Man on a mission: Nawaz calls for APC on Balochistan

Published: January 6, 2012
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Nawaz says it's high time we do something about the hurt sentiments of the people of Balochistan. PHOTO: NNI

Nawaz says it's high time we do something about the hurt sentiments of the people of Balochistan. PHOTO: NNI

QUETTA: On the first day of his two-day visit to Quetta, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif continued his recent press to highlight the Balochistan cause – proposing an All Parties Conference (APC) on the matter.

Addressing a press conference on Friday after holding meetings with some Baloch nationalist leaders, Nawaz cautioned that the Baloch leadership could soon become rebellious if the government didn’t take immediate steps to address the grievances of the province.

Nawaz called on National Party (NP) President Senator Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, Vice President Mir Hasil Bizenjo and chief of his own faction of the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) Nawabzada Talal Bugti.

“Balochistan is burning and its issues need to be resolved urgently. All parties should seek out solutions to the problems faced by the province and the PML-N is ready to host this conference,” Nawaz said.

In order to bring Balochistan into the mainstream and to address its issues on a priority-basis, hosting an APC has become necessary, the PML-N chief said. “The Baloch leadership should also ponder over this offer and inform us of heir opinion so we can bring unity within our ranks. We have to learn from mistakes made in the past,” he said.

The government needs to safeguard the rights of the people of Balochistan, he further said, adding, “With bullet-riddled and mutilated bodies of Baloch youth being recovered almost on a daily-basis, the rise in targeted killings and the extra-judicial arrests of political activists, the situation in Balochistan is going from bad to worse.” Why don’t the president and prime minister take note of these issues, he questioned.

“Those who murdered Nawab Akbar Bugti are still at large. And the government has also failed to take action against those responsible for the Kharotabad incident. The administration must also tell us who is behind the targeted killing of police surgeon Dr Baqir Shah,” Nawaz stressed.

“I had advised the government that the Balochistan package would have no significant impact until some serious issues are resolved. Today, we do not see any positive impact of the much-publicised package. A democratic government should have the courage and power to pursue its agenda. But frankly, we do not see a government here speaking about Balochistan’s issues,” he told the media.

The PML-N strongly condemns the killings, whether it targets the Baloch, the Punjabi or the Hindus. “The government will face serious problems if it fails to address the long-standing grievances of the Baloch people and they end up becoming rebels,” Nawaz cautioned.

Referring to the creation of new provinces, Nawaz said his party would welcome the move as long as the provinces are carved out on an “administrative-basis”.

Censuring the agencies’ role in politics, Nawaz said, “The agencies are still playing their role in politics by asking political leaders to join parties of their choice … that must end.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Abdul latif
    Jan 6, 2012 - 12:25PM

    A Good Offer To Solve Balochis Problems.

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  • ArifQ
    Jan 6, 2012 - 12:27PM

    What, no military courts?

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  • Kaleem
    Jan 6, 2012 - 12:33PM

    Nice. Please set aside this politics and focus on Balochistan, Good effort NS.

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  • F Khan
    Jan 6, 2012 - 12:56PM

    good political move…although nothing will come out of it.

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  • kasi
    Jan 6, 2012 - 1:02PM

    Nawaz playing to the galleries

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  • Sadia
    Jan 6, 2012 - 1:09PM

    Good move, much appreciated, be sure to summon Army and ISI too.
    oh leave it, it is just a wishful thinking.

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  • Nayab Hayat
    Jan 6, 2012 - 1:35PM

    NS you are the man. We trust you and only you are the last mature politician left who can save Baluchistan! Wish you good luck!

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 6, 2012 - 1:46PM

    Good positive thinking.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Jan 6, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Solve problems? Majority of these messiahs don’t even understand what the problem is to begin with!

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  • Malik
    Jan 6, 2012 - 2:27PM

    I’d say all party seminar should be hosted in Balochistan rather than Islamabad and more over I hope this time all the political entities of Balochistan will not be forgotten. They all should be invited first and all the problems should be discussed with them. More over it must not be a mere political move but an honest attempt to reconcile with Balochistan people.

