A view of public meeting organized by the Movement for the Protection of Constitution of Pakistan in Pishin: Photo taken from social media

Asmat Hanafi, Sardar Muhammad Khondai, News Desk: 

CHAMAN, PISHIN: The newly established opposition movement, “The Movement for the Protection of the Constitution of Pakistan (MPCP),” orchestrated two significant public gatherings in the districts of Pishin and Chaman in Balochistan, denouncing what they claim to be engineered elections in the country.

In a massive assembly held in Pishin, a series of resolutions were put forth, addressing critical issues pertaining to the nation’s governance, judiciary, media freedom, and human rights. Attendees from diverse backgrounds voiced their concerns and demands through a series of resolutions, aiming to tackle various challenges confronted by the country.

Mehmood Achakzai Appointed As the Chief of MPCP

Mehmood Achakzai, Chairman of the Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP), has been appointed as the chief of the newly launched movement, leading the charge against the federal government led by the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N).

Under the banner of unity and activism, participants vehemently condemned the perceived erosion of judicial independence and the intimidation tactics allegedly employed against judges, stressing the imperative of a robust and impartial judiciary to uphold the rule of law.

Additionally, the gathering advocated for the preservation of press freedom, emphasizing the indispensable role of a vibrant and independent media landscape in a functioning democracy.

Release Of Political Workers Demanded

Addressing human rights concerns, the assembly demanded the release of political activists, including those associated with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and urged for the dismissal of cases against them. Moreover, attendees expressed solidarity with the demands of the Chaman sit-in, urging the government to heed the protestors’ grievances.

Further, the gathering called for comprehensive reforms in foreign and economic policies, an end to corruption, and a concerted focus on national development.

Following the presentation of resolutions, prominent political figures took the stage to address the gathering. Sher Afzal Marwat, representing the PTI, reiterated the party’s commitment to raising awareness and ensuring accountability for alleged injustices. Mehmood Khan Achakzai, head of MPCP, delivered a fervent speech, underscoring the historical struggles for independence and the paramount importance of upholding constitutional values.

Omar Ayub Calls For Transparency And Accountability

Omar Ayub Khan emphasized the necessity of transparency and accountability, particularly in light of recent incidents involving violence against PTI workers. He called for solidarity among opposition parties and outlined plans for nationwide rallies to garner support for their cause.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Chief of the Balochistan National Party (BNP), voiced against alleged electoral malpractices and called for an end to interference in democratic institutions. Asserting the people of Balochistan’s unwavering commitment to the constitution and rule of law, Mengal declared that their struggle for constitutional supremacy would persist.

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