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Balochistan government dubs province as 'war zone', seeks action against terror

Dubbing Pakistan's largest province as "a war zone", the Balochistan government has demanded sweeping powers to deal with acts of terror. "The provincial administration has no legal powers in Balochistan that has become a war

India TV News Desk, Islamabad [ Published on: October 28, 2016 17:25 IST ]
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Dubbing Pakistan's largest province as "a war zone", the Balochistan government has demanded sweeping powers to deal with acts of terror.

"The provincial administration has no legal powers in Balochistan that has become a war zone," Home Secretary Mohammad Akbar told a meeting of the Senate's Functional Committee on Human Rights on Thursday.

The Dawn on Friday quoted Akbar as saying that Balochistan required the pre-1958 powers under the Frontier Crimes Regulations to curb crimes and prevent acts of terror in the province.

Committee members, esp­ecially Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal, criticized both the federal and provincial governments for failing to stop acts of terror.

Jamaldini lost his son in an August 8 suicide attack on Quetta's Civil Hospital that claimed the lives of more than 70 people, including lawyers.

The senators said they wanted know who had powers in Balochistan to restore stability there.

Akbar said: "Balochistan has become a cocktail of insurgencies, religious extremism and other criminal activities. We cannot hide that the system has failed in Balochistan."


 

(With IANS inputs)

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