Manan Mandokhail: 

QUETTA: Successful candidates for teaching positions, who had taken exams conducted by Sardar Bahadur Khan (SBK) Women University, have called on the provincial government to release their results. On Tuesday, the candidates, led by Umar Khan, Dad Mohammad Kakar, Akram Kakar, and Noor Baloch, took to the streets to press for their demands. The protestors, holding banners and placards with various slogans, marched to the Quetta Press Club to stage their demonstration.

During the protest, leaders emphasized that the Supreme Court had ordered the education department and relevant authorities to publish the SBK candidates’ results.

Despite this directive, the authorities have disregarded the court’s orders, leaving thousands of test-takers in Balochistan uncertain about their future. “By not announcing the results of the candidates, they are causing mental anguish and anxiety,” one speaker remarked.

The speakers also noted that the candidates have been protesting for a significant period, seeking the announcement of their results. The extended delay and the ongoing legal proceedings have wasted valuable time for the candidates. The case, initially addressed in the High Court and later in the Supreme Court, ended with instructions to announce the results, yet the education department has failed to comply.

Expressing their grave concerns, the protestors warned of intensifying their protest if the results are not announced soon. They threatened to hold a sit-in (dharna) in front of the Balochistan Assembly, placing full responsibility on the concerned authorities for any ensuing situation.

After articulating their demands and frustrations, the protestors peacefully dispersed, continuing to chant slogans in support of their cause. The candidates and their supporters now await a prompt and satisfactory response from the authorities.

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