Saturday, January 29, 2005

Former East Pakistan game being repeated in Balochistan

Former East Pakistan game being repeated in Balochistan: Asfandyar
(Updated at 2250 PST)


PESHAWAR: President Awami National Party Asfandyar Wali has said that the situation in Balochistan and S.Waziristan is drawing the country towards the circumstances that were prevalent in 1971.

He was addressing a gathering on the eve of the 70th death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan founder of the Peshawar Khudia Khidmatgar Tehreek. Asfandyar said that the game that was played in former East Pakistan is being repeated in Balochistan and the consequences would not be different this time.

He said that the government wants to initiate a dialogue by pointing the gun at the heads of the Balochi people, which is not a suitable step. Asfandyar said that the gas pipeline in Patoki has also been destroyed but the army is not being deployed there because the policies of the centre are different for Punjab and for other provinces. He said that the meaning of the Kalabagh dam is to live a life according to the wishes of Punjab for which the Pakhtons are not ready.

Musharraf’s close aide talks to Akbar Bugti on phone
(Updated at 2230 PST)


ISLAMABAD: A close aide to President Musharraf has talked to Baloch leader Akbar Bugti on phone over the recent situation in Balochistan while the President of the Muslim League Chaudry Shujaat Hussain and Secretary General Mushahid Hussain would meet Baloch leaders next week.

According to sources the close aide of President Musharraf contacted Nawab Akbar Bugti on telephone and discussed important issues to control the law and order situation in the province. Elsewhere according to sources in the Pakistan Muslim League Chaudry Shujaat Hussain would meet Baloch leaders next week and the meeting for Sunday has been cancelled. The sources said that the Chaudry Shujaat and Secretary General of the Pakistan Muslim League Mushahid Hussain would meet Baloch leaders after Mushahid’s return from Malaysia and would inform them about their meetings with President Musharraf on the Balochistan issue.

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