ISLAMABAD: The Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari Sunday set up a Committee for Reconciliation , which will finalize arrangements for convening All Parties Conference (APC) on issues of Balochistan and grievances of its people in a bid to bring them into the national mainstream for restoring peace in the restive province. The Reconciliation Committee has been tasked to contact leaders of other political parties and stake holders for participation in the APC to launch a concerted effort for normalcy in the province.
In a statement Senator Asif Ali Zardari Sunday said that it was imperative to develop national consensus for addressing the problems and grievances of the people of Balochistan. He said that the PPP had already taken the first step by apologizing to the people of the province for the wrongs done to them in the past. However, mere apology was not enough and concrete steps needed to be taken to translate the spirit into a reality, he added.
MNA Ijaz Jhakrani will hand deliver invitation letters signed by the PPP Co-Chairman to the heads of all political parties for participation in the APC. Although firm date for holding the APC will be finalized in consultation with other political parties, it is hoped that it will be held within the next ten days.
The PPP Co-Chairman expressed the hope that all political parties will join hands on board on this critical national issue for saving the federation. He said that provincial autonomy, mysterious kidnappings of political activists, detention of political workers, grinding poverty, increasing militarization, undertaking mega projects without addressing the concerns of the people and the increasing isolation of its people were the issues that beset the province. “We must develop a national consensus for addressing the issues urgently,” stated Zardari.
Jehangir Bader Secretary General of the Party, President PPP Balochistan Mir Lashkari Raisani, MNA Ijaz Jhakrani, Senator Dr. Babar Awan and the Deputy General Secretary of the Balochistan chapter of the Party Mr. Saadullah would be member of the PPP’s Committee — to be headed by the Party’s Co-Chairman Senator Asif Ali Zardari.-SANA