Balochistan’s Chief Minister-designate, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. – File Photo
Balochistan’s Chief Minister-designate, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. – File Photo

QUETTA: Chief Minister-designate, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has termed recovery of missing Baloch political workers imperative for restoration of peace in Balochistan – Pakistan’s province plagued with insurgency for more than twelve years.

“I have told Nawaz Sharif that without recovery of missing persons we cannot go even a single step ahead,” Baloch told Dawn.com after the session of Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday.

The National Party (NP) chief said mutilated dead bodies’ recovery has to be stopped so that peace could be restored in the volatile province. “My first and foremost priority is restoration of peace in Balochistan,” he said.

He said the disgruntled Baloch leaders would be brought to the negotiation table by taking confidence building measures to restore their lost trust. “When talks can be held with Taliban, then why not with Balochs,” he said, adding that peace paves the way for development thus decreasing poverty and unemployment.

Dr Baloch said the accused involved in the murder of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti would be brought to the book. “Martyrdom of Nawab Bugti was indeed a contributing factor in growing insurgency in Balochistan,” he added.

Updated Jun 04, 2013 08:29pm

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Zaryab
Jun 04, 2013 09:19pm

Govt must provide extra ordinary securi0ty to Dr.Malik. Hes got the toughest job in Pakistan and enemies of Balochistan may not let him live long to turn things around. I keep my hands together for his long life.

Mohammad
Jun 04, 2013 10:18pm

Agree with Dr. Malik.

holl
Jun 04, 2013 10:37pm

I don't expect any progress from this CM or his govt with a nationalist agenda. History shows that nationalist agenda never works. The CM has to think beyond Bloach, what about Hazara, Pukhtoons and Punjabis who have settled in Baluchistan for generations and most importantly Pakistan. I am really disappointed by his statement that "no progress can be made without missing persons recovery". Missing persons are important and should be recovered, but the people of Baluchistan,have other needs too such as employment, electricity, safety and good governors. What about those steps Mr. CM? What about terrorists who are blowing up pipelines, public institutions, and military installations? What about those who have killed non-Bloch citizens. When are you going to bring to those to the book? Mr. CM if you can not fix the mess in Baluchistan from all sides you the history will show your name as another failed politician.

Dr. Malek Towghi/Tauqee
Jun 04, 2013 10:45pm

" .... without recovery of missing persons we cannot go even a single step ahead." (Dr. Abdul Malik). Dr. Saaheb is right.

HEAR, O ESTABLISHMENT!

Ahmer
Jun 04, 2013 11:36pm

This is new era for Pakistan and Balochistan. Let us move forward and not rake up dead and divisive issues like missing persons and mutilated bodies.

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE
Jun 05, 2013 12:34am

Well said Dr. Malik but then be ready to quit within 100 days.

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE
Jun 05, 2013 12:34am

@holl: All satkeholders must be on board I agree. But if one of your family is missing it is worst then death. Dr. Malik's priority is correct.

zulfiqar butt
Jun 05, 2013 06:06am

Nawaz Sahrif and 'establishment' should heed the sane advise!