Balochistan security case: Akhtar Mengal presents 5 recommendations in SC

Published: September 27, 2012
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Mengal says it is the first time in history of Balochistan that they are being summoned to court as accused. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Mengal says it is the first time in history of Balochistan that they are being summoned to court as accused. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

QUETTA: Balochistan National Party (BNP) leader and former Chief Minister Balochistan Akhtar Mengal presented five recommendations for the province in court and said that pardons and packages would not solve the Balochistan crisis, Express News reported on Thursday.

Mengal made these remarks after the Balochistan security case which was underway in the Supreme Court’s Quetta Registry.

He recorded his comments in the court and said that the missing people should be recovered and their kidnappers should be brought to court.

Mengal also said that whoever was involved in target killings, be it of the Baloch or Hazaras, should be brought to justice.

The former chief minister said that those responsible for Bugti’s murder should be punished, while migrants should be provided settlements.

“It is for the first time in the history of Balochistan that we are being summoned to court as the accused,” said the former minister.

Mengal said that 450 mutilated bodies have been recovered, whose cause of death was no earthquake or tsunami.

Speaking on Dera Bugti, he said: “Dera Bugti is in the state that Bugti’s own wife and children cannot visit his grave.”

“Talks can be held only after these matters are resolved,” he said.

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  • A J Khan
    Sep 27, 2012 - 1:04PM

    It all started when justice nawaz marri was murdered by his opponents. The case was registered against Nawab Khair Buksh Marri. The Gazini Marris who had come back from Afghanistan during Taj Jamali’s tenure, were all once again rebelling. They attacked Quetta with rockets and this thing culminated in an attack on Pervez Musharraf when he was visiting Kohlu on the request of Mir Mohabbat Khan Marri for inauguration of development projects. Development is the biggest enemy of Sardars.
    During Musharraf’s tenure, most of the Sardars were out of Power. Sardars sustain themselves mostly on exchequer money. So when you remove them from their source of power and money, the resistance is natural.
    Akhter Mengal power was challenged by Naseer Mengal and his family felt leftout.
    Nawab Bugti too was challenged on the receipt of royalty. So all toll, Sardars got together in their mutual interest and challenged the very existance of Pakistan.
    Baloch are still not ready to think of life outside the sphere of their Sardars and that was the mistake committed by Musharraf, who tried to reach out to the people directly.
    REST EVERY THING IS POLITICS.

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  • Khurram Malik
    Sep 27, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Mengal also said that whoever was involved in target killings, be it of the Baloch or Hazaras, should be brought to justice.

    Mr Mengal you forgot to mention that in the past six months 20 Pukhtoon labourers and as many Punjabi Labourers have been gunned down by Target killers on the basis of Ethnicity. When investigations should be carried then it should be across the board and it should not be the case that Only Baloch and Hazara killers should be brought to Justice while Others can play the innocence card. Humanity holds no bars and all Killings should be Investigated irrespective of Ethncity and I hope your future statements will cover all the people gunned down in Balochistan rather than Singling out one or two specific Ethnicities while defending the murders of others. I could show you many Examples on Facebook and Twitter where your supporters rejoice the killings Poor innocent laborers on Facebook and on Twitter and call it a Great thing and many of you mates retweet these news as a Matter of Great Achievement and in my view this is Hypocrisy and nothing else that rejoicing the killing of some while lamenting the killing of others.

    The former chief minister said that those responsible for Bugti’s murder should be punished, while migrants should be provided settlements. .

    Mr Mengal a small history lesson that Balochs are Settlers too and they came from Arab lands in late 9th century and before that Inhabitants of Indus valley lived here only. So In my view Everyone is a Settler in Balochistan but since Arab blood Race is used to kill and plunder the Lands like in the past so you are owning that land disregarding the others.

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  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Sep 27, 2012 - 1:20PM

    I fully agree with Akhtar MengalRecommend

  • MAD
    Sep 27, 2012 - 1:58PM

    What are the five points?Recommend

  • farooq
    Sep 27, 2012 - 2:13PM

    I do not think so supreme court and political leaders will play their due role for the recovery of missing persons. it all is showing the world community that supreme court and leaders and government is playing their rule for the recovery of missing persons.

