Baloch people should be allowed to elect their representatives: Mengal

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GWADAR: Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) president Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal says that his party is fully prepared to contest the forthcoming general elections in the country, expressing the hope that the Baloch people will not elect this time the so –called Baloch parties who have given nothing to the province except bodies and lawlessness.

Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal

He was talking to reporters during his recent visit to Turbat. Mr Mengal, who is a former chief minister of Balochistan, said that while electing their representatives the people of Balochistan had always faced pressure from the establishment and militant organisations.
He said the situation in Balochistan could improve if its people were given a fair chance to elect their true representatives and if their mandate was accepted. He said the focus of his party’s politics was a peaceful Balochistan, adding that restoration of peace in the province was possible only when its people were given their due rights.
Mr Mengal expressed concern over the law and order situation in Balochistan, saying that his party was disappointed over the deteriorating security situation in the province. Holding the establishment and militant organisations responsible for Balochistan’s security concerns, he said nobody gave attention to the causes of the bad security situation in the province. Mr Mengal said there was a big trust deficit between the Baloch people and the state, adding that the gulf between the two was widening with the passage of time due to discriminatory attitude of Islamabad towards Balochistan. He said: “There is a dire need to give legitimate rights to the people of Balochistan and efforts should be made to remove the distrust between the state and Baloch people.”
The BNP-M president said the establishment was not serious in holding talks with the disgruntled Baloch leaders and it had not made any serious effort to initiate a dialogue process with them. The BNP-M said his party had conveyed its apprehensions about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to the rulers, but so far they had done nothing to remove them. The economic corridor project would invite an influx of people from other parts of the country to Balochistan which would change the demography of the province, he said, adding that such a situation would further worsen the already tense political situation in the province.