Saudis Suddenly Stopping Jihad Recruitment, Turkey Arresting German Al-Q Leader Entering Syria

 

The Saudi Interior Ministry issued a stern warning on Monday to any and all Saudis considering sneaking into Syria to help fight for either side. The warning was, simply, don’t do it.

Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour al-Turki told AP, “Involvement in the Syrian crisis is against Saudi laws.” He also said Saudi authorities would “crack down” on those planning to travel to Syria.

Gulf News estimates hundreds of Saudi youth have snuck into Syria via Jordan and Turkey. Al-Turki said the government had intelligence “of some Saudi citizens” in Syria, but did not have specific numbers.

Al-Turki made his announcement a day after Chinese President Xi Jingping made a statement during his first foreign trip to Russia that “foreign meddling” in domestic affairs was not welcome.

“We must respect the right of each country in the world to independently choose its path of development, and oppose interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” Xi said in his address to students at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations on Saturday.

China, Iran and Russia have been staunch allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. China and Russia, both permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, have blocked three draft resolutions against Syria.

Saudi Arabia has been a vocal supporter of the Syrian opposition, which is majority Sunni Muslim. The Saudi government has been at loggerheads for years with Iran, which is majority Shiite Muslim, for influence in the Middle East and Gulf region.

[Explain this]

A very secret document for exemption Arabia sentenced to death, including the Iraqis for “jihad” in Syria

Wasat Iraqi news

Saudi execution criminals Syria jihad

Revealed a letter from the Saudi Ministry of Interior agreed with some of the prisoners from Arab and foreign nationalities, including Iraqis sentenced to death recruited “Jihad in Syria” in return for scrapping their sentences.

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Rare Dalit Success Story Illustrates Plight of India’s “Untouchable” Caste

[SEE:  Church exposed Dalit persecution to whole world–DALIT VOICE ]

Although the Indian caste system was outlawed in the 1950s, even today caste discrimination is still rife in Indian society.  The position of many Dalits, who occupy the lowest rungs of the social ladder, continues to be quite desperate. But there are exceptions to the rule. Kalpana Saroj is a Dalit, who was once an abused child bride but later became the head a multi-million dollar company.

Most Dalits, or “untouchables”, are condemned to illiteracy, poverty, doing dirty and dangerous jobs nobody else dares to take up. Even if you beat the odds and get an education for example, you’re still looked down on.

In August 2011, South Asia Wired featured Ms Saroj. Listen to the programme here (or click here)

Poison
“Dalit girls were called ‘little packets of poison’,” says Kalpana Saroj, remembering the days she was a young girl in a small Indian village. Her father was a policeman but as they came from the Dalit caste, there wasn’t any hope she would be able to climb the social ladder.

Instead, she was  married off when she was twelve. “If I’d been from a different caste, this wouldn’t have happened,” Kalpana says. “I was doing well at school  and I felt I had a lot of potential. I was only in grade seven at the time I got married.”

Life as a married girl was far from happy. “My inlaws were bad. Being with them in one house was worse than hell. They practically tortured me, a small 12-year old girl.”

Escape
Kalpana remembers regular beatings and threats to kill her if she didn’t abide by the family rules.
After six months, her father paid her visit. “He decided to take me with him,” she recalls. “They said he couldn’t. Then he showed up in his police uniform and we escaped back to my village.”

“People assumed there was something wrong with me as I didn’t stay married. I thought I had no future and that my family would be stigmatised because of me.”

Suicide
She took drastic steps to relieve her family of shame and stigmas. She wanted to end her life, but her suicide attempt (by drinking rat poison) failed, after which Kalpana realised she had other options than killing herself.

“I thought: If I have to die one day anyway, why not do something really worth dying for?,” she says. “I promised myself there and then to do something so great that they wouldn’t be able to forget me after my death.”

Kalpana moved to the big city, Mumbai, to pursue her dreams. “I found a job in a clothing factory, earning 2 rupees a day. When the other tailors went out for lunch, I practiced sewing.”

Perseverance
She was eager to learn and that perseverance paid off – her boss soon gave her a raise and promoted her to other positions in the factory.  She also formed a group of women who wanted to open their own businesses and after weeks of logging government officials for a loan, she succeeded.

“To cut a long story short, I made some money and was even able to buy and develop some land,” she says. “I’d developed a reputation that everything I touched, became a success. That’s why the owner of the land, who belonged to a higher caste than me, approached me.”

