The ongoing imbroglio in Balochistan was the focal
point of activities of the Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz last week.
During the week, he addressed two press conferences besides making a
policy statement in the National Assembly. He also had a meeting with
Ch. Shujaat Hussain and the Chief Minister of Balochistan to discuss the
He also held a meeting with Afghanistan President,
Hamid Karzai, who was on two-day visit to Pakistan and witnessed the
impressive parade as chief quest on Pakistan Day. The Prime Minister
even addressed the annual passing out parade of Pakistan Air Force
In his address to the National Assembly, the Prime
Minister assured that the recommendations of the parliamentary committee
on Balochistan will be implemented with letter and spirit. "The
writ of the government will, however, be ensured and projects and
installation of national importance would be safeguarded at all
cost," said the premier.
Winding up the debate on the Balochistan situation in
the National Assembly on Thursday night he, assured the countrymen that
nobody would be allowed to cast an evil eye on the country. He said each
and every attempt and design or conspiracy against the integrity and
solidarity of the country will be dealt with iron hand. He also gave the
assurance that each and every national installation will be protected.
He said no body can condone what ever damage was done to the vital
installations through sabotage activities in the recent past. "Such
actions are simply regrettable", he said.
He expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the
visit of the Chairman of the Committee and President of Pakistan Muslim
League (PML), Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Secretary General of the
ruling party to Dera Bugti earlier in the day and meeting with Nawab
Akbar Bugti. The Prime Minister said the meeting lasting some four hours
was fruitful and beneficial. He appreciated both the sides for moving
forward during the talks in the right direction. "This had
generated a congenial and trustworthy atmosphere, which is bound to lead
us towards a breakthrough," said Shaukat Aziz.
Talking to the Chief Minister of Balochistan, the
Prime Minister assured that the government was keen to resolve the issue
politically. Ruling out the use of force, the premier has said that the
government is keen to resolve the Balochistan issue in an atmosphere of
harmony and keep understanding through dialogue while ensuring the
security of the national installations, life and property of the people
of the Balochistan by enforcing the writ of the government.
Shaukat Aziz was of the opinion that following the
talks between leadership of Pakistan Muslim League and Nawab Akbar Bugti,
and formation of three-member committee, the situation in Dera Bugti and
Sui would improve definitely.
A three-member committee, each representing the
government, Nawab Akbar Bugti and unanimously agreed member of Senate
Mushahid Husasain Syed will monitor the follow up of the agreement
between government and Akbar Bugti. The constitution of the three-member
committee stands for the development projects in the affected areas
which could be completed without further delay for the welfare of the
local population. The government desires to resolve all the issues
through negotiation and reconciliation with mutual consultation to
promote healthy political values in the country.
While addressing the passing out parade of the
Pakistan Air Force cadets on Saturday, Prime Minister declared that
Pakistan had no aggressive designs against any country. He appreciated
the US decision to sell F-16 aircraft to Pakistan and termed it a
"red-letter day" for the Pakistan Air Force.
"Pakistan does not harbour any aggressive
designs against any country, but will continue to maintain minimum level
of deterrence, needed to defend our homeland," he said in his
address at the passing out parade of Pakistan Air Force cadets. He said
the US decision was "good" and "very important", as
the government believed that its armed forces should have credible
equipment. Shaukat Aziz said a strong and professional Air Force was
vital in determining the outcome of a conflict. He, however, reiterated
"we have no aggressive designs but will protect country's integrity
at all costs." Pakistan, he said, believes in peace and wished to
live in harmony with its neighbours.
Prime Minister said Pakistan's defence based on five
pillars which included economic sovereignty, credible defence
capability, smooth functioning of political process, governance
structure that ensures speedy justice and improved service delivery, and
conducive international environment-friendlier Pakistan.
Talking to a group of British School students, Prime
Minister said that the Kashmir issue cannot be put on the backburner and
both India and Pakistan have to show courage to resolve it. He said that
resolution of this long standing issue is necessary for lasting peace in
the South Asian region.
Nawab Akbar Bugti, who is leading the aggrieved
Baloch tribes, received the government delegation in Dera Bugti which
indicates softening of the otherwise rigid positions. Pronouncements by
the Prime Minister as well as the leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim
League are also well timed and will marginalize lobbies that are trying
to sell coercive methods to the government for subduing resistance. The
President's declaration at his meeting with the ruling party
parliamentarians, that there will be no military operation in
Balochistan, also strengthens the hands of the government negotiators
dealing with the agitated Baloch tribal chieftains.