Balochistan Imposes Restrictions on Public Meetings Citing Security Threats Ahead of Elections

Web DeskFebruary 4, 20243463 min
Balochistan Imposes Restrictions on Public Meetings Citing Security Threats Ahead of Elections

The government of Balochistan has implemented restrictions on public meetings and electoral gatherings, citing security threats and a potential terror alert involving a suspected female suicide bomber in Quetta. Balochistan Information Minister Jan Achakzai announced the ban on social media, emphasizing the need for these restrictions in response to security concerns. He urged political parties and candidates to conduct their meetings indoors, prioritizing public safety.

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As the nation approaches the elections on February 8, a surge in violence, including acts of terrorism, has unfolded in Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Prominent political figures have received threats, posing a significant challenge for law enforcement agencies tasked with maintaining peace and stability in the region.

Recent incidents of violence in Balochistan include a fatal blast in Quetta, hand-grenade attacks in Jaffarabad and Turbat, and targeted attacks on the offices of PPP and PML-N candidates. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) expressed deep concern over these terror attacks, demanding an immediate report from the Balochistan chief secretary and inspector general.

In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) reported threats issued to 15 political figures, including Mohsin Dawar, Imtiaz Qureshi, Senator Hidayatullah, Amir Muqam, Pir Musawir Shah, Shah Muhammad, Malik Adnan Wazir, and Ehsanullah, among others. The CTD directed concerned districts to enhance the security of the listed politicians in light of the threats.

The violence has raised concerns about the safety and security of election candidates and the general public, prompting the government to take proactive measures to mitigate potential risks. The situation highlights the delicate balance between ensuring democratic processes and safeguarding citizens in regions facing security challenges.

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