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Protest continues against the merger of Sherani-Musakhail constituencies

By Rafiullah Mandokhail;

ZHOB: Protest against the recent decision on delimitation and merger of two provincial constituencies has been continued for the last one week. People from Sherani constituency protested the decision of Election Commission of Pakistan and ‘rejected’ change to their constituency as the merger of PB-1 Sherani and PB-4 Musakhail without any ‘justification’. The commission has merged the two constituencies of during the recent delimitation exercise for the upcoming general elections.

Sherani Hariphal Qaumi Movement demanded that the Sherani constancy should have its own seat, keeping in views the growing population of the constituency revealed in the recent census.

Addressing a Jirga held in Zhob tribal and political leaders including District Ameer JUI-F Molavi Faiz Muhammad Sherani, Haji Hassan Sherani, District Chairman Sultan Sherani, Ex-chairman Ibrahim Sherani, Molavi Ahmed Hariphal, Haji Jalil Hariphal, President PTI Abdul Jalil Sherani, Secretary Pk-MAP Ghulam Din Sherani, ANP leader Sain Anwer Sherani, JUI-N Ameer Molavi Niamatullah Hariphal, Molavi Ishaq Shah Mufaqqir, Sardar Tikka Khan Sherani and Sharif Sherani said despite the fact that the constituencies are spread over hundreds of square kilometers, but both Sherani and Musakhail constituencies have a single PA seat. Neither the political parties nor the local people have been taken into confidence before delimitation of their constituencies. They would not accept this injustice with the people of constituency.

“The increase in the seats of the provincial assembly would enhance the representation of the people and it would also be instrumental in redressing the grievances of the people in a befitting manner,” said member of the movement Ex-chairman Muhammad Ibrahim Sherani.

They asked the ECP to immediately review the delimitation and restore the old status of the constituency. They threaten to block Zhob-D.I Khan highway on Thursday, if the decision was not withdrawn.

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