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Oppn calls for political dialogue in Balochistan

Opposition parties in the Senate have slammed the government for its handling of the nationalist revolt in Balochistan province.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 14:28 IST

Opposition parties in Pakistan's Senate have slammed the government for its handling of the nationalist revolt in Balochistan province and demanded an immediate halt to the military operation to give way for political dialogue.

During a debate on the situation in Balochistan, where rights groups allege hundreds of people have gone missing in the military crackdown against Baloch rebels, Senator Rahmatullah Kakar of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) demanded provincial autonomy to end the crisis.

He also demanded that all those who had allegedly been abducted by personnel of various agencies be produced in court and the kidnappers punished in accordance with law.

As a spate of petitions on missing persons came up before courts, Pakistan's army and defence department told the judiciary they have no administrative control over intelligence agencies nor could they make them produce the detained persons.

Another MMA senator, Dr Saed asked the government to announce a general amnesty for Baloch people by ending punitive actions against them, the Dawn newspaper reported.

He also demanded implementation of the recommendations of a government-appointed Parliamentary committee, which worked out a political understanding with rebel leaders.

Abdul Malik of the Balochistan National Party (Hayee group) described the military operation as part of an "international game in which rulers were playing as tools in the hands of planners".

He alleged that 200,000 acres land along the border with Iran had been handed over to Pakistan Air Force and there were speculations that it wouald be sold to the US.