PML-N rolls out conditions for attending Balochistan APC

Published: February 22, 2012

As government steps up efforts to bring on board as many leaders as it can for an all-parties conference on Balochistan, key opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has set two conditions for attendance.

LAHORE: As government steps up efforts to bring on board as many leaders as it can for an all-parties conference on Balochistan, key opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has set two conditions for attendance.

According to a party statement issued on Wednesday, Nawaz has said that participation in the APC would be useless until assassinated Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti’s killers are arrested and Baloch missing persons are recovered.

“Our party will participate in the conference if the government solves these two issues,” Sharif said, before leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform the Umra.

But party officials said the PML-N’s conditions were almost a refusal to participate in the APC. Prominent Baloch leaders, including Shahzain and Brahamdagh Bugti, have already refused to participate in the APC.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday had constituted a committee that was tasked to contact the political leadership of the country, inside and outside the parliament and convince them to agree upon a mutually convenient date for holding the APC.


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Reader Comments (18)

  • kamran
    Feb 22, 2012 - 4:32PM

    Apc etc everything will be useless and wont bring Balochs on Table …. NS has done right thing we must take concrete steps first only then they will come and talk !


  • Feb 22, 2012 - 4:48PM

    PML N and Chief justice takes notice of every thing but the sum result is always ZERO


  • Bhatti
    Feb 22, 2012 - 4:50PM

    Oh come on MIAN SAHIB, GET OUT OF THIS DIRTY POLITICS. As if you would have arrested the killers of Nawab Akbar Bugti or would have freed the missing persons, in both of which the country’s POWERFUL ESTABLISHMENT is involved and you don’t want to alienate & aggravate them just like anybody else when elections are round the corner. Huh!
    1) It was NS Sahib who abducted the Baloch man AIMAL KASSI in 1998 and handed him over to the U.S.
    2) What development work did NS do in his 2 tenures as a prime minister?
    Please don’t say Gawadar Port because it was completed in late 2000′s and was solely developed on the insistence of Army Establishment due to Pakistan’s Geo-Strategic Needs.

    So I request you Mian Sahib, please keep politics aside as it’s a NATIONAL, NOT A PUNJABI ISSUE


  • Z.Khan
    Feb 22, 2012 - 5:03PM

    It speaks of irresponsible approach. People want solution to the problem and not the conditions that too not easy to comply with and Mr Sherif knows it.


  • Karim
    Feb 22, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Mian Nawaz Sharif will make hue and cry for some time and then disappear from the scene or move abroad.


  • Kashif Iqbal
    Feb 22, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Very well said by Nawaz Sharif :)


  • SA
    Feb 22, 2012 - 6:08PM

    Nawaz Sharif is right


  • SalSal
    Feb 22, 2012 - 6:30PM

    These nawabs and sardars never did anything for Balochistan when they were in the government. They keep their people illiterate and enslave them. They don’t care about Baloch people they just care about their own power. I agree it’s the fault of these Punjabis too. These Punjabis have ruined Pakistan. But still whenever the govt tries to develop Balochistan these nawabs like bugti and Marri don’t let them.


  • yousuf mansoor
    Feb 22, 2012 - 6:32PM

    mr.sharif should also talk atleast once in his lifetime about the punjabi and urdu speaking settlers being massacred in balochistan.the pml-n has never talked about them,it has completely ignored the atrocities being committed against the non-baloch in balochistan.


  • sick of this nonsense
    Feb 22, 2012 - 6:49PM

    stick to the topic. The article is about Nawaz sharif not attending Baluchistan APC.


  • jan king
    Feb 22, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Brahamdagh Bugti can speak for his family not for whole baloch.

    i am chinese.

    nawaj sharif you have eyes find missing persons.why not put cctv cameras everywhere.


  • Feb 22, 2012 - 8:18PM

    @jan king:
    I love you for your comment. ( ’ ‘ )


  • Mohammad Khan
    Feb 22, 2012 - 8:46PM

    Pakistan must hold a plebiscite in Balochistan to allow the Baloch to decide their future.


  • Blithe
    Feb 23, 2012 - 2:44AM

    It is a sagacious statement by Nawaz Sharif.


  • Jaidi
    Feb 23, 2012 - 3:38AM

    Another failure of our military which is being blamed on the political parties. The Pakistan army is like the kid who makes a mess all the time and then disappears until mommy cleans it up.


  • Shakky
    Feb 23, 2012 - 4:07AM

    Nawaz Sharif conveniently ignores the fact that Bugti was killed because he took up arms against the state. By the way, does anybody know what the Bugti family has done with the handsome tithes which it has received from the government over the years for the Balochistan gas fields?


  • Qaiser k. Ahmed
    Feb 23, 2012 - 4:32AM

    Shame on Nawaz and PML_N for putting their ego /interest first before the betterment of Pakistan.


  • mac
    Feb 23, 2012 - 10:43AM

    For those criticizing NS on this count, bear in mind that in PML N govts, these leaders from Balochistan were part of the provincial govts. They had a stake in the system. Musharrafa takeover and brutalities ruined the chances of reconciliation with the Baloch.


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