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Balochistan govt imposes ban on public conferences, election gatherings forward of Pak basic elections


A safety personnel stands guard on the headquarters of Election Commission of Pakistan in Islamabad on September 21, 2023.
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Ahead of the February 8 basic elections in Pakistan, the federal government of Balochistan has applied a ban on public conferences and election gatherings within the province due to a menace alert relating to a “potential female suicide bomber”.

Jan Achakzai, Balochistan Minister of Information and Public Relations, took to social media platform X on Sunday to announce the ban and mentioned all of the political events and candidates have been urged to conduct their conferences indoors to minimise the danger.

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“The govt of Balochistan has implemented a ban on public meetings and election gatherings in Quetta, in response to a threat alert regarding the potential involvement of a female suicide bomber. All political parties and candidates have been urged to conduct their meetings indoors to minimise the risk. The GOB places great importance on public safety, while also recognizing the necessity of election campaigns,” Achakzai posted on X.

The restive Balochistan province was rattled with at the least 10 bomb and grenade assaults on Thursday, ensuing within the demise of 1 individual after a bomb, positioned alongside a footpath on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) highway within the Spinny space of Quetta, went off, in keeping with Quetta SSP (operations) Jawad Tariq.

The deceased was recognized as an 84-year-old man. Tariq added that round eight kg of explosives was used within the improvised explosive gadget.

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As the nation braces for polls, a regarding surge in violence marked by a number of acts of terrorism has unfolded in Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Prominent political figures have additionally been issued threats. The regulation enforcement businesses are grappling with the formidable problem of upholding peace and stability within the area.

Pakistan Information Minister Murtaza Solangi on Saturday mentioned full safety preparations have been made to conduct the final election in a peaceable, truthful, free, and clear method.

About 18,000 candidates are within the race for the National Assembly and the 4 provincial assemblies.

The 4 provincial assemblies wherein elections will happen are Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan province.

The National Assembly (NA) has a complete of 336 seats; 266 basic seats, 10 reserved seats for non-Muslims and 60 reserved seats for girls.

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