Asmat Hanafi:

PISHIN: The four-party alliance organized a protest rally in Balochistan’s Pishin district on Thursday, vehemently condemning the alleged poll rigging during the recent elections. The rally, attended by a spectrum of political figures and activists, resonated with calls for justice and electoral integrity.

Mehmood Khan Achakzai, the central chairman of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP), emphasized the imperative of inclusive dialogue, asserting, “There is a dire lack of judicial recourse and legal oversight in Pakistan. The remedy to our grievances lies in convening roundtable conferences.” He lamented the erosion of Pakistan’s international standing, stating, “Pakistan has regrettably witnessed a decline in its global reputation.”

Achakzai Calls For Roundtable Conference

Reaffirming the historical entitlements of Pashtuns and Balochs in Balochistan, Achakzai declared, “The land of Balochistan rightfully belongs to the Pashtun and Baloch communities, and it was not granted as a charitable donation.

Dr. Ishaq Baloch, the central leader of the National Party (NP) raised concerns regarding the transparency of the electoral process, remarking, “Assemblies are being filled solely through financial influence.” He voiced discontent over perceived interference by state institutions in political matters.

Dawood Hazara, representing the HDP, expressed skepticism about the legitimacy of recent elections. “We demand to know on whose behalf the recent elections were purportedly rigged,” he demanded, stressing the importance of fair representation.

Political Leadership Can Play A Key Role: Speakers

Abdul Reem Ziaratwal underscored the significance of unity among Pashtun, Baloch, and Hazara communities, cautioning against attempts to sow discord. “External adversaries seek to sow division among Pashtun, Baloch, and Hazara communities,” he warned, advocating for solidarity.

Rahim Ziaratwal criticized candidates suspected of securing victory through illicit means, calling on them to be held accountable. He advocated for equitable resource distribution in Balochistan, emphasizing the need for access for Pashtun and Baloch communities.

Sajid Tareen of the Balochistan National Party (Mengal) highlighted the pivotal role of political leadership in addressing national challenges, stating, “The resolution of our nation’s problems hinges upon political leaders, not institutions.” His sentiments echoed those of many at the rally, who demanded genuine representation and accountability.

The protest rally provided a platform for diverse voices to articulate their grievances and demand transparency in the electoral process, spotlighting the ongoing struggle for democratic principles and fair governance in Balochistan.

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