LAHORE - A senior leader from Balochistan proposed on Thursday that the government should hold an all-party conference to discuss problems faced by the countrys most backward and thinly populated province and hammer out a strategy to solve them. Parties represented at parliament as well as the ones which had boycotted the previous general elections on account of principles should be invited to the moot, Rauf Sasoli, secretary general of Jamhoori Watan Party (Aali group), said while talking to TheNation. He said Aghaz-i-Haqooq-i-Balochistan was a good initiative taken by the government, but regretted that in practical terms it had become a step to improve the lot of ministers, not a common man. The ministers, he said, were either enjoying the benefits themselves or passing on to their cronies. Sasoli said unless the government ensured that the benefits reached the common man, the package would not help improve the situation or bring an end to the unrest. He said hatred created by the policies of former dictator Pervez Musharraf was still there and could be reduced only by prominent political leaders using their connections with the Baloch leaders. Explaining the point, he said, PML (N) chief Nawaz Sharif and President Zardari had very good contacts with a number of Balochi leaders and must use their influence to set the situation right. Along with this, he said, steps should be taken to bring former president Pervez Musharraf and ex-prime minister Shaukat Aziz to justice for their involvement in the assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti. These leaders are not more important than Pakistan, he said, implying the governments failure for indicting the two was against the countrys interests. He said if Zulfikar Ali Bhutto could be hanged for his alleged role in the murder of Ahmed Kasuri, why action was not possible against the former president for killing a leader who was patriotic to the core and, according to former army chief Waheed Kakar, was also being considered for the office of president. Appreciating the government for having passed the 18th constitutional amendment, Sasoli said now the matter should be taken to its logical conclusion, which would be possible only if the Pashtoons in Balochistan were integrated into their community in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Balochs in Punjab were linked to the community in Balochistan. He said the target could be achieved by re-demarcating territorial boundaries. Replying to a question, Sasoli said, the Punjabis in Baloc-histan were being targeted by those who were playing into the hands of those who had made the province a part of what he called the Great Game. He said everyone knew the motives behind the plan. He proposed that to restore peace in the country the government should hunt and repatriate all foreigners staying illegally in Pakistan. Likewise, he said, a campaign should be launched to purge the country of all weapons. Ashraf Mumtaz