Sep 04, 2013

Balochistan: BNP Leader Denounces Helpless Government


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Chief of Balochistan National Party (BNP), Sardar Akhtar Mengal declared that the present Pakistani rulers were “either helpless or involved in the killing of Baloch people”.

Below is an article published by Dawn.com:

Mengal declared that the current government was unable to stop the recovery of mutilated dead bodies in the province of missing Baloch political workers.

Addressing a press conference at his residence on Monday evening [2 September 2013], he said under a pre-planned conspiracy, the province was being pushed towards turmoil.

"Present government is either helpless or involved in the killing of Baloch people" Sardar Mengal said.

He elaborated that if the present government was helpless then it should quit and publicly announce its weakness before what he called state institutions.

Regarding a bomb attack at his residence, the BNP chief said, such "cowardly acts" cannot stop his party from raising their voice for Baloch rights and resources.

He said despite threats and intimidation, the BNP would continue its struggle.

BNP has already called protest demonstrations across the province on September 5 [2013] to condemn attack at Sardar Akhtar Mengal's residence.

He said despite all odds, his party decided to participate in the May 11 [2013] general elections.

Sardar Mengal said the major reason behind participation in elections was to bring an end to the worsening law and order situation and stop gross human rights violations.

"We want to restore traditional peace in Balochistan," he added.

However, he repeated that his party's candidates victory was turned into defeat due to its struggle for Baloch rights and resources.

He rejected deals signed by the federal government with regard to Gwadar Deep Sea Port, Reko diq and other projects relating to Balochistan.

Sardar Mengal also announced re-organisation of BNP and cancelled all memberships across Balochistan.

He said a committee comprising senior leaders of BNP was formed to meet party workers and re-organize the party to struggle for acquisition of what he called usurped Baloch rights.