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  • abdullah abbas
    Sep 27, 2012 - 2:47PM

    I must say, the supreme court is the only institution left, where people can see some sort of discipline and honesty. All other institution of pakistan are not so much focused. Baluchistan is the most critical issue of pakistan now and i am happy to see Mr. Mengal in court to defend the case of baluchistan there. I am say to all baluch leader to come forward and play their role to bring the baluchistan up and get their proper share from the federal.

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  • Wadareeg
    Sep 27, 2012 - 3:40PM

    Election very near …..?

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  • abdullah abbas
    Sep 27, 2012 - 4:54PM

    I dont think so, the way Musharaf adopted during his regime was good. Development shouldnt be on the blood’s of people. The basic thing which went wrong is the projection of Gawadar port, Musharaf had to think about the people’s nature and way of life before moving forward. we are still not so much civilized, that such a action putted on the head in one go. Baluch have rights to setup their areas, have full control of their resources and have maximum share in jobs and other things.

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  • Ghumro
    Sep 27, 2012 - 5:45PM

    It is a positive sign that Baluch’s legitimate concerns are being heard in the Apex Court. However question rises has any Court in the world resolved any political or ethnic conflict???

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  • Popular
    Sep 27, 2012 - 6:05PM

    DEAR ET,

    In which world do you live? The hearing in which Akhtar Mengal appeared before the Supreme Court was held in Islamabad, and not in Quetta.Recommend

  • salim
    Sep 27, 2012 - 6:16PM

    Whatever settlement is reached must not be one sided. Settlers have to protected. The constitution must be strictly adhered to and private armies banned. Most of all the ordinary Baloch must benefit from any agreement or settlement.Recommend

  • naseem
    Sep 27, 2012 - 6:33PM

    @A J Khan:
    ur perception is totally wronged whereas in makran there have not been any sardar for the last 60 years but we have not seen any development there , not even there flow the river of milk or honey.

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  • Oswald Saldanha
    Sep 27, 2012 - 7:28PM

    Mr Mengal and the likes of you, feudal scum of Pakistan. The problem Pakistan faces today in the interior of ALL provinces, is that it did not eliminate the feudal system. Mr Mengal, stop lecturing the Federal Govt of Pakistan. Feudal Land Lords like you and the rest have subjugated your people for years eternal. You and the likes of you have treated your people like slaves. Why have you not educated your people, established major schools, colleges, universities and hospitals, boosted tourism, yes I am talking about plain old progress for the common man. Why is it not that you support the federation, instead of being slaves to the nefarious designs of foreign powers. How do people like you and the other feudal land lords in Pakistan look at yourselves in the mirror in the year 2012.
    You and the likes of you represent Pakistan’s SCUM. SHAME ON YOU.

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  • ati
    Sep 27, 2012 - 8:29PM

    solution is simple and peace will come overnight i grantee:
    governer balochistan from bugti
    speaker from mari
    chief minister from bnp
    two minister from every party and from balochistan national govt by free and fair election
    special balochistan pakage by doubling the share and sacrifice of the other province
    release all disappear people and kidnapped people.
    give heavy compensation of atleast 20 lac to each killed baloch and settlers including hazara and if some one else killed in future give same compensation.
    give heavy compensation of baloch leaders who killed atleast 50 million to every leader
    FC and miltary should be in control of provincail govt. as they are civil servant.(real control)

    This is to expansive but think balochistan is giving from 60 years to pakistan and able to give a lot for a next century. If we compare with that this is just nothing balochistan because it is half of pakistan.
    Invest today for better future.

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  • Khan Jr
    Sep 27, 2012 - 9:55PM

    It is six years since Akbar Bugti was killed and still his family is not allowed to visit his grave. This is a not only a grave violation of international norms but is a clear rejection of basic Islamic values that our uniformed lot are so prone to loudly broadcast ad nauseum.

    It is high time these people stopped treating the Baloch as traitors and areas of Balochistan – such as Dera Bugti – as occupied enemy territory, when it is in fact a constitutional part of Pakistan. It is high time these people were made subject to the laws of the land and were stopped from behaving as our rulers.

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  • alibaloch
    Sep 27, 2012 - 11:56PM

    nice sardar akthar mengal.you returned with a positive message to your nation and this country,it became obvious that baloch are not anti Pakistani rather they just want equal rights and want to live as free and respectable citizens of this country.missing person should be brought to justice and the real accused must be penalized to address the long time grievances and injustice to the people of Baluchistan.i really appreciate the recommendations of akthar mengal.

