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'Balochistan is war zone'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Oct 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Islamabad, Oct 28: The Balochistan government has demanded sweeping powers to deal with acts of terror, saying Pakistan’s largest province has become “a war zone”. “The provincial administration has no legal powers in Balochistan that has become a war zone,” Home Secretary Mohammad Akbar told a meeting of the Sete’s Functiol 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 Setor Jehanzeb Jamaldini of the Balochistan tiol 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 setors 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 crimil activities. We cannot hide that the system has failed in Balochistan.” (IANS)

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