Use NATO supply revenues to develop Balochistan: Shahzain Bugti

Published: May 18, 2012
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Currently, NATO supplies not beneficial for people of Balochistan, says Bugti. PHOTO: INP/FILE

Currently, NATO supplies not beneficial for people of Balochistan, says Bugti. PHOTO: INP/FILE

QUETTA: President of the Balochistan chapter of Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), Shahzain Bugti has demanded that the revenues generated from using Balochistan for Nato supplies be spent for the development of the province, Express News reported Friday.

Speaking to the media after appearing before a Sessions Court in Quetta, Bugti said that currently, Nato supplies were not beneficial for the people of Balochistan and that the government blocks and resumes the supply for their own good.

Bugti, along with his accomplices, had appeared before the court of Additional Sessions Judge Zulfiqar Naqvi for an illegal arms recovery case.

He and 26 of his security guards were arrested at the Buleli check post in Quetta for allegedly smuggling weapons. The hearing was adjourned till May 21, 2012.

Earlier, a high level meeting was held in the provincial capital to discuss the Gwadar Port, where it was agreed that if the government decides to restore the Nato supply route to Afghanistan, the supplies should be directed from Gwadar Port.

A formal demand will be made to the federal government regarding this. It was also suggested that the port be used for Afghan transit trade.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Asad
    May 18, 2012 - 11:07AM

    Yes just like the Bugtis have developed dera bugti with no more slaves of sardar, education for all the inhabitants, clean water and improved living conditions for the impovrished.

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  • Davidl
    May 18, 2012 - 11:14AM

    Are you kidding me?What about their back balance then?

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  • John B
    May 18, 2012 - 11:56AM

    Ya right. He is dreaming on the revenue use for Balochistan and on the Gwadar port use. Too many big fishes in PAK are waiting in the dry docks of Karachi.

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  • revo
    May 18, 2012 - 12:12PM

    and what about BLA and BRA ?

    i forget their leaders are sitting in foreign, they will not harm the supply

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  • balach
    May 18, 2012 - 12:20PM

    should be spend on balochistan for developement or else u gonna loose balochistan

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  • Abdullah
    May 18, 2012 - 1:09PM

    Neither the Government federal or provincial nor the Bugtis none are interested for the welfare or development of the province just a matter of personal interest for both as they all have the same mentality either the ones in power or against all over the country the only glimpse is the untested PTI lets see if they really will get to power through the support of the establishment and the ever greedy politicians standing always with the rising sun now it depends on IK lets hope for the best otherwise what else we continue to suffer and die an animals life due to our own deeds no one to blame.

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  • Ahmed
    May 18, 2012 - 2:11PM

    Why not? its good suggestion and regardless of supply route, Balochistan need to be developed at fast pace to cover the the past under development. I am a Punjabi, and I support full scale development of Balochistan. We have to develop each and every cornor of the country, more focus should be given to ignored areas now. FATA, Balochistan, KP, rural Sindh and Punjab.

    Rulers should stop developing already developed mega cities like Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and bring other parts of the country to decent level. Create jobs in rural areas by investements and incentives, improve infrastructure. This will also stop making big cities making even bigger and harder to control and manage. prime example Karachi, Lahore etc, look what have you done to these cities by only focusing on big cities.

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  • Kashi
    May 18, 2012 - 3:17PM

    well i m from Punjab Pakistan and if GOVT is using the routs/roads of Balochistan then its not bad if someone asked to use Tax getting from Nato will use on the good projects on Baloch people. but all the politicians in Pak are corrupt weather they r from punjab, sindh, balochistan or KPK, they will put these taxes in their own accounts and ppl will be in same conditions.

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  • Naeem
    May 18, 2012 - 4:16PM

    IMHO, using the Gawadar port for NATO supplies to Afghanistan is a good idea! It will create jobs in Balouchistan and will also cut down the route. BTW, I’m no PPP supporter.

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  • jeevan
    May 18, 2012 - 6:31PM

    hey wait.. he was behind bars for smuggling illegal weapons into Pakistan, which could have gone in the hands of bla terrorists. Sardars want money to make their own force like Akabar Bugti did.

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  • Irfan
    May 18, 2012 - 9:36PM

    My request to all the publications is to establish an IQ test with a minimum score to post a comment. So people with an embryonic intellect are denied the opportunity. Their lack of depth and understanding of a situation or a region does nothing but spread more hate among the masses. You do not have to be a sociologist to understand the issues of Balochistan. All one needs is the least amount of common sense distributed free in God’s bazaar. But every time they come around with the same old pathetic argument that Sardars are responsible for all the ills of Balochistan. The only activity they seem to be involved in is a cup of tea and a Coup in a toilet. Open your eyes and ears, look and listen to what the people of Balochistan are saying.

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  • Qaiserani
    May 19, 2012 - 12:46AM

    @Irfan:
    What you are saying is right. BUT Sardars do actually pose a problem. Pakistan government should come up with a solution that appeals the common Baloch people. When Pakistan government is giving something it should bypass the Sardars and provide relief to the Baloch people directly. The common man has to be empowered. In Pakistan, the Baloch people are neglected and deprived of their rights and instead funds and perks are given to the Sardars who are more than happy to take it in the name of the Baloch people. This should stop. No where in the world is such a stark contrast present. The Sardars maintain militias, carry weapons of the latest kinds, live in huge mansions and own fleets of car while the poor Baloch hardly has enough to eat. ENOUGH to FEUDALISM! Empower the common folk and give whatever you want to give to them directly. And yes by saying this I do not mean that Pakistan government is very innocent. It has CRIMINALLY neglected the Baloch people.

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