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Mir Madad Ali Jattak threatened to block Balochistan highways

11 April, 2017

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QUETTA: The president of Pakistan Peoples Party, Balochistan, Mir Madad Ali Jattak, on Monday threatened to block highways linking the province with the rest of the country if three close aides to party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari were not produced in court within 24 hours.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Mr Jattak condemned what he called the disappearance of the three PPP leaders and held Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan responsible for it. He argued that if somebody was involved in any case, he must be produced in a court of law.

“Forcible disappearance of three close aides to Asif Ali Zardari was an attempt to pressurise the PPP leadership not to talk against corruption of rulers of Islamabad and Lahore,” Mr Jattak claimed. He said the PPP never supported corruption and if someone was involved in corruption, they should be arrested and put on trial.

“We respect courts and can never even think of attacking them,” he said in a veiled reference to the storming of the Supreme Court by supporters of the rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in the 1990s, adding that the PPP always respected court verdicts even if they were against it.

He demanded that Nawab Leghari, Mir Ghulam Qadir Marri and Ashfaq Leghari be produced in court immediately. “We will block all highways linking Balochistan with the rest of the country if they were not produced in court within 24 hours,” he warned.

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