Monday, 27 February 2012

DPC calls for steps to address grievances of Baloch people


QUETTA: Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) Chairman Maulana Samiul Haq has said that Balochistan will not remain part of Pakistan if practical steps are not taken to address the grievances of the Baloch people.
Addressing a press conference at the Quetta Press Club, he also said that they would wage jihad against America if it tried to intervene in the Balochistan issue.
Other DPC members, including Maulana Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Maulana Abdul Haleem, Syed Yousuf Shah and Abdul Qayyum Mirzai were also present. The DPC chief suggested that the people involved in assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti and other Baloch youth must be brought to justice. "It is high time that practical steps were taken for the safe recovery of Baloch missing persons. This is a serious issue and must be tackled seriously," he said.
Samiul Haq said the purpose of forming the PDC was to take the country out of crises and external threats. "We will raise the issue of Balochistan's grievances and unfair treatment the region received from rulers," he said.
The DPC chairman said Pakistan would not survive without Balochistan. "If Balochistan issue is not addressed immediately then it will not remain a part of Pakistan. The rulers should take the issue seriously because it is the question of Pakistan's survival," he said. "The recovery of bullet-riddled bodies and practices of enforced disappearances have pushed the country on the verge of destruction," he said, adding that this inhuman act must end soon. "We off and on say that using force is not a solution to any problem," Samiul Haq said.
He called upon the government to compensate the families whose relatives had lost their lives in Balochistan and action should be taken against the elements behind killing and dumping of mutilated bodies. Referring to the US resolution on Balochistan, the DPC chairman said that America always protected its interest and could not be a friend of anyone.
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