QUETTA: The Baloch­i­stan Assembly’s speaker, Abdul Khaliq Achakzai of the PML-N, has been removed from his position following the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to suspend his election notification and order re-election in 12 polling stations within the provincial constituency PB-51 (Chaman).

The directive for the re-election came after a challenge to Mr Khaliq’s victory by three contenders: Muhammad Asghar Ach­akzai of the Awami Natio­nal Party (ANP), Abasin Achakzai, and Muham­m­­ad Sadiq, all of whom were defeated in the general ele­­ction for the PB-51 seat.

However, the trio petitioned the Election Com­mission against the win of Mr Khaliq, who contested as a joint candidate of the PML-N and PPP.

A two-member ECP be­­n­ch — comprising Nisar Ahmad Durrani and Ba­­bar Hussain — heard the petitions filed by the op­­posing candidates. They called for re-polling at specified polling stations and subsequently suspended Mr Khaliq’s official victory notification, the commission said in a statement.

According to the Election Commission, the re-election will be held at polling stations 56, 57, 61, 62, 79, 89, 90, 91, 95, 106, 129 and 130 of the PB-51 constituency.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Assembly officials said that after the ECP’s decision about re-polling, Kha­liq Achakzai had been de­­prived of the Balochis­tan Assembly speaker’s post.

“Khaliq Achakzai is no longer speaker of the Balo­chistan Assembly,” the as­­sembly officials said, adding that the speaker’s election would be held after the re-election at the 12 contested polling stations.

Published in Dawn, April 3rd, 2024

Opinion

Editorial

Noshki killings
Updated 14 Apr, 2024

Noshki killings

It must be asked why Baloch separatists continue to target civilians as well as security men despite large deployment.
Upholding the law
14 Apr, 2024

Upholding the law

THE recent discord in Bahawalnagar offers a chance to reflect on the sanctity of the law and its enforcement across...
Tragic travels
14 Apr, 2024

Tragic travels

FOR those embarking on road and boat journeys, the probability of fatal accidents has seen a steady rise. The recent...
Security lapses
Updated 13 Apr, 2024

Security lapses

Ensuring the safety of foreign citizens is paramount, not just for diplomatic relations but for our economic future.
An eventful season
13 Apr, 2024

An eventful season

THE Senate chairman and deputy chairman were elected unopposed, and 41 new senators were sworn in on Tuesday,...
Living rough
13 Apr, 2024

Living rough

WE either don’t see them or don’t want to see them — not even when they are actively trying to get our...