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Balochistan govt withdraws all cases against Akhtar Mengal

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KARACHI: Former Chief Minister Balochistan, Sardar Akhtar Mengal was released after an order issued by the court. He made his way out after Sindh Interior Minister Zulifiqar Mirza with the release order arrived at the hospital, where Mengal was under medical treatment. Akhtar Mengal was shifted to Karachi jail on December 24, 2006. Talking to media on this occasion, Megal demanded the probe into the killings of all innocent people including former PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. He termed his release as the defeat of dictatorship and the victory of democracy. Akhtar Mengal thanked the media and civil society, adding the judges’ restoration is vital to dispel the sense of deprivation among Pakistanis.

The Balochistan government on Monday withdrew all cases, including those of sedition, against detained former Balochistan chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal, but Mengal’s Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) rejected the move, terming it a “cosmetic measure taken by a powerless provincial government”. The actual centres of power in the country were the military and the intelligence agencies, he said, adding that the establishment did not support co-operation between political forces and did not want Mengal and hundreds of BNP leaders released.

Sweets distributed on Mengal release
Release of Sardar Akhtar Mengal sent a wave of happiness and people started distributing sweets in Balochistan. Balochistan National Party was holding a demonstration against delay in release of its president Sardar Akhtar Mengal when report of Akhtar Mengal’s release reached there. It sent a wave of happiness among the leaders and workers.

To express their pleasure, they also distributed sweet on the occasion. Addressing party workers Acting President of BNP Dr Jahan Zeb Jamaldini and Secretary General Habib Jalib demanded release of all detained political leaders and workers, end to military operation in Balochistan and recovery of missing persons. They vowed that they will continue their struggle for the province control over coast and resources of the province.

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Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times
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