QUETTA, May 23: Mir Shahzain Bugti, son of Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti, was released from the Mach jail on Friday.

Shahzain disappeared in May 2007 and it was announced in June that he had been detained.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zafar Zehri went to the Mach central jail to welcome him.

A procession of leaders and workers of the Jamhoori Watan Party brought him to the Bugti House in Quetta.

Talking to newsmen, the home minister said the provincial government wanted to release all political detainees.

He said that Shahzain and before him Sardar Akhtar Mengal had been freed under Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani’s policy of reconciliation.

JWP chief Talal Akbar Bugti said his son’s release was a victory of democratic forces and a blow to dictatorship.

He said his party would continue its struggle for accomplishing the mission of Nawab Akbar Bugti to secure the national rights for Balochistan. He said the JWP and other Baloch parties had rendered sacrifices in the struggle against dictatorship.

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