QUETTA: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaquat Baloch blamed the political leadership and Army for the Balochistan crisis, which he said has reached the point of no return.
Baloch was addressing a press conference at the Quetta Press Club on Sunday.
The JI leader is in Quetta to attend the All Parties Conference convened by Difa-e-Pakistan Council on February 27. “Practical steps are to be taken to address the Balochistan issue and we believe the incumbent government has no solution for this problem,” he said.
“Enforced disappearances and discovery of mutilated bodies in the province have fuelled the already deteriorating situation. This discriminatory attitude should end immediately otherwise the consequences will be dangerous.”
The JI leader highlighted that now women were also being subjected to enforced disappearances in Balochistan.
“Balochistan has been neglected for the past 64 years and this has led to a trust deficit between the Baloch people and the rulers. This discriminatory attitude provided an opportunity for foreign elements to exploit this situation,” Baloch added.
JI leader further added that the region has a strategic importance and foreign forces will definitely try to ensure their presence here. “Political leaders and Pakistan Army should realise their responsibility and take practical steps to address the grievances of our Baloch brothers,” he said.
The JI leader also criticised the government’s non-serious approach towards Balochistan and stated that why would people of Balochistan trust the authorities who had handed over Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the US, killed women belonging to the Bugti family and were responsible for the Kharotabad massacre.
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