities such as the Balochistan National Party (BNP), National Party, PKMAP, and the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) converging to voice their dissent.

The outcry against alleged rigging, tampering of election results, and perceived interference by the returning officers has reverberated far beyond Quetta, resonating across districts like Kalat, Khuzdar, Sorab, Turbat, and Panjgur. In these locales, protests, rallies, and sit-ins orchestrated by nationalist factions continue to draw significant participation, underscoring the widespread dissatisfaction with the electoral process.

As tensions persist and voices of dissent grow louder, Balochistan remains a focal point of political upheaval, with the trajectory of these protests poised to shape the province’s political landscape in the days to come.

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