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  • Say Peace..
    Sep 27, 2012 - 11:56PM

    @ati, totally agreed…
    @AJ Khan , one must know the ground realities before directing theories which may misguide masses and increase troubles besides solutions…. i believe sardars are highly honest if compared to the chodhris of Punjab, waderas of sindh, bhais of khi and officials of Islamabad…
    Musharaff didnt only killed Bugti but used military as a toy that caused anger and separation movementsRecommend

  • fatima
    Sep 28, 2012 - 9:51AM

    I agree with Oswald Saldaha.

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  • abdullah abbas
    Sep 28, 2012 - 10:12AM

    I am not a balochi not living in baluchistan, still i love to support the 6 points presented by My AKhtar Mengal. Establishment should learn the voice of people not their commandars as well the spy agents, everyone in baluchistan is fighting to take their own revenge and nobody is fighting for the state nor for the right of baluchistan and its people. Pls stop killing eachother.

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  • butt jee
    Sep 28, 2012 - 3:41PM

    These Nawabs are talking about the rights of poor people of Baluchistan while they themselves live in palaces in Quetta, Karachi and Dubai and roam around in Pajeros and BMWs. Each one of them owns thousands of acres of agriculture land in Sind,Baluchistan and Southern Punjab. They have foreign bank accounts and also receive millions of dollars from various intelligence agencies having anti Pakistan Agenda. Baluchistan is under developed because these Nawabs do not allow development works in their areas. People of Baluchistan are poor because the Nawabs get huge royalties from Government of Pakistan but do not spend a penny on their people. There are missing people because some of them are rotting in their Private jails and some of them have crossed over to Afghanistan and are being trained for conducting terrorist activities in Baluchistan, by hostile intelligence agencies. These terrorists have butchered hundreds of settlers and are now involved in target killings in Quetta. For the last seven years Government of Pakistan is fighting against a foreign sponsored proxy war in Baluchistan. These traitors do not deserve to be pampered. The Government should continue its development works and effectively counter the negative propaganda of these blackmailers.

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  • abdullah abbas
    Sep 28, 2012 - 9:44PM

    If we consider this argument true, why not the agencies are bringing these people in courts? why not FIR were logged against them? Why not a single person is arrested with this accuse? I dont agree with these points,

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  • Anjum
    Sep 30, 2012 - 12:04PM

    Akhtar Mengal’s venom is understandable. What he did for his own people as Chief minister Baluchistan with abundance of funds at his disposal………NOTHING. And this remains the common feature of all such Sardars who talk of law and constitution. Under which laws, the great Baloch people are enslaved by these Sardars ?

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  • Zahid
    Sep 30, 2012 - 9:05PM

    @Anjum Abundance of Funds? I don’t know in which world are you living. Back them Akhatr mengal used to go to ISlamabad every month to get funds for paying salaries to Provincial government employees. He was given mandate by people to rule for 5 years but his party was divided into three parts by agencies when he protested against not consulting him before Chagai blasts. All those who are targeting Akhtar mengal are ignorants with complete disregards of Facts and are living in fool’s paradise.

    Sardars, target killing of settlers are issues passed out by disinformation factories of agencies. The real issues is that for 65 years Baloch have been treated as 3rd class citizens by the establishment. All those who are make senseless comments, I would have asked them I it feels if they be in place of Baloch and face the same oppression……Recommend

  • Naseer
    Oct 16, 2012 - 2:23PM

    @A J Khan, your understanding of the power politics in Balochistan is very sound but I guess you are unaware of the forces that influence it. For a moment lets agree with your notion of Sardars being the biggest hurdle in the path of development. You have specifically mentioned a few and at the sametime stated that they have remained out of power the day your hero Pervaiz Musharraf took over to save Pakistan. The point I am trying to make is that during all this time someone must have been in power and we all know how. Don’t you think 13 years are enough to ensure that the ordinary people of Balochistan get access to the basic necessities of life. Its a shame that the hidden forces in this country are not even willing to direct their puppets to work for the betterment of their people. If they cant stay out of politics atleast they should play a positive role by supporting the right leaders.

    Gone are the days when people blindly followed the Sardars. A Baloch today clearly sees and understands the whole policy of alienation thats being driven by the state instruments through its proxy sardars. Akthar Mengal, speaks the language of politics and despite being pushed against the wall is striving for a political solution within the framework of the constitution. It takes courage to do what he has done and I think he deserves a little appreciation.

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