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Targeted killings in Balochistan, loadshedding: PML-N stages walkout from National Assembly session

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday staged walkout from the National Assembly against the targeted killings in Balochistan and the prolonged load shedding in the country.

The PML-N and some members of ruling parties including PPP, Awami National Party (ANP) and others while expressing solidarity with PPP lawmaker from Quetta, Nasir Ali Shah, joined him, who staged a sit-in in front of the Parliament House for the second day in protest against the killing of Hazara people in Balochistan.

All the parliamentarians of PML-N led by Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan joined Nasir Ali Shah to express solidarity with him while PPP members, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, former state minister for Industries Ayat Ullah Durrani, Syed Zafar Ali Shah and Syed Haider Ali Shah of ANP also joined Nasir Ali Shah.

Before leavening the House, Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that load shedding was a national issue it was not an issue of single province. He said the government should inform the House how much electricity had been added to national grid. The opposition leader said that targeted killing and law and order situation in Balochistan was also a national issue. He invited all including treasury members to show solidarity with PPP MNA Nasir Ali Shah on which the members left the House and went to Nasir Ali Shah to express solidarity with him.

On the occasion, Nasir Ali Shah thanked the members. Talking to media he said parliament is a rubber stamp and it has lost its importance, adding that he raised Balochistan issue time and again in the parliament, but in vain. "I demanded of the government to hold free, fair and transparent elections after imposing governor's rule in Balochistan. Real representations of Balochistan can establish peace. For God say, Parliament should be made sovereign insinuation and the government should implement its unanimous resolutions," he said.

MNA from Balochistan, Abdul Qadir Baloch of PML-N said that the government should hold elections under neutral set-up after imposing governor's rule. He said that he raised the issue of Balochistan in the parliament for many times, but the government did not pay any attention to it. "Now, we will go to each and every corner of Balochistan to mobilise the people. Violence in Balochistan is a conspiracy to break up the country and his party would leave no stone unturned to foil such attempts," he added.

He said that the Balochistan government had failed in protecting citizens; therefore it had no right to govern any more. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said each individual irrespective of his or her party's affiliation should play effective role and sit together to work out a viable solution to Balochistan's problems. He said that the government has failed to protect the lives of the people.

He said the government has not any policy about the issues of Balochistan, Karchi, load shedding and relations with US. He said PML-N fully support the stance of Nasir Ali Shah to take solid steps for resolving Balochistan's issues, adding he was concerned about the deteriorating situation in the province.

He said the PML-N members had not gathered for political point scoring rather they were showing solidarity and pressing for resolving problems of Balochistan. Speaking on the occasion, Javed Hashmi of the PML-N said that it was reality that the people of the province had lost confidence in the government for resolution of their problems that was why they resorted to resolve their problems on roads.

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