Speakers at a Peace Conference organised by NGO ‘Bardasht’ on Thursday emphasised the need for civil and military leadership, civil society and politicians to jointly launch efforts for peace and harmony in Balochistan.
Speaker of Balochistan Assembly Muhammad Aslam Bhootani said in his keynote speech: “Balochistan has experienced multi-dimensional problems over the last few years which have left the people extremely traumatised and civil society devastated.”
He said that earthquake, terrorism, health issues and multiple other issues, one after the other, had affected the social behaviour of people.
Former deputy chairman of Senate Mir Jan Mohammad Jamali said that settlers and teachers were fleeing from Balochistan due to target killings. “Peace was destroyed in Balochistan after stakeholders expressed zero tolerance for harmony and brotherhood,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2012.