Dr Malik for dialogue to address Balochistan issues

QUETTA – Former Balochistan Chief Minister and National Party central leader Dr Abdul Malik Baloch Thursday said problems of the province can be addressed through dialogue and not through gun, so both sides will have to show resilience for it.

Addressing a press conference at Quetta Press Club on the occasion of Ghulam Jan Baloch’s announcement to join National Party, Dr Malik warned the situation in the province would further worsen owing to the detention of Baloch women.

The Balochistan government spokesman had claimed three women had been apprehended by security forces last day from Chaman.

Expressing grave apprehensions over taking the Baloch women into custody, Malik warned such actions will not help normalise the situation; instead, they will further worsen the circumstances.

“Gun is no solution to any problem,” averred the ex-chief minister, adding dialogue was the only way and direly required to resolve Balochistan’s issues.

Dr Malik recalled he had made untiring efforts to recover the missing persons during his tenure as the chief minister and had succeeded to a great extent in controlling such cases.

The NP leader admitted the media in Balochistan was under pressure, adding his media friends in the Baloch belt of Mekran, Turbat, Gwadar and Panjgoor areas were not seen owing to life threats to them.

“It will really be like moving back to the dark ages if newspapers and TV channels are closed in the province,” asserted the National Party leader at the press conference. He urged the government to immediately resolve this burning issue as closure of media houses and newspapers was injustice to journalism and journalists.

Malik Baloch further urged the government to check terror incidents, recalling senior NP leader Jan Buledi and his family members suffered injuries in an attack by banned outfits. NP leaders in Turbat also fell victim to hand grenade attacks, said Malik Baloch.

The former Balochistan chief minister opposed technocrats’ government, adding he was against any undemocratic move and believed in the sanctity of ballot paper and parliament. “We want the parliament to have stability and the ruling regime to complete its constitutional tenure,” Malik averred, adding the country can only progress through democracy. In a query to the increase in three National Assembly seats following the census, Dr Malik said Balochistan should get 40 to 50 NA seats to represent its largest area in the lower house.

Former chief minister Dr Malik was of the view that accountability of politicians and some employees could end corruption. He added all those involved in corruption, including judges, generals and bureaucrats, must be held accountable.

Answering a question, Malik said he was not only against issuance of CNICs to Chinese nationals, but also to the residents of other provinces at Balochistan’s addresses. On this occasion, former Balochistan Assembly member Mir Ghulam Jan Baloch announced joining National Party. Dr Malik Baloch and other party leaders welcomed his decision.

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