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  • maz3tt
    Jan 6, 2012 - 3:07PM

    problem will be solved when their is sincerity

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  • kamran
    Jan 6, 2012 - 3:26PM

    I see only Nawaz who seems to have the potential to solve balochistan issue .. Best of luck Mian Shb

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  • Shamshad Ali
    Jan 6, 2012 - 3:50PM

    That is a really nice gesture showed by Nawaz Sharif, though I am not a big fan of him, at the momment we all should spend all our energies to resolve the Balochistan issue without wasting a single day. Aggreeeing to Mr Malik’s opinion its better if this seminar is held in Quetta. Mr Nawaz Sharif forget anything else elections, poverty just concentrate on Balochistan and if you succeed resolving this issue then you’ll be the really Hero, Allah bless you in this matter.

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  • Nadeem
    Jan 6, 2012 - 3:52PM

    Why hold a seminar in Islamabad, why not in Gwadar or Quetta. Political gimmicks. Trying to arouse balochistan semtiments against musharraf imminent home coming.

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  • Tahir
    Jan 6, 2012 - 5:19PM

    Once again, you have proved to be a mature politician Mian Sb. All national political leadership should welcome the suggestion to avoid another 1971 mishap. God Bless Pakistan and Save us from further disgrace in international arena.

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  • Ahmad
    Jan 6, 2012 - 5:43PM

    just trying to regain lost party credibility

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  • shehzad hunzai
    Jan 6, 2012 - 6:43PM

    What a joke nawaz sab. .. leave politics and take a nap.. current govt completed almost four years and u just awake to solve Baluchistan concerns… what a shame not only to our leaders, every one of us… Recommend

  • Falcon
    Jan 6, 2012 - 7:19PM

    It is certainly a good gesture by NS. But I am afraid it has less to do with his sudden realization of Baluchistan’s concerns and more to do with political campaigning. He is preempting PTI’s rise in Balochistan that is expected to pick up steam in the coming months up till March 23rd. Otherwise, he has been in politics for 25+ years now and could have raised voice for Balochistan earlier.

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  • Realist.
    Jan 6, 2012 - 8:22PM

    @Falcon:
    he ALWAYS raised voice for balochistan!
    & can you guys get over with PTI?
    How many Influential ‘Sindhis’ have joined PTI after 31st dec jalsa?
    ONE BIG NAME?
    NONE!

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  • Falcon
    Jan 6, 2012 - 9:52PM

    @Realist.:
    I appreciate your sentiment. Let’s stick to Balochistan for the moment. Please feel free to listen to Akbar S Babar (A Balochistan based development specialist who is also on PTI leadership team)…as per him…there are areas in Balochistan where the only development that has happened in the last 64 years is a manual water pump!…powerless people like me can only raise voice…powerful people like NS (who became PM for the first time 21 years ago) are well positioned to make a difference…has he???

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  • Umair
    Jan 6, 2012 - 10:54PM

    Only Leader thinks for Pakistan (entirely)

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  • Mirza
    Jan 7, 2012 - 12:30AM

    All parties in Baluchistan and not anywhere else. The army must be pulled out and the SC should start daily hearing on missing and murdered Baloch. Without this minimum it is a non starter. One only wishes that our HC and PCO SC has half as much time as they have for PPP and its leaders.

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  • Adnan
    Jan 7, 2012 - 5:08AM

    Ask the Baloch people what they want. There are many who want independence but there are more who want equal rights within the Pakistan federation. After all the suffering and injustices, the ones who still want Balochistan to be in an integral part of Pakistan are truly blessed with good hearts.
    Pakistan needs to pull out troops and especially the much hated FC. It must release all the innocent individuals picked up over the course of these years. It must compensate to those who have suffered so much and punish those responsible (even if the accused are intelligence officers). It needs to build schools, universities, hospitals and industries BUT more importantly, these institutions should employ the Baloch.
    This might be the ABSOLUTE LAST chance we have and every single day counts.

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  • sheroz
    Jan 7, 2012 - 11:45AM

    old tactics

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  • Abid Ali
    Jan 7, 2012 - 8:27PM

    Solving Balochistan issue needs strong leadership, courage and sincerity. I see none in Nawaz Sharif. His track record has proved it when he went out of the country with 2/3 majority, agreement with army and non-seriousness during Zardari tenure. He has disappointed many like me. I think it is not even possible for him to get 1/10 of vote that he got in 1998. NS, you are toasted.

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  • Khan Bhai
    Jan 7, 2012 - 10:18PM

    @Adnan: I agree with you but the problem is how can industrialist build factories in Balochistan when every other day the gas pipelines are being blown up? There has to be political stability before anything can move forward. However, Baloch people should be the top priority of Pakistan government and I fully support an All Party Conference, doesnt matter if its Nawaz or Zardari or Imran. The matter needs to be resolved!

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