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from his constituency of PB-10 Dera Bugti to Gohram Bugti, the grandson of Late Nawab Akbar Bugti. Sarfraz Bugti was considered a top stalwart of BAP and his defeat was a big setback for the party. Likewise, Saeed Hashmi the founder of BAP and Manzoor Kakar, the Secretary-General of BAP, also lost their seats from Quetta. Clearly, BAP could not achieve all the targets for which it was created just two months before the polls.
Moreover, Mutahida Majlis Amal (MMA) turned out to be the second largest party by securing 9 seats in the Balochistan Assembly. MMA dominated the northern Pashtun belt of Balochistan and some parts of Quetta and the Baloch belt as well. MMA Chief Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman announced his party would not accept the election results all over the country. He ignored the successes of his party in Balochistan where it also managed to bag 5 National Assembly seats.
Balochistan National Party (BNP) – Mengal stood third after the result of the polls with 7 seats. BNP-Mengal is a left-leaning Baloch nationalist party and the last time it was in power was in 1998. For the first time in 20 years, the BNP-Mengal had managed to secure a decent amount of seats. BNP-Mengal was the only party in the current arrangement which had not been involved in corruption and bad governance in recent times. As such, people hoped a lot from the party.
PTI’s success at the national level also raised the stock of the PTI in Balochistan, which won 4 seats from the province. Political analysts foresaw a coalition government in Balochistan comprising BAP, BNP-Mengal, PTI and other smaller parties. MMAP, PML-N, and PKMAP were most likely to sit in the opposition. The picture needed to be more clear at the time of writing this piece. Contenders for the Chief Minister’s post were Jam Kamal of BAP, Sardar Akhtar Mengal of BNP-Mengal and Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind of PTI.
It was certain that the overwhelming majority of members of the next government would be the traditional politicians who had been winning seats for decades. These people had always been in power; they just changed parties and the rest remained the same. In their districts, their families had been ruling like emperors for decades and the outcome of the 2018 election would not change anything. Old faces in a new party can’t bring change in the lives of people of Balochistan.
After a loss of more than 250 lives in the Mastung blast, nothing was going to change for the people. The ballot only changed the parties in power but not the traditional ruling force which had held power from the outset. What this generated was a very negative signal for the youth of Balochistan. It indicated that they did not have to endanger their lives for a political process which would do nothing but reinforce the status quo.