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Syed Ali Shah, Manan Mandokhail: 

QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Thursday called for action against the planners and architects of the elements involved in the May 9th tragedy. The house adopted a unanimous resolution against the untoward incidents of May 9th and demanded stern action against its perpetrators. Chief Minister Balochistan, in his lengthy speech, criticized the perpetrators of the tragedy and emphasized the need for decisive action. “This house demands stern action against the elements behind the May 9th tragedy,” the Chief Minister asserted.

Mir Sadiq Umrani, the Balochistan Minister and Central Leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), tabled the resolution in the house. Speaking on the feasibility of the resolution, Mr. Umrani stated that national monuments and other memorials of martyrs were targeted last year under a pre-planned conspiracy. “This house should demand strict action against the perpetrators,” Mr. Umrani demanded.

Members from both the treasury and opposition strongly criticized the chief of the Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) and its central leadership for what they claimed was disrespect towards national memorials relating to the country’s martyrs. “We want an investigation into those untoward incidents,” Ali Madad Jattak, the Balochistan Agriculture Minister and a leader of the PPP, demanded. He referenced a case in the United States where a person was punished for three years for disrespecting a memorial, noting that the accused was a supporter of the former US President Donald Trump.

Bakht Muhammad Kakar, a young parliamentarian from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), affirmed that his party has never considered targeting national symbols despite the martyrdom of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. “It is treasonous to target memorials of martyrs of the Pak Army who sacrificed their lives to defend the motherland,” Mr. Kakar emphasized.

Mir Asim Kurd Gailo, another lawmaker from the Pakistan Muslim League (N), described the events of May 9th as a conspiracy against national institutions, stability, and solidarity of the country. He demanded strict action against the elements behind the tragedy.

Deputy Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly, Mohtarma Ghazala Gola, put the resolution to vote, and the house unanimously passed it.

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