PESHAWAR - A one-day seminar under the auspices of the Department of International Relations, UoP and Centre for Research and Security Studies Islamabad was held at the University of Peshawar.  The seminar was attended by the visiting 50-member team of Balochistan Youth Forum and students of UoP.

The students speakers of Balochistan while presenting their case said that people of the province have been kept deprived of their fundamental rights what to talk of the democratic rights.

They added that this year's elections saw the worst type of rigging in the province where people were reduced to their houses owing to the propaganda of certain factions about the deteriorating law and order situations.

They were of the view that FC deployment and operations should be immediately discontinued in the province while due share in the resources of the province should be given to them and the same should be utilised for health, education and improvement of infrastructure within Balochistan.

The speakers showed dissatisfaction over the Recodec agreement and handing over of Gwadar port to China without the consent of local population. They vowed that most of the Balochs are patriots and want a prosperous Pakistan and BalOchistan together. "However, the grievances of the local population must be addressed and a balance of Baloch and Pakhtun should be maintained in the province," they added.

"History reveals that dialogue and proper democratic system can bring about end to all kinds of crisis and Balochistan issue was no different," said Dean Faculty of Islamic and Oriental Studies Professor Dr Qibla Ayaz.

He said that people of KPK and FATA have always shown solidarity with their Baloch brothers and sisters during trouble times. He quoted example of 1971, when the chief minister of the then NWFP province resigned as a reaction to the removal of democratic government in Balochistan.

"We need to think as unified nation and emerge as one entity to overcome the problems confronting us," said Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan while addressing the ceremony as a chief guest. The Vice Chancellor announced increase in quota of seats for students of Balochistan at University of Peshawar on the occasion. He termed education as the key towards good governance in the province and the country.