Dependently Independent

There are seven members elected to the Balochistan Assembly as independents who have made up their mind to retain their independent status in the assembly. Thus, they have no plans to join any of the mainstream political parties. In a press chat yesterday, they said their support to any party was contingent on an end to the military operations in the province and the release of all detained political leaders.

The leader of the seven independent MPAs-elect, Sardar Aslam Bizanjo, told reporters at the MPA Hostel here that these independent MPAs would support parties that conceded to their demands. The seven independents, constituting exactly half of the independents elected to the Balochistan Assembly, are Bakhtiar Khan Domki, Rastum Khan Jamali, Zahoor Hussain Khosa, Shah Nawaz Marri, Qambar Gichki, Abdul Rehman Mengal and Sardar Aslam Bizanjo. The 12 independent MPAs-elect have become the centre of attention in Balochistan due to their crucial role in forming the next provincial government.

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