Mengal wants to douse fire in Balochistan

President Balochistan National Party (BNP), Sardar Akhtar Mengal, has said he came back to Balochistan to douse fire in the province and revive peace and harmony.

He asserted this while talking to media persons after many notables announced to join the party at the Mengal House, here on Monday. BNP leader claimed that the rulers were neither interested in putting off the fire in Balochistan nor they wanted to resolve the political conflicts with Baloch people.

Holding former military dictator, General (r) Pervez Musharraf responsible for igniting fire in Balochistan for his ulterior motives, he said, “We are making efforts to control the fire from further spreading and those responsible for it are not interested to put off the same.”

Akthar Mengal clarified that by using force they would not be backtracked from their struggle of securing national rights. “Thousands of people have lost their lives in this struggle,” he added.

He said that party candidates and workers were receiving threats from some elements and death squads. “I had written a letter to Election Commission of Pakistan for proving that elements belonging to death squads are roaming around us in their luxurious vehicles with tainted glasses,” he said, adding that most of the suspected vehicles had no registration number plates. “In such conditions, how the ECP would ensure holding of free, fair and transparent elections in Balochstan, he asked.

BNP leader said his party had boycotted 2008 elections, though it could win a sizable number of seats in those elections. “We resigned from the national and provincial assemblies to protest killing of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and other Balochs,” he recalled. Demanding for an end to alleged military operation, he said recovery of all missing persons and extra judicial killings of innocent Baloch youths should be stopped forthwith.

The BNP president was surprised over police denial in newspapers that no armed personnel from a security agency were overpowered, arrested and handed over to cops by the BNP workers.

He said thousands of people, mainly BNP workers had seen them and they had been handed over to police with weapons, adding that interference in politics and electoral affairs by the state institutions and its functionaries should be stopped.