QUETTA - Political leaders asserted on Sunday there was no dispute among the Baloch, the Pashtun and the Hazara communities dwelling in Balochistan.
Balochistan National Party-Mengal acting president Dr Jahanzaib Jamaldini, Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani of the National Party, PML-N General Secretary Naseebullah Bazai, Akthar Baloch of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Hazara Democratic Party General Secretary Ahmed Ali, Rasheed Khan Nasir from the Awami National Party and others expressed their views at the peace gathering hosted by the Political Parties’ Coordination Committee.
The speakers denied there was any rift among the various ethnic groups in Balochistan, insisting that they had been living in the province peacefully for centuries.
They alleged that some forces were trying to create differences for their own interests. “There is no room for extremism or sectarianism in the traditions of Balochistan; our traditions teach us love, peace and brotherhood,” they averred.
The leaders condemned the alleged military operation in the province, and said this was the fifth operation underway in Balochistan, recalling that hundreds of Baloch political workers had been killed by security forces and government functionaries in these operations.
About the Alamdar and Kirani roads incidents that killed over 200 Shias, the speakers said sectarianism was being fanned under a well-knitted plan, but such plots would be frustrated.
They alleged that the natural resources in Saindak, Reko Diq and Chamalang areas of the province were being plundered, and now the rulers had handed over Gwadar Port to China.
They said these resources belonged to all ethnic groups living in the province, and thus they had to demonstrate unity to protect them, and to end sectarian violence.