QUETTA: National Party (NP) President Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo has given a shutter down strike call for July 13 in the Makran division, including the port city of Gwadar, against water shortage and unannounced load-shedding that have crippled the routine life of the people for many months.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday along with other party leaders, the NP president said that the people of Makran had been facing suspension of power supply for many months after a fault was developed in the transmission line supplying electricity to Makran from Iran.
Senator Dr Ashok Kumar and other party leaders were also present.
Hasil Bizenjo said, “Suspension of power supply is becoming a very serious issue and the concerned authorities and local administration are not giving the proper attention to resolve the issue.”
He said water crisis was also worsening as all water reservoirs in and around Gwadar had dried up due to no rains in the catchment areas of the dams.
He claimed that an agreement signed with a Chinese company for supplying over 400,000 gallons of drinking water could not be implemented due to interference by the civil administration.
The NP president warned that the issue of water and power supply must be resolved within two days otherwise a shutter down strike would be observed in the entire Makran division on July 13.
To a question, he said that interference of certain forces in the election could worsen the already tense situation in Balochistan. “Elections must be free, fair and transparent,” he said, adding that there were reports about interference in the upcoming elections.
He warned that elections should not be made controversial as such an attempt would harm democracy in the country.
He appealed to all political parties to launch a joint struggle to address the difficulties and issues faced by the people.
Hasil Bizenjo also said that after committing atrocities against Nawaz Sharif, now Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur were being harassed.