Boycott Pakistani elections in Balochistan: Pro-freedom Baloch parties to launch anti election protests
The patriot Baloch parties that are boycotting the Pakistani elections include the Baloch National Movement, the Baloch National Voice, the Baloch Republican Party, the Baloch Liberation Party, the Baloch Student Organisation – Azad and the Baloch Salvation Front.
Meanwhile, the Baloch National Front (BNF), an alliance BSO-Azad and BNM, has decided to observe complete shutter-down and wheel-jam strike in Balochistan from May 5 to May 11, aimed at disrupting the upcoming Pakistani elections.
The BNF also decided to continue its earlier decision of boycotting all Urdu news channels and some daily newspapers in Balochistan. They Baloch pro-freedom parties maintain that the state run media is promoting the state agenda and distorting the Baloch national struggle.
The BBC Urdu and The Nation quoted a journalist and analyst, Anwar Sajidi, as saying, “The elections would definitely be disrupted to some extent. There are many areas in Balochistan where people would not come out of their homes. If the government took stringent measures for holding the elections, there would be clashes and turmoil.”
It is more likely that the other Baloch independence seeking parties will also support the anti-election campaign of the BSO-Azad and BNM in Balochistan.
Exiled Baloch leaders Hyrbyair Marri, Brahumdagh Bugti and Mir Suleman Dawood have also, in their interviews with foreign news channels, made it clear that they are struggling for the independence of Balochistan.
They say Pakistan has forcefully occupied the Baloch country and it should withdraw its troops from Balochistan unconditionally.
On 27 March on addressing a public meeting on Balochistan’s occupation day Hyrbyair Marri said, “We want general elections in a free Balochistan – not an election under the armies and security forces of the occupying states. We want Balochistan parliament in a free Balochistan where true representatives of Baloch people are elected on merit basis under the one person one vote democratic system.”
Separately, the Baloch resistance organisations – fighting for the independence of Balochistan, have also warned the general public to stay away from election campaigns in Balochistan as they would target the polling stations.