QUETTA - Opposition staged a walkout from Balochistan Assembly’s Monday session accusing coalition partners of making arrangements for vote-rigging ahead of by-poll to NA-262.
Opposition leader and JUI-F parliamentary leader Maulana Wasey and ANP’s Zamurak Khan Achakzai claimed the chief minister had issued directives for transferring certain officials to NA-262 constituency of Qilla Abdullah. They said it was a clear attempt to tilt poll in favour of coalition partners.
According to Wasey and Achakzai, over 800 public servants from Quetta and other areas have been assigned election duties for Qila Abdullah by-election.
Refuting the charge, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party leader Rahim Ziaratwal said Opposition was certain of its defeat so it had resorted to wild charges of vote-rigging. He challenged Opposition to prove the charge it had brought against the government.
Speaking on a point of order, JUI-F’s Wasey, said coalition partners were trying to steal by-election through assigning hundreds of PkMAP supporters election duties. He said it could instigate serious trouble in the entire constituency because of it being a sensitive border district. He alleged that coalition partners wanted to repeat the results of a national seat Quetta-Chagai, a provincial seat of Quetta and another, PB-4 – won by PkMAP.
On his turn, ANP’s Zamurak Khan said all those unfurling red flag of ANP were immediately transferred in a bid to ensure victory of election candidate for PkMAP. He alleged that ruling coalition was indulged in provocative acts and that one of his close relatives was also transferred to Chaman which, he termed, a clear case of victimisation.
Later, ANP and JUI-F parliamentarians walked out of the House.
PkMAP’s Ziaratwal insisted the chief minister did not issue order for transfer of Levies personnel, and said postings and transfers of election staff was not government’s job but of election commission.
Meanwhile, MPAs tabled several adjournment motions seeking debate on killing of civilians near Bolan Pass, rocket attack on Jaffar express, suicide attack that left 22 police officials dead and firing on Farooqia Masjid that killed 13 people. They said the attack on former provincial minister Ali Madad Jattak was an act of terrorism and not a firing incident. The assembly will discuss the adjournment motions for two hours on August 24.
Meanwhile, MPA Mujeebur Rehman Muhammad Hassani disclosed that border security personnel were involved in human trafficking in border areas of Mashkhail. He also blamed border security force of getting bribe from drug cartels. Hassani said militia had established two private checkpost in Washuk district where they were extorting money from people. He threatened to go on a hunger strike if the chief minister and Frontier Corps inspector general did not take notice of this issue.
Earlier, treasury members and opposition benches showed their dissatisfaction over situation of electricity supply. They complained that power pylons in Machh area were blown up three times but from the last 12 days no repair could be started because QESCO officials were not given a security clearance.
They said up to 70 per cent population was engaged in the agriculture sector and that during the month of July all fruits and other crops got destroyed due to non-availability of electricity.
National Party MPA Rehmat Baloch said that “our economy is being destroyed by denying electricity”. He demanded the government estimated the losses of growers and compensated them.
The chair, Jaffar Khan Mandokhel, passing a ruling called the QESCO chief and home secretary to the Speaker’s chamber for a briefing about electricity and security clearance to MPAs.