Kalpana was once again made aware that she belonged to the lowest caste. “People couldn’t understand why this man had sold his land to me, a low-born woman.”

The land deal paid off and Kalpana got the reputation of “the Dalit who dares”.

Kamani Tubes
With more money to her disposal, Kalpana entered more business ventures. Her biggest move took place in 2006, when she took over Kamani Tubes, a producer of copper and brass tubes. Not only was this a big move, it was also – and primarily – a big risk.

It was an ailing business which was deep in debt (116 billion Rupees) and was embroiled in over 100 court cases. Hundreds of (former) employees were clamouring for their dues.

But Kalpana took up the challenge anyway.  And she succeeded – she paid off the debts, she repaid the salaries of former employees which the company owed and she turned Kamani Tubes into a healthy, profit-making business.

Obligations
“I was born a human being and I will die a human being,” she now says. “I’ve looked after my parents when they were old and ailing. I’ve helped my society and my caste. I think I’ll die having fulfilled my basic obligations as a human being and I’m happy about that.”

“And it feels good, of course,” she laughs. “Success always feels good!”.

Mullah Baradar: friend or foe?

The Afghan authorities confirmed on Tuesday reports that the Taliban’s second-in-command, Mullah Baradar, has been arrested in Pakistan. But while the West considers the capture of such a ‘big fish’ a strategic victory, our correspondent points out that he was also the key to a possible diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Listen to an interview with Afghanistan specialist Bette Dam

Less than two months ago three Afghans accompanied me on a secret mission to Deh Rawod, Uruzgan’s second largest town. We set out in two old Toyotas without revealing our plans to anyone and without speaking about the trip on the phone. Treachery is everywhere in this country. The only people who knew of our journey were relatives who could offer us shelter along the way.

My Afghan driver was flustered when he began talking about the Taliban leader Mullah Baradar. We had taken every precaution and the second car travelled behind us. We let other vehicles travel in front of us before entering Deh Rawod in order to avoid roadside bombs.

Members of the same tribe
My Afghan colleague asked: “Do you know that you are about to ask some very troublesome questions?” I knew they were quite awkward. I was attempting to discover more about the secret relationship between the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban’s operational leader. It is a story which began in Deh Rawod.

President Karzai’s closest allies live in the shadow of the Dutch Camp Hadrian. Mullah Baradar knows them all. Both leaders belong to the same tribe, the Popolzai.

Saved his life
President Karzai started to ask for Mullah Baradar’s help in 2001. After the attacks of 11 September 2001, the Americans helped Karzai take control of ‘his’ region in Uruzgan from the Taliban. By talking and negotiating he convinced one tribal leader after another to support him.

When Karzai found himself in a life-threatening situation while in the Durji mountains he was rescued by Mullah Baradar, who was then the Taliban’s defence minister. In exchange, Karzai agreed not to punish Mullah Baradar for his role as a Taliban leader. Karzai assured him that he had nothing to worry about and that the Taliban would later be allowed to participate in the government. However things turned out differently. United States forces bombed Baradar’s house in Deh Rawod in spite of Karzai’s objections. Mullah Baradar fled the country and began operating in neighbouring Pakistan.

Powerful network
In Deh Rawod, our hosts closed the doors before we started talking. Everyone knew that Mullah Baradar was still on the West’s most-wanted list and associating with the Taliban is dangerous. However when I mentioned that I had spoken to President Karzai about his relationship with Mullah Baradar, our hosts lost their reservations. They explained that President Karzai’s influence is still strong here. And the same holds true for Mullah Baradar.

I had already heard in Kabul that there was contact between the two sides. Here, tribal contacts are more important than ideology. The Popolzai are more loyal to their own tribe than they are to the regime in Kabul or to the Taliban. One of my hosts told me that Mullah Baradar had been in Deh Rawod three months earlier thanks to the support of the Karzai network. When I attempted to dig deeper the man stopped talking, saying he had to go to a wedding and left.

Travelling in Afghanistan
One tribal leader from the region told me that Mullah Baradar travelled freely in Afghanistan. He passed Canadian and Dutch soldiers while travelling in an old car between the Pakistan border and his native town. He did this by ensuring that members of his tribe and people loyal to him would secure his safe passage as he made the trips.

After my return to Kabul I heard that after a visit to Deh Rawod, Mullah Baradar travelled to Kabul for talks with President Karzai. Informed sources in Kabul told me that Mullah Baradar would be the best-placed person to help the government with its plans to reach a peaceful agreement with the Taliban. President Karzai’s contacts with Mullah Baradar would enable him to reach the inner circles of the Taliban leadership.

