ISLAMABAD Inviting Baloch nationalist leaders engaged in armed struggle against Pakistan for dialogue, Government on Tuesday tabled Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package before the joint sitting of the Parliament pledging provincial autonomy, control over provincial resources, more jobs, settlement of outstanding dues, withdrawal of Army, release of political prisoners and a number of other incentives to appease the people of the province. After a brief address of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to the joint sitting wherein he candidly invited Baloch separatist leaders for parleys, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Balochistan Senator Mian Raza Rabbani presented the 39-point proposed incentives package for the largest but most neglected province before the Parliament on which the discussion would likely be made on December 4 or 5 when another joint sitting of the Parliament would be called. Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said though package would not be a substitute to provincial autonomy, it would be just a beginning in a right direction. He said that the package would be divided into constitutional, administrative, political and economic portions, while a monitoring mechanism would also be proposed to have a close watch on the implementation of the proposed recommendations to bring change in the lives of people of Balochistan. Giving a brief background of the committee, Senator Rabbani said that the spirit of the committee was derived from the policy of reconciliation adopted by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto while they had also incorporated the recommendations of Wasim Sajjad and Mushahid Hussain sub-committees of the Parliamentary Committee on Balochistan formed under the head of Ch. Shujaat Hussain. Under the constitution-related matters, it was proposed to the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms to delete Police Order 2002 and Concurrent List from the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution. It is also recommended to remove Balochistan Local Government Ordinance 2001 from the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Making Council of Common Interests effective and NFC Award as reflective to the wishes of all the four provinces was also recommended while effective implementation of Articles 154 to 159 of the Constitution was also proposed. Under the head of political related matters, the release of all the political workers was recommended and in this connection, Federal Government in consultation with the provincial government would look into these cases. It was also proposed that a political dialogue would be initiated with all the stakeholders, including those fighting against the state, and steps should be taken for the return of political leaders in exile. However, the cases involving terrorism and those of heinous nature would not be pardoned. Balochistan Government would be allowed to bring changes in the Local Government Ordinance as per their requirement and all the resolutions adopted by the Balochistan Assembly from 2002 till date related to the provincial matters would be implemented within the legal framework of the Constitution. Under the administrative head, the construction of new cantonments in the province was barred for the time being while the under-construction cantonment in Sui would be handed over to FC. Similarly it was proposed that Army would be withdrawn from Sui. It was also proposed that a commission under the head of sitting superior judiciary member from the province with Federal Defence Minister, Interior Minister and the Home Minister of the province as its members be constituted to look into the issue of missing persons. It was further proposed that all those who were behind bars without any case should be released immediately, those facing charges be brought before the courts and they should be allowed legal counsel as well as access to their families under the normal course of law. A judicial inquiry will be conducted into the murder of political workers Ghulam Mohammad, Lala Munir and Munir Ahmed, and other incidents of target killing. A fact-finding commission under the head of a retired judge of Supreme Court or High Court would be constituted to look into the circumstances leading to the death of Nawab Akbar Bugti. The Frontier Corps role in law enforcement was placed under the chief minister of the province while powers conferred under the Customs Act to the FC be withdrawn. The Coast Guard would continue its routine duty of checking smuggling of arms and narcotics along the coastal areas of the province. The check-posts established beyond territorial limits be dismantled and in this connection Federal Government, provincial governments and FC would do delimitation of the border areas. The other check-posts established by the civil armed forces and other related agencies, other than border areas, should be in accordance with the directions of the provincial government. Judicial inquiry into the land allotment in Gwadar is proposed and the amount outstanding against the Federal Government regarding the flood-affected people of Balochistan would also be released forthwith. Special quota has been allocated for the students of Balochistan, thus scholarship will be given to the outstanding students. The formula of royalty will be given impetus, he said, while the issue of Gas Development Surcharge from 1954 to 1991 was settled with Federal Government agreeing to pay Rs. 120 billion payable in 12 years. The province will be given special representation in Sui Southern Gas Boards, OGDCL boards and others. He said that lingering problem of gas would be sorted out while new development projects would be laid down. It was further decided that uniform gas rates would be introduced. Special incentives to the local tribes of Kohlu district were proposed to help facilitate exploration in the area. New Mega projects will be started, he said. Out of 30 percent shares of the Federal Government, 20 percent shares will be provided to Balochistan, he said, adding that after completion of the projects, it would be fully handed over to the province. He said that in the entire country, there would be one gas price. The Federal Government will provide Rs. 1 billion to the internally displaced persons of Dera Bugti. He further added that small dams would be constructed in Quetta, Pashin, Qila Abdullah, Qila Saif Ullah, Zhob and other areas to cater the unremitting needs. At the end of the financial year, Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination would certify to both the Houses of the Parliament that the amount allocated for development projects as proposed in the package were duly spent. At the same time, the Federal Government, Provincial Government and all other relevant departments would brief Parliamentary Committee on National Security on monthly basis on the implementation of the recommendations of Balochistan package while Federal Government and provincial government would also submit a report before both Houses of the Parliament in this regard after every three months. Earlier in his brief address to the joint sitting, Prime Minister Gilani said that announcement of the Aghaaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan would not only ensure political, social and economic rights to the province but also, once again, establish the supremacy of the Parliament. He said PPP had always confronted the atrocities and subjugation of dictatorial regimes. Our party believes that injustices done during the dictatorial regimes weakened the Federation. He said, Soon after the coalition government assumed power in February 2008, we apologised to the Balochistan people and assured them compensation for injustices of the past. The Prime Minister said, The government is pursuing the policy of national reconciliation as it believes that as long as provinces are not strong, the Federation cannot be strong. He also mentioned marathon consultation conducted with political leadership across the board including PML-N, PML-Q, ANP, JUI, MQM, BNP and other political parties, for finalising the package. He eulogised the committee headed by Senator Raza Rabbani and comprising Federal Ministers Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Syed Khursheed Shah, Dr. Babar Awan and Senator Lashkari Raisani for burning midnight oil to prepare the package.