LAHORE - PML-N President Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said if necessary he would cobble together a grand alliance of political parties to settle the Balochistan issue.
He said he has consistently been trying to bring peace in the restive province and his new initiative is also for the same purpose.
The two-time prime minister said this while talking to reporters after offering condolences to former Supreme Court Bar President Asma Jehangir over the death of her mother.
Asma is among the leaders the ruling PPP wants to install as caretaker prime minister. The PML-N also has no objection to her name, although formal talks between the prime minister and the opposition leader to reach some consensus will be held in due course.
The PML-N president reiterated his demand that the assassin(s) of JWP leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti be brought to justice. He said the wound inflicted by this tragedy would take long to heal. Expressing concern over the complaints about enforced disappearances, he asked under what law people are being lifted.
He said the government should listen to Baloch leadership’s reservations over the deployment of Army and Frontier Corps at the time of elections. The presence of these forces could mar the transparency of the polls, he feared.
The PML-N chief, casting doubts over the transparency of the 2008 general elections, said free and fair elections in the country are also a demand of the Baloch politicians.
Asma Jehangir lauded Mr Sharif’s views on Balochistan, saying it was a good gesture that a Punjabi leader was talking about the Balochistan problem. She, however, came down hard on the Pakistan People’s Party for its bad governance.