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Mengal links peace in Balochistan to strong govt formation


Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal, the chief of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) said that peace could only be achieved in the province by forming a strong government after elections 2013. He was addressing a press conference at his residence here on Monday evening.

Balochistan is facing crises like law and order and poverty, he said adding that only a strong government could restore peace in the province. He stressed for conducting free, fair and transparent elections.

“During the last 15 years, a so-called political leadership was created that minted financial benefits and now these elements were putting hurdles in the way of election drive in Baloch belt,” he claimed.

Mengal was of the view that elections were not solution of the Balochistan issue adding that however, it could help bring improvement in the prevaling situation. He said that some armed groups were at large in electoral constituencies who were hurling threats to the political forces who want to participate in the general election.

He claimed that some elements were behind religious extremism, political victimization and tribal feuds prevailing in Balochistan.

He demanded rehabilitation of internally displaced Baloch people, recovery of missing persons and release of political prisoners. He said that Baloch people have suffered during the last 15 years as bad law and order situation has damaged the economy.

He demanded of the government to ensure peaceful environment in the electoral constituencies so that political parties could work for election campaign smoothly.