The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Pashtuns want an end to PakistanI military regime's oppression of Baloch


KALAT, Balochistan: A prominent Pashtun leader, Mehmood Khan Achakzai demanded an end to the role of Pakistani military regime’s intelligence agencies and armed forces in occupied Balochistan while he was addressing the toothless National Assembly last Tuesday.

Achakzai added that the Pakistani armed forces and its spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), have turned the entire country into a prison cell. He warned that the Pashtuns want to live in a peaceful manner in the country as long as their rights are not suppressed. He blamed the federal government for using excessive force to control the natural resources of occupied Balochistan; and he expressed his support of the Baloch people for protecting those resources.

To avert 1971-like situation when eastern wing of the country declared independence to become Bangladesh, Achakzai cautioned that the occupying forces in Balochistan should adopt prudent policies. He criticized the 1973 constitution for being the main obstacle in not resolving the problems of his people, and ISI for creating enmity among politicians.

Achakzai said that the military dictator General Pervez Musharraf has no right to be in politics, and that Chief of Army Staff, General (retired) Jahangir Karamat, former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto concur with him that the armed forces have no role in politics.

While insisting for provincial autonomy, Achakzai supported a separate province for the Saraiki people, and recognition for the Pashtuns living in occupied Balochistan.

Baloch News Bureau Report

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


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