Balochistan cut off from other provinces as protests continue

Supporters of JUI-F, PkMAP and other parties have blocked highways against rigging in elections.

QUETTA: Balochistan remained cut off from other provinces as protests against rigging in the Feb 8 elections continued for the third day running. 

Supporters of different political parties, including JUI-I, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, have staged sit-ins on highways linking the province with Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakthunkhwa. 

Pakistan Railways said that its operations between Balochistan and other provinces had been suspended as protesters also blocked railway tracks. 

The protesters said that their candidates had been deprived of victory by rigging and tampering of ballot papers. They said that they would continue their protest till action was taken on their allegations. 

Meanwhile, police registered cases against PTI supporters in different cities of Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Punjab who were also protesting against rigging. 

The police in different cities said the PTI protesters attacked police and damaged public property and police vehicles. Cases were registered against hundreds of PTI supporters under different sections of the law, including the Anti-terrorism Act.

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