Balochistan issues: ‘Federation not in the mood for listening to citizens’

Baloch leader says assembly doesn’t represent the electorate.

Owais Jafri December 27, 2012
“The NAB has accused so many Baloch leaders of corruption in Balochistan. Why don’t they take action against them?” says Sasoli.

MULTAN: Baloch leader Abdul Rauf Khan Sasoli has called the Federation’s talks with Baloch leaders non-serious.

In an exclusive talk with The Express Tribune from Dera Ghazi Khan, Sasoli, a former Jamhoori Watan Party general secretary, said that honesty and truthfulness were requisites of any fruitful talks. But the Federation, he said, was not “in the mood” for listening to the citizens or taking their demands seriously.

Sasoli is visiting Dera Ghazi Khan division to raise voice for DG Khan being made part of Balochistan.

“The provincial assembly of Balochistan does not represent the Baloch people. It is rather representative of some people who have been bribed.” Sasoli said that such leaders had compromised the assembly’s credibility.

Abdul Rauf Khan Sasoli

Balochistan, he said, had paid political leaders since 1988, who.

“The NAB has accused so many Baloch leaders of corruption in Balochistan. Why don’t they take action against them?” he asked.

He said the NAB had replaced the Anti Corruption Establishment and was now being exploited by the politicians.

He said those who supported democracy in Balochistan were targets of various conspiracies.

Abdul Rauf Khan Sasoli000

“Balochistan is the most important flash point of conflicts in Asia today. The Federation is not giving the right kind of attention to it. The situation in Balochistan is more sensitive than that in Afghanistan.”

Sasoli stressed the need for participation of the middle class in Balochistan’s politics. The elite, represented by feudal and tribal lords, he said, had wrought “enough devastation” in the province and should now quit politics.

He urged the youth to seek education to be competitive in the world. Only then, they could participate in the national and provincial politics.

He said most recruitments in the province were marred by nepotism and bribery.

“Those who support democracy must understand that corruption and nepotism distort the society and undermine democracy.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2012.



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