The Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) made a direct appeal to the prime minister on Saturday to secure the release of all Baloch missing persons in order to ensure peace in the province.
The appeal was made by the group’s leader Maulana Mohammed Ahmed Ludhianvi. “The prime minister should personally seek apology from Baloch nationalists who have been deprived of their legitimate rights for decades,” the ASWJ leader told a news conference at the Quetta Press Club.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, according to Maulana Ludhianvi, should devise a strategy and try holding talks with the Baloch nationalists just like it is doing with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Ludhianvi stressed that the people of Balochistan have been denied their legitimate rights, which has forced them to turn to extremism.
He said that the Baloch people have not been paid their due attention and it was time the government played its role. “ASWJ is willing to play its role if the government wants us to do something for the restoration of peace,” Ludhianvi added.
The ASWJ president also condemned the Quetta and Peshawar blasts, while holding foreign countries responsible for the incident.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 16th, 2014.
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