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Chief of the Balochistan National Party Sardar Akhtar Mengal.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The chief of the Balochistan National Party, Sardar Akhtar Mengal, said that only Interior Minister Rehman Malik can see the interference of foreign hands in insurgency-hit Balochistan province, DawnNews reported.

The Baloch leader, who has returned to the country after a self-imposed exile of three years in London, was speaking at a joint press conference following a meeting with Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan here on Saturday.

Sardar Mengal said that it was not possible to currently hold elections. Mengal said that the province was being exploited for over 65 years now, and all that Balochistan has received is sympathy from political parties.

Moreover, the BNP chief said that the interference of foreign elements was only visible to the agencies and the interior minister.

Reiterating his position on military operations in Balochistan, Khan said that the current military operation taking place is the fifth such operation in the province, adding that the government has completely failed at resolving the restive province’s problems. Khan said that the country’s leaders were not learning from the mistakes they have committed in the past.

“It is time to form a new Pakistan, and in order to do so we will have to learn from our own mistakes,” said Khan. “It is imperative that justice is served to all, including the smaller provinces, minorities and sects.”