Injustices to Baloch people: Balochistan appreciates recognition by Punjab

Lawmakers say it’s the first time that Punjab has realised these injustices.

Express December 24, 2011

QUETTA: After years of barbed exchanges and simmering hostilities, pleasantries were exchanged for the first time between the country’s most populated, most well-off province and the largest, yet least-developed one.

Lawmakers in Balochistan Assembly welcomed the resolution adopted by their Punjab counterparts over Balochistan and hoped that Punjab government will continue to play its role in addressing longstanding grievances of the indigenous Baloch population.

Provincial minister for mines and minerals, Abdul Rehman Mengal, took to the floor in Friday’s session and said it was for the first time that Punjab had realised that injustices are done to Baloch people.

“I must praise the role of [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief] Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab for acknowledging that Balochistan was mistreated and Nawab Bugti’s murder should be probed,” he said.

“I hope that Punjab will play its role in the future as well, for addressing the problems of Balochistan,” Mengal added.

Provincial minister Eshan Shah and Dr Fauzia Marri of Balochistan National Party-Awami also welcomed the meeting between Nawaz and Sardar Ataullah Mengal.

“We do not have any complaints with the people of Punjab,” Shah said. “It is the elite class and we hope they will change their attitude towards Balochistan.”

Meanwhile, provincial minister Zahoor Buleidai demanded that the Quetta Electricity Supply Company (Qesco) ensure implementation of an agreement with the Iranian government for supplying electricity to Makran Division.

“Qesco was supposed to implement the agreement in six months, but the deadline had expired now. [The company] should make progress in this regard,” he demanded.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2011.


A.Bajwa | 11 years ago | Reply

Baluchistan had the biggest potential for development and our rulers missed it. Las Bella should have been the capital of Pakistan and Baluchistan states hub of development,, forestation and cattle breeding and fisheries.

Now at least we should give the fullest attention to Baluchistan's problems instead of fighting with US or Memgate and other frivolous things which keeps our leaders and Media occupied. Supreme Court should also take this matter seriously.

Media should keep public informed about the demands of Baluch.What is so difficult about accepting these demands. There is always a way out of problems.

saad | 11 years ago | Reply

Love Pakistan & Love Balochistan.

This is true Balochistan is been neglected for long time but we must also say that all of pakistan is been neglected by our leaders.

Prosperity and development we deserved was never been delivered to our nations. We are one and will remain one as muslims and pakistani.

Ballochistan must be given first priority for now on .. i beleive pakistan has to move.

Love Balochistan Love Pakistan

Saad Khaiber Pakhtoon Kha

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