QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has welcomed the statement of Brahmdagh Bugti, chief of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), in which the self-exiled leader expressed willingness to hold talks with the government.

Terming it a breakthrough, the chief minister said on Thursday that Mr Bugti’s decision to hold talks with the government was a good omen because it would help to resolve the Balochistan issue politically.

Dr Baloch said that from the beginning he had been trying to ind a political solution of the problem.

He said a grand jirga would soon be sent abroad for initiating talks with the exiled Baloch leaders, including Mr Bugti and the Khan of Kalat.

“The grand jirga will comprise influential chieftains of the Baloch, Pakhtun, Hazara and all other tribes besides political leaders,” he said.

The chief minister said that both the political and military leaderships of the country wanted to resolve the Balochistan issue through dialogue and put the province on the path of development and prosperity.

“The military and civilian leaderships are on the same page on this issue,” he said.

Dr Baloch claimed that the Balochistan government did have the mandate to initiate negotiations with the exiled leaders, saying his government was ready to hold talks with any estranged leader.

“We are political people and believe in democracy. We want to resolve all issues in a democratic way.”

The chief minister said that political parties with roots in the masses should come forward and play their role in restoring peace in the province.

Published in Dawn, August 28th, 2015

On a mobile phone? Get the Dawn Mobile App: Apple Store | Google Play

Opinion

Editorial

After the deluge
Updated 16 Jun, 2024

After the deluge

There was a lack of mental fortitude in the loss against India while against US, the team lost all control and displayed a lack of cohesion and synergy.
Fugue state
16 Jun, 2024

Fugue state

WITH its founder in jail these days, it seems nearly impossible to figure out what the PTI actually wants. On one...
Sindh budget
16 Jun, 2024

Sindh budget

SINDH’S Rs3.06tr budget for the upcoming financial year is a combination of populist interventions, attempts to...
Slow start
Updated 15 Jun, 2024

Slow start

Despite high attendance, the NA managed to pass only a single money bill during this period.
Sindh lawlessness
Updated 15 Jun, 2024

Sindh lawlessness

A recently released report describes the law and order situation in Karachi as “worryingly poor”.
Punjab budget
15 Jun, 2024

Punjab budget

PUNJAB’S budget for 2024-25 provides much fodder to those who believe that the increased provincial share from the...