JWP, JuD agree to call APC on Balochistan
09 January, 2013
LAHORE: The heads of the banned Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and Balochistan-based Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) have agreed to call an all-parties conference (APC) to discuss the Balochistan situation before the next general elections in a meeting on Tuesday.
JWP head Talal Bugti on Tuesday met JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and discussed the Balochistan issue and overall political situation in the country. Both the leaders also agreed to invite and to take all political leaders for APC on board. After the meeting, they interacted with media and answered queries from the journalists.
On this occasion, Talal Bugti said that agencies want to bring artificial leadership in Balochistan in the shape of Ahmedan Bugti, but he would not support such move. He said that news of withdrawal of the army was wrong, and added that it was still present in Dera Bugti. He confirmed that the APC would be called soon to discuss the issue of his province.
Meanwhile, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed told the media that his party would host the APC on Balochistan to resolve its issue as soon as possible. He said that Balochistan was the backbone of Pakistan and it was not a regional but a national issue, therefore political parties should resolve it collectively.
The JuD leader said that people of Balochistan were as patriotic as people of Punjab and other provinces, and the real issue of the province was deprivation, which had led to insurgency. He urged the government to take immediate steps to resolve the issues confronting Balochistan, adding that difficulties would increase in case the province's issues remain unsolved.