Exclusive interview: Raisani lashes out, claims PPP humiliated him

Published: March 30, 2013
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File photo of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani. PHOTO: FILE

File photo of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Former chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani, is no stranger to political games. And yet, the events that led to his dismissal a few months back took even this seasoned player by surprise.

In this exclusive interview with The Express Tribune, he talks about his removal, his relationship with the Pakistan Peoples Party, his dedication to the welfare of the Baloch people, and his father.

“After being disgraced by the PPP leadership, I am left with no option but to stay away from electioneering all together,” he explains, frowning deeply. “I have no plan to contest elections, and no immediate plan to join another party. I prefer to sit in my house for the time being.”

On January 14, a presidential proclamation dismissed Raisani’s government, a move he took as a personal insult. “It was not my decision to quit the PPP, the party’s leadership arbitrarily suspended my membership five months ago,” he says.

“I am the chief of a large tribal region of Sarawan and I will continue to be so. You can take away my right to be a part of the party, but you cannot take away my tribal status!” he exclaims. “They [the PPP] have insulted me and my tribesmen by taking arbitrary action while I was out of the country.”

That action was taken in the wake of the Alamdar Road blast which claimed over a hundred lives. The ravaged Hazara community refused to bury its dead until Raisani was removed from his position.

But Raisani says this was just an excuse to topple his government.

“The federal government had already made up its mind to get rid of me and my cabinet as I refused to compromise on the economic rights of the Baloch.”

Warming to this theme, Raisani claims he tried to open negotiations with Baloch separatists, but to no avail.

“I was willing to invite the exiled Baloch leaders to negotiations, with a precondition that a senior ISI officer be present. I also demanded the presence of Pakistani diplomats if such talks were organised in London or Geneva. I insisted on this during my meetings with the army high command [General Parvez Kiyani], with Zulfiqar Magsi also there. I made these demands because I know that our [Baloch] loyalty to the country has always been questioned by Islamabad,” he explains. “However, all my demands were rejected by the establishment.”

It is clear that he feels wronged and cheated. He also feels that he is the voice of those Baloch who want to remain a part of Pakistan.

“It is unfortunate that pro-Pakistan elements in Balochistan are considered politically weak. Only those who continuously raise slogans against the country are taken seriously. We are insulted when we are dismissed as politically weak. I would like to warn them [the centre] that we should not be taken for granted,” he says threateningly.

The conversation takes a loaded turn as Raisani starts to talk about his family. With no hesitation, he accuses former military ruler General Ziaul Haq of the assassination of his father, Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Raisani, in 1986.

Raisani believes his father, who served as federal minister and the governor of Balochistan in the 1970s, and also as the provincial president of the PPP, was killed because of a meeting with Sardar Attaullah Mengal, who was in exile in London at the time.

“General Zia thought my father, who was arrested by the army after the imposition of martial law in 1977, was conspiring with Mengal for the establishment of a greater Balochistan,” he says. “Sardar Attaullah Mengal served the interests of the Baloch throughout his life. I respect him from the core of my heart and will continue to do so.”

Raisani says he came to know about Zia’s involvement in his father’s murder just three years ago. “Sardar Yar Muhammad Jamali quoted Mir Abdul Nabi Jamali, a former minister, as saying that my father was killed on the orders of Ziaul Haq,” he recalls.

However, he has not registered a murder case against anyone.

“Only Allah can exact sufficient revenge,” he says.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Padishah
    Mar 30, 2013 - 10:08AM

    A little late Rip Van Winkle. What nosh had you consumed over the last 5 years that this thought suddenly dawned on you today. Why did you not resign and then take PPP to Supreme Court. They are always looking for somebody to move a constitutional petition to put them on suo moto auto-pilot mode.

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  • tufan Agha
    Mar 30, 2013 - 12:36PM

    The story narrated by Raisaini is not convincing. He was the worst CM Balochistan has ever seen. He was a criminal man allegedly involved in Kidnapping for ransom, car lifting, land grabbing, other than plundering exchequer money. He let loose his tribe on the people of Quetta and his tribe became synonymous with theft and crimes.
    shame on you Mr. Raisaini for looting public money, not doing your job and illegal gratifications. Every one in Quetta and Balochistan knows your conduct and morality.

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  • The Shining
    Mar 30, 2013 - 1:00PM

    Raisani sb humiliated himself so many times in his term as CM Baluchistan. And being a tribal leader does not mean that he do not have a responsibility towards the rest of the province. Hundreds of Hazaras were killed during his tenure, but he should not have been removed from his post because it would be an insult to him?! Wow, this extreme sense of entitlement is mindblowing.

    However, I dont think he should worry too much about his plan regarding staying away from politics for a while. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have been elected anyway.

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  • Asim
    Mar 30, 2013 - 1:43PM

    Humiliation is Humiliation …….. and you deserve that, go and give us a breakRecommend

  • Babablacksheep
    Mar 30, 2013 - 1:52PM

    and he humiliated the whole Pakistan not at one occasion but so many times.
    plz visit the you tube and found out

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  • Raza Jamali
    Mar 30, 2013 - 2:33PM

    So convenient, using the name of (late) Mir Abdul Nabi Jamali, who can neither verify this nor disapprove it. Besides, his follies are irreversible. He ruined Balochistan, his hands are tainted with unprecedented corruption. No wonder he is not contesting again as maybe his own tribesmen may not vote for him (albeit impossible) ….Recommend

  • sadia
    Mar 30, 2013 - 2:57PM

    “DEGREE DEGREE HAI BESHAK JALI HO YA ASAL”, Former chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani

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  • FN
    Mar 30, 2013 - 3:09PM

    Humiliation humiliation hoti hai – Asli ho ya Jali

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  • ayesha muneer
    Mar 30, 2013 - 3:16PM

    Mr Raisani sb! You were humiliating by yourself on different occassions of media get toghathers.
    He was the worst minister of Balochistan in the history. When quetta was burning he was on picnic in Dubai and London

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  • ishrat salim
    Mar 30, 2013 - 3:28PM

    look who is talking….richest CM as per his declared assets etc; of the poorest province among the 4 CMs…..& ask him what has he done for his own tribe of which he is speaking so much…let alone the rest of people of Baluchistan….this is with all the Sardars of Baluchistan……

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