New social contract needed to resolve Balochistan issue
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