ISLAMABAD - Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said that the government could not withdraw the cases against Baloch leaders where a third party was involved.

“Only political cases against Baloch leaders would be quashed, while those filed by a third party cannot be withdrawn and hence would remain intact,” he addressed the media after a meeting with Balochistan CM Nawab Aslam Khan Raisani. He said that his meeting with Raisani remained fruitful, adding that various issues came under the discussion.

Malik said that withdrawal of political cases against Baloch leaders was in accordance with Aghaz-i-Haqooq-i-Balochistan. He agreed that in the past, Balochistan remained neglected, pointing out that soon after coming into power, the PPP-led government took various steps for the development of the province.

“We have fulfilled all our promises to the Baloch people and we would continue working for their welfare,” he added. He said that the CM demanded more jobs for his province, adding that the government would create more job opportunities for Balochs. The minister said that President Asif Ali Zardari had stated that he would visit Balochistan.

He said that the CM had asked to declare Gwadar a ‘free port’ adding, “It will be better for the region.” Replying to a question about Pervez Musharraf, Malik said he would be brought back to Pakistan through the Interpol.