The head of Southern Command Lieutenant General Nasser Janjua has said that Baloch youth need to know how they are being exploited by their so-called leaders who are themselves living in the lap of luxury in Europe but are stoking trouble in Pakistan.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the All Pakistan T20 tournament at Akbar Bugti Stadium. A fireworks display, cultural dances and songs were all part of the ceremony which continued into the early hours of Sunday.
Lt Gen Janjua, Commander of Southern Command, lashed out at the so-called leaders of separatist and insurgent groups, saying that people who had fled abroad to escape justice were raking in pounds and dollars from the enemies of Pakistan to destabilise the country. These so-called leaders of the Baloch people were leading young people astray in the name of independence and creating disturbances, he said.
The people of Balochistan are peace loving, a fact evident from the teeming numbers present in the stadium, he said.
The head of the southern command asserted that the youth in Balochistan are the pillars of the future of country and they love the county. He termed the concluding session of the T-20 as an historic day, adding that the Pakistani nation is ready to face every challenge.
Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai addressing the ceremony said that the situation in Balochistan was improving day by day. This will lead to prosperity and development in the province, he said.
He extended congratulations to the security agencies for making the dream of peace a reality in Balochistan. He said that although Balochistan is underdeveloped, its people are patriotic.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2015.