Jamil Bugti, the eldest surviving son of the slain Baloch chieftain Nawab Akbar Bugti, has said that the establishment does not want a peaceful solution to the Balochistan issue and it is still searching for a military solution.
“The only solution is a referendum under the supervision of the United Nations,” he said, while speaking to the media after an event in memory of his father at his resident Bugti Bulak in Mian Gundi, Quetta.
Jamil said there was no solution to the Baloch problem in the parliamentary system, which he termed as ‘a fraud’. He added that the Baloch people were fed up with the apologies of ‘Maharajas and Rajas’, and did not trust any leaders.
“If the ruling party is unable to arrest the killers of their own leader Benazir Bhutto, how could the Baloch trust them?” Jamil questioned. He claimed that a military operation was still going on in Balochistan, including in Dera Bugti.
“The truth will be revealed after media teams visit the area and meet with the locals who are migrating from Dera Bugti in thousands,” he said.
Furthermore, he said that they did not have any objections if the Pakhthuns wanted a separate province or merger of Pakhtun-majority areas of Balochistan with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
“We want our historic territories which were merged with Punjab and Sindh,” he said. According to him, Dera Gazi Khan, Kashmore, Jecobabad, Rajanpur and Kandhkot should be merged with Balochistan again.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2012.
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