QUETTA: The Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have entered an alliance to contest the upcoming general elections from one National Assembly seat and three provincial assembly seats, it is learnt.
The development came after a delegation of BNP-M, headed by its chief Akhtar Jan Mengal, met PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari last week.
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Mengal and Zardari agreed on seat-to-seat adjustment on various constituencies of Balochistan and pledged to work for the development of Balochistan after coming to power.
PPP Provincial President Haji Ali Madad Jattak and BNP-M Information Secretary Agha Hassan Baloch announced BNP and PPP’s electoral alliance in a joint news conference at the Quetta Press Club on Thursday.
Jattak and Baloch said, “Dialogue between Zardari and Mengal ended on one unanimous agenda - development of Balochistan and its people.”
Sharing details of constituencies on which both the parties formed an alliance, they said, “PPP will support BNP-M candidates of NA-272 Lasbela-Gwadar and PB-51 Gwadar.”
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On the give and take policy, the BNP-M announced that it will support PPP candidates of PB-39 and PB-50.
Elaborating on their move of forming a political alliance with PPP, BNP leader Baloch said, “Following the democratic tradition, we will welcome all political parties seeking formation of an alliance with the BNP-M.
“The seat adjustment and political alliance with the PPP has been formed with a pledge to strive for the rights of the people of Balochistan.”
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He had high hopes that the alliance would have a positive impact on the current political scenario of Balochistan.
The PPP provincial president said, “Both the parties have formed a political alliance in Lasbela. We also want seat adjustment with BNP-M in the rest of the province.”