QUETTA: Former Senate deputy chairman Maulana Ghafoor Haideri has said “new delimitations in Balochistan would spoil the next general elections”, wondering aloud how a contestant or a Member National Assembly (MNA) could visit a constituency spread over 1,100km.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Secretary General Abdul Ghafoor Haideri was addressing a news conference at Quetta Press Club on Wednesday.
He said “Incumbent Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) head has served as provincial chief secretary and he should have known the sprawling land of Balochistan. New delimitations indicate that they finalised new constituency boundaries by sitting inside a room instead of visiting the area.”
Citing previous general election, Haideri said there was a need of someone and he allowed nationalists to form government in the province, but the practice of stealing JUI-F’s vote won’t be allowed to be repeated.
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“Pakistan cannot afford delays in upcoming elections. All institutions must work within their defined domains because creating hurdles in general elections will create uncertainty,” he added.
He announced that the JUI-F Balochistan will hold a public meeting in Manguchar to remember the JUI-F workers martyred in last year’s suicide attack on deputy chairman Senate.
“Around 26 JUI-F workers were killed in the attack, but the investigation report is yet to be submitted. Our party wants to know who carried out the attack in Mastung,” he said, adding the party is going to conduct Shuhda (Martyred) conference on May 11th.
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On withdrawal of security from government officials and politicians following an order by the Supreme Court, JUI-F secretary general said, “My security had been reversed since last Senate elections, but the government would be responsible for any attack on us”.
Slamming PTI chief Imran Khan over his last public gathering in Lahore, Haideri said bringing girls for dance party in the name of public rally has become a PTI trend, following state agencies report there were 15,000 to 20,000 people in PTI rally.
“We are going to show power on May 13 in Lahore, and hope it would be the largest public rally in the history of Pakistan,” Haideri claimed.
He condemned the recent targeted killing attacks in Quetta and said JUI-F always stood steadfast against terrorism and we will never allow anyone to create state within a state.
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