Gain or loss?
Sources within Western intelligence agencies say that Mullah Baradar was previously in Dubai for talks. Others say that President Karzai sometimes ensured that Mullah Baradar was able to cross the border, while the mullah at times did the president a favour.

This morning I was awoken by a phone call informing me that Mullah Baradar had been arrested. Many analysts consider this positive news. This will weaken the Taliban and is clearly a military success. However this is a short-term gain. But what does it mean for Kabul’s ambitious plans to reach a peace agreement with the Taliban? After all, wasn’t Mullah Baradar the key to peace in Afghanistan?

Pakistan Blames Karzai for Refusing Fake American/Pakistani Negotiations With “Taliban Leaders”

[Karzai seems to be doing his best to disengage Western forces from his country and to cut through all of the bullshit surrounding the shady American plans to use Pakistan to “negotiate reconciliation” with secondary and retired Taliban leaders.  Pakistan is serving as Obama’s little puppet to ensure Western dominance of the region.  All of their “good faith gestures” of turning loose lower-level Taliban is meaningless, since they have only one one truly valuable Taliban leader, operational commander of all of the Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a.k.a., “Mullah Brother.”  Pakistan originally grabbed him and his underlings to stop the ongoing tribal negotiations between Baradar and Hamid Karzai, both of whom belong to the the Popolzai tribe.  According to this report from Radio Netherlands Worldwide (SEE:  Mullah Baradar: friend or foe?), they had been covertly meeting in Kabul and possibly even in Dubai.  Baradar was reported to have intervened with the Taliban in 2001 to save Karzai’s life during early negotiations.  This “Brother” to Karzai is the Number Two Taliban.  Until Pakistan either frees him or facilitates talks between them, the government of Musharraf will be waiting in the wings to restore the pre-2001 status quo to Afghanistan and to the region.  Pakistan’s so-called leaders cannot possibly lie their way to peace once again.] 

Pakistan sees Afghanistan’s Karzai as obstacle to peace with Taliban

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai—AFP Photo

Afghan President Hamid Karzai—AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, seen as critical to efforts to stabilise Afghanistan, is finding it difficult to work with President Hamid Karzai due to mistrust and is reaching out to others to advance the peace process, senior Pakistani Foreign Ministry officials say.

Pakistan is uniquely positioned to promote reconciliation in neighboring Afghanistan because of its long history of ties to militant groups fighting to topple Karzai.

But Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of backing the Taliban to further its aims, fearful it will try to install a pro-Islamabad government in Kabul, a charge Pakistan denies.

“Right now, Karzai is the biggest impediment to the peace process,” a top Pakistani Foreign Ministry official told Reuters. “In trying to look like a savior, he is taking Afghanistan straight to hell.”

Karzai has said he wants peace on his own terms and could also be worried that the United States might cut a quick and risky deal with the Taliban, eager to get the bulk of its forces out of the country by the end of next year.

Either way, Pakistani officials say they are discouraged by what they call Karzai’s erratic statements and provocations, apparently designed to make him appear more decisive at home in dealing with the unpopular war, now in its 12th year.

Failure to reach an agreement between the Afghan government and insurgents would increase the chances of prolonged instability and even a push by the Taliban to seize power. The last time they did it, in 1996, it was with Pakistani help.

The stakes are also high for Pakistan, a strategic US ally seen as vital to Washington’s global war on militancy. It fears turmoil in Afghanistan could spill over the border and energize homegrown militants seeking to topple the government.

“I have absolutely no doubt that there will be complete chaos in Afghanistan if a settlement is not reached by 2014,” said the Foreign Ministry official. “Afghanistan will erupt. And when that happens, Pakistan will have to pay.”

Pakistan and Afghanistan have long been suspicious of each other. A recent period of warmer relations raised hopes they could work together to lure the Taliban to negotiations.

Aziz Khan, a former Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan, said it was not right to pin all the blame on Karzai.

“Everyone is hedging their bets at this point: the Pakistanis, the US, the Afghan government and the Taliban,” he said. “No one has been clear about what they want in Afghanistan.”

Although Pakistan will maintain contacts with Karzai, it is stepping up engagements with opposition figures, the Taliban, Washington and other parties to promote reconciliation, Foreign Ministry officials said.

