The Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) called for an All Parties Conference (APC) on Tuesday, to discuss two issues – target killings in Balochistan and terrorism.
JWP chief Talal Bugti and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed told a joint news conference that the Balochistan issue needed be resolved on a priority basis.
Both leaders also agreed that it was not enough to say there was an “Indian hand” involved in creating trouble in the province, but added that all such elements should be “booked immediately”.
They added that the operation by armed forces in the area should be stopped. Saeed also said that JuD will soon launch a relief movement for its “Baloch brothers”.
At the same time, however, Saeed said the government should avoid speculation that the operation was against the Baloch people in particular. He also asserted that the people of the province felt the same way about the sovereignty of Pakistan as ‘the masses of Punjab’ did.
The JuD chief also questioned why the government was reluctant to curb ‘Indian infiltration’ after Interior Minister Rehman Malik had presented ‘evidence’ to authorities of alleged involvement in Balochistan. He supported Talal Bugti’s claim that the Supreme Court should make all pending petitions regarding Balochistan their priority.
Talal added that the province’s inhabitants would not accept “fake leadership”, and that all parties that consider themselves patriotic should constitute a grand jirga, call an APC and review the Balochistan crisis. He added that the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamaat-e-Islami had also assured him of full support.
Earlier, both leaders held a meeting to discuss the prevailing security situation, particularly in Balochistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2013.
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