Accepting Baloch Rights The Only Way To Peace: Mengal, By Ikram Junaidi
Mengal: operations were still in progress in Balochistan and in the past 25 days, 65 people had gone missing.
ISLAMABAD, July 8: From January to May 2013, nearly 84 people disappeared and 79 disfigured dead bodies were recovered from different parts of Balochistan.
The only way to establish the trust of the Baloch people on the federation and ensure peace is the acceptance of their rights.
This was stated by former chief minister of Balochistan and the president of the Balochistan National Party (BNP) Sardar Akhtar Mengal during a seminar titled ‘Peace in Balochistan and the role of federation’, which was organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) at a local hotel on Monday.
Furthermore, a book ‘Balochistan, Azadi Say Subai Bay Ikhtiari Tak’, authored by SDPI’s senior advisor Ahmed Salim, was also launched during the seminar.
Ahmad Salim has been conferred upon with a Presidential Pride of Performance by the government of Pakistan and a Bangladesh Freedom Award for his contributions in literature and human rights.
Sardar Mengal said the security establishment had never allowed political governments to take decisions regarding Kashmir, Afghanistan, Foreign Policy and Balochistan.
“Residents of Balochistan were secular at the time of independence and till the 80s I did not even know that the Hazaras were Shias. But today, Hazaras are being killed by some elements who are not Baloch.
This needs to be investigated so that it is determined who wants to shift the Hazaras from the place and why,” he said.