New federating units: Balochistan MPAs oppose carve-up plans

Legislators also demand concerted efforts for restoring peace in the province.

Shezad Baloch August 12, 2011


Legislators from Balochistan, where the army and paramilitary have been fighting insurgents since independence, voiced strong opposition on Thursday to the idea of creating new provinces in Pakistan “for being detrimental to the national interest”.

The Balochistan Assembly members engaged in a raging debate on the proposal for new provinces, prolonged power outages and the deteriorating law and order.

Sheikh Jaffer Mandokhel of the PML-Q said this issue will not be confined to Punjab, it will engulf Sindh, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan where people will rise to demand new provinces. Some politicians have raised the issue to protect their vote banks, he said.

Provincial Minister for Health Aynullah Shams of the JUI-F was of the view that the issue requires more deliberation and can only be resolved through consensus for which a parliamentary committee comprising all political parties must be formed.

PML-N MPA Capt Abdul Khaliq Achakzai said that “New provinces created on the basis of ethnicity would be dangerous for the country.”

Minister for Sports and Culture Shahnawaz Marri said that the law and order situation is deteriorating in Balochistan with each passing day.

Buledi said political workers and leaders continue to be picked up and their mutilated bodies are dumped in the open. All stakeholders and political forces must evolve a strategy to control the prevailing situation, he added. Shams said he would call for an all parties’ conference on behalf of his party for restoring peace. Every political party has to play its role in normalising the situation in Balochistan, he added. Provincial ministers also expressed strong resentment over long hours of load-shedding in Balochistan .

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2011.


Chengez K | 10 years ago | Reply

Time for Makran province.

Makrani people have their own culture, traditions, history & sports especially football.

With Gwadar as our port Makran province can be the richest province of Pakistan.

Long Live Makran province....long live Pakistan

A J Khan | 10 years ago | Reply

The Baloch militancy and inept political authority in place has compelled the Pashtuns and non Balochs to push for a separate province as existed in 1947 and before 1970. The revival of the Chief Commissioners province will bring peace to a large part of area, get rid of the criminals and allow development. The blasting of electric towers, killing innocent people, rocket firing, looting on highways and kidnapping for ransom has destroyed what ever little was achieved. We can have a Provine where merit will be the hall mark of sucess and not district quotas. We can have a public representative elected by the people and not by the weapons and area. We can have a chief secretary who can act above petty ethnicity. We can have a CM who would be capable of handling provincial affairs. As far as Governor of Balochistan is concerned, he is a noble man and such people can do a lot if in power.

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