National Party to Actively Participate in Next Elections: Dr. Malik Baloch
KARACHI: The President of the National Party Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch said on Saturday that his party would actively participate in the upcoming general elections but warned the government to refrain from rigging the polls to support its favorite candidates. The Baloch leader also said that unobjectionable elections would be the harbinger of peace in the province.
The former senator was speaking to the party leaders and activist during an important meeting in Karachi.
The N.P. meeting reviewed the party’s performance in various districts of Sindh and Balochistan and also analyzed the contacts between the National Party and other like-minded political parties for electoral alliances in the wake of the upcoming general elections.
The National Party had boycotted the 2008 elections because of its opposition to former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf as the president of the country. A leader from the N.P., Kachkol Ali, also served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Balochistan Assembly during the Musharraf regime.
However, Dr. Malik said now his party would actively participate in the next elections. He urged the government to appoint non-controversial care-taker governments in all three provinces. In Balochistan, he said the appointment of a trusted interim government and the arrangement of free, fair and transparent elections would be key to future peace and stability.
“Rigged elections would have disastrous consequences,” Dr. Baloch warned.
Published in The Baloch Hal on February 16, 2013