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In Conversation With The Chief Minister Of Balochistan

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We recently spoke with Dr. Baloch of the National Party about the challenges his coalition government in Quetta must overcome for peace in Pakistan’s restive province. Excerpts:

How does one quell the violence in Balochistan?

Balochistan’s problems are multidimensional. There is the Baloch insurgency, sectarianism, target killings, and then the large number of kidnappings. I am in the process of preparing a twofold solution: a political and an economic one. The political solution will stress on the need to reconcile with the insurgents. As a first step we will immediately need to rehabilitate families displaced from [areas under the traditional control of the Marri and Bugti tribes] and Quetta.

In your opinion, is Balochistan on the verge of seceding from the federation?

There is no doubt that a school of thought has always existed in Balochistan which believes in separatism. But honestly, I don’t think we have reached a stage where there is no other solution. Let’s not give up. It’s time we negotiate with those who want to secede.

How accurate or inaccurate are claims that Pakistan’s military agencies are responsible for the violence and separatist sentiment in Balochistan?

Hopefully the agencies will work with us and use their power over those they command.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has suggested India’s involvement in fomenting trouble in Balochistan. What involvement, if any, do you see of foreign countries in creating tensions in your province?

We are in a war zone. To our west is Afghanistan, and NATO is still there, so you cannot rule out the possibility of foreign interference. Now if you ask me who all are involved and to what extent, I have no way of knowing. But in the case of sectarianism, I think we all know. It is quite clear.

It is widely believed that Mullah Omar is alive and running the Afghan Taliban through the Quetta Shura. What can you share about the presence of the Taliban and its affiliates in Balochistan?

I have no idea. I don’t know where Mullah Omar is. As for the Taliban, of course they are operating in Balochistan. They are operating with great impunity in the entire country.

How realistic or reasonable are the claims and figures cited by the leftwing about people who may have gone missing in the province?

There is no exact number of missing persons in Balochistan. Every organization has its own number.  The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons has a different figure to the one being cited by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Specifics aside, we should recover those we can and present them in court.

How soon can Balochistan be stabilized?

I am neither that naïve to believe I can solve all of Balochistan’s problems nor am I that pessimistic to think that I can achieve nothing. Let me at least do what I can to help my people as much as I can.

Akbar Bugti was attacking national installations in Balochistan and he was killed alongside Pakistan Army troops who had gone to apparently negotiate with him. Is it acceptable, in your opinion, for tribal chieftains to take up arms against the country?

No, now that is not true. Nawab Bugti was forced to take the decision he did. I was there [in Balochistan]. I saw what was happening and what he was doing. His death spiraled Balochistan into a state of instability.

 

News Week Pakistan

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‘Separation is no solution’ :Dr Ishaq Baloch

‘Separation is  no solution’

General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani speaks to Balochistan’s new chief minister Abdul Malik Baloch during a ceremony to mark Defence Day in Sui

Dr Ishaq Baloch and Dr Allah Nazar were both groomed in the student politics of Balochistan in the 1980s. Dr Allah Nazar joined the Baloch Students Organization (BSO), picked up the gun, and eventually surfaced as a symbol of resistance for the disgruntled Baloch against the state of Pakistan. Dr Ishaq Baloch decided to use peaceful political means to further the Baloch cause. He has countless reasons to disagree with the Pakistani establishment and the so-called Punjabi elite, but he never thought secession was the solution to the problem of Balochistan.

“The future of Balochistan is intertwined with the federation”

“The future of Balochistan is intertwined with the federation,” Dr Baloch said in an interview. He is now the vice president of the National Party. “Separation is no solution, and that is why we don’t demand separation, despite severe criticism.”

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Dr Ishaq Baloch addresses a Young Doctors’ convention in Quetta

The times were difficult but the people were inspiring when he first joined the Pakistan Progressive Students Alliance in 1984. Many heard him correctly. Among them was Abdul Hai Baloch, who felt he could play a role in his National Movement.  Later, he joined the Balochistan National Alliance, beginning a long association with Dr Abdul Malik, who is now the cabinet-less chief minister of Balochistan.

