Balochis appreciate India's concerns

Baloch leader Abdul Rauf Mengal has termed Pakistan government's allegations on India as mere propaganda.

india Updated: Sep 07, 2006 18:05 IST

Terming as propaganda Pakistan government's claim that foreign countries were behind the crisis in the northwestern province, Baloch leader Abdul Rauf Mengal has said the nationalists were happy with the concerns expressed by India and Afghanistan over the killing of their leader.

Mengal, who resigned from the Assembly yesterday to protest against the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti in a military operation, told reporters he was "happy that the Afghan Parliament and India had expressed concern over the situation in Balochistan."

Asked about Pakistan government's allegations that Indian intelligence agencies fuelled Baloch nationalist movement, Mengal said, "the government and Pakistan army were spreading propaganda that foreign countries were behind the Balochistan situation.

"If it was true then what was the use of such a huge army which could not even monitor movements across the borders," he was quoted as saying by Dawn.

Mengal also asked members of opposition parties to quit Parliament and provincial assemblies to launch a decisive and final struggle against the military dictatorship.

"I will ask the leadership of all opposition parties that it is high time to resign from the assemblies so that people of Pakistan can be freed from seven years' imprisonment," the Balochistan Nationalist Party leader said.

He said the members of the Baloch nationalist parties had resigned from the assemblies and the Senate as a last resort and in accordance with the wishes of the people of Balochistan.

The BNP leader said two MPAs and all nazims, naib nazims and councillors belonging to the party had also resigned to protest the killing of Jamhoori Watan Party chief Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Mengal said President Pervez Musharraf was "liable to be punished under Article 6 for abrogating the constitution. At present there was no constitution in the country".

He said the Baloch people would seek justice from world institutions. "Akbar Bugti had been targeted through a guided missile and the forces even used chemical weapons during the operation," he said while condemning the authorities for failing to handover the body of Akbar Bugti to his family members.

First Published: Sep 07, 2006 17:37 IST