Balochistan lawmakers want return of Khan of Kalat

Published September 30, 2014
Khan of Kalat, Agha Suleman Daud Ahmedzai. – File Photo
Khan of Kalat, Agha Suleman Daud Ahmedzai. – File Photo

QUETTA: Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday adopted a unanimous resolution with regard to the respectable return of Khan of Kalat, Mir Suleman Daud Ahmedzai from abroad.

Members of treasury and opposition benches supported the resolution tabled by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) member Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran relating to the return of Khan of Kalat.

“A tribal jirga must be constituted to negotiate with Khan of Kalat for his return,” Sardar Khetran told the assembly while commenting on the resolution. He mentioned that the exiled-Baloch leader could play an important role in restoration of peace in Balochistan, plagued by violent attacks by Baloch separatists and banned sectarian outfits.

Khan of Kalat, Agha Suleman Dawood has been leading life in exile since the murder of elderly Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in August 2006.

Commenting on the resolution, Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said that he was ready to play his role in bringing back Daud.

“I stand for peace and I will make all possible efforts for negotiated settlement of issues relating to the province,” Dr Baloch said. He stated that for a peaceful solution of Balochistan issue, it was decided to convene an All Parties Conference (APC) to pave the way for dialogue. “I knocked every door whenever I see any hope", he added.

Apart from Khan of Kalat, the chief minister said efforts should also be made to bring other exiled-Baloch leaders in the national mainstream.

Mufti Gulab and Maulvi Maazullah of JUI-F also endorsed the resolution and called for political unity to bring back the exiled-Baloch leaders for an amicable restoration of peace in the province.

The house then unanimously passed the resolution after Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, who was chairing the session, put it up for voting.

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