Balochistan unrest: PTI president urges self-exiled leaders to return

Published: April 22, 2012

Balochistan is being treated like East Pakistan as people are being whisked away from their residences, says Hashmi. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

QUETTA: 

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) President Javed Hashmi said that the people of Balochistan are compelled to escape from Pakistan if they continue to be targeted.

“Balochistan is being treated like East Pakistan as people are being whisked away from their residences,” the  PTI leader told reporters while addressing a news conference at Quetta Press Club on Saturday.

In his speech, the PTI President asked Baloch nationalist leaders Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Brahamdagh Bugti and people of the Marri tribe to help him attain independence not only for Balochistan but also for Pakistan. “The whole country is enslaved; not only Balochistan and we are struggling to free Pakistan from usurpers.”

He said that self-exiled Baloch leaders should return and help establish Pakistan the way it was envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Nawab Akbar Bugti.

He insisted that military intervention will not be acceptable at any cost in Balochistan. “Even those politicians who were struggling for the rights of Balochistan under the Constitution were killed,” he said, referring to Nawab Akbar Bugti.

The people of Balochistan have lost confidence in rulers due to the atrocities committed against them.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2012.

Reader Comments (26)

  • Abid Baloch
    Apr 22, 2012 - 9:15AM

    Baloch leaders were humiliated and insulted during last many years. This cause marginalization of Baloch public from national politics. If the government is giving due regard to MQM leadership due to their electoral base, it should also give Baloch leaders its due respect. PTI is leading in the right direction and seems serious. Kudoos to the leadership of the PTI who broke the deadlock of public from participation in the national politics. Chanting of Pakistani national songs and anthem was not possible. PTI proved its worth and deserve full credit for it.

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  • Humayun
    Apr 22, 2012 - 9:21AM

    Hope you will not betray trust. Looking forward to action now. Have had alot of rehetoric already in the past 6 decades !!!

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  • Falcon
    Apr 22, 2012 - 9:43AM

    Well said. Healing of Balochistan can not begin unless disgruntled Baloch leaders are brought on-board.

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  • AG
    Apr 22, 2012 - 10:28AM

    The Balochistan situation is highly depressing. It appears that Baloch hardliners have given up all hope of reconciliation with the state. Considering what has been happening in Balochistan since 1947, I can’t really blame them, but I wish they would talk with Imran.

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  • siddique
    Apr 22, 2012 - 11:05AM

    bold initiative by PTI

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  • Atique ur Rehman
    Apr 22, 2012 - 11:26AM

    “The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
    will not be televised, will not be televised.
    The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
    The revolution will be LIVE.”

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  • Pragmatist
    Apr 22, 2012 - 11:32AM

    IK’s domestic policies are quite impressive. But I still struggle to understand his foreign policy. The world is not restricted to China. There is a 500-pound gorilla called America that has to be dealt with too – and you can’t deal with it by boycotting it.

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  • ParvezM
    Apr 22, 2012 - 11:33AM

    PTI does not have the courage to look at the oppressive behavior of Sardars. Revolutionaries stand with people not the oppressors.

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  • Shyam
    Apr 22, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Yeah! They should returnRecommend

  • Salma
    Apr 22, 2012 - 11:53AM

    he is out of touch with reality- such populous statement may earn him votes in Punjab but not in Balochistan.

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  • waqar
    Apr 22, 2012 - 11:58AM

    To people of Blochistan every one from rest of Pakistan is with you because we all are one nation that is pakistani.there is a tiny minority among the ruling class who differentiate between people and promote secterionizm.you have same rights on Lahore,Karachi,Peshawar as every one else.may Akbar Bugti’s soul rest in peace.love for people in Blochistan(more pakistanis than any one else)

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  • nadeem khadim
    Apr 22, 2012 - 12:02PM

    imran khan is a reakl leadrer and they have ability to solve this issue and this is proved in quetta jalsa that baloch are trust on imran khan
    well done ptiRecommend

  • amir
    Apr 22, 2012 - 12:04PM

    Will these baloach readers give freedon to their people, or will subjucate them for ever. Will they allow freedon in their own feifdoms, will they allow education, desent, jobs? Will they cooperate with the federal govt, and royalties that are allocated to Balochistan, will it be distributed to the people? Will the nawabs of Balochistan work to improve the standard of living, give them sanctioned justice, not their own?

    I dont think so? It is just not baoch leaders, all our leaders have their own interest first.

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  • Apr 22, 2012 - 12:39PM

    My heart goes to all my Bloch brother and the victims of state’s unfair but these coming elections seem to be the last chance for us as a nation and the political leadership

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  • Hasan
    Apr 22, 2012 - 12:45PM

    Looking forward to revive our nation. I don’t want to critique PTI, but would rather start working out areas in which I can be of use, and specially to the lost causes – such as Baluchistan. A good start for me personally would be to start reading up on the realities in Baluchistan, and talking to Baloch people – and last but not the least, apologise to my brothers for having been so oblivious!

    Need to get this country back on its feet. InshAllah.

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  • Umer
    Apr 22, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Balochistan unrest: PTI president
    urges self-exiled leaders to return

    Right, so they can be easily taken care of by the establishment. PTI is beginning to sound like establishment’s extension.

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  • Pungi
    Apr 22, 2012 - 2:16PM

    Balochistan require party & leadership like that of PTI…PTI is certainly our last hope at the moment..!!

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  • bilal
    Apr 22, 2012 - 3:16PM

    “Speak truth even if your voice shakes”

    Thank you PTI for telling us the truth. We love pakistan and you are our only hope.

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  • king khan
    Apr 22, 2012 - 3:17PM

    Nice Kept It Up PTI …………

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  • Roflcopter
    Apr 22, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Traitors shouldn’t be allowed back

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  • Maryam
    Apr 22, 2012 - 3:48PM

    But our history is not very good with the return of exile blaoch leaders. We normally call and request them to come back to Pakistan from excile and then on Airport we catch them, put them in prison and then kill them. So better PTI stop asking them to come from exile. period

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  • Apr 22, 2012 - 6:15PM

    @Umer:

    Umer, why you have to be so negative all the time. Are you a Pakistani?

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  • qasim
    Apr 22, 2012 - 9:07PM

    @mikek:
    mikek.
    is this a new law that anyone opposing imran khan ceases to be pakistani?

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  • Kamal
    Apr 22, 2012 - 11:19PM

    @Qasim

    mikek didnt even mention Imran Khan in his comment. you are surely very imaginative.

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  • Apr 22, 2012 - 11:24PM

    do those inside Israel also should come back? I think they should stay in Jerusalem, we dont want Mossad braimwashed feudals back, now do we?

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  • Super pak
    Apr 23, 2012 - 8:55AM

    @Umer:
    Yesss thank you establishment, i hope musharaf and kayani and even the isi openly comes out in support of pti. God the look on the haters faces priceless.

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