Islamabad (August 03, 2018): Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) chief Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal along with key party members met with Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) President Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Islamabad.
Sources said that matters of mutual interest, election-2018, current political situation and formation of governments in Balochistan and center came discussion in the meeting. Maulana Fazlur Rehman briefed Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal about the decision made in the all parties conference (APC). Earlier, the BNP-M chief questioned transparency of the July 25 vote and said that the public’s mandate and election results differ in the province.
Addressing a press conference in Quetta on Tuesday, Mengal likened the July 25 polls to the general elections of 1970 and demanded a commission to investigate the polls.
“The election results were delayed for 72 hours – it has never happened before despite previous election commissions lacking resources. Such delaying tactics create doubts over the transparency of the electoral process,” he said. “Our mandate was stolen from at least 12 constituencies. The ECP has failed in its duty to guide the voters.”The former Balochistan chief minister claimed that the results were a deliberate effort to prevent BNP from forming a government in the province.
He said that the party was open to either forming a government or sitting in opposition. He revealed that the BNP had formed two committees – one to focus on the situation in the National Assembly and another for provincial legislature.
Mengal asserted that during the talks, BNP will stand by its stance, including that on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the ownership of resources such as oil and gas. “Our demand also includes building a cancer hospital in the province.”