“There is no other option but reconciliation – with or without Karzai,” said the top Foreign Ministry official. “If he continues to be this stubborn, him and his High Peace Council will naturally be sidelined.”

 Afghan Say Karzai Committed to Peace

A second senior Pakistani Foreign Ministry official cited several examples of how Karzai has blocked peace efforts. At a conference in January, for example, Karzai insisted there would be no more “back door” peace contacts.

The official also accused Karzai of delaying the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar that could be used in the reconciliation efforts. He did not say why.

Afghan officials say Karzai is fully committed to the peace process, but wants to ensure it is Afghan-driven.

Responding to the accusation that Karzai is an obstacle to peace, an Afghan government official said: “We totally reject this. It is a baseless allegation.”

Analysts say Pakistan has a long-standing fear of an Afghan government close to its old foe, India. Karzai has said “no foreign elements or entities should attempt to own Afghan peace efforts”. He also warned: “I am not going to allow other attempts to succeed.”

So far, Karzai has failed to secure direct talks with the Taliban. He has repeatedly asked for Pakistan’s support. Pakistan has helped Taliban representatives to travel to Qatar to make contacts with US officials.

At the same time, Pakistan has been building bridges with the Northern Alliance, a constellation of anti-Taliban figures who have traditionally been implacable critics of Islamabad, and close to India.

But Kabul wants Pakistan to hand over top Afghan Taliban leaders which could prove useful in the peace process.

“All Taliban leadership are sitting in Pakistan. We need full cooperation of Pakistan in order for them to be allowed to travel and be allowed to talk,” Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul told a news conference in Sydney.
Karzai’s remarks during interviews and in meetings with Pakistani officials have led Islamabad to conclude he has become too inflexible. They cite Karzai’s recent accusation that the United States was colluding with the Taliban.

“What does Karzai have to show for his effort to bring insurgents to the table? We’ve released prisoners. We’ve facilitated talks,” said another senior Foreign Ministry official.

Late last year, Pakistan released more than two dozen Taliban prisoners who could help promote peace. It was the clearest signal ever that Pakistan had put its weight behind the Afghan reconciliation process.

Pakistan’s army chief has also made reconciling warring Afghan factions a priority, military sources say.

After the prisoner releases, Afghan officials said Pakistan shared Kabul’s goal of transforming the insurgency into a political movement. Such remarks signaled unprecedented optimism from Kabul.

“Joker In The Pack”

But despite that, old suspicions that Pakistan uses Afghan insurgents as proxies to counter the influence of India have not been laid to rest.

Some Afghan officials believe Pakistan may still be hedging its bets and that even the prisoner releases were just a way to retain influence over the Taliban.
“The key fact here is that Pakistan has been investing in this dirty game of trying to control Afghanistan for the last thirty years through terrorist proxies,” said a senior Afghan government official.

“It is now trying to reap the harvest of its investments by waiting for what they see as the inevitable complete departure of the international community from Afghanistan and keeping their proxy assets, primarily the Taliban, for the post-2014 period.”

During talks last month at British Prime Minister David Cameron’s official country residence, Chequers, Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari agreed to consult on future Afghan Taliban prisoner releases.

But Pakistani officials now complain that Karzai does not appreciate the goodwill gestures.

Another Pakistani Foreign Ministry official said the government was incensed by an interview Karzai gave to the British press after the Chequers meeting in which he said the peace process was being impeded by “external forces acting in the name of the Taliban”, a veiled reference to Islamabad.

So exasperated was Pakistan with Karzai that at a meeting this month between Zardari, the army chief and senior officials, one top leader described Karzai as “the joker in the pack”, according to an official who attended.

“He is trying to act as if he has many cards in his hands,” said the first Foreign Ministry official. “But he should realize he is only hurting his country.”

Awami National Party Has Dreams of Becoming the Pakistani Branch of Muslim Brotherhood

[This is the same Sen. Adeel who led the ANP charge to support the implementation of Sufi Mohammad’s alleged “Shariah courts” in Malakand, before he got what he wanted and all of the people of Malakand rose in opposition to head-chopping, limb amputations and beatings that awaited “miscreants.”  The ANP has no plans to deal with the Pakistani terrorists, other than embracing them and their plans whole-heartedly, once again.] 

Senator Mohammad Adeel presenting the ANP manifesto.

Senator Mohammad Adeel presenting the ANP manifesto.

