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Islamabad, October 28, 2016: The Balo­chistan government has demanded sweeping powers to deal with acts of terror, saying Pakistan’s largest province has become “a war zone”.

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“The provincial administration has no legal powers in Balochistan that has become a war zone,” Home Secretary Mohammad Akbar told a meeting of the Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights on Thursday.

The Dawn on Friday quoted Akbar as saying that Balochistan required the pre-1958 powers under the Frontier Crimes Regulations to curb crimes and prevent acts of terror in the province.

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Committee members, esp­ecially Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal, criticized both the federal and provincial governments for failing to stop acts of terror.

Jamaldini lost his son in an August 8 suicide attack on Quetta’s Civil Hospital that claimed the lives of more than 70 people, including lawyers.

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The senators said they wanted to Home Secretary Mohammad Akbar know who had powers in Balochistan to restore stability there.

Akbar said: “Balochistan has become a cocktail of insurgencies, religious extremism and other criminal activities. We cannot hide that the system has failed in Balochistan.” (IANS)


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