The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Baloch freedom fighters must surrender, demands Pakistani minister


KALAT, Balochistan – The Pakistani Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Salim Saifullah Khan said that the military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf “might” hold talks with Baloch leaders if their militias surrender their arms. However, he could not guarantee amnesty to the Baloch freedom fighters nor could he confirm that the talks will take place if the Baloch surrendered.

Answering a question at a news conference, Khan warned that no one was allowed to establish an armed force in occupied Balochistan nor the Pakistani occupying forces would tolerate any damage to national installations.

He assured that the only option left for any Baloch nationalist leader, including Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, to hold talks with his government is for them to surrender their arms first, and then they are allowed to sit on the negotiation table with us. As long as they are in possession of their arms, there is not going to be any discussions on resolving the crisis in Balochistan.

Khan refused to believe that the situation in occupied Balochistan was slipping out of his government’s control. He stated that the military operations carried out by the well-equipped Pakistani armed forces, supported by gunship helicopters, fighter jets, heavy artillery, and ground troops have effectively stabilized the region by suppressing the Baloch resistance forces.

He said that people are getting the wrong impression that the Baloch nation has turned against the Pakistani occupying forces; the majority of Baloch are loyalist and they support his government. He promised to take a press party to the area to enable them to verify his claim.

Khan alleged that the oppressed people of Balochistan were desperate for major development in their territory for the past 58 years of occupation, and now his government is taking concrete measures to help them. He assured that major funds are being allocated for this purpose.

He said that the Pakistani military regime is finally trying to address the deprivation experienced by the people of occupied Balochistan for so many years, but his government is not going to allow anyone to use bombs to damage national assets so they can express their grievances. Khan stated that provinces might have reservations about certain issues, but it does not mean that they have the right to have a separate constitution or have their own flag.

The General Secretary of Government of Balochistan in exile, Mir Azaad Khan Baloch was surprised that the Pakistani military regime continues to attack innocent, non-combatant Baloch men, women and children with sophisticated weapons, and then sends its envoy to demand the Baloch freedom fighters must surrender before any talks can be initiated.

According to Baloch, the Pakistani occupying forces must stop all military operations in Balochistan before any talks can be initiated. He questioned that how can Pakistani military regime expect the Baloch forces to surrender their arms while the Pakistanis continue their attacks on Baloch nationals. He believes that this is a ploy by the Pakistanis to further oppress the Baloch nation.

He assured that if the Baloch forces surrendered, then there is no one left to stop the ruthless Pakistani forces to conduct systematic ethnic cleansing to eliminate or displace the entire Baloch population from Balochistan. It is in the interest of the Pakistani occupying forces to take full control of the natural resources, the coastal region and the transit routes of Balochistan to benefit the people of Punjab.

Baloch added that the loyalist of the Pakistani occupying forces are confusing the Baloch people to think that it is in their best interest to continue living under Pakistani occupation. But, the reality is that during the last 58 years, the Pakistanis have usurped Balochistan and its people. The time has come for the Baloch nation to rise and fight for their self-determination. He emphasized that it is NOW or NEVER!

Baloch News Bureau Report

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile


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