Nation special report
MOSCOW: In major move aimed to tame the disgruntled and angry Balochs to join the main stream and to come back to the country,BalochistanChiefMinister Jam Kamal held an important meetingwith founder ofOverseas PakistaniBalochUnityDrJumma Khan Marri and both have agreed to launch an awareness campaign against the anti-Pakistan Baloch separatist leaders involved in disruptive activities in Pakistan and to work for mainstreaming the alienated Baloch leaders through dialogue
The meeting, which took place in Moscow on Monday, discussed the alleged role of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) in the recent attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi. They have reportedly chalked out a strategy to accomplish the task effectively. Dr Jumma Marri suggested that the Pakistan government should provide evidence of BLA’s involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan and demand of UK authorities to help stop terrorists including Harbiyar Marri from using UK soil forsuch disruptive activities in Pakistan. BLA Commander Harbiyar Marriwasstaying inUKon asylum andwas operating histerrorist activities againstPakistan fromthere and had openly admitted his hand behind a number ofterrorist attacksin Balochistan resulting in the killing of hundreds of innocent people. He further asked Jam Kamal that Pakistan should actively raise the issue on all available international forums especially in United Nations Organisation. Dr Marri promised to voice his concernsregarding this issue in European Union Parliament. Jam Kamal and Dr Marri vowed to spread further awareness among Europe’s Pakistani community about the so-called leaders, who are actively involved in various terrorist activities in Pakistan. The Balochistan chief minister was also invited by Dr Jumma Marri on the launching ceremony of OPBU’s Europe Chapter (expected to be held in near future). During this upcoming ceremony a few prominent Baloch personalities are expected to join the mainstream Pakistani politics by declaring their dissociation with anti-Pakistani forces. The chief minister applauded Dr Jumma Marri’s efforts and promised complete support from the government. The meeting proved to be a success and negotiations have been sought to be the only solution to this ordeal. Chief Minister Jam Kamal is on an official visit toRussia nowadays. Ambassador of Pakistan to Russia Qazi Khalilullah hosted a dinner in his honour at Pakistan Embassy in Moscow. Punjab Minister Mian Muhammad Aslam Iqbal, Adviser to KP CM Kamran KhanBangash, Shahzad Khan and Amir Shoukat were also present on the occasion. Akhtar Mengal Balochistan National Party (BNP-M) president SardarAkhtar Mengal has sought a political solution to the issue of missing persons, saying that the problems of the province would not be resolved by building dams or the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He was addressing a news conference at a protest camp organised by families ofmissing persons on Wednesday. Sardar Mengal criticised the governmentfor not addressing the issue of missing persons and said that nothing was being done for their recovery. “We will not let the federal and provincial governments sit comfortably until they find these missing persons. The BNP will table a resolution in the provincial assembly regarding the issue,” he said. Sardar Mengal said the federal government had a year to come up with a solution to the problem, and the BNP would not sit silent during this time but consistently pressthe rulersto resolve the matter. He said that missing persons should be released immediately and if they were involved in any crime, there should be an open trial against them. “It is the responsibility of the present government to meet the mothers and sisterssitting in freezing temperatures under the open sky,” he said. The families of missing persons also filed a petition in the Supreme Court but nothing happened, he regretted. Apart from a list of missing persons, the BNP chief said, he had included other demands of his party on the agenda given to the federal government. Sardar Mengal said that Mama Qadeer Baloch had travelled more than 2,000km on foot along with a group of Baloch women and men from Quetta to Karachi then Islamabad to raise voice for missing persons. TheBNP, he said, also participated in the long march and took part in all protestsraising the issue. When the government was being formed, he said, political parties provided lists for ministries. “We didn’t give a list for ministries, but the BNP provided a list of the missing personsto the federal government,” MNA Agha Hassan Baloch said, adding that there was no positive response from the government till now. Members of provincial assembly Naseer Shahwani and Ahmed Nawaz Baloch, Mama Qadeer and chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) Nasr¬ullah Baloch were present on the occasion.