Balochistan assembly rejects governor's rule

Islamabad, Jan 16 (IANS) Describing the move as "undemocratic", the Balochistan assembly has unanimously rejected the imposition of governor's rule in the Pakistani province.

Governor's rule was imposed in Balochistan early Monday following last Thursday's twin bomb attacks in Quetta in which 86 people were killed and over 120 wounded.

On Tuesday (Jan 15), the assembly unanimously adopted two resolutions that rejected imposition of governor's rule in the province as an undemocratic move, demanded reversal and called for a judicial inquiry into killing of Shias in the blasts, Dawn News reported.

The movers and supporters of the resolution said it was for the fifth time that an elected government of Balochistan had been dismissed by the centre.

The assembly session was called by Governor Nawab Zulfikar Magsi Jan 12. But, when Members of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) reached the assembly building they found a contingent of Frontier Corps (FC) deployed on the gates and doors of the assembly hall.

The governor later ordered withdrawal of the FC contingent from the premises after which the session began with Speaker Syed Matiullah Agha in the chair.

The house unanimously adopted a resolution which condemned last Thursday's twin blasts that killed mostly Shia Muslims.

It also unanimously adopted another resolution which described the imposition of governor's rule as an undemocratic act and demanded withdrawal of the notification issued in this regard and reinstatement of the government headed by Nawab Aslam Raisani.

Moving the resolution, Mir Shahnawaz Marri said removal of the elected government was an insult to the elected representatives of the province.

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