BNP might participate in upcoming polls: Mengal


Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Sardar Akhter Mengal on Monday said his party might take part in the upcoming the elections and a final decision in this regard and on possible electoral alliances would be made in a party meeting on Tuesday.
Talking to reporters after his arrival at Quaid-e-Azam International Airport from Dubai after more than four years of self exile, the former chief minister of Balochistan said no party or individual should be forced to boycott elections.
Responding to a question on the call made by Balochistan’s disgruntled nationalist groups for boycotting polls, he said “no decision should be imposed on anyone”.
“The situation in Balochistan cannot be termed good,” said Mengal.
He said he had come to Pakistan for a short period in October last year to attend a hearing in the Supreme Court on forced disappearances in Balochistan.
During his brief visit, he said he had also presented a six-point agenda on improving the situation in the violence-hit province.
He said the six points were extensively discussed and shared with the political leadership of the country, hailing from both, the opposition and treasury.
“Although the agenda was agreed upon verbally, there has been no improvement in the situation in the province despite passage of quite some time,” said Mengal.
Mengal was accorded a warm welcome by his party workers and leaders at the Karachi airport.