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COMMENT : The aftermath — Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

Polls in Balochistan have always simply provided the much needed legitimacy to the brutal actions that the establishment had taken to suppress the rightful demands of the Baloch nationalists 

Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurThe elections in Balochistan will be less than credible because elections held in an environment of terror and harassment, where people are permanently terrorised by the security forces and their proxy death squads can never be free or fair. The turnout will be naturally extremely low due to the overall security situation, which has for long been appalling for the Baloch and Hazaras, and also the boycott. Although the physical turnout will probably be extremely low, the participation figures will be manipulated to give them a semblance of respectability. Incidentally, the turnout even during the un-boycotted and peaceful elections of 2002 was a pathetic 29 percent. The people’s interest in elections in Balochistan waned a long time ago as these brought them more misery and sufferings while only the elected and their families thrived. The extremely successful strikes of May 9 and 10 have put paid to expectations that people can be forced to come out to vote.

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Baloch freedom fighters accepted responsibility for attack on Zehri’s convoy and Pakistani forces

KhusdarOccupied Balochistan: The Baloch resistance organisations, fighting for independence of Balochistan, have claimed responsibility for attack on Pakistani security forces and the convoy of PML (N) leader Mr Sanaullah Zehri in Khuzdar on Tuesday.

Sources reported that Sanaullah Zehri’s convoy of attacked yesterday when he was on his way for election campaigns. The convoy was target at Ghat region of Zehri in Khuzdar Balochistan.

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COMMENT: Nawaz Sharif’s Balochistan visit — Malik Siraj Akbar

Sharif has surely won the confidence of key Baloch tribal elders by now and will continue to do so in the coming days but he still has a long way to go to win the hearts and minds of the disillusioned Baloch people with his deeds

Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, the head of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), did not return home empty-handed from his two-day long visit to the volatile Balochistan province. The twice-elected prime minister notched ample scores to become confident to achieve the ‘required run rate’ before the next general elections or, say, the mid-term polls. The biggest achievement of Sharif was the decision of two highly influential Baloch to join his party.

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