Delegates at a multi-party conference roundly condemned the spate of sectarian and political killings in Balochistan on Saturday.
BNP Mengal’s Jahanzaib Jamaldini, Hazara Democratic Party Chairman Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Jamaat-e-Islami provincial ameer Abdul Mateen Akhwandzada, PML-N’s Naseebullah Bazai, Anjuman-e-Tajiran Balochistan’s president Abdul Rahim Kakar and other political and religious leaders expressed concern over the killings, kidnappings for ransom and dumping of mutilated bodies.
They said the people of Balochistan had lost confidence in the federal government and felt increasingly exploited over the last 65 years.
The speakers said that though they were not in favour of governor’s rule in Balochistan, it was the right option for restoring order in the province.
Some speakers talked about international conspiracies to destroy the province and urged religious scholars to help thwart plots to stoke sectarian hatred.
Other speakers warned against attempts to ‘derail’ the “already late train of democracy” in the country.
There was a unanimous demand to stop all kinds of security operations in Balochistan and recover all missing persons.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 10th, 2013.