By Rana Tanveer
LAHORE: Condemning the Pakistani government for accusing India of creating unrest in Balochistan, Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) provincial president Shahzain Bugti said it was Pakistani intelligence agencies who were responsible for killings and kidnappings in the province.
He said the government should name the Indians involved if it have any solid proof and if it had no proof it should stop “repeating India’s name like a parrot”.
Talking to the media at Jamia Naeemia, where he reached to meet its head Dr Raghib Naeemi, Bugti gave eight-point demands to develop trust between Balochistan and Islamabad.
He said without removing the trust deficit, there should be no All Parties Conference or any package for Balochistan. He said the federal government can restore the trust of Balochis within 72 hours.
To achieve this, Bugti said General (r) Pervez Musharraf should be arrested in the Akbar Bugti murder case; military operation should be stopped and all forces should be withdrawn from Balochistan; controversial security posts should be abolished from Balochistan; the killing of innocent people should end; 13,000 missing persons of Balochistan should be traced; the role of intelligence agencies in Balochistan should come to a close; any Baloch being prevented from returning to their homes by intelligence agencies should be allowed to go back, and the responsible officials of intelligence agencies who carried out the attack on Chief of Baloch Republican Party Barahmdagh Bugti’s sister and niece on January 31 in Karachi should be arrested.
Responding to a question, Bugti said his party had already rejected the ‘so called’ Balochistan package announced by the federal government. He said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had lied in saying that 80 per cent of work on the package had been completed. He added that he was not astonished at the passage of a resolution by US congress for the separation of Balochistan.
Bugti said the Baloch rejected the APC as there is trust deficit between Balochistan and Islamabad. He said the media and the people of Pakistan should become aware of why Brahamdagh Bugti and other Baloch leaders are demanding a separate Balochistan.
Bugti further said that no Baloch was involved in the killing of Punjabis in the province. He claimed the establishment was carrying out the killings in the province. He said an official of the intelligence agencies was arrested for attacking a Punjabi professor, but officials of Frontier Corps had him freed. He added that the federal government had established its plea to carry on its operation in the province by accusing India of creating the ongoing unrest.
Regarding elections in the province, Bugti said the environement for fair elections did not exist in Balochistan. The role of agencies should be curtailed before the elections in Balochistan, he said.
Jamia Naeemia head Dr Raghib Naeemi welcomed Bugti at his seminary. He said he had invited Bugti to express solidarity with Baloch in these trying times. He said he wanted to tell the Baloch that Punjabis are with them and they should struggle together towards resolving violence in Balochistan.