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Balochistan Leaders Raise Concerns Over Caretaker Prime Minister’s Approach to Protests

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Leaders from the Balochistan National Party (BNP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) expressed contrasting views on the recent conduct of Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister, Anwaar ul Haq Kakar, regarding ongoing protests in Balochistan. BNP president Akhter Mengal and PTI leader Raoof Hasan commented on Mr Kakar’s actions during press conferences and public appearances. Mengal criticized the Prime Minister’s perceived lack of empathy and suggested he focus on his caretaker responsibilities, while Hasan raised concerns about Mr Kakar’s comments regarding protesters and urged him to respect their right to peaceful assembly.

In response, Mr. Kakar affirmed his administration’s commitment to upholding constitutional rights, including the right to protest, while simultaneously emphasizing the need to maintain order and combat terrorism. He acknowledged the pain of families affected by disappearances but also condemned the violence and reiterated the government’s resolve to counter separatist activities. While differing perspectives emerged, a common thread throughout the exchanges was the emphasis on the need for dialogue and constructive solutions to address the complex issues surrounding Balochistan. It’s crucial to engage in respectful discourse and prioritize peaceful means of addressing grievances to pave the way for a more stable and inclusive future for the region.

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