The Chief Minister of Balochistan, Jam Kamal, asked the opposition on Saturday to apologize for the violent clashes that occurred outside the provincial assembly before the announcement of the 2021-22 fiscal year budget to prevent chaos from becoming a precedent.
In his speech at the Balochistan Parliament, Kamal said that if this matter is not taken seriously now, then in the future “anyone can go through the door and enter.”
The chief minister said that at the very least he does not want his party to be blamed, that the chaos resulted due to “their weakness”. “If there is no respect for the assembly, there will be none for us.”
Kamal said that provinces do not progress with rallies and demonstrations. He said that the Opposition may be pleased that there is no development work in the province but they should not blackmail the government.
He invited the Opposition lawmakers to hold discussions instead in parliament — whether or not all their demands are agreed upon — noting that the people surely did not vote for the Opposition for them to spend their time in jail.
“So come and talk to us. All discussions become part of record.”
He went on to say that holding a press conference at the police station has a different impact than speaking at a rally.
At the same time, members of the opposition party appeared at the Bijiri Road Police Station for the sixth consecutive day and surrendered and were arrested.
The opposition leader of the Balochistan Parliament, Malik Sikandal, said that the fact that the opposition leader was not arrested “proved that the FIR against us is false”.
Opposition lawmakers clashed with the police outside the Balochistan parliament on June 18 before the budget was submitted.
The police said that opposition lawmakers had locked all four doors of the building to prevent the budget meeting from being held.
According to reports, when the Chief Minister arrived in Parliament, protests and conflicts from the opposition parties intensified.
The police then took to hit the gate so that government lawmakers could enter the budget meeting.