Army supports political solution of Balochistan
04 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani on Wednesday said the army fully supports political process in Balochistan within constitutional limits.
He was commenting on the latest situation in the province before leaving on a three-day visit to Russia.
"Army fully supports any political process, as long as it is within the constitution of Pakistan," the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement.
Gen Kayani's trip to Russia is part of new efforts initiated by the two sides to open a new chapter in their ties. He is expected to meet Russia's top military and civil leaders to discuss ways to boost military-to-military cooperation between the two countries, according to ISPR Director General Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa.
The Afghan endgame is believed to be a major factor behind the apparent rapprochement between Islamabad and Moscow. A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry also hinted at this assessment by suggesting that Pakistan and Russia "share the common objective of peace and stability" in the region.
"We attach importance to regional connectivity both in terms of trade and energy cooperation," the statement added. Recently, BNP President Sardar Akhtar Mengal presented six points for resolution of the Balochistan issue in the Supreme Court. He demanded an immediate end to all military operations, missing persons be presented before the court, abolition of intelligence agencies' death squads, free rein to Baloch political parties to function, punishment to those found guilty of heinous crimes, and rehabilitation of thousands of displaced persons in the province.