• Thursday 27th February 2020

Balochistan: Pakistani Government Responsible for

“A new settlement is being established by bringing in people from other provinces,” Jamaldini, who represents the Balochistan National Party-Mengal, informed the panel,

On 8 September 2015, Baloch Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini revealed that the Pakistani Government has orchestrated major demographic changes in various districts of Balochistan to “convert a majority into minority”. According to Mr Jamaladini, throughout the past three decades, Islamabad has engaged in deliberate efforts to relocate populations from other provinces, re-settling around four million people. Recent figures published by the Pakistan Statistics Department indicate that while Balochistan has witnessed the highest population increase of all provinces, the number of Balochi speakers in the province has drastically dropped.

Govt accused of changing demographics

By Zahid Gishkori

ISLAMABAD:

A lawmaker from Balochistan stunned many on Tuesday after he revealed that the government had secretly brought some demographic changes in various districts of Balochistan.

“The government settled four million people in various parts of Balochistan in the past three decades,” Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini told lawmakers in a meeting of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior. “With broader demographic changes in the province, the government is converting the majority into a minority.”

The senator’s claim came at a time when the government’s latest statistics revealed that Balochistan had witnessed the highest population increase (of approximately 250%) among all the provinces.The percentage of Balochi speakers in the province has gone down drastically. The figures of the Pakistan Statistics Department revealed that only 35% of the province’s inhabitants speak Balochi, 25% Pashto, around 20% Brahui, and the rest speak Punjabi, Sindhi and Urdu.

“A new settlement is being established by bringing in people from other provinces,” Jamaldini, who represents the Balochistan National Party-Mengal, informed the panel, which was discussing multiple issues relating to issuance of identity cards to foreigners, Afghan and Indian nationals in particular. “Four to five million more people are being settled in various districts of the province. The settlement of Afghan refugees also helped the government accomplish its purpose.”


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