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Government's Balochistan Package is Unrealistic: Senators from the JUI-F and the National Party inform Youth Parliament

Islamabad, February 04, 2010; The Government's Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan package is an unrealistic document that does not sufficiently address the just requirements of Balochistan. Moreover, the Government is not in a position to implement its promises regarding missing persons due to the role of Intelligence Agencies in the province and it should not have made such promises, believed prominent Baloch leaders including Senator Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, President of the National Party and Senator Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani of JUI-F. The two speakers were sharing their views with the Youth Parliament Pakistan on the topic of Balochistan Crisis. The Panel Discussion was moderated by Mr. Wazir Ahmed Jogezai, former Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan.

Senator Raza Rabbani, who was also invited to speak at the Panel Discussion and present the Government's perspective, had confirmed his participation but regretted a day before due to some other commitment.

Senator Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, who began the discussion by explaining the historical and geographical importance of the province, highlighted that in his view the geographical partitions in the region had been concluded earlier and it is within the federation of Pakistan that Baloch people wish to get their due rights. He said that one's own affinity with one's language or ethnicity should not be taken as a negation of other ethnicities and languages. The provinces created the federation of Pakistan and the State of Pakistan must provide the provinces' equitable share of resources to them.

Senator Shirani, who focused his conversation on the need for an ideological basis of politics, drew the attention of the House towards developing a better understanding of politics, which, devoid of religious values, has no significance. "Sense of responsibility and duty come before anything else" said Senator Shirani. He highlighted that the JUI-F had agitated the issue of Balochistan's required share in resources first when it was in government. He also believed that the JUI-F, while appreciating the steps taken under the new NFC Award, believed this was only the first step towards actualization of the due share of Balochistan in the federal pool.

The Youth Parliament Pakistan, which was meeting for the second day of its second session today, posed various questions to the honourable panellists in order to understand various dimensions of the issues. The members urged the panellists to present what would be a workable solution to the Balochistan Issue if the government's recent steps were not considered to be sufficient.

Ahead of the Panel Discussion, the Youth Parliament witnessed debate and discussion on various resolutions dealing with the payment of royalty for gas and mineral resources to Balochistan according to the constitutional provisions; the need for immediate resolution of the issue of missing persons of Balochistan; facilitation of training centres and the provision of adequate health and education facilities in the province.

The Youth Prime Minister proposed to amend the resolution moved by Mr. Hammal Muneer Jan (YP03-BALOCHISTAN02) and Ms. Gul Aandaam Orakzai (YP10-ICT03) on the issue of missing persons by adding the operative clause 12 of Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package and to provide a comprehensive list of all missing persons to the Supreme Court, invoking the writ of habeas corpus. The amended resolution was passed unanimously. The Youth Prime Minister also announced that the Youth Government will be unveiling the 18th Constitutional Amendment package in the Youth Parliament Pakistan during the on-going session of the Youth Parliament.


Panel Discussion on the Balochistan Crisis (L to R) Senator Muhammad Khan Sherani, Mr. Wazir Ahmed Jogezia, former Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan and Senator Abdul Malik Baloch

  Ms. Gul Andaam Orakzai (YP10-ICT03) from the Green Party explaining the issue of missing persons in Balochistan  
  Mr. Hanan Ali Abbasi (YP15-NWFP04) Youth Minister for Information expressing his views on Balochistan Crisis  
Youth Parliament of Pakistan 2008-09

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