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Chief of the Balochistan National Party - Mengal (BNP-M) Sardar Akhtar Mengal.   — File Photo by Online
Chief of the Balochistan National Party - Mengal (BNP-M) Sardar Akhtar Mengal. — File Photo by Online

QUETTA: Chief of Balochistan National Party, Sardar Akhtar Mengal has said that government must break the silence and name the institutions involved in enforced disappearances and the killing of Baloch political workers and the dumping of their bodies.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal, the Chief of BNP and former chief minister Balochistan took oath as an MPA after an interval of 14 years from parliamentary politics on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr. Malik Baloch, and members of Balochistan Assembly belonging to both treasury and opposition benches welcomed the arrival of Sardar Mengal in the assembly.

On the occasion of his oath-taking the BNP-M chief said that in addition to the oath of loyalty to Pakistan, oath should also be taken of loyalty to Balochistan.

In his speech, Sardar Akhtar Mengal lashed out at the government over the increasing number of missing persons and the recovery of bullet-riddled bodies.

He said during last three months 57 bodies of missing persons were found, 75 people had disappeared whereas 19 were subjected to targeted killings.

"Earlier bodies were thrown in the deserts of Balochistan, now their bodies are being found in Karachi", Sardar Mengal said.

He said Baloch political were not killed as result of any tsunami or any other natural disaster rather they were being killed by institutions.

"Their parents demand justice and ask that who is the murderer of their loved ones", he said.

The BNP Chief demanded prompt action against those involved in the murder of Baloch political workers.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had endorsed his six points, he presented before the apex court last year.

Sardar Mengal demanded that now it was an appropriate time for Nawaz Sharif to implement those six points in order to avoid further bloodshed and to establish durable peace in Balochistan.

"Had rulers implemented those six points, the situation would have improved here", he said.

The Baloch nationalist leader claimed that still an operation was underway in Dera Bugti, Kohlu and other parts of Balochistan.

He said so far no government has called an end to military operation in the province, adding that a large number of people were displaced from their homes.

"Respected people are now forced to engage in beggary in Sindh", he said referring to internally displaced persons of Dera Bugti, who are languishing in different parts of Sindh province.

"I demand the arrest of killers of all, whether Sunni or Shia ", he said while referring to worsening law and order situation in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

He said decisions from Islamabad should not be imposed on Balochistan rather people of the province should be strengthened to make their own decisions.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal said the once beautiful Balochistan had now been turned into a graveyard, citing example of civil-war struck Afghanistan, he said, "I visited the war-torn country in 1995, all parks were turned into graveyards".

He said Pakistan intervened in Afghanistan to serve American interest and fight against communism there. "If we are not concerned about the children of others, then we cannot protect our own children as well", he said.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal remained Chief Minister of Balochistan from 1997 to 1998. His government was overthrown by the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Jan Muhammad Jamali was elected as the Chief Minister of Balochistan.

BNP had leveled serious allegations against the government and refused to accept the results of May 2013 general elections.

The party has decided to sit in parliament and raise voice for Baloch rights and protect resources, after carrying lengthy deliberations

Chief Minister of Balochistan, Dr Malik Blaoch, while welcoming Mengal's arrival said that both leaders shared the same destination and would make efforts to lift the province out of difficult times.

Leader of the opposition in the Balochistan Assembly, Zmarak Khan Achakzai, belonging to the Awami National party (ANP) assuring Akhtar Mengal of his complete cooperation said that both the parties (ANP and BNP-M) would work together to stabilise democracy as they had in the past.

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Khairullah Killi Sumal Abad Aug 28, 2013 04:30pm

Very nice for Mr. Akhthar Jan Mengal to take oath in Balochistan Provincial Assembly. I hope he will do some things for Baloch peoples.

Azhar Hussain Aug 28, 2013 04:38pm

Plus he should have demanded who was killing non-Balouchis in his province. This would have added weight to his demands of identifying the institutions involved in the disappearance of innocent Pakistanis.

Asif Aug 28, 2013 05:06pm

These so-called leaders have made a mess of this beautiful land. Who are these guys to lead all Balochs? They haven't given any thing to Baloch people for the last 70 years or so. Look at the miserable condition the people live there, without any hospitals, educational institution or a job related opportunities. How come they have been ruling these innocent people for the last so many years and have not even come up a single hospital or education institution of any kind? They should be ashamed of themselves rather than taking oath.

Caz Aug 28, 2013 05:20pm

Beautiful ? its mostly a wretched desert. But the sentiment is good.

Ghani K Aug 28, 2013 05:34pm

"He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had endorsed his six points, he presented before the apex court last year." Mr. Mengal , you must be a naive ,Nawaz Sharif also said before election he would stop drone attacks. Has he ?

Faisal Aug 28, 2013 05:48pm

Coming of Sardar Mengal to the folds of country's constitution is a very welcome step. Sardar Mengal should start a new chapter in the politics of Pakistan and turn around Balochistan into a lush, fertile and beautiful land it was thereby giving Pakistan a chance it deserves to reach its full potential. In Sardar Mengal is a level headed and fine politician given the chance can not only bring about peace in Balochistan but bring prosperity to the whole of Pakistan. May ALLAH protect Pakistan and Long Live Pakistan Aug 28, 2013 06:29pm

with all due respect mr mengal, history will remember this moment of yours as nothng less than treason. god help the balochs.

Khan Mohammad Mengal Aug 29, 2013 10:20am

Very nice for Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal to take oath in Balochistan Provincial Assembly. I hope he will do some things for Baloch peoples

Aftab Kenneth Wilson Aug 29, 2013 11:34am

I wise decision by the Sardar. I hope his voice in the assembly will make lot of difference towards the bitter situation being faced in the province of Baluchistan and elsewhere.

ML Aug 30, 2013 12:29am

The deserts may be barren but there is beauty in its light brown shifting sands. Beauty doesn't always mean greenery. I think it's great Akhtar Mengal is back and wish him the best of luck!! I wish there are more sincere leaders like him everywhere in the world. I also hope he always stays down to earth and true to his people; to everyone.

Ozz777 Aug 30, 2013 04:51am

@Caz: Had you ever been to Baluchistan, you'd have realized it's an incredibly diverse and beautiful place.