“‘There should not have been any delay. We had taken the president, the prime minister, the army chief and other political parties on board before making the announcement to implement sharia in Malakand division,’ he said. To a question, he said President Zardari had agreed to sign the draft ‘within moments after receiving the summary’, and that further delay would create misunderstandings between the centre and the province.   ‘Delays cause misunderstandings, and sometimes they even frustrate all sincere efforts,’ he said.
The senator was confident the enforcement of the Nizam-e-Adl law would bring lasting peace in the Swat valley, and added that law and order had already improved in the area.”

Peace, education, health priorities: ANP unveils election manifesto 

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PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party on Sunday unveiled its manifesto for coming general election with focus on according top priority to improvement of law and order situation besides pledging to scale up efforts for overcoming energy crisis, take measures for promotion of education and healthcare, and protection of women, children and human rights.

The 25-page manifesto outlined by ANP’s senior vice-president Senator Mohammad Adeel at a news conference at Peshawar Press Club pledges to step up efforts for elimination of terrorism.

“The purpose of this manifesto is to inform people about the ANP’s aims and objectives so that voters in the coming election understand our party programmes,” he said.

The manifesto doesn’t present a detailed programme and seeks to describe the principles that will govern its policies, should it be called upon to serve the people of Pakistan, either singly or in partnership with others.

The English-scripted document has drawn up the party’s to-do-list. It promises to ensure peace and security for the development of people through political, legal, administrative, social, economic and fiscal reforms besides provincial autonomy and steps to promote education and improve patients’ care.

Mr Adeel said that the party had lost over 700 workers in war against terrorism during the past five years and would render more sacrifices for the sake of peace. He said that the party had elaborate programme to improve healthcare and take measures for putting in place effective laws to ensure labour, woman and child rights and development and employment of youth.

The party, he said, would also help farmers, extend facilities to industrial sector and establish institutes for technical education apart from taking measures for promotion of art, culture, sports and information technology. He said that the party was set to win election in view of its performance during its government and claimed they had already implemented its last election manifesto.

“We consider extremism and terrorism a threat to the very existence of the country. We are committed to peace and will not let the sacrifices of people of Pakistan and security agencies go in vain,” he said.

However, the manifesto says that the party will seek negotiations with all those who accept the government’s writ and renounce violence, but those defying this will face action. The party will oppose all forms of violations of the country’s sovereignty and integrity, he said. “We are committed to evolving a national consensus to make the state democratically developed,” he said.

He said that they believed that security and foreign policies were the primary responsibility of public representatives for which the party would launch efforts, if it came into power.

The ANP will ensure that state implements its writ in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and purge it from all sorts of terror networks, he said, adding that it would evolve a consensus on integration of Fata and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas into the mainstream, with a comprehensive political, social and economic reforms.

Mr Adeel explained that they would evolve a standard policy for compensation, including a public insurance policy, for victims
of sectarianism, terrorism and violence. The policy will also be extended to Fata, he said.

The ANP will establish a martyrs’ cell in the KP and Fata to ensure wellbeing of families of those killed in terrorism-related incidents, he said.

He said that the party draws inspiration from the teachings of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.

Is It Wrong To Wish Mr. Rashid “Good Luck” In This Endeavor?

[Adnan Rashid was convicted by a military kangaroo court of the attempt on Musharraf’s life in the Jhanda Chichi bridge bomb blast of 14 Dec 2004.  Mr. Rashid claims innocence in this matter (SEE: IN PURSUIT OF JUSTICE -The Story of Terrorized PAF Airmen, victims of Musharraf Regime by Adnan Rashid ).]

Pakistani Taliban threaten to assassinate Musharraf

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Screen shot taken from TTP video shows Adnan Rasheed training a death squad, being formed to assassinate Pervez Musharraf. – Photo courtesy Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Pakistani Taliban has set up a special death squad to target former Pakistani president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf upon his arrival, who is expected to land in Karachi on March 24, says a militant video released on Saturday.

The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has also called upon the Baloch insurgents to join hands with the militant outfit to wage a joint-war for implementing Shariah laws in the country.

In about a six-minute long video received by Dawn.Com, the TTP has threatened to use suicide bombers, snipers and combat teams to kill Musharraf.

Separately, speaking to Dawn.Com earlier, TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan had said the group had set up squads of suicide bombers to assassinate the former president.

“Suicide bombers are being trained and assigned to assassinate” the former president, Ehsan said.

Moreover, Adnan Rasheed, who took part in a previous attempt to assassinate Musharraf, has been given the charge of these suicide squads.

