Akhtar Mengal returns to Pakistan

Published: March 25, 2013

Former Balochistan chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: Sardar Akhtar Mengal, a former chief minister and president of the Balochistan National Party (BNP) returned to Pakistan from Dubai on Monday, reported Express News.

He will preside over a meeting of the central committee of the BNP to review the prevailing political situation in the context of participating in the general elections.

Mengal will also hold talks with Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif in Lahore to discuss the Balochistan situation. Nawaz is reportedly keen to forge an electoral alliance with the leading Baloch nationalist parties.

Speaking to the media at the Karachi airport, Mengal said that he had held talks with Nawaz earlier but there were no specific discussions over the upcoming elections.

He further clarified that he did not return on the request of the caretaker setup. “I had made this decision a month back… I have come here for the people of Balochistan.”

Mengal had been living in self-exile in Dubai and came to Islamabad last year to appear before the Supreme Court to give his opinion on the prevailing conditions in Balochistan.

He also wrote an open letter to the chief justice requesting him to play a role in conflict resolution between the Pakistani establishment and the Baloch nationalists seeking their inalienable national rights.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • yasiry2j
    Mar 25, 2013 - 1:50PM

    Well Come Back Sir, Wish you do an electoral alliance with PTI instead of N League. N league came two times in power what did they do for Baluchistan ? Imran Khan is the Real Man and as a Baloch I do believe that he is the only HONEST son of the gun who would do anything now to save Pakistan from these culprits.

    Long live Pakistan Long Live Baluchistan ameen!

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  • Mar 25, 2013 - 3:03PM

    I have come here for the people of Balochistan Wonder Why don’t our leader use the word PAKSITAN instead of their Provinces???

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  • saleem
    Mar 25, 2013 - 5:03PM

    Being from Balochistan,he will talk for balochistan,it is upto pakistan to prove that balochistan is part of pakistan by fair treatment not by coercion by forces

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  • CAT
    Mar 25, 2013 - 5:11PM

    Finally some good news. Welcome Sir and please now play your due role in provincial and national politics.

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  • saleem
    Mar 25, 2013 - 6:30PM

    He should be tried for treason.

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  • Jamal Hasnain
    Mar 25, 2013 - 8:22PM

    Dear fellow citizens. Please be honest to yourself and remember what he did when he was CM of Baluchistan. We must judge our politicians based on their actions and not their words that seek to win our hearts. Lets start by believing them by their actions and disregard anything that comes from their mouths. Inshallah if we change our ways, we will change our situation!

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  • Usman786
    Mar 25, 2013 - 9:44PM

    I like him despite being from Rawalpindi. He has a lot to do….

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  • SHB
    Mar 25, 2013 - 9:54PM

    @Rizwan Ali:
    Yes you are right. They should use the word PAKISTAN.
    Thanks for your comment.
    It is a good sign he came back to Pakistan.

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  • Mike
    Mar 25, 2013 - 10:40PM

    @saleem:

    Dont be cry babies. Balochistan is ruled by the balochis. All the member Parliament were Balochis and each 40 crores of rupees as development fund. Ask your mpa’s to do the work for which they get the money. How else we can show that Balochistan is part of Pakistan.

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  • waqas
    Mar 26, 2013 - 10:03AM

    Why we are giving him so much importance. he is only represent 35% of Baluchistan.
    i personally agreed with saleem.

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