Will withdraw cases against Bugti, other Baloch leaders: Malik

Published: February 23, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik offered to withdraw cases against Brahamdagh Bugti, Harbiyar Marri and other Baloch leaders if they were willing to return back to the country, Express News reported. 

Speaking to the media after a meeting on Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan, Malik said that there has to be a political solution to the Balochistan issue and that action needs to be taken to save the country.

He added that he had asked Balochistan, Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) provincial president Shahzain Bugti and Bilal Bugti to choose their leaders whom the government would talk to, but nothing had transpired in this regard.

Showing his discontent for those “who were never satisfied with the government” he said, “Where do we go? We are criticised whether we call an All Parties Conference (APC) or if we don’t”.

“The APC, which is being called for the resolution of the Balochistan issue is now being opposed.”

Reader Comments (27)

  • Ali
    Feb 23, 2012 - 7:51PM

    We do not need this democracy. Why will you take away cases against them Mr Malik?

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  • Feb 23, 2012 - 7:57PM

    Good step but will this solve the problems of Baluch people?

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  • A Pirzada
    Feb 23, 2012 - 8:02PM

    They will not be safe in Pakistan. Look what they did to Nawab Bugti.

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  • Much Amused
    Feb 23, 2012 - 8:10PM

    Why do the Baloch need sardars, who are rich beyond imagination? What have they ever done for the common Baloch people?

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Feb 23, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Will Bloch leaders ever trust Pakistan on such offers after getting deceived so many times in past? Pakistan signed many peace agreements with India also. Has Pakistan ever honored those peace pacts?

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  • Siddique Malik
    Feb 23, 2012 - 8:27PM

    That proves the cases are fake and politically motivated. Why would you withdraw cases if they are genuine? Balochistan is not your personal property in which you can pick and chose the cases case you prosecute or withdraw? You are a servant of the people of Pakistan and your job is to prosecute every genuine case with full vigor of the law. Obviously, you engineered these cases — which by itself is a crime – and now you want to play the game of give and take.
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • Menon
    Feb 23, 2012 - 8:29PM

    Give it break man, you don’t make sense. People know when you are desperate and setting traps to catch them. Recommend

  • athar
    Feb 23, 2012 - 8:29PM

    This is threatening. Things have gone out of hands . Now the resources riched and betrayed balochistan cannot be brought back, unfortunately !!! Just my own thought that could be wrong

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  • ifti
    Feb 23, 2012 - 8:32PM

    Anyway a batter step… Why we start to think something seriously after loosing a lot…But the Govt. should try to uplift the common people of Balochistan. As the poverty and ignorence is at top there the govt of Punjab should also try to establish more univeristies in adjoing area with Balochistan and should establish a special seets for Balochies……Recommend

  • Mustafa Moiz
    Feb 23, 2012 - 8:35PM

    @Rajendra Kalkhande:
    Stop bringing India into every issue. And Pakistan has not decieved the Baloch people, though if your only source of information if Brahamdagh Bugti you would probably get that idea.

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  • Cautious
    Feb 23, 2012 - 8:35PM

    With over 6,000 dead and missing it’s apparent that dropping legal charges has nothing to do with safety in Balochistan. It’s also pretty clear that until the Civilian govt demonstrates control over the military that any negotiations by the govt is meaningless.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Feb 23, 2012 - 8:54PM

    @ Mustafa Moiz; India can not be wished away from any of such discussions as most of these disputes have their roots in pre-partition Indian history. Bloch were very much our brothers till 1947. If Pakistan has divine rights to fight for Muslim cause world over, we Indians have the right at least to fight for the cause of pre-partition Indians. To me the name Brahamdagh itself sounds very much of locan origin and not the Arabic one.

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  • Agent Provocateur
    Feb 23, 2012 - 9:22PM

    I think everyone should read, Testimony of Ralph Peters, military analyst and author
    “PAKISTAN AS A FAILING EMPIRE” and draw your own conclusions about the ills that plaque Pakistan.

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  • Silent Spectator
    Feb 23, 2012 - 10:13PM

    What an irony that the beneficiaries of the wretched NRO are promulgating another NRO-kind of deal to save themselves and other politicians. While this setup may work for a select few, deals like these are detrimental to Pakistan, its masses, and the legal system.
    What a shame that the rich and powerful can get their cases withdrawn painlessly while the poor masses spend their lives and savings to defend themselves endlessly in courts.

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  • Mirza
    Feb 23, 2012 - 10:29PM

    The army has ruled the country for the better part of its history with totalitarian powers. What have they done to promote education, break sardari system, and free the people of Balochistan? Stop blaming the sardars and concentrate at the atrocities unleashed on Baloch men.
    Why drop the cases when they come back? Why don’t we drop the cases now? Better have them quashed by the SC, so nobody could use the decades old cases against them or the elected govt. For some any action by the elected govt would mean nothing and they are going to oppose it anyway. These atrocities like surrender of E. Pakistan, OBL’s presence, Mehran Base and murder of Mr. Bugti had nothing to do with any elelcted govt.

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  • butt jee
    Feb 23, 2012 - 10:32PM

    They are not interested in the withdrawal of cases. As long as they maintain anti Pakistan stance and keep obeying the directives of their foreign masters they will keep on enjoying the patronage and hospitality of their foreign masters. Who can leave the luxurious life of Switzerland and UK.

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  • Balach
    Feb 23, 2012 - 10:53PM

    what a jock !!!!!! return back all missing persons and then talk about there leaders.

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  • Mirza
    Feb 23, 2012 - 10:53PM

    @Silent Spectator:
    Under the NRO only the restoration of the judges is kosher all the rest is not fair. In addition the extensions to Gen Kayani, Gen Pasha and PCO SC CJ are all fine by the NRO Govt, but the problem is when civilian political leadeers benefit from NRO. Where is the justice and fairness?

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  • Nomi
    Feb 23, 2012 - 10:55PM

    We call them foreign agents, but the fact is that all these so called foreign agents will have to be engaged in talks. But this time I fear for the federation. Things have gone out of hand. Young baloch fighters do not care about sardars and tribal elders. If you go to balochistan, it seems like a huge garrison.

    Sardars are corrupt, but so was Mujib of Bangladesh, but bengal nationalism made him a leader. Sad to see that in Punjab the attitude is of conspiracy and nothing else. We just might be giving away another province to the enemies. It is Heart Wrenching.

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  • Chengez K
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:11AM

    These Bugti & Marri Boys who are asking for NATO help should remember the end of Messrs Saddam & Qaddafi.Both tried to be best friends of U.S, one was hanged on Eid day & other was sodomised before being slaughtered by the agents of NATO.

    Even Mujeeb was killed along with his family by U.S trained Bengally army officers after he had been used to break Pakistan.

    Do these Sardar boys really believe that U.S will allow their Sardari..an antique concept present only in poor Balochistan in the whole world.

    These young turks should understand that their Sardari will only be respected in our beloved PAKISTAN.

    Pakistan govt should rather than talking silly start massive development projects for the people of Baluchistan while continuing with political dialogue.

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  • Salma
    Feb 24, 2012 - 1:36AM

    what does he mean by “IF” he should withdraw the cases immediately and promise full security. But I doubt Rehman Malik means it that is why there is an ‘If’

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  • KMR Overseas
    Feb 24, 2012 - 1:59AM

    Am sure they will never step in as long as Pakistan in control of Balochistan!!!
    @Chengez K, Pakistan did the same to others (Akbar Bugti latest high profile case)

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  • Its (still) the Economy Stupid
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:03AM

    May be what he means is old charges will be withdrawn and new one will be layed until unless——

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  • Optimist
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:29AM

    @ Rajendra Kalkhande

    Its not the pre-1971 Pakistan! Lay off!!!!!
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    Balochis love Pakistan (I know many in London). Balochistan is not thousand miles away. 50% of its population is non Pushtun (who have lived there for decades and dont know any other place!) who are against this insurgent movements. Balochis are pro Pakistani (with exception of 5% area that is quite backward).
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    Every year, thousands of Balochis join Pakistan army and fight against insurgents.
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    Population of Balochistan is less than 5 Million (half non Balochis) as compared to 75 Million Bengalis in East Pakistan.
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    Balochis have studied in Urdu (with optional Balochi subject), unlike Bengalis in East Pakistan. They have stronger ties with Pakistan. Islamic values in Baloch society are also very traditional.
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    We do not have 1000 miles gap with Balochistan and a very long border.
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    The senator who presented resolution in Congress is a known joker who has done that for KHALISTAN MOVEMENT too.
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    If this is your attitude, its very happy that we have not honoured any agreement with the likes of you (who claim friendship but have a vile agenda against my country)
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    Things have changed and we have moved on quite a lot…

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  • Mustafa Moiz
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:41AM

    @Chengez K:
    It should not be respected in Pakistan either. This system is what is keeping the people of Balochistan poor and the province underdeveloped. It is in the interests of the Sardars to keep their people deprived of their basic rights, and it was because Musharraf tried to change that that some Sardars rose up against him. Musharraf tried to develop the province, break the power of the Sardars and empower the people, and that is why he was faced with rebellion by these Sardars.

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  • dv sikka
    Feb 24, 2012 - 3:09AM

    ‘IF’means governing by whims and fancies of the rulers.

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  • Manzoor
    Feb 24, 2012 - 3:30AM

    The solution is very simple! Give them and other provinces power over their resources. Its not a rocket science.Recommend

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