Baloch nationalist leaders have set stiff conditions,including stopping military operations and barring secret agencies any role in their turbulent province,to open dialogue with the Pakistan government that has extended an olive branch to them.
Reacting to amnesty offer made by the Interior Minister Rahman Malik to Baloch leaders in exile,Jamhoori Watan Party leader Shahzain Bugti,a grandson of Akbar Khan Bugti,who was killed in a military operation in 2006,set eight conditions for talks with the authorities.
Besides halt to military operations,the Baloch leaders demanded a ban on establishing new cantonments in the province and arrest and trial of former president Parvez Musharraf for his role in the “murder” of Akbar Khan Bugti.
The Baloch leaders spelt out the conditions at a news conference here yesterday,a day after Malik offered amnesty to Baloch nationalist leaders in exile,announcing that cases against them would be closed if they return home.
“All cases against Baloch leaders will be withdrawn if they return back home,” Malik said in what appeared to be desperate steps to break a crippling impasse on Balochistan.
The offer was made to Baloch leaders in exile,including Brahamdagh Bugti and Harbyar Marri with Malik calling them “to return to Pakistan to take part in the political and development process.”
Brahamdagh went underground when his grandfather Akbar Bugti was killed in a military operation during Musharraf’s regime. He is currently in exile in Switzerland.
Several other prominent dissidents,including Khan of Kalat Mir Suleiman Dawood,Harbyar Marri,son of veteran nationalist leader Nawab Khair Baksh Marri and former leader of the opposition in the Balochistan Assembly Kachkol Ali Baloch,are all living abroad on political asylum.