QUETTA – Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Thursday refuted the statement of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan in relation to the appointment of Arsalan Iftikhar, son of former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
“Iftikhar Chaudhry had never contacted me for the appointment of his son," he told reporters after an Independence Day function at the Governor House here. He reiterated that he had appointed Arsalan in the ‘interest’ of Balochistan dispelling the impression that the former top judge had made a request to him in this regard.
The chief minister stated that Iftikhar Chaudhry hailed from Balochistan province and that the former chief judge had rendered his services to promote democracy and safeguarding the constitution. About ‘Azadi March,’ the chief minister stated that the PTI chief should understand sacrifices the political leadership has rendered for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan.
"We will resist any move against democracy," Dr Baloch said, adding the democratic system guaranteed stability and development and for that purpose all political forces were united to safeguard the system.
The chief minister also stated that law and order situation in Balochistan was improving following steps taken by civilian and military law enforcement agencies. "Now anyone can easily travel within Quetta," he said.