DPC demands meaningful dialogue with Baloch

QUETTA - Declaring the situation in Balochistan as serious, Difah-e-Pakistan Council has demanded of the government for holding meaningful dialogue with the legitimate Baloch leaders. Military action should be stopped forthwith ,wherever, it is being conducted particularly in Balochistan, it stressed.
These demands were made during All Parties Conference organised by Difah-e-Pakistan Council in Quetta at a local hotel here on Monday.  Chairman Difah-e-Pakistan Council Maulana Samiul Haq read out the declaration of the conference.
The declaration states that the government should hold meaningful dialogue with the concerned Baloch leaders to find out a permanent solution to this serious problem.
Difah-e-Pakistan Council categorically stated that they would back all demands of Baloch leaders, excluding independence of Balochistan.
They announced that Difah-e-Pakistan Council would mark March 10th, throughout the country as solidarity day with Balochistan.
The Council also formed a committee to prepare a draft over Balochistan issue after consulting all the stakeholders.
The committee will propose solution which would be handed over to the government.  The perpetrators of Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case including former President Pervez Musharraf must be held accountable and brought to book, it stated.
‘The extra-judicial killings by Frontier Corps, police or any other law-enforcement agencies, practices of enforced disappearances and military action in Balochistan should end soon. Government should ensure the implementation of its announcement about withdrawal of Army from Balochistan’, stated the declaration.
Addressing a Press conference after Balochistan Conference, Maulana Samiul Haq said the rulers had complicated the problems of Balochistan to such an extent that it had become difficult to find a solution.
He said that there was no difference between the policies of former President Pervez Musharraf and President Asif Ali Zardari over Balochistan. Thus, the province was suffering from its worst crisis, he added. He said the problems of people of Balochistan could not be resolved by announcing packages, appointment of committees or tendering apologies but provincial autonomy will have to be ensured.
He said that the resources belong to Baloch people and they should be given their due rights, besides government should take practical steps instead of making tall claims.  He also condemned the US resolution on Balochistan saying it is an attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty.
General Secretary Jamaat-i-Islami Liaquat Baloch said we have come here to assure the people of Balochistan that Difah-e-Pakistan Council was struggling for the rights of the Baloch people. The chief of Jamaat ul Dawa Hafiz Saeed Ahmed said the leaders of Difah-e-Pakistan council were with the Baloch people at this critical juncture.
‘We will come again here to highlight the plight of our Baloch brothers’, he said.
Pakistan Muslim league (PML-Zia-ul-Haq) chief Ejaz ul Haq said that government was not sincere in addressing the issues of Balochistan.
‘Difah-e-Pakistan Council will also not take part in the All Parties Conference being convened by the Prime Minister until government takes some practical steps. Pakistan’s sovereignty was linked with Balochistan thus practical steps are desperately needed for resolving the problems of Baloch people’, he said.
Chairman Ulema Council Alama Tahir Ashrafi urged the Supreme Court to focus its all attention solely on the Baloch missing persons.
‘I have observed that this is a very serious issue and it is the responsibility of Supreme Court to ensure the safe recovery of all Baloch missing persons’, he said.
He said that military leadership should come to Balochistan and listen to the problems of Baloch brothers since the political leadership has failed to address the grievances of Balochistan.
Former Director General ISI, Hameed Gul, Maulana Ismatullah and others also spoke on the occasion.
Difah-e-Pakistan Council also announced that it will hold a huge gathering in Balochistan on April 12th, 2012.
It is pertinent to mention that all the Baloch and Pakhtun nationalist parties have declined the invitation by Difah-e-Pakistan Council for All Parties Conference.

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