QUETTA - Leaders of the Jamhoori Watan Party said on Saturday they had serious reservations over the upcoming elections in Dera Bugti since over 150,000 displaced Bugti tribe members would not be able to use their franchise right.

They said they had conveyed their reservations to the Election Commission of Pakistan and demanded steps for resettling the displaced Bugtis in Dera Bugti before the polls.

The demand and the concerns came during a press conference addressed by Lala Khan Bugti and Mir Khalil Langov and other senior leaders of the Jamhoori Watan Party.

They said they had written a letter to the election commission requesting it to take steps so that the Bugti IDPs could use their right to vote; otherwise there would no elections in Dera Bugti area.  The leaders said during the previous elections, the IDPs were denied their right to vote through a conspiracy.

 and their opponents were helped and brought to the assemblies. They said the elections were approaching and they had been recording their protest through rallies and demonstrations but the government was not willing to take them seriously.

They said they would hold a demonstration and a token hunger strike outside the press clubs in Quetta and Sindh from Sunday, warning that they would prolong their protest if their genuine demands were not met.