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Malik offers olive branch to estranged Baloch youth

August 04, 2012


Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, while speaking on Balochistan issue, shows documents to journalists during a press conference at Ministry of Interior in Islamabad on Saturday. – Photo by INP

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday extended an olive branch to the estranged Baloch youth, pledging that the government would bring them in the mainstream and provide them jobs.

Welcoming a statement of Brahamdagh Bugti, the minister told a press conference that the junior Bugti had said that his party had no militant wing and rather it was a political party.

Brahamdagh Bugti had stated that he has a political party which had no militant wing. “Now Brahamdagh should disown his deputy, who is operating from Kandahar and is involved in militant activities in Balochistan,” said the interior minister.

“We are willing to extend friendship to his deputy also, if he wants to return to home,” he added.

Moreover, Malik said the Baloch people wanted to live with Pakistan and he had also briefed Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf about the positive statement issued by Brahamdagh.