LAHORE - The government has adopted “carrot-and-stick” policy to bring into mainstream all the estranged Baloch leaders in accordance with the new initiative announced by the prime minister.

The ‘stick’ is for those who don’t respond positively. Such people may have to face unpredictable consequences. Influential members of Baloch tribes with the backing of the official quarters have contacted the angry Baloch leaders living abroad in self-exile to advance the peace efforts in the volatile province.

The initiative is the first step to pursue the goal of ‘peaceful Balochistan programme’ which is aimed at bringing the estranged Baloch leaders back into the national mainstream. The effort is also very important for the success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Informed Baloch leaders told The Nation on Sunday, contacts have been made with the self-exiled Baloch leaders, including Nawab Harbiyar Murri, Khan of Kalat, Khan Suleman Dawood Khan and Brahamdagh Bugti, living in London and Switzerland.

Khan of Kalat and Brahamdagh Bugti are pondering over a workable plan to end the restiveness in Balochistan, while Harbiyar Murri has so far kept mum. Dr Allah Nazar Baloch, another Baloch leader who is heading insurgency in the coastal belt of Balochistan, is not ready to accept the new plan for Balochistan and apparently would not lay down arms.

According to them, Nawab Jangraiz Murri, chief of Murri tribe, has contacted his younger brother, Harbiyar Murri, to convince him for peace and become part of the national mainstream. Nawab Jangraiz Murri, who is also a senior PML-N leader in Balochistan, has recently played an important role in the surrender of Balochistan Liberation Army’s commanders. Harbiyar Murri is the head of the BLA and steering the affairs of the militant organisation from abroad.

Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, the chief of Jalawan tribes, has contacted Khan of Kalat, Khan Suleman Dawood Khan, for this purpose. Sanaullah is also PML-N Balochistan president.

Mir Bakhtiar Khan Domki, a close relative of Brahamdagh Bugti, contacted him to join the road to peace in Balochistan. Brahamdagh Bugti is the chief of Balochistan Republican Army, another Baloch militant organisation.

The members of Muhammad Hasni tribe, the clan of Dr Allah Nazar Baloch, also contacted him to lay down arms, but he refused to do so. Dr Allah Nazar is leading Baloch Liberation Front, considered as the most deadly militant outfit.

They said some intermediaries were in contact with the self-exiled Baloch leaders before the launch of the Peaceful Balochistan plan with the approval of the quarters concerned.

Prince Mohib Din, uncle of Khan of Kalat, had met him in London before the launch of the new plan, urging him to revisit his political position. Similar contacts were made with Bugti and Murri rebel leaders.

Senior Baloch leader Mohabbat Khan Murri, when contacted, said, “The new initiative for Balochistan will prove fruitful only if the real Baloch people will get the fruits of this plan. I was part of the Aghaz Haqooq-e-Balochistan programme launched under the PPP-led government, but it failed because the bureaucracy had diverted its fruits either to the non-Balochs or a few selected elite.”

He said, “Bugti, Murri and Khan of Kalat who are aiding the insurgency in Balochistan didn’t represent the working class of this province. These so-called Baloch leaders should be handled with force. Dr Allah Nazar Baloch is an educated person, so he must reconsider his position. But he should be given no concessions if he opposes the peace initiative.”

Murri said the people of Balochistan trust the army chief and the Quetta corps commander more than they trust the government and believe the current military leadership can do a lot for this restive province.

Another veteran Baloch leader, Rauf Sasoli, sharing his views said, “The Balochistan issue can be resolved with the joint efforts of military establishment and the political elite. The initiatives under Peaceful Balochistan plan have the backing of all the political players whether sitting in the assemblies or outside.”

Sasoli, endorsing the viewpoint of his colleague concerning Baloch people’s trust in military leadership, said, “The estranged Baloch leaders who oppose peace should be shown no mercy. The Baloch people want education, health and peaceful life.”

Meanwhile, state security sources said the elements attempting to disrupt peace and development process in Balochistan would be eliminated unmercifully. Intensive operations were underway in the coastal belt of Balochistan, the area of activity of Dr Allah Nazar Baloch, they added.