Elections In Balochistan: Polls Not Priority For Bnp, Mengal Speaking From Dubai, Says Party Yet To Make Decision, But ‘nothing Has Changed’.
there had been no significant change in the political realm which could provide a compelling reason for the BNP to partake in the elections.
Balochistan National Party (BNP) President Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal said on Monday that his party’s participation in the next general elections is not on his priority list.
Talking to the media by telephone from Dubai, Mengal said the BNP is a democratic, political and parliamentary party. On the other hand, he added, extra-constitutional actions, killings, enforced disappearances and indiscriminate arrests continue in Balochistan, with political parties being pushed to the sidelines as a result of the “brute use of force” by the state.
The BNP president, while saying elections were not a priority, did say that the party’s central committee will take a decision over whether it should contest the polls or not.
While leaving his options open, Mengal lamented that there had been no significant change in the political realm which could provide a compelling reason for the BNP to partake in the elections.
The BNP president alleged that religious extremism and intolerance, as well as sectarian violence, were promoted by security forces in Balochistan. He pointed out that there was no history of religious intolerance in the province, adding that the “real rulers” had imported such sins under the cover of religion.