QUETTA - Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, while responding to resolution moved in the Balochistan Assembly seeking return of Khan of Kalat, said that he was engaged in dialogues with Khan of Kalat, Baloch militants and religious extremists for the cause of peace in the province.

Deputy Speaker Abdul Quddoos Bezinjo presided over the assembly session held here on Tuesday.

Jamait Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl MPA Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran tabled a resolution which reads that this house recommended the provincial government to form a jirga comprising assembly members to hold dialogues with Khan of Kalat Agha Suleman Daud in London for his respectfully return back to the country so that he could play his due role for the restoration of peace in Balochistan.

Responding to the resolution, CM Dr Malik said that when he along with Senator Mir Hasil Bezinjo called on Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and apprised him about the issues confronted by Balochistan province including dumping of decomposed bodies and missing persons issue, the premier said that he was fully aware of these issues and wanted the resolution to them.

He said that the federal government and All Parties Conference held in Islamabad assigned him the task to conduct dialogues with militant forces to bring peace in Balochistan.

“I give statement with fully responsibility from this house that I am engaged in talks with Khan of Kalat, Baloch militants and religious extremists for the cause of peace in Balochistan,” he said adding that he respected Khan of Kalat and wanted his return back to Pakistan. He said that he was ready to form jirga to meet Khan of Kalat to get him agreed to return back to Pakistan. He said that Baloch militants should join democratic way to bring prosperity and progress in Balochistan.

The mover of the resolution, Sardar Khetran said that return of Khan of Kalat would help resolve law and order issue.

The assembly unanimously adopted the resolution with regard to the respectable return of Khan of Kalat, Mir Suleman Daud Ahmedzai from abroad. Later, the assembly session was prorogued.

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Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said that not only the foreigners’ movement is banned in Balochistan but they are also not allowed to open their consulates here. He said this while talking to US consul general Brian Heath, reported BBC.

According to Balochistan Information Department, the cheif minister discussed various issues with the US official.

Dr Malik claimed that law and order situation in Balochistan especially in Quetta is far better than Karachi and Peshawar. He said that all foreign embassies are allowed to open their consulates in Karachi and Peshawar, but in Balochistan, not only the foreigners’ movement is banned but they are not allowed to open their consulates. He said that the people of Balochistan have been left with no other option but to face problems due to the absence of foreign consulates in the province.

The CM said that improvement in education sector is the priority to the coalition government but due to the limited resources of the province, the Balochistan government is falling short to fulfil its constitutional responsibility. He said the performance of all provincial departments is almost nothing during the last 10 years, so their restoration is the biggest challenge of the time. He said that majority of the people in Balochistan wanted to stand by the federation of Pakistan and willing to get their issues resolved within democratic and constitutional norms.