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May 12, 2013

People converge on PkMAP, NP in Balochistan

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May 12, 2013

QUETTA: The election results in Balochistan have depicted a clear change of mind of the electorate as most of the parties in the previous assembly like the PPP and PML-Q suffered defeats, while the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and National Party are emerging major nationalist groups in the province.
The unofficial results of 11 NA and 22 provincial assembly seats are being compiled out of 14 NA and 50 PB seats till our going to the press. The PPP, which had formed its coalition government in Balochistan after the general elections of 2008, could not win any NA or PA seat in 2013, as majority of its strong candidates had either contested the polls on PML-N’s ticket or independently.
According to the unofficial results available till our going to the press the NP was followed by the PkMAP and PML-N who won five seats each and four PA seats, respectively. For the 14 NA seats the PML-N’s Gen (R) Abdul Qadir and Nawabzada Changez Marri won their seats, Sardar Kamal Khan Bungalzai of NP won NA-268 Kalat-cum-Mastung seat, while PkMAP’s chairman Mehmood Khan Achakzai was leading on NA-259 Quetta and NA-262 Qilla Abdullah seats.
Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali, Sardar Sanaullah Zehri and Tahir Mehmood of the PML-N won their seats. The Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) secured two PA seats till our going to the press, as it boycotted the general elections of 2008. The Balochistan National Party’s (BNP-Awami) Mir Zafar Zehri and Asad Baloch retained provincial assembly seats PB-37 Kalat and PB-42 Panjgur, respectively.
Nevertheless, the polling stations set up in different parts of the provincial capital witnessed varied response of the voters.The subversive and violent incidents were reported mainly from Kuchlak, Killi Shabo, Sariab, Rehmat Colony and Sirki Road.

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