QUETTA – The Balochistan Assembly Tuesday echoed with the issue of recovery of decomposed bodies of missing Balochs as three ministers staged a token walkout from the session to record their protest.
A minister alleged that a conspiracy was being hatched to pit Musakhel and Marri tribesmen against each other by an officer of the Frontier Corps. The assembly session held with its Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani in the chair.
Gwadar Development Authority Minister Zahoor Baloch condemned, what he called, forced disappearance of Baloch youth and political workers, and recovery of their mutilated bodies. “Recovery of three-four bodies from Turbat, Khuzdar and other areas of Balochistan has become a routine matter,” he said, adding that the killing of missing persons was a very serious issue. The minister urged the provincial government to iron out a solution to the problem.
“If anyone has committed crime, he/she be produced in the court of law, which is free to punish the culprits but there is no justification for extrajudicial killings,” he added. He regretted that not only extrajudicial killings continued unabated but the bodies were also being desecrated. “We are Muslims and Islam does not permit desecration of dead bodies,” he added.
The speaker told Zahoor Buledi that he was a provincial minister and part of provincial government therefore it would be appropriate to raise the issue in the meetings of provincial cabinet. Provincial minister Abdul Rehman Mengal also protested against issue, calling upon the speaker to allow the members to record their protest.
After the remarks of Abdul Rehman, provincial minister belonging to PML-Q announced a walkout, which was followed by Zahoor Buledi and Abdul Rehman Mengal but the two came back in the house as ANP parliamentary leader Engineer Zamark Khan persuaded them to end their walkout.
Provincial minister from JUI-F Maulvi Sarwar Musakhel on a point of order said that few days after the attack on an FC convoy in Chamalang, the force had set up bunkers and posts in different villages in his constituency, adding to public woes. “The commander of FC in the area is summoning tribal elders from the Musakhel tribe and asking them to support FC in its actions against the Marri tribesmen,” he alleged, warning that this act would pit the two tribes against each other. “For God sake, our tribal life should not be pushed towards enmity,” he averred, adding the authorities concerned should take notice of the issue. He went on: “Two decomposed bodies of people belong to Marri tribe were thrown in the areas of Musakhel tribesmen, leaving an impression that they were killed by the latter tribe.” Provincial minister Rubina Irfan drew the attention of the house to the killing of a PML-N female leader in Turbat and demanded punishment to the culprits.
The speaker asked provincial minister Engineer Zamark Khan to contact the home secretary and apprise the house about progress in investigation into killing.
Earlier, provincial ministers Engineer Zamark Khan, Ismail Gujjar, Ghazal Gola, and Jan Ali Changezai said that few elements triggered rumours after President Asif Ali Zardari’s departure for treatment in Dubai.
They said that these elements were making conspiracies to derail the democracy in the country. They said that return of President Asif Ali Zardari had foiled the conspiracies of anti-democratic elements warning that any conspiracy against democracy would inflict irrespirable loss to the country.
On a point of order, Abdul Khaliq Bashar Dost of JUI-Ideological criticised the remarks of Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik about unregistered seminaries.
Dubbing Rehman Malik as an imported minister from UK, he said that his irresponsible statements had created problems for the country. “We should learn a lesson from the incident of Jamia Hafsa,” he said, adding that if any action was taken against seminaries its results would not be good for the country.