Dec 15, 2009

Balochistan: Government Asked to Hand Over Port

Active ImageNabeel Gabol, State Minister for Ports and Shipping has called on the government to cancel the agreement with the Singapore Port concerning the Gwadar Port and hand it over to Balochs who have been subjected to injustices for over 60 years.



Below is an article published by The International News:

The federal government should cancel the agreement with the Singapore Port for running the Gwadar Port and hand it over to the Balochistan government as part of its efforts to provide a healing touch to Balochs, said State Minister for Ports and Shipping Nabeel Gabol on Monday.

Addressing a press conference at the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Sindh Media Cell, Gabol said that the previous government had given 92 per cent share of the Gwadar Port to the Singapore Port and this should be cancelled now. He said that the government has already appointed the Balochistan chief minister as the chairman of Gwadar Port Authority. He disclosed that the government was also trying to get its land vacated from Pakistan Navy.

Gabol said that the Balochistan Package would not provide relief to the Balochs till justice was not provided to them, adding, “The Balochs have been subjected to injustices for over 60 years.”

“Those nominated in the FIR of Nawab Akbar Bugti’s murder should be taken to task. Some Baloch leaders were angry with us and the government is ready to talk to them,” he said.

He recalled that Nawab Khair Bux Marri and Nawab Attaullah Mengal were also brought back from exile through a dialogue in the past. “Now the present government would also adopt the same policy to pacify the Baloch leaders and to ease the situation in Balochistan,” he asserted.

“Brahmdagh Bugti is angry because his grandfather Akber Bugti was killed after he challenged a general and demanded Balochs’ rights over their natural resources. Similarly, Nawab Khair Bux Marri is angry with the government because his son Balach Marri was killed,” he said adding that the Balochs’ anger was a natural reaction which could be addressed only when the culprits involved in those murders were taken to task.

The state minister revealed that the USA had sought permission from Pakistan to carry out drone attacks in Balochistan but the government opposed it. “The government has asked the USA to provide information and advance technology so that Pakistan itself could take action against the terrorists. It is now our war since we have lost our leader Benazir Bhutto and many other people have become victims of terrorism,” he said.

Nabeel Gabol said that the government has proof about the involvement of India in Balochistan’s insurgency, which would be provided to New Delhi at an appropriate forum. “It will not be advisable to put blame on our own security agencies about the current situation in Balochistan as there is evidence about the involvement of RAW and Mosad there,” he said.

He claimed that a three-star Indian general was working in Afghanistan to destabilize Pakistan. He alleged that India was involved in a suicide bomb blast in a bazaar in Peshawar as well as in the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

“The government would also provide the proof to international guarantors who do not want terrorism and war in this region,” he said.

“A proxy war is going on. 3,500 people were killed in the 9/11 incident, while around 500,000 people have been killed in its reaction in the world. Similarly, over 100 people were killed in Mumbai, but more than 2,000 people have been killed in Pakistan in its reaction,” he maintained.

He said that the country was at war presently, “And this requires us to forge national unity.” He regretted that certain elements were involved in destabilizing the democracy and were levelling allegations against the government, particularly President Asif Ali Zardari, adding, “Zardari is being targeted partly because he happens to be the co-chairman of PPP.”

Gabol believed that all eyes were focused on the chief justice of Pakistan as the matter of NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) was pending in the Supreme Court. He, however, added that the NRO was not a big issue and the government had asked all its beneficiaries to appear before the judiciary.

He said that the government did not own the NRO and neither was it defending it before the judiciary. Without naming Pervez Musharraf, he called for holding the creator of the NRO accountable.

Responding to a question about relations between him and Federal Minister for Ports Babar Ghouri, Gabol replied in light hearted manner, “He is a Ghouri missile while I am an MNA from Lyari!”