New so­cial con­tract needed to re­solve Balochis­tan is­sue

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

QUETTA: All stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the govern­ment, par­lia­ment, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and other pil­lars of the state will have to sit around the ta­ble to evolve a new so­cial con­tract to re­solve pro­vin­cial is­sues in­clud­ing Balochis­tan is­sue.

This was said in a sem­i­nar ' 18th Amend­ment: Is Res­o­lu­tion to Balochis­tan Is­sue' jointly or­ga­nized by Cen­ter for Re­search and Se­cu­rity Stud­ies Is­lam­abad and As­so­ci­a­tion for In­te­grated Devel­op­ment Balochis­tan here on Wed­nes­day. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from na­tion­al­ist po­lit­i­cal par­ties, civil so­ci­ety and me­dia at­tended it.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the de­bate, Vice Pres­i­dent Na­tional Party (NP) Dr Ishaq Baloch said no doubt 18th Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion was a great step of our his­tory adding but still mea­sures were needed to im­ple­ment it in let­ter and spirit.

He said no pro­vin­cial is­sues could be re­solved un­til the 18the Amend­ment was en­forced com­pletely. He added that to re­move sense of de­pri­va­tion amongst peo­ple of Balochis­tan and to ease the pre­vail­ing un­rest in the prov­ince, the govern­ment and other stake­hold­ers would have to en­sure re­cov­ery of missing per­sons.

Au­rangzaib Kasi of the Awami Na­tional Party (ANP) al­leged that 18th Amend­ment did not pro­vide com­plete so­lu­tion to Balochis­tan is­sue. He said only by trans­fer­ring pow­ers of some fed­eral min­istries to prov­inces could not re­solve all le­git­i­mate prob­lems. Agha Hasan Ad­vo­cate of the Balochis­tan Na­tional Party-M (BNP) said Balochis­tan had very im­por­tant geo-po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion in world sce­nario. He blamed that peo­ple of Balochis­tan were sup­pressed and vic­tim­ized of atroc­i­ties in­stead re­solv­ing their prob­lems. He raised ques­tion why iron hand was be­ing used with Baloch in­stead re­solv­ing their le­git­i­mate de­mands with soft pol­icy and di­a­logues. -App

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