Syed Ali Shah:

QUETTA: Former caretaker Prime Minister, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, made a significant move on Saturday by submitting his nomination papers for the upcoming Senate seat in Balochistan. His papers were formally submitted by Senator Danesh Kumar of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP). This marks Kakar’s reentry into the political arena after previously serving as a senator from Balochistan. Kakar had resigned from his senatorial position upon assuming the role of caretaker Prime Minister.

36 Candidates In The Run

The submission of Kakar’s nomination papers adds an intriguing dynamic to the political landscape of Balochistan, which is gearing up for the upcoming Senate elections scheduled for April 2nd. A total of 36 candidates, including prominent figures such as Aimal Wali Khan, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President of the Awami National Party (ANP), and Maulana Abdul Wasey of the Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (JUI), have thrown their hats into the ring for the 11 Senate seats in Balochistan.

Aimal Wali’s Political Refuge

The decision of Aimal Wali Khan to seek political refuge in Balochistan, following in the footsteps of Maulana Fazal ur Rehman, underscores the strategic significance of the province in the political landscape of Pakistan. It reflects a calculated move by political figures to ensure their representation in the upper house of the parliament. Aimal Wali is also backed by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Similarly, Jan Muhammad Buledi of the National Party is also backed by the PPP. The two parties including the ANP and NP had voted for President Asif Ali Zardari in the recently held presidential elections in the country.

As the Senate elections draw closer, all eyes will be on Balochistan, where the political maneuvers and alliances formed in the run-up to the polls will shape the future trajectory of the province and the country at large.

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