KARACHI - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said the government would do its best to address the grievances of the people of Balochistan. Talking to media after an hour-long meeting with veteran Baloch leader Sardar Attaullah Mengal at his residence, the prime minister said his meeting with Sardar Mengal was long overdue. He said the senior nationalist leader briefed him about the problems of the Baloch people, which included the issue of missing persons as well as development of the province. The prime minister assured that the federal and provincial governments would make joint efforts for the development and prosperity of the people of Balochistan. He further said he would ask the chairman of the implementation committee of the Parliament, Senator Raza Rabbani, to meet the leaders as well as elected representatives of Balochistan to apprise them of the benefits of provincial autonomy extended through the enactment of the 18th Amendment. He categorically said he was ready to meet all the political leaders including those living abroad as and when they return to their homeland. He mentioned the fact that not a single political leader or worker had been sent to jail during the tenure of his government. With regard to the issue of target killings, Gilani said he had already instructed the Ministry of Interior to work out the modalities for the security of the citizens. Sardar Mengal thanked the prime minister for taking out time to meet him and to listen to his grievances. He said, Baloch people are as good Pakistanis as the people of other parts of the country. Referring to the problems of Baloch people, he stated that he had briefed the prime minister on issue and he would be looking forward to some visible change. Online adds: In what is considered a major development with respect to the PPP governments efforts to coax the dissident Baloch nationalists, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday announced that the names of all the nationalist leaders would be removed from the exit control list (ECL). The prime minister made this announcement during his meeting with former chief minister Balochistan Sardar Attaullah Khan Mengal. Acting Governor Sindh Nisar Ahmed Khoro, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and a member of national assembly from Jamshoro, Sardar Abdul Ghani Talpur, also accompanied Gilani. During an hour-long meeting, the prime minister requested Mengal, one the most influential nationalists, to help the government in its efforts to bring angry Baloch leaders to the negotiating table. Gilani assured Mengal of his governments promise to rectifying and compensating the wrongdoings committed by the successive governments in past. A Mengal House spokesman told Online that in response to the prime ministers request, Sardar Mengal demanded removing the names of all Baloch leaders from the ECL before any talks in order to create a conducive environment. He also advised Gilani to take other dissident Baloch leaders into confidence vis-a-vis Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan Package. If it is done, then I will contact you after consulting other friends, Mengal was quoted as saying by the spokesman, adding that the prime minister immediately accepted the Baloch leaders demand. On the occasion, Gilani said the Baloch leaders should pay back govts sincere efforts in the same coin while cooperating to resolve the chronic problems confronting their province. The prime minister asked the Baloch militants engaged in armed resistance against the security forces to start dialogue, as the government was ready for negations with them. Gilani told Sardar Mengal that the Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan Package was only a beginning towards resolving the decades-old problems being faced by the province. If Baloch leaders felt that their more demands should also be included in the package, the government is ready to discuss them, he reiterated. Political experts are giving great importance to prime ministers much-needed bold initiative, which might pave the way for return of various Baloch leaders, including Nawabzada Brahamdagh Bugti and Nawabzada Ghazan Marri, who have opted for armed resistance for 'liberation of Balochistan, to the mainstream politics.