Zardaris offer for dialogue worth considering: BLA

February 26th, 2008 - 2:28 pm ICT by admin  

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Peshawar, Feb 26 (ANI): The banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) has said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co- chairman Asif Ali Zardaris offer for dialogue to restore peace in Balochistan was premature, but worth consideration.
BLA spokesman Bibarg Baloch said that Zardaris offer for dialogue was premature, as the PPP had not assumed power yet.
“Once the PPP and its allies form their government in Islamabad and show with their actions and not with words that their policies are pro-Baloch, then we will consider negotiating with Islamabad,” he said.
“All of us, who have moved to the hills, are not aliens. We have been betrayed many times in the past by successive governments,” he added.
Recollecting the apology tendered by President Pervez Musharraf to the people of Balochistan in the past, the BLA spokesman regretted that Musharraf did not keep his promise, and carried out a deadly operation in the province.
“This offer of dialogue has come from someone who is still not in power. The actual power in the country still rests with Musharraf. How can the PPP co-chairman guarantee that Baloch people will not be betrayed again?”
“Is he capable of conceding our demand for an independent Balochistan? We are waiting for his party to come into power and demonstrate its capability to settle disputes through negotiation,” Baloch said.
Baloch said the PPP offer for talks was filled with paradoxes, the Daily Times reported.
“On one hand, the PPP wants negotiations but security forces, on the other hand, have unleashed a new operation in the Chamalong and Kahan areas murdering several innocent people,” Baloch claimed. (ANI)

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