BNP’s Professional Protesters — Mir Sanjar

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Author: Mir Sanjar

The Balochistan National Party (BNP) has once again grabbed the spotlight, not for their visionary policies or innovative ideas, but for their uncanny ability to protest anything that crosses their path. The BNP is the uncontested champion of professional protesters if there was ever a trophy for such a feat. This time, their protest revolves around a recent military raid in Shahnoorani, which they claim was carried out in their constituency and among their supporters. Interestingly, the same party had earlier staged a protest against another raid carried out at the house of one of their ministers, with the same minister leading the demonstration.

However, their questionable politics raise a fundamental question of what they deem as human rights violations in Balochistan, especially considering their involvement in the attacks on public protesters in Gwadar. During Aslam Raisani’s term as chief minister, Pakistani paramilitaries were supporting the same political party to fight against Sardar Saleh Boothani’s tribal army in Shahnoorani, a matter of public record in the Pakistan National Assembly.

The BNP’s genuine commitment to Balochistan’s welfare has also been called into question. While they vocalize their stance on the raids they believe to be human rights violations, they have built a narrative around raising awareness for Balochistan’s missing persons. Yet, allegations of exploiting this sensitive issue for fundraising purposes have been leveled against them. Unfortunately, funds collected have not been used to support critical public services such as schools, hospitals, or infrastructure, and as a result, the BNP’s constituencies lag behind other districts in Balochistan in terms of development.

Recently, Wali Khan Kakar, the governor of Balochistan, staged a protest in Quetta, resulting in his appointment as governor. Since his appointment, he has remained tight-lipped about the issue he was protesting for, Mahal Baloch’s case. BNP supporters from all over Balochistan have come together to congratulate Kakar on his appointment, fueling speculations that the BNP is poised to become the PPP of Balochistan. Senior BNP leader Akhter Mengal seems to be taking a cue from Asif Ali Zardari by prioritizing financial gain over the welfare of the province.

It’s worth noting that the BNP’s leadership and workers are one and the same. They have never shown genuine commitment to Balochistan’s welfare and prioritize Pakistan’s benefits and financial gain. Their false representation in parliament and rally in support of the Frontier Corps are other instances that demonstrate their motives.

In Balochistan, the complexity of the political landscape cannot be ignored, and it is essential to examine the actions and motives of political parties and leaders with a critical eye. It is only by doing so that we can work towards true progress and development for the people of Balochistan.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Balochistan Post or any of its editors.

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