The government of Balochistan orders the immediate removal of highway checkpoints

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Balcohistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo chairs a provincial cabinet meeting on June 19, 2023. — Twitter/@AQuddusBizenjo/File
Balcohistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo chairs a provincial cabinet meeting on June 19, 2023. — Twitter/@AQuddusBizenjo/File
  • Decision was made at cabinet meeting chaired by CM Bizenjo.
  • The meeting emphasizes the need for targeted operations.
  • So far, no terrorist has been arrested from a passenger bus, participants say.

As part of its efforts to address the grievances of the local population and restore peace to insurgency-ravaged Balochistan, the Sunder Provincial Government ordered security agencies to immediately remove their security checkpoints from highways after they ” found useless”.

The decision was taken during a special meeting of the provincial cabinet with Prime Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo to review the public order situation in the province, where a sense of deprivation among the people was growing.

The meeting expressed serious concerns about “setting up checkpoints on the roads under the guise of security checks”.

The provincial cabinet ordered all federal and provincial security agencies involved to immediately remove the checkpoints from the highways – one of the people’s long-standing demands.

“In the future, no institution will place checkpoints on the highway without the permission of the provincial government,” the assembly agreed. The establishment of the checkpoint will be subject to the authorization of the Interior Ministry, it added.

The participants of the meeting believed that the passengers, including women, children, the elderly and even patients, were held back for hours at the checkpoints.

It is the responsibility of the government and institutions to provide security to the people, they claimed.

“If there is no federal security checkpoint on the highways and cities in other provinces, then there should be no checkpoint in Balochistan,” the meeting participants argued.

The provincial cabinet stressed the need for targeted operations and said no terrorist has been arrested from a passenger bus so far.


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