Jamil Bugti Calls for Re-demarcation of Provinces

QUETTA: Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, a son of prominent Baloch nationalist leader late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, has proposed the re-demarcation of provinces on ethnic, linguistic and cultural basis merging Dera Ghazi Khan, Kandkot, Kashmore, Jacobabad and other Baloch areas into Balochistan before any plebiscite is held ascertaining the will of the people to remain in Pakistan or not.

Addressing a news conference at the Bugti Bolak on the fourth death anniversary of his father Shaheed Akbar Bugti, he said it is a democratic proposal and Pakistan as a civilized nation should accept it

He said that the plebiscite in Balochistan should be held under the supervision of the United Nations as was done in East Timore and other areas.

Hundreds of people attended the Fateha Khwani for late Nawab and later Langar was distributed. A large number of Bugti tribesmen, politicians, former Minister, tribal elders and political activists participated in the function.

Nawabzada Jamil Bugti said that the Balochs would like the Pakhtuns to opt for KP or form their own separate province once the Baloch territories are re-demarcated and regrouped into a single political entity. He said that the Pakhtuns are residing on their own national homeland and the Balochs had no claims on their territory and resources.

He lamented the polemics among the Baloch nationalist parties and appealed to them not to take their differences in public or at least avoid media in the interest of Baloch rights and unity.

Rebutting the off and on charges that the Baloch militants are receiving Indian money, Nawabzada Jamil Bugti retorted that now the Government of Pakistan had accept the “Hindu mone”y and for the donation, Pakistan Government had thanked India for the generosity.

He said he had received a question from the police that where Nawab Bugti was assassinated. He deplored that the Police had registered a FIR and still it had not been able to locate the site of crime.

Bugti was firm and sure that the Government is incapable to implement the orders of the court and will not arrest the culprits, particularly former Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf whom they seen off with an official guard of honour.

He recalled the incident of Dr Shazia Khalid rape case in which an Army Captain was involved. He said that the whole Government had protected the rape accused and refused to punish him. On the contrary, Dr Shazia Khalid was expelled from the country and no inquiry report on the subject was made public. How come the Government will take action against the former President, sitting Governor of NWFP, former Interior Minister and Balochistan Chief Minister.

He condemned the role of religious parties and said that they are equally responsible for military operation in Balochistan culminating in assassination of Nawab Bugti. He said Jamaat-i-Islami was part of the MMA Government in Balochistan that had made a formal request to the Federal Government to use Army against the Baloch people – Thebalochhal