Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch had earlier announced holding of talks with all militant groups in the province. -File Photo
Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch had earlier announced holding of talks with all militant groups in the province. -File Photo

QUETTA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given the green signal to the coalition government in Balochistan to initiate meaningful negotiations with all armed groups in the province which has been plagued by sectarian violence and an insurgency.

Sources in Chief Minister Balochistan’s Secretariat told Dawn.com that Nawaz Sharif has favored the offer of CM Dr Abdul Malik Baloch for holding talks with all armed groups to find an amicable solution to issues relating to the province.

After the prime minister’s endorsement, the provincial government has decided to form a high level reconciliation and negotiation committee comprising seasoned Baloch, Pashtun and Sindhi leaders to initiate dialogue with Baloch separatists.

The high-powered committee would comprise of tribal elites in and out of the Balochistan Assembly.

“The committee is likely to be formed in the fast approaching session of the assembly,” a lawmaker who requested not to be named told Dawn.com.

Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has convened the provincial assembly session on August 16 to discuss the worsening law and order situation in the province.

“Some Sindhi nationalists’ leaders would also be included in the committee,” he said.

Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch announced holding of talks with all militant groups in the province before Eid ul Fitar during the assembly session.

“We would hold dialogue with all militant groups, whether Balochs or sectarian,” Dr. Baloch announced on the floor of the house.

Members of the committee would hold dialogue with exiled- Baloch leaders including Hairbyar Marri, Barahamdagh Bugti, Khan of Kalat and Mir Javed Mengal for political solution to issues relating to the province.

“We would take confidence building measures to bring our angry brothers to the negotiating table,” the lawmaker said.

He said all out efforts would be made for the recovery of missing persons, an end to recovery of dead bodies and internally displaced persons from Dera Bugti and Kohlu would be resettled in their own districts.

Quetta and other parts of Balochistan have witnessed a sharp rise in suicide bombings, target killings and explosions.

A suicide bomber killed 30 people including Deputy Police Chief of Quetta Fayyaz Sumbal and other senior police officers on August 8th.

Armed militants gunned down 11 people when they opened fire at the convoy of former provincial minister Ali Madad Jattak at Jamia Farooqia. Most of the victims were people who were making their way to the mosque to offer Eid prayers.

Repeated incidents of violence have forced the present government to accelerate the process of dialogue with militant groups in Balochistan.


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Muhammad Rizwan
Aug 13, 2013 08:48pm

dialogue should be meaningful and should deliver some good impact on Pakistan

Do Good
Aug 13, 2013 09:01pm

It is very intimidating and unfortunate that Pakistan couldn't keep its Eastern Wing (now Bangladesh) because of military dictators and Bhutto's power hungry behaviour.

We do not want further disintegration of Pakistan for the same mistake.

Unite the country and give more autonomy to Baluchistan and Waziristan. Mind the fact that political issues can't be solved militarily.

Siddique Malik
Aug 13, 2013 09:28pm

The other day the C.M. was saying that he would not "bow down" to terrorists. Now he is going to talk to them. What do you discuss when you talk to mass murderers? The method of their execution? He is bowing down to terrorists and the prime minister has approved it. As I said in my post on his previous statement in which he vowed not to "bow down" to terrorists, unprincipled leaders -- as I said in that post, the C.M. is definitely one -- cannot do big things. They can only talk to terrorists, not crush them. Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

bkhNorwood
Aug 13, 2013 09:29pm

A sensible approach to deal with the religious motivated militants, provided it will not compromise the rights of women and liberal minded people of Pakistan.

Mike
Aug 13, 2013 09:33pm

Negotiations with whom? Angry Brothers? Are you kidding? Negotiate with those who has no respect for life, Killing people left and right, bombing, mosques, bombing schools, religious places, police stations, civilians and destroying Pakistan.

Hugh Fader
Aug 13, 2013 10:42pm

"Angry Brothers"?, these criminals have blood of the innocent people at their hands and the CM is elevating them as "angry brothers"?. No wonder people all over the world has no respect for this country.

Rauf
Aug 13, 2013 11:57pm

Hope PM sharif has approval from the army chief and the ISI.

Syed
Aug 14, 2013 05:21am

Please do not negotiate, they are the killers of so many innocent Pakistani, they have no love for Pakistan why to negotiate with them.

Mustafa
Aug 14, 2013 06:32am

Those who wish to negotiate peace with militants and terrorists will never be trusted by Pakistanis nor by militants and terrorists. They have their feet on two boats. The militants and terrorists are out to destroy Pakistan and no negotiations will alter their course.

Baloch/ Quetta
Aug 15, 2013 10:19am

Dear friends it will be good to start to negotiate with Baloch insurgents and as well as with other armed groups. But the negotiation will not be successful because the government is not having power to resolves the issues of Balochistan, the Baloch insurgents negotiate with Pakistan government presence of United Nation. Otherwise the cannot

Baloch/ Quetta
Aug 15, 2013 10:24am

Dear friends it will be good to start to negotiate with Baloch insurgents and as well as with other armed groups. But the negotiation will not be successful because the government is not having power to resolves the issues of Balochistan, the Baloch insurgents negotiate with Pakistan government presence of United Nation. Otherwise the cannot