Apology won't solve Balochistan issue: Mengal
30 September, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Nationalist Party (BNP) chief and former Balochistan chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal said Baloch people have been deprived of their rights for the last 65 years, and that an apology was not the solution of the Balochistan issue.
He was addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Saturday. Mengal said elections were not their preference; in fact they wanted solution of the Balochistan issue.
Mengal thanked Imran Khan for supporting his six points and all other political parties for supporting and expressing solidarity with the people of Balochistan. He said they were very weak, and that they could only render their lives. He also said supporters of hundreds of Baloch families had been killed or kidnapped.
Talking about the involvement of external hands in Balochistan's deteriorating law and order situation, the BNP chief said if there was such an involvement then why do Interior Minister Rehman Malik and intelligence agencies not disclose those behind it.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said political problems should be resolved politically and not through military action. "We must learn from mistakes made earlier in East Pakistan and ensure justice and rule of law for the people of Balochistan," he said, adding the government was doing nothing in Balochistan and Karachi as it was the FC and Rangers that were operating in both areas, respectively.
He said, "We have learnt nothing from the Bangladesh incident."
Khan said the time had come to forget the past and build a new Pakistan. He said the people of Balochistan had the first right over their natural resources. It is sad that Balochistan was the last to receive gas from Sui, he added. The PTI chairman said he would solve the Balochistan problem on priority basis if elected to power. Khan said that the PTI's sympathies were with the Baloch people.
Earlier, the two leaders at a meeting discussed the law and order situation in Balochistan. PTI President Javed Hashmi, Inam Haq, Akmal Mirza and other leaders were also present on the occasion.