APC a non-starter as Nawaz sets tough terms
LAHORE: The PML-N has made its participation in the proposed all parties conference on the Balochistan crisis conditional to the arrest of Nawab Akbar Bugti’s killers and recovery of missing people.
The party has been accusing former ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf of having murdered the Baloch leader.
The conditions were set by Pakistan Muslim League chief Nawaz Sharif before he left for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
The prime minister had announced recently that the APC would be held to resolve the Balochistan issue.
Baloch nationalist groups have already declined to attend the conference whose date is yet to be announced.
Talking to reporters, PML-N MNA Khwaja Saad Rafiq said an APC would not solve Balochistan’s problems.
His party had earlier demanded such a conference.
He said the government could not be trusted because it had failed to implement the Aghaz-i-Huqooq-i-Balochistan package announced a couple of years ago.
Describing the situation in the province as very serious, he said bodies of innocent people were being sent from there to Punjab.
He said Baloch youths and politicians were being attacked and the PPP-led provincial government had failed to restore peace and normalcy.
The MNA said funds were allocated to parliamentarians each year but no-one knew where the money was spent as the province remained as under-developed as ever.
In reply to a question, he said Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf’s chief Imran Khan was misleading people about the 20th Amendment and he was ‘ignorant’ of basic political principles.