A host of mainstream political parties and nationalist groups have refused to attend an all-party conference on Balochistan convened by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council which is scheduled to be held in Quetta on Monday (Today).
The Balochistan National Party (BNP), National Party (NP), Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) have refused to take part in APC.
“The Difa-e-Pakistan Council had invited all these parties to the APC but they have turned down the offer,” sources told The Express Tribune.
“If all major stakeholders, like BNP, NP and JWP stay away from the conference, it’ll be futile exercise,” sources added.
“This APC is a waste of time,” BNP leader Khurshid Jamali told The Express Tribune.
The Baloch National Front, an alliance of several hardline nationalist parties and student organisations, has already announced boycott of the APC.
However, a contact committee of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council has been busy persuading political and nationalist parties for the last four days to participate in the APC.
Meanwhile, arrangements have been finalised for the APC which would be chaired by Difa-e-Pakistan Council Chairman Maulana Samiul Haq. All DPC leaders – including Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, former ISI chief General (retd) Hameed Gul, Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat leader Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhiyanwi, Ulema Pakistan Council leader Tahir Ashrafi and PML-Zia President Ejazul Haq – have arrived in Quetta to attend the APC.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2012.
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