Opposition alliance launches protest movement with Pishin power show

BNP chief Akhtar Mengal rejects govt in Centre, terms it "Form 47" govt

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PTI General Secretary Omar Ayub Khan speaks during a political rally in Pishin on April 13, 2024, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/Geo News Live
PTI General Secretary Omar Ayub Khan speaks during a political rally in Pishin on April 13, 2024, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/Geo News Live
  • Opposition alliance holds rally at Taj Lala stadium in Pishin.
  • BNP chief Akhtar Mengal terms Shehbaz govt as "Form 47" govt.
  • Politicians laments imposition of Section 144 in district.

PISHIN: The six-party opposition alliance launched its protest drive against the government today with a rally in Baloshitan's Pishin where Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Omar Ayub vowed to reclaim their rights through the "Tehreek Tahafuz Ayin".

"The people of the country came forward to make this movement successful," the politician said during his address in front of a charged crowd.

The gathering was held at the Taj Lala Football Stadium in Pishin after the alliance comprising PTI, Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP), Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) decided to begin a nationwide movement against the government.

Senior leaders and members of the opposition parties — including BNP chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal, PkMAP chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai, SIC chief Hamid Raza, JI's Dr Ataur Rehman and others — were all present at the gathering.

It should be noted that the political rally was held despite the imposition of Section 144 owing to the law and order situation in the district.

Omar Ayub lambasts rulers

Lamenting the imposition of the restrictions, the PTI politician said: "The government of Balochistan had placed check-posts on the way to Pishin."

Omar Ayub, during his address, spoke about the release of his party's founder Imran Khan and others.

Mengal rejects 'Form 47 government'

Addressing the gathering, BNP chief Mengal said he doesn't consider the government formed at the Centre as the government of Pakistan.

"This government is Form 47 government. This is the government of the Election Commission," he said, adding that the country's mandate was stolen during the February 8 general elections.

Following their win in the general polls, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), alongside a coalition of multiple parties including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), has formed a government in the Centre.

Mengal, while lamenting the formation of government in Balochistan, said: "In Balochistan, such people were made successful who are not even recognised by the people in their neighbourhood."

The veteran politician said that “Section 144 is imposed whenever we protest for our rights”.

"[We] do not recognise the government of Section 144 and Form 47 of the Election Commission."

Their movement, he added, will continue until the supremacy of the Constitution and the acquisition of rights.

'Opposition parties united to defend Constitution'

JI Deputy Amir Dr Ataur Rehman, during his address at the gathering, said that the opposition parties are united to defend the Constitution, as the supremacy of the Constitution is essential in the country.

"The opposition alliance will move forward under the leadership of Mehmood Khan Achakzai."

Lamenting the imposition of Section 144, PkMAP General Secretary Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal said the administration has placed obstacles in the way of the workers.

"Our guests were also banned from staying in the rest house."

SIC chief Hamid Raza, in his address to the rally, said: "Pakistan belongs to all of us, but people are tortured."

He maintained that no one can stand before the power of the people.

"On February 8, it was proven that people voted for PTI. The party is still talking about people's rights and civil supremacy."

Resolution

During the rally, the opposition alliance presented a resolution under the banner of the movement.

“This meeting is for the struggle and to get the rights of the people. [We] will not hesitate to make any sacrifices to achieve their rights,” said PkMAP politician Zairatwal, reading the resolution.

He added that the elected parliament should be the source of making internal and external policies.

“Election results should be compiled and announced under Form 45,” the politico stated.