At long last, the urgency of the Balochistan situation has finally dawned in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The government has decided to call an All Parties Conference (APC) on deteriorating situation of the province.
Following an exclusive debate on Balochistan by a US Congressional Committee, the government decided to convene an APC. Interestingly, the last APC was also goaded by allegations leveled by US officials against Pakistan’s security establishment, particularly its premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani observed, “We are calling an APC on the Balochistan issue”.
The premier also explained his meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Director General ISI Lt. General Ahmed Shuja Pasha to discuss the deteriorating situation of the province.
He stated that he would take political leadership on board to convene an APC over the issue. He maintained, “I want the APC to take place as soon as possible”.
In his view, Balochistan is their internal problem and they must discourage any move to exteriorize the issue. His remarks were reply of the last week’s proceedings by a US Congressional panel, in which some participants called for an independent Balochistan.
He maintained that the worsening law and order situation and incidents of missing persons had dominated what he called the good work done by the incumbent to appease the increasing sense of privation in the region.
He asserted, “One cannot rule out the involvement of foreign hands behind the Balochistan problem, which is why I have decided to convene the APC to discuss all aspects of the problem”.
The latest move by the premier was firstly uttered by PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif last year to address the Balochistan issue.
About money laundering cases against his boss Asif Ali Zardari, Gilani seemed stuck on his previous stance for not writing a letter to Swiss authorities. He reiterated, “The president is part of Parliament, he enjoys immunity, so writing a letter to the Swiss court will be contempt of Parliament”.
He further explained that the 18th Amendment was passed after the NRO verdict, adding that why was the issue not raised by the opposition parties then. About his expectations to the Supreme Court, he only stated he will get justice.