all the main Baloch and Pakhtun political and nationalist parties have decided not to attend the meeting, which is being held today (Monday).
QUETTA – The success of the All Parties Conference (APC) on the Balochistan issue organised by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council seems to be a very remote possibility, as all the main Baloch and Pakhtun political and nationalist parties have decided not to attend the meeting, which is being held today (Monday).
According to sources, Balochistan National Party, National Party, Jamhoori Watan Party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Pakistan Muslim League-N, Pakistan People’s Party, Awami National Party and Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam-F were invited to attend the APC, but they are not participating in it.
“All major Baloch and Pakhtun parties, which have influence in Balochistan’s politics, are not attending the APC; therefore, it will not achieve its goals,” sources added.
It may be recalled that the Baloch National Front, an alliance of several hardliner nationalist parties and students organisations, has already boycotted the APC. On the other hand, the DPC’s contact committee is busy in convincing different political and nationalist parties for the past four days to ensure their participation. But PPP Balochistan former president Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani, Jamhoori Watan Party chief Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti and PML-N leader General (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch have announced their boycott of the APC.
Meanwhile, arrangements have been completed for the APC which would be chaired by DPC chairman Maulana Sami-ul-Haq. Other leaders including JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, former ISI head Hamid Gul, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat leader Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, Tahir Ