QUETTA - PML-N central leader Siddiqul Farooq has suggested general amnesty for disgruntled Balochs to resolve the Balochistan issue.

“To address the grievances of Balochistan people, the government will have to announce general amnesty for disgruntled Balochs who had climbed up mountains,” PML-N central leader Siddiqul Farooq told the media at the Quetta Press Club Thursday. He said Balochistan was the largest province but no heed was being paid to resolve its issues such as missing people, target killing and kidnapping for ransom.

“The rulers could not implement the Balochistan package upon which Chief Minister Aslam Raisani had also expressed his dissatisfaction,” he added. The PML-N leader said when PML-N was part of federal coalition government, Nawaz Sharif had announced an APC on Balochistan which was withdrawn by the government because the government had to implement its recommendations.

He said corruption was rampant in Balochistan and prompt steps were needed to remove the public woes.

About the creation of new provinces, he said principally PML-N supported the new provinces but, at this juncture raising this issue, was aimed at diverting the attention of people from major problems such as inflation, unemployment, terrorism and energy crisis.

Farooq criticised the PPP government and said the incumbent government had failed to fulfill its slogans for providing jobs, ending loadshedding and ensuring other basic facilities. He said the PPP was the root cause of all difficulties in the country and PML-N for the sake of Sindhi brothers and after assassination of Benazir Bhutto supported the government but now it would not be tolerated further.

He said the stance of PML-N on missing people was clear. The government should respect the tribal customs and give equal rights to the people of Balochistan, besides announcing a general amnesty for the Balochs who had climbed up the mountains.

He said instead of pushing the people of Balochistan to the wall, steps should be taken to bring them into national politics and harmony should be promoted.

He said the PML-N was an ideological party though there were some differences in the party in Balochistan. However, these would be resolved soon, he added.

Responding to a question, he said the PML-N was in favour of Senate elections and was not afraid of it and added that PPP would not get majority even after Senate elections.

He said tendering resignation would not solve the issue.

To another question, he said if anyone tried to violate the Constitution and constitutional institution, the PML-N would fully support the state organs.