Balochistan Awami Party shakes up politics with ‘Human eye’ as new election symbol

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    In a rather unconventional and intriguing move, the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) has decided to alter its election symbol to a representation of the “human eye.” This decision was reached during a consultative meeting held by the party and chaired by none other than Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, demonstrating the significance and seriousness of the change.

    The meeting served as a platform for party members to engage in discussions concerning various party-related matters and the upcoming elections. Notable attendees included Parliamentary Leader Khalid Magsi, Minister of State Ehsan Riki, Senator Naseebullah Bazai, Senior Minister Noor Muhammad Damar, and several other influential figures within the BAP.

    Having reached a consensus, the BAP delegation then took proactive steps by meeting with officials from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Their purpose was to formally request the allocation of the new symbol, the “human eye,” in light of their decision. It is yet to be seen how this symbolic change will be received by the public and how it will impact the BAP’s electoral fortunes.

    It is worth noting that the BAP had previously contested elections using the symbol of a cow, making this alteration all the more striking. The party itself was established prior to the general election held in July 2018, with a strong focus on addressing the pressing issues and concerns specific to the region of Balochistan.

    The decision to adopt the “human eye” as the new election symbol has sparked curiosity and speculation among political observers and the general public alike. Symbolism often plays a significant role in politics, conveying messages, values, and aspirations. The BAP’s choice of the “human eye” raises questions about the intended message behind this symbol and the party’s strategy in connecting with the electorate.

    As the political landscape evolves, parties continually seek unique ways to communicate their vision and gain support. By opting for such a distinctive symbol, the BAP aims to set itself apart from other political entities and capture the attention and imagination of voters in Balochistan. Time will tell if this choice proves to be a strategic masterstroke or a gamble that yields unpredictable outcomes in the upcoming elections.

    Summaiyya Qureshi is a journalist with Minute Mirror and writes about social issues besides geopolitics, foreign policy, and nuclearization. She can be reached at ( She is available on twitter at @SummaiyyaQ