LAHORE: The Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief on Tuesday said all political forces should be united on a one-point agenda of making a grand alliance for free and fair elections in the country.
Talal Bugti, son of late Nawab Akbar Bugti, called on Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hassan in Mansoora, where both leaders discussed the Balochistan issue and the current political situation in the country.
Talal said that the Balochistan issue should be taken seriously and joint efforts should be exerted to resolve problems of the people of Balochistan. He, however, said that peace in Balochistan could only be restored through conferring due rights to people.
He said that democratic people in Balochistan had either been killed or removed to field undemocratic forces. Talal said that mutilated bodies of Baloch youth were being dumped on roads to create panic among those who were voicing against atrocities.
Talal said he was sure that former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf would definitely meet an exemplary fate for undermining Pakistan’s solidarity, the Lal Masjid operation, handing over Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the US and for the murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti.
The Jamhoori Watan Party chief said that the undemocratic forces ruling the country under President Asif Zardari were planning to rig the elections. He hoped that the patriotic parties would join hands in a grand alliance to foil the conspiracies against the country’s ideology, solidarity and integrity failing which the establishment and the undemocratic forces would “play their dirty role” in the elections to maintain status quo.
Talal Bugti also invited the JI chief to visit Balochistan.
The JWP chief also asked media to come to take the lead without any fear in promoting the idea of a great alliance, which was the need of the hour, especially in Balochistan, where mutilated bodies were being found and democratic forces were being killed.
Addressing the joint press conference, JI chief Munawar Hassan said that India was meddling in Balochistan and US intentions were crystal clear. He said, “We all should demonstrate our unity.”
He also urged all political parties to get together on one agenda – for the recovery of the missing persons. Hassan said that the government was harbouring terrorists in the name of reconciliation for the last five years.
He said the government should evolve a consensus among all stakeholders of Balochistan to restore peace in the province.
He said that the accountability of Nawab Akbar Bugti’s killers was a must for foiling unholy US designs in the region. The JI chief saluted Talal’s services for the country’s solidarity and unity. Hassan announced that the JI would soon hold a public meeting at the Minar-e-Pakistan in support of Talal’s agenda for the country’s solidarity and national unity to ensure that his voice became the voice of the nation.
He said further justice must be done to the Baloch to pull them out of a sense of deprivation and for the solution of their problems. He said that the government had intentionally created conditions that promoted terrorism and sectarian hatred in the country, especially in Karachi and Balochistan, adding that it was patronising a gang of criminals trading in target killings and extortion.
JI deputy chiefs Muhammad Aslam Saleemi, Dr Muhammad Kamal, General Secretary Liaqat Baloch and other party leaders were also present on the occasion.
Later, The Jamhoori Watan Party chief also held meeting with Jamiat-e-Ahle-Hadith chief Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer and discussed with him Balochistan situation.