Gilani in Quetta: PM offers talks to Baloch nationalists

Published: July 13, 2011
Will chair first cabinet meeting in provincial capital today.

Will chair first cabinet meeting in provincial capital today.


Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday reiterated his offer of holding talks and negotiating with Baloch nationalists, saying the nationalists should convey their concerns to the government as it is ready to address their reservations.

“Most of the people in Balochistan have become emotional due to injustice and discrimination in the past but the current government is serious in addressing their grievances and removing the sense of deprivation,” told party workers at the Governor House.

“I fulfilled my promise of holding a meeting of the federal cabinet in Quetta. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is an ideological party and stands on its promises. I have taken notice of lawlessness in Balochistan and have also asked the interior minister to ensure his presence in Balochistan every month to monitor the situation,” he said.

The prime minister will chair the first-ever federal cabinet meeting here on Wednesday in which participants will review the prevailing political situation in the country with a specific focus on the recent developments in Balochistan.  Prime Minister Gilani and most of his cabinet members arrived here on Tuesday for a two-day visit to discuss Balochistan’s issues.

“The government is paying special attention in bringing about socio-economic sustainability in Balochistan by promoting trade and economic activities,” he said.

The prime minister also said that Pakistan wants to take part in Afghanistan negotiations at an equal level and is in talks with the US on this matter. “Pakistan wants friendly ties with its neighbours India, Afghanistan and Iran. We want a stable and strong Afghanistan which is also in the interest of Pakistan,” he said.

Prime Minister Gilani also held a meeting with a delegation of Balochistan Chamber of Commerce during which he said that the Afghan transit trade will help Pakistan’s economy.

He said that his visit to Balochistan was meant to keep a check on the performance of institutions engaged in development projects.

The prime minister was received at the airport by Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani and other provincial ministers.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Noble Tufail
    Jul 13, 2011 - 10:02AM

    shifting perhapes the capital from islamabad to Ziarat will help as well to bring baluchistan in mainstream.


  • Aftab
    Jul 13, 2011 - 12:15PM

    Everybody dislikes PPP but one thing they have done is great, the dissolution of power to provinces. I think 18 ministries have been transferred to provinces which is great and according 1940 Pakistan Resolution. Pakistan needs to have as much provincial autonomy as provinces can bear. The direction is good though.


  • Jul 14, 2011 - 7:10PM

    Good Offer…….Baloch Nationalist should think about it…


    Jul 15, 2011 - 3:07AM



  • Amina Khan
    Jul 21, 2011 - 8:38PM

    I wonder why good steps of the government are not highlighted as these bring a sigh of relief in times of distress in the country. The holding of the first ever cabinet meeting in Quetta is a good step but it was not properly highlighted by the media. More interestingly, when the prime minister was talking to party workers, one of the private TV channels aired the news of a fight among the workers and it looked as if the whole of Quetta was in the grip of fighting. We should know that human behavior includes such acts. Therefore, we should look at the intention of the government from a broader perspective. Here the duplicity of the media is clear, rather than felicitating the good step of the government our media is spreading despondency among masses. I laud Government’s step. Bravo PPP.


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