“Since the very beginning, we have demanded maximum autonomy for Balochistan,” he said, driving home from the Balochistan Assembly in Quetta. Like the rest of the peace-loving residents of the city, he lives in danger.  There are non-state actors who show no mercy when they silence their opponents. The role of state agencies has been highly controversial. Some local chieftains run their own small but well-organized fiefdoms. Recently, the specter of sectarianism has emerged to haunt the marginalized Shia Hazara community.

“Satisfying the impoverished people of Balochistan by giving them their due rights is the need of the hour,” Dr Baloch said. “The ailing economy of Pakistan can be cured by utilizing the potentials of Balochistan, such as the hidden mineral resources and the coast of Gwadar.” He has so far been disappointed by the effort that Pakistan’s political elite and the establishment have made to end the Baloch deprivation, but agrees that the landmark 18th constitutional amendment and the Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan development package were excellent initiatives to undo the mistakes of the past.

A ‘great game’ is being played in the province, and it involves regional and international players, Dr Baloch said. He declined to elaborate, but added that some countries in the region were threatened by the economic potential of Gwadar.

He did not say which country was fanning the flames of separatism in the province, but the government of Pakistan has long accused India of aiding the Baloch separatists. Brahamdagh Bugti, the son of slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, was once photographed in Delhi, and there were allegations that he was enjoying Indian patronage. The Indian government has always refuted the allegations.

But any foreign involvement builds on an existing sense of deprivation among the Baloch, which is largely genuine. Dr Ishaq Baloch accuses the Punjabi ruling elite of mistreating the people of Balochistan, the civil and military establishment of blocking development in the province, and the tribal leaders of siding with military dictators.

Pakistan's first deep sea port in Gwadar, whose operations were recently handed over to China

Pakistan’s first deep sea port in Gwadar, whose operations were recently handed over to China

Among the most serious issues in Balochistan is that of the ‘missing persons’ – people believed to have been abducted by law-enforcement or spy agencies over suspicion that they support the separatists. Many of those who disappear end up dead.

Dr Ishaq said no single individual or institution was responsible for the problems in Balochistan. He said the government had no writ in parts of the province, but it was wrong to believe that the provincial government had little control or influence outside of Quetta. “There are problems in some areas,” he acknowledged, “but it is a wrong perception that the writ of the government doesn’t exist at all.”

Some regional players are threatened by the economic potential of Gwadar

Asked to comment on the chief minister governing the province without a cabinet, he said dealing with coalition partners was not an easy job. “We must keep everyone in the coalition satisfied. I believe we have managed things, and the provincial cabinet will be formed in a matter of days.”

Among the coalition partners is the faction of Muslim League led by Nawaz Sharif, previously seen as part of the Punjabi elite. Despite being the largest party in the Balochistan Assembly, it allowed the National Party to appoint a chief minister. The reconciliatory move is being hailed by political analysts. But the scars of deprivation may take time to heal.

“We have faith in the process of reconciliation,” Dr Ishaq Baloch said. “And I think this strategy will eventually work.” But for things to get better, he said the province will have to get rid of the complicated regional proxy war.

The Friday Times

 

National Party Speaks Against BLF

1st Time, Balochistan based political party openly condemning the Criminal Organization.

National Party not only asks BLF to stop their criminal activities, but also questioning about the murderers of its party workers.

 

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in National Party, News, Sarmachar News

 

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National Party Happy with Govt new move for Dialogue

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Balochistan, National Party, News, Pakistan

 

Rajin Pur ta G D Khan—- Balochistan, Balochistan

BNP is not against Seriki Province, but want that Baloch areas in Seriki Belt should be re-joined Balochistan province.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in National Party, News, Punjab, South Punjab

 

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National Party and BNP Decided for Unite Struggle

A Good News For Baloch and Balochistan. We need to be united to get our goals.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Balochistan, BNP, National Party, News