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Pakistan

Web Desk
December 6, 2019

Mengal threatens to leave coalition govt

Pakistan

Web Desk
Fri, Dec 06, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal threatened to leave the PTI-led coalition government on Thursday as he protested against the arrest of four women from Awaran district last month. 

Mengal led a sit-in protest of the opposition lawmakers in front of the speaker's dais to condemn the arrest of four women from Balochistan's Awaran district a couple of days ago.

In his speech, he claimed that four women had been arrested on November 29 without warrants and had been taken to a torture cell.

He criticised the government and said that it was following in its predecessors steps by neglecting Balochistan.

Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri issued directives to release the captive women and summoned the interior minister to brief lawmakers about the development tomorrow (Friday).

The day the women were picked up, BNP-M acting president Abdul Wali Kakar held a presser. He had claimed that the women were presented before media the next day and weapons allegedly belonging to them were also shown.

Criticising the government, Mengal said that it was unfortunate how the government wanted to hide the faces of militants in court but were willing to show those of women with weapons on media.

He said that when this government wanted votes it contacted Shahzain Bugti and Akhtar Mengal.

"Neither did the previous government want to take Balochistan forward neither does this one," he said.

The BNP-M chief said that a committee for Balochistan was formed in June but its members had not been named.