Rasheed is a former junior technician of Pakistan Air Force who was on death row after getting convicted by a field general court martial for engineering an attack on Musharraf in December 2003. He was among the prisoners who had escaped during the April 15, 2012 Bannu jail break.

“Pervez Musharraf, you can see this death squad around me. We warn you to surrender yourself to us otherwise we would hit you from where you would never imagine you can be hit,” says Adnan Rashid appearing in the video wearing military uniform with his hooded fighters carrying assault rifles.

The video also shows the newly-formed death squad fighters, being taught military drills by Rashid.

Accusing Musharraf of pushing the tribal areas and Balochistan into bloodshed in the name of war on terror and killing innocent students in Jamia Hafza (Lal Masjid), Ehsan in his video message says, “Musharraf is again coming to Pakistan to deceive people, but we would be greeting him with our death squad and he would be eliminated.”

“We are ready to take on the biggest dictator and killer of humanity (Musharraf) and we assure the affectees of Jamia Hafsa, the families of those killed in the tribal areas and Balochistan on Musharraf’s behest that they would get justice,” Ehsan remarked, adding “Musharraf is also responsible for the killing and handing over of hundreds of Arab Mujahideen and Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the Americans just for dollars.”

“My Baloch brothers, the TTP would avenge the ongoing atrocities against you but we request you to join hands with the Taliban for the implementation of true Shariah as your forefathers had done in the past,” he said adding, “we request you to get up for the implementation of true Shariah in the  country.”

Adnan Rashid wearing a brown Waziristani cap appearing in the video further said, “Our death squad for Musharraf include, suicide bombers, snipers and assault and close combat team and they are properly trained to accomplish their mission.”

Musharraf angered the Taliban and other groups by joining the US war on terror following the September 11 attacks and later launching a major crackdown on militancy in Pakistan.

Musharraf is due to return to Pakistan on Sunday from Dubai, after nearly four years of self-imposed exile, in time to take part in parliamentary elections on May 11.

The Bureaucratic Idiocy Which Guarantees That the Tribal Region Keeps Boiling for the “Dictator of Balochistan’s” Return

[SEE:  The Stunning Investigative Story on the Birth of Balochistan Liberation Army–Mar 1, 2005]

Balochistan peace to be restored through transparency in polls: Barozai

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Caretaker CM Balochistan Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai. — File photo

QUETTA: Newly sworn-in caretaker Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Ghaush Bakhsh Barozai Saturday vowed to bring peace in the province through merit and transparency in the upcoming general elections.

Barozai, in his maiden statement here, stressed the need for taking drastic measures to ensure peace, improved law and order situation, merit and transparency.

“We are heading towards future, which is going to be shaped with our wisdom,” he added.

He said that the caretaker government was duty bound to work for the prosperity of the largest province of the country.

Nawab Barozai urged the people to elect the best leadership. It was      high time that the civil society should be enlightened to take the right decision and elect future leadership, which take the province on the real path towards prosperous future.

Giving the roadmap of his government, he said all efforts would be focused on holding fair, free, impartial and transparent elections. “To me this is the only way to assure each and every stakeholder of this province to get into the mainstream and I will do my maximum to facilitate everyone and to take all stakeholders on board.”

Barozai said that the future of Pakistan was linked with a stable Balochistan. The province is a land of opportunities as it is an international economic corridor, with potential hub for South Asian economic activities in future.

Terming strong economy a prerequisite for prosperity, he stressed that only political stability would guarantee that the province’s future was safe and prosperous in the days to come. “The only need is our commitment. I will remain committed to the sacred national cause till the last moment I will stay here,” he vowed.

He underlined the need for collective efforts and said that all the government functionaries, political parties, civil society, media and every one should join hands to bring peace to the land, which was known for its great traditions, peace and love.

He said negotiations were the only way to settle down any issue. “I am assuming office with a vision to put the province on right track through holding talks with those, who are striving for their rights,” he said and added that he had a roadmap for good governance and conduct of free fair and transparent elections in Balochistan.

Referring to law and order situation in Karachi and other areas of the country, he said if there was possibility of holding polls in the Sindh capital, where law and order was the worst, then why it was considered holding polls difficult in Balochistan where the situation was comparatively better, he said.

To a question, Barozai said that he had a long list of priorities. Good governance, issue of law and order, holding fair elections and establishing the writ of government would be the top most priorities of the caretaker government.

He urged the media to help the government in combating the issues faced by the people of the province.