According to a report from Dawn, an English-language newspaper in Pakistan, individuals with weapons in Pakistan’s Gwadar fatally shot the brother-in-law of a former provincial minister, along with a high-ranking police officer, on Saturday in Balochistan.
Abdul Qayyum Buledi was fatally shot by individuals on a motorcycle while he was sitting outside his residence.
According to a Levies official, Abdul Qayyum Buledi succumbed to his injuries on the spot after being shot multiple times. Zahoor Buledi, a former finance minister of Balochistan, was the brother-in-law of the deceased individual. Dawn reported that the body was transferred to a nearby hospital. Zahoor Buledi had recently joined the PPP political party.
In a separate incident, Mohammad Rafiq, the chief of the special branch of police, was fatally shot while engaged in a conversation with a friend.
Unofficial Results Show PPP’s Victory in AJK By-Election for Seat Vacated After Ex-PM Tanveer Ilyas’ Disqualification
According to unofficial results announced on Thursday, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) emerged as the winner in the by-election for the seat that was left vacant following the disqualification of former Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Ilyas Tanveer in April.
As per the unofficial results declared by the returning officer, Sardar Zia Qamar of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) obtained 25,755 votes, securing victory. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) candidate, Mushtaq Ahmed Minhas, came in second place with 20,485 votes.
Minhas, a former journalist who entered politics and won his first election in AJK in 2016, gracefully accepted his defeat. A photograph captured the moment when he embraced and greeted Qamar after the unofficial results were announced.
During a phone conversation with Dawn.com, Qamar expressed that this triumph symbolizes the trust placed in a sincere and down-to-earth political worker who chooses to remain connected with the people in all circumstances.
PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari took to Twitter to extend his congratulations to Qamar. In his tweet, he expressed gratitude to the people of Bagh, AJK for placing their trust in the PPP. Bilawal also mentioned that the by-election in Bagh solidified their winning streak following previous victories in Multan and Karachi. He specifically congratulated Sardar Zia Qamar, the former PYO president and current chief organizer of AJK PPP, on his well-deserved victory.
Bilawal further highlighted that Bagh had recently hosted their protest against the G20 meeting in occupied Kashmir. He emphasized that the victory in the by-election sent a strong message on both sides of the border.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is a social-democratic political party in Pakistan with a centre-left ideology. Currently, the party holds the third-largest position in the National Assembly and the second-largest position in Pakistan Senate. Established in Lahore in 1967, the party emerged as a response to President Muhammad Ayub Khan’s military rule, bringing together influential left-wing politicians under the leadership of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
The PPP is affiliated with the Socialist International and, while its platform was previously socialist, it continues to advocate for transforming Pakistan into a social-democratic nation, upholding secularism, egalitarian values, social justice, and a robust military. Alongside the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, it is one of the country’s three major political parties.
Since its establishment in 1967, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has remained a significant centre-left political force in the country, with the Bhutto family members dominating its leadership. Its stronghold lies in the southern province of Sindh.
The PPP has achieved electoral success on five occasions (in 1970, 1977, 1988, 1993, and 2008) and emerged as the largest opposition party on four occasions (in 1990, 1997, 2002, and 2013). The party has produced a total of four prime ministers.
During the 1970s, the PPP held a dominant position in Pakistani politics but experienced a temporary setback during the military dictatorship of President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. Following Zia’s death and the restoration of democracy in 1988, a two-party system emerged, with the PPP and the Islamic Democratic Alliance initially, and later succeeded by the Nawaz League. From 1999 to 2008, the party served as the main opposition to the military government led by Pervez Musharraf.
In the 2013 general election, the PPP faced a defeat, losing considerable support in the Punjab Province, where much of its base shifted to the emerging PTI party. However, the PPP retained its provincial government in Sindh. In the 2018 general election, the party faced a historic outcome as it neither formed the government nor became the largest opposition party for the first time in its history.