Islamabad - Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Saturday said that dictators had created restlessness in the province which triggered separatist thought but now the situation is changing.

He said that a good number of Baloch youth have 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, Siyasat aur Hassas Mehl-e-Waqoo” written by Senior Vice President NP Tahir Bizenjo at Islamabad Literature Festival.

President NP Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, human rights activist IA Rehman, President NP Punjab Ayub Malik and others were also present on the occasion.

Dr Malik said, “We have zero tolerance against crimes which has reduced crimes by 40 percent in the province while 75 gangs were active in Quetta that had been dealt in accordance with law.

The chief minister 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 NP wants development but would never permit colonisation.

He said, “We 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 are 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 the NP is appointing people with integrity on key posts.

Speaking on the occasion, IA Rehman said that disappearances have become order of the day and that 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 considers the province as a colony.