Balochistan govt asks PDM to postpone Quetta rally
The Balochistan government on Friday asked the opposition alliance – Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – to postpone the rally planned for October 25 (Sunday) in Quetta, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a press conference in the provincial capital, Liaquat Shahwani – the provincial government spokesperson – said it was necessary amid the terror alert issued by NACTA (National Counter Terrorism Authority).
They were taking the alert seriously, he said, adding that the PDM leadership should act in a responsible manner.
Earlier, the NACTA had issued a threat alert for Peshawar and Quetta, saying the Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was planning terrorist activities in the two cities. The banned outfit, it added, was aiming at targeting religious and political parties in attacks and suicide bombings.
However, the TTP spokesperson in a statement later said that they condemned using the name of TTP for blackmailing and issuing threats amid the increase in differences between the military organisations and the democratic political parties.
This claim generated strong reaction as PPP leader Farhatullah Babar said, “Statement of TTP spokesperson, if correctly reported, is too serious to be ignored.”
“It raises the question whether TTP's name deliberately used by an official organ to blackmail and threaten opposition. Fictional it may seem but truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction,” he noted.
On Friday, JUI-F General Secretary Abdul Ghafoor Haideri warned that Prime Minister Imran Khan and the federal government would be responsible if anything untoward happened at the opposition rallies.
The warning came after the NACTA security alert. Similarly, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid has been repeatedly talking about the possibility of terror activities in the coming days and weeks.
Earlier, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah had stated that the PML-N leadership might be in danger because of the party’s political narrative.