Daily Archives: May 2, 2013
For Baloch nationalists, the province was made to join Pakistan at gunpoint. Now, it appears, after a sixth decade long insurgency, it will be made to enter elections at gunpoint. The consequences, it must be said with regret, are fated.
On May 1, 2013, 22,000 troops and 50,000 ‘law enforcers’ entered 12 districts of Balochistan to “conduct a free-and-fair election”. The existing number of troops in the areas shall not be revealed to us, nor the fact that de facto these areas had been no-go areas for the military since the current Baloch insurgency started in 2005. With the entry of troops, the possibility of free-and-fair elections in the province has ended. Rather the Baloch people shall have elections shoved down their throats with a gun to their head.
QUETTA: Balochistan government on Monday started deployment of 70,000 security forces in all districts of the province to perform duties during the upcoming general elections, SAMAA reported.
The contingents of Pakistan Army, Frontier Constabulary, Balochistan Constabulary, Levies forces and police were dispatched to different areas of Balochistan from Quetta today 1 May 2013.
PMA to boycott polls in Chaman against doctor’s abduction
QUETTA: The increasing attacks on the political leaders and threats by the banned organisations have become a major security concern for engineers in Balochistan who are unwilling to perform their duties on the day of general elections.
Balochistan Engineers Association (BEA) General Secretary Ghulam Sarwar told APP on Tuesday that due to the warning issued by the banned Baloch organisations, engineers working across the province have declined to perform their duties. “Engineers, hundreds in number from across the province, mainly belonging to Kalat and Mekran Division have contacted BEA showing their reluctance to perform polls duty on May 11,” he said.