Chairman Tehreek e Insaf Imran has blamed Nawaz Sharif for the present situation in Balochistan while addressing a massive rally in Quetta. He said that Nawaz Sharif backtracked from the unanimously agreed boycott of the last general elections which in turn resulted in political isolation of Balochistan. If the Baloch leadership had participated in the elections the situation would have been very different. He said that that the Baloch leaders are reluctant to talk to the current parliament because they believe that the present leadership has come to power through fraudulent elections.
Khan emphasized that military operations cannot solve political disputes. He added that Pakistan’s strategy of military solutions to political problems has failed in both Balochistan and the Tribal areas and same is the case with India in Kashmir. Imran Khan said that he has come to initiate dialogue in Balochistan promising that Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf will address the problems of the province politically. Imran Khan said that he believes that the people of Balochistan have the first right on the resources of the province.
Imran Khan declared that PTI’s rally in Quetta will go a long way to end prevalent fear in Balochistan. Imran Khan said that the use of force to address political issues depicts absolute failure of the political leadership. He said that all inhabitants of Balochistan including Balochs, Pashtuns and the Hazara Community are disappointed and it is due to the inability of the leadership to establish long lasting peace in the province.
Imran Khan said that after coming to power PTI will sanction special development funds for the province until the socio economic development of the province is at par with the most developed regions of the country. He said that these funds will not be given through the ‘powerful’ but would be disbursed to the people through a strong local government system.
He said that 110 Billion Rupees were sanctioned to Balochistan in the NFC Award, but this money never reached beyond the powerful ministers and there are no signs of infrastructure development in the province. It is disappointing to see that the educated and capable people of Balochistan are leaving the country, he said. Imran Khan said that PTI will establish peace in the province by strengthening the police and liberating it from political influence and not by utilizing the FC. Imran Khan said PTI will reform the policing system across the country and this will lead to peace in all violence hit areas of the country including Balochistan and Karachi.
On the issue of missing persons, Khan said that this is absolute injustice and against all humanitarian principles. He reminded that PTI was the first political force to raise the issue of missing persons back in 2003. . He said that whenever a state commits such acts of injustice it leads to hatred and aggravates political crises. He added that PTI demanded release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. He said that the Baloch leaders will talk to the PTI because the party delivers on its’ promises.
Towards the end of his speech, Khan challenged the current leaders that they cannot defeat ‘tsunami’ of the people even if they unite. He said that ‘tsunami’s’ next destination will be Rawalpindi.
PTI President Javed Hashmi, Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, President Balochistan Qasim Khan Suri, Sharif Jogzai and other leaders also spoke on the occasion.