Last chance to holdback Balochistan; says Sardar Attaullah Khan Mengal

Senior Baloch nationalist leader and former Balochistan chief minister, Sardar Attaullah Mengal, made it clear that the situation is reached at point of no return. He, however, stated that the province would not be part of Pakistan if atrocities against
the Baloch people were not stopped at the earliest.

In an astonishing remark, he acknowledged that nothing was in his control now. Terming the security forces as the “Punjabi Army”, the Baloch leader said the military is mainly responsible taking the situation at this level.

He said the army is indulging in such merciless actions against the local people. He expressed these views after holding a one-on-one meeting with PML-N Chief, Mian Nawaz Sharif, in Karachi.

He observed, “Baloch youths don’t want such a Pakistan in which they receive mutilated bodies of their compatriots. It is for them to decide, because they are being systematically eliminated and forced to seek refuge in the mountains”.

Sardar Attaullah Mengal, who is also founding chief of the Balochistan National Party (BNP), was of the opinion that the people of Balochistan were disheartened.

The Baloch leader made it clear that the province will not live with the federation anymore, adding he said that the decision was taken by the youth of Balochistan that is fighting at the mountains.

However, he expressed a ray of hope that could make the situation normalize. In his view, if one last attempt is made with loyalty, there is a chance that the youngsters might agree to discuss their moans with federation.

Commenting on the killing of Punjabis in Balochistan, Mengal observed, “Punjabis are murdered in Balochistan. Teachers, doctors and barbers are being killed for being Punjabis. One has the right to ask why such a situation developed in Balochistan.”

In an annoying manner, he stated that Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik used to hurl threats at the Bloch people. He also made a demand for accountability of those liable for the killing and abductions of people in the province.

Mengal raised a question that why army do not take similar action elsewhere in the country to stop the killings. Terming the Aghaz-e-Huqooq Balochistan package a fruitless effort, he observed that the final way to save the province is to initiate dialogues
with youth.