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PTI to stay in Balochistan government: Umar

PTI leader says Punjab, KP assemblies will be dissolved on Dec 23

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) General Secretary Asad Umar on Sunday said that the Balochistan government was “not part of the regime-change conspiracy operation” and therefore the party will continue to hold office in the provincial government.

Speaking to journalists in Quetta, Asad Umar said that the Balochistan government was “no imported government” even though “it may have its own pros and cons but it is the result of the internal democratic process here”. “Therefore, we are part of Balochistan Assembly and part of the government here,” Umar explained, adding that the federal government’s case was different because “over there, a regime-change operation conspired and we refuse to be a party to that”.

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Responding to another journalist’s questions, the PTI leader said that “no decision has been made” about dissolving the Balochistan Assembly. Nonetheless, he stressed that assemblies in Punjab and KP will be dissolved on December 23, as announced by Imran. In that same vein, he said he had been directed by the former premier to visit Balochistan and take notice of the preparation for elections in the province.

“People are joining [the] PTI because they saw that with [the] PTI in government, for the first time an attempt was made to give Balochistan its full rights and I am very proud that when we drafted the yearly Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) two years ago, the allotted funds for Balochistan exceeded those for Punjab,” he said reflecting on the initiatives taken by the ousted government in development projects.

“Elections will be held in Balochistan in 2023 and God willing, [the] PTI will form the government here and this is Imran Khan’s promise that I communicate on his behalf that within the first year of being in government, the people of Balochistan will also benefit from the Sehat Card,” he added. Speaking to the journalists, Umar said that enforced disappearances were “absolutely unacceptable”. “When we speak of ‘true freedom’ (Haqeeqi Azadi) then there is no room for enforced disappearances in that,” Umar added.

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“This problem prevails across Pakistan, but for the people of Balochistan, missing persons are a big problem,” he continued, “and it is a fact that during Imran Khan’s tenure as prime minister a large number of missing persons that were recovered was unprecedented”. “However,” he added, “it is pertinent to nip this evil in the bud”. “We don’t think that further laws need to be drafted on this matter, but if there is a need then make new laws; but it simply cannot be that people are picked up against the law,” he furthered.

Separately, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Vice President Fawad Chaudhry expressed hope on Sunday that the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) would not use its “subsidiary” Election Commission (ECP) to run away from elections. The PTI leader took to Twitter to say that they are afraid that the PML-N might try to escape the people’s court with the help of its “partner” ECP.

He added that they would follow the PML-N. The former Information said that in a democratic country, it is the people who have the ultimate authority to make decisions, and the PDM government should acknowledge the people’s rights.


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