Seminar At Pu: ‘punjab Will Have To Change Paradigm On Balochistan And Foreign Policy’ By Ali Usman
“The first Punjabis settled in Balochistan in 1901. Till 2007 not one Punjabi-Baloch targetted killing took place,” he said. “Punjabis were first killed after the murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2007,” he said.
Bizenjo says people of Punjab have suffered most from the ‘establishment’.
” Balochistan is full of resources. Let me tell you one statistic: 12 million acre feet of water is wasted every year in the province,” National Party Chairman Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch.
The leadership in Punjab will have to change Pakistan’s foreign and Balochistan policy paradigm, said Senator Mir Hasil Baksh Bizenjo on Tuesday.
Speaking at the seminar Balochistan: Problems and Solutions organised at the Al-Raazi Hall in Punjab Universisty, Bizenjo said that Pakistan must become a true federation for democracy to grow. He said this required a change in foreign policy.
Talking about the situation in Balochistan, he said, “The government needs to do three things in Balochistan: recover all the missing persons, end the recovery of bullet-ridled bodies and stop contractors hired by security agencies to carry out targetted killings.”
The establishment has taught the people of the Punjab to fear the Baloch and Sindhis, he said. “It is for the people of the Punjab, who have suffered most at the hands of the establishment,” he said.
In Balochistan, he said a tribal elite has violated the rights of the Baloch while building the perception that Punjabis were violating their rights, he said.
There have been four mutinies in Balochistan but none of them had been for secession, he said.
“The first Punjabis settled in Balochistan in 1901. Till 2007 not one Punjabi-Baloch targetted killing took place,” he said. “Punjabis were first killed after the murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2007,” he said. “Baloch political parties condemned these killings and continue to do so,” he said. “But let me also tell you that a majority of Quetta’s population is still Punjabi. Pakthuns and Baloch come second and third.”
“There should be no problem if one wants to introduce himself as a Punjabi, a Sindhi, a Baloch or a Pakthun. Pakistan can be a country whose various cultures come together like different flowers in a bouquet,” Bizenjo said.