Wednesday, January 28, 2015

PkMAP claims Balochistan LB polls, PML-N follows

PkMAP’s Dr Kaleemullah Khan elected Quetta mayor, Younas Baloch as deputy mayor

PML-N, NP, PkMAP, JUI-F reflect stronger position elsewhere in the province.

Elections postponed in Killa Abdullah, Mastung, Killa Saifullah and others due to incomplete quorum

With the ruling coalition partners winning a majority of seats in Quetta and other parts of the province, the final phase of local bodies elections in Balochistan peacefully concluded Wednesday.

“The councillors’ turnout was high in the final phase and the government succeeded in maintaining peace. These elections will help in improving the law and order situation,” Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti commented over the polls.

Dr Kaleemullah Khan from the Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), a coalition partner in Balochistan government, won the seat of Quetta city mayor while Mohammad Younas Baloch has been elected as the deputy mayor.

In the polls, Dr Khan secured 54 votes while his opponent Mohammad Qasim Achakzai of All Parties Democratic Alliance (APDA) got 14 votes. For deputy mayor’s office, Baloch got 56 votes and his opponent from APDA, Raza Wakeel, secured 56 votes.

Dr Khan and Baloch were jointly supported by PkMAP, National Party (NP), Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) while Achakai and Wakeel were supported by APDA, an alliance of seven political and religious parties.

Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Malik Naeem Bazai was elected as the district chairman of Quetta and Asmatullah of PkMAP as deputy district chairman.


Elsewhere in the province, PML-N, NP, PkMAP and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam –Fazl (JUI-F) reflected a stronger position.

In resource-rich Dera Bugti district, PML-N emerged victorious for the first time with Ghullam Nabi Shambani elected as chairman and Shah Murad Masoori Bugti as deputy chairman.

PPP secured the seat of district chairman Barkhan with Amir Mohammad Khetran as its candidate while PkMAP’s Sultan Sherani managed to win the elections for chairman of Sherani district.

The Balochistan National Party – Mengal also secured some seats in Baloch-dominated areas.

According to unofficial results, NP candidate Fid Dashti was elected as district chairman of Kech and Mir Aurangzaib Jamaldini as district chairman Noshki.

The elections were postponed in Killa Abdullah, Mastung, Killa Saifullah and some other districts due to lack of quorum.

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  1. BCNA strongly condemn the appointment of a Pashtun as the mayor of Quetta
    WASHINGTON, D.C: The Baloch Council of North America (BCNA) strongly condemn the appointment of a Pashtun as the mayor of Quetta by the establishment and consider it as an internal meddling into the Balochistan's political affairs.

    A Pashtun Mayor for the Baloch city, the capitol of Balochistan, is totally unacceptable to Baloch people, said the BNCA statement.

    These kind of "selective appointments" will not help to solve the Balochisatn's problems but will aggravate the situation and increase the sense of alienation and marginalization among Baloch people, said Dr. Wahid Baloch, the President of BCNA.

    Instead, Islamabad should put in place the confidence and trust building measures in Balochistan to win the hearts and mind of angry Baloch by accommodating Balochs into their own homeland and not bringing and empowering Pashtun and Afghan refugees.

    He demanded that all Afghan refugees should be return immediately back to their country Afghanistan and their Pakistan National ID card be cancelled and their names should be removed from the Balochistan's voter registration list.

    He also demanded that all Pashtun areas of Balochistan be joined with KPK province so that Pashtun can not exploit the Baloch resources. We have no objection if our Pashtun brothers wants to re-join their brothers in KPK or create their own province, but they need to stop exploiting Baloch resources, said Dr. Baloch.

    He said, Quetta used to be a safe and beautiful city but due the the influx of millions of Afghan refugees, its demography has been changed and due to these Afghan refugees the crime rate have increased many fold.

    "It is time that these refugees has to go back to their homes in Afghanistan and the Quetta's demography be restored", he said.

    He asked the Baloch Diaspora members to join BCNA and unite under the BNCA platform to defend their land, coast and resources from being exploited by the Pashtuns and other outsiders.

    He said, BCNA is committed to defend the Baloch genuine rights, Baloch land, coast and resources at all cost and will work with all the democratic forces in Pakistan to secure the Baloch rights within the federation.