Huqooq March ends today on 8th March with public gathering in Gandakha participated by thousands of men and women. Huqooq March started by Awami Party on March 1st to support election campaign of Mai Jori, a peasant woman contesting election of provincial assembly of Balochistan.
The marchers arrived in Gandakha today that was received by hundreds of men and women as they marched into the streets of Gandakha. Addressing the public gathering Mai said that her election contest is the overwhelming decision of peasants, women and youth of the area. She was least worried about the election result and promised to continue struggling for the poor for their rights fighting against the big landlords and influential people who in a cowardice attempt use the government resources to influence the election.
Mai Jori and other participants of the Huqooq March joined the 8th March ceremony to commemorate international women’s rights day. The opponent candidates belong to families of tribal chiefs of their tribes. Sardar Attaullah Khan Buledi and Sardar Nasir Khan Jamali are main candidates along with Mai Jori Jamali. In typical customary tradition some of the nationalist and democratic parties have obliged the sardar by withdrawn their respective candidates in support of one or other Sardar. The parties who withdrew their candidates includes PML – N, JUI – F, National Party and some independent candidates.
Mai Jori and her family is also threatened in traditional way as well as offered money to withdraw from election but she has bluntly refused to withdraw her candidature. Different civil society organizations have decided to monitor the polling process on March 10th and have sent solidarity messages to Mai Jori. Mai Jori have collected significant financial contributions from her voters and supporters.