Jamhoori Wattan Party (JWP) President Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti has announced that he would visit Dera Bugti at any cost.
“It would strengthen democracy and bring peace if security forces withdraw from Dera Bugti and Sui,” he told a press conference at his residence on Sunday.
Talal Bugti said that they had appealed to the Supreme Court to end the ‘no-go areas’ in Dera Bugti, and allow displaced Bugti tribesmen to resettle in Dera Bugti.
“The apex court ordered Balochistan’s chief secretary and other concerned authorities to end no-go areas and pave the way for Bugti tribesmen to resettle in Dera Bugti, who are living as refugees in different parts of the country,” he added.
Bugti also said that 44,000 Bugti refugees were facing a lot of hardships and difficulties. “The government should take steps for the rehabilitation of the displaced Bugti families,” he demanded.
He said elections were approaching, thus, withdrawal of security forces and rehabilitation of displaced people in Dera Bugti was inevitable. “I have requested leaders in Punjab to play their role in this connection,” he added.
Talal was of the view that for a prosperous Balochistan, empowerment of Baloch people on their own resources was vital. “The government must initiate dialogue with disgruntled Baloch leaders sitting abroad and bring them to the negotiating table,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2013.
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