DERA BUGTI: The convoy of internally displaced persons of Dera Bugti entered their hometown on Thursday after eight years.
Gohram Bugti - grandson of late Nawab Akbar Bugti - was leading the convoy.
The Bugti IDPs had left Islamabad for Dera Bugti on July 24 amidst news of Bugti fort being vacated by the security forces. However, the 25-vehicle convoy was not stopped as they entered the district.
The federal and provincial governments have assured the displaced tribesmen of their support. But the convoy was not welcomed by any political leader at the Quetta airport.
After the government’s military operation in Balochistan in 2006-2007, an estimated 170,000 tribesmen migrated from Dera Bugti and its adjoining districts. They were later kept from resettling in their homes. According to Gohram, over 200,000 are homeless since 2005.
The tribesmen say the previous government did nothing for these displaced families, except for arresting them in 2010 and later releasing them.
Earlier this year, the tribes tried to enter into Dera Bugti twice but were stopped at the Dolo checkpoint by law enforcement agencies asking them to show entry passes. They are now living in Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Hyderabad, Rohri, Sukkur, Khairpur and Karachi.
Around 2,000 tribesmen have been protesting outside the parliament for the last few months.
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It is good that the new Government is trying to appease the Balochs by undoing the blunders committed by Dictator Musharraf and his NRO-protege Zardari.
Welcome back Home
Pakistan Army needs something similar to the Nuremberg Trials, Like a Balochistan War Crimes Trial ! Then only can this country be at peace
@Riaz Murtaza: "Let us hope they will live in their home like good citizens." . Depends on the definition of good citizens,
@Akhan lol yeah right the SSGC payed 12 crore rs per year the bugti tribe is 300,000 strong this amounts to 400 per person per year where as each bugti tribesmen got 3000 (single person) to 7500 (a family with atleast 2 kids) by Nawab Bugti would you mind explaining how he managed this feat with out acquiring the services of "double shah"?
All credit behind this return goes to Musharraf only.....
@Ahmed: The government wasn't stopping them sir but the "bahadur jawans" were.
Let us hope they will live in their home like good citizens.
Thats good to know .... Baloch is a patriotic nation but our biased media project them militants.
Is he coming from a jungle??
Go home and stay there please!
Nothing personal...but this guy seriously needs a makeover that would make him look half-decent.
"the 25-vehicle convoy..."
All paid for by Sui Gas corporation and yet they claim Balochistan's resources are being stolen. Well, if they cared more about their people, the same money would be spent on schools and hospitals in Balochistan. But its cheaper to buy these "chiefs' off. Shows lack of character on the sardar's part in my opinion.
Just because you have a big beard, own a gun and kill readily doesn't make you a man.
Why did they not welcome Bugtis at airport? Didnt they deserve this compensation atleast, for being displaced of their homes? Dr. Malik???????
Those who displaced double their number were stopped from going home unless they stop their Anti Pakistan activities and militancy. Serves them right; a light punishment compared to their mutiny.
Totally appalled at governments apathy!!! How could anyone stop someone from going back home???