Jul 09, 2013

Balochistan: Mengal States 'Six Points' Only Way Forward For Peace

The president of the Balochistan National Party (BNP), Mengal, has submitted six points the government needs to implement to resolve the issue in Balochistan. 

Below is an article published by Business Recorder:

Balochistan's former chief minister and president Balochistan National Party (BNP) Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal on Monday (8 July 2013) said that it was imperative for the government to take practical steps to initiate meaningful process to resolve the Balochistan issue.

He expressed these views while addressing a book launching ceremony and a panel discussion on "Peace in balochistan and the Role of federation" in a local hotel, under the auspices of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

Akhter Mengal, who was chief guest of the ceremony, alleged that the Baloch had suffered five military operations and said the announcement of general amnesty, development packages or apologizing with the people of Balochistan would not heal or ameliorate the sufferings endured by them over the past 65 years.

Mengal submitted his six points to resolve Balochistan issue including: all operations against Baloch people should be ended immediately; all missing persons should be produced before a court of law; intelligence agencies must stop their operations, Baloch political parties be allowed to function and resume political activities without any interference by the agencies, and measures should be initiated for rehabilitation of thousands of displaced Balochs.

Lt general (R) Talat Masood, security analyst, said on the occasion that everyone was aware of the gravity of the situation in Balochistan but lack of will and sincerity - both in civilian and military leadership - remained the biggest obstruction.

Talat said that rather than a political solution, military actions were imposed which led to unrest in Balochistan. Similarly, he said the civil governments used military in Balochistan which was unjustified.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Human Rights Activist I A Rehman, country head of DDPI, Dr abid sulehri, Dr humaira Ishfaq, Jan Achakzai and others.