QUETTA - Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Saturday said dictators have created restlessness triggering separatist thoughts in the province, but now the situation is changing.

He said that a good number of Baloch youth has started considering democratic struggle a better way to get rights which is great success of the National Party (NP) and all peace-loving people.

He was speaking at launching of book titled, “Tareekh wo Siyasat aur Hassas Mehl-e-Waqoo” written by NP Senior Vice President Tahir Bizenjo in Islamabad. NP president Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, human rights activist IA Rehman, NP Punjab president Ayub Malik and others were also present on the occasion.

Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said, “We have zero tolerance for crimes which has reduced crimes by 40 percent in the province while 75 gangs were active in Quetta that have been dealt according to the law. He said that land mafia has been tackled at Pasni and the mafia in Gwadar will face stern action within days so that development could be ensured. However, he underlined that the NP wanted development but would never permit colonisation. He said that they were worried about backlash of the operation Zarb-e-Azb in the Pashtoon belt of Balochistan but things remained under control.

The 18th amendment has brought a change, democratic institutions and civil society is gaining strength which will become a hurdle in the way of dictatorship, he added. The province didn’t receive any list of favourites for the Senate elections and “We are not appointing party members on the key posts but the people with integrity.” He said the NP is creating a bind between local people and democratic forces which will change the situation. Speaking at the occasion, IA Rehman said that disappearances have become order of the day and the phenomenon is not spreading to all the areas of Pakistan. He said that the problem is not in Balochistan but with the establishment in Islamabad which considered the province as a colony.