Preparing for the confab: President asks Balochistan governor to mediate

Published: February 25, 2012

I will not abandon my brothers during these difficult times, adds Zardari. PHOTO: PID/FILE

KARACHI: 

President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday entrusted Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi to engage enraged Baloch leaders, and bring them to the all-parties huddle on the province – adding that he wants to meet all the leaders personally.

“We accept that a sense of deprivation prevails amongst Baloch leaders,” the president said during a meeting held at Magsi’s residence in Karachi. He was visiting the provincial governor to offer condolences on his mother’s demise.

“The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) wants to resolve their issues. I personally want to meet all the leaders,” the president said.

He impressed upon the governor, being the chief of the Magsi tribe, to play the role of a mediator between the government and Baloch leaders, sources said.

The president also briefed him on the efforts to bring Baloch leaders into mainstream politics.

“We are convening an all-parties’ conference on the issue. Please convince all stakeholders in the province to take part, for seeking an amicable solution of Balochistan,” sources quoted the president as saying.

Army chief calls on Zardari

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani also called on the president at Bilawal House. The army chief was in Karachi to attend the Commanding Officers’ Conference at the Ordinance Centre in Malir, said the spokesperson for Bilawal House.

Since the president was in Karachi, the army chief paid a visit to discuss security and other issues, the spokesperson added. No party leader was willing to divulge the contents of the meeting and insisted that it was a one-on-one meeting.

(Read: Desperate times)

Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2012.

Reader Comments (4)

  • John B
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:17AM

    Good. All said and done, he is an excellent politician and managed to run a tight ship.

    Take the approach of N. Ireland and ANC- No preconditions. Full autonomy like every other province. Let the Baloch sort out their differences and come with a solution. Let Islamabad sign on the dotted line and move on.

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  • Feb 25, 2012 - 7:32AM

    Mr Zardari take some bold steps and try to sort out things, u have got a golden chance for claiming an achievement for the amid general elections

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  • M. B. F. H
    Feb 25, 2012 - 8:47AM

    If Mr. President is good for anything this is it that’s matching his caliber, this will be his test-of-skills for the nation, his party and his son to behold and remember.

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  • double-standard
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:31PM

    His statements are very confusing and sadly at such thin line he is trying to buy political gains for his political party PPP…
    yet he wants to give credit to PPP for whatever the news he is making for balochistan ,why doesn’t he decide first whether hez president of Pakistan or co-Chairman PPP…so pathetic to see their enerygy after US congress resolutionRecommend

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