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FC not to be called back from Balochistan on Nawaz’s request

October 02, 2012


Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira. — File Photo by AFP

LAHORE: Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said that the Frontier Corps (FC) could not be called back from Balochistan at the request of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives at the Lahore airport, Kaira welcomed the meeting between Sharif and Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief Talal Bugti.

Kaira added that following his meeting with Bugti, the PML-N chief had demanded the FC’s withdrawal from Balochistan.

He added that if Sharif took the responsibility to ensure law and order in the province in case of the FC’s withdrawal from the province, then the federal government could consider his demand.

Moreover, Kaira said that the agencies functioned under the government’s directives and added that the agencies had submitted affidavits in court regarding the missing persons.

The minister further said that the PML-N had proposed the creation of a national commission on the creation of southern Punjab earlier but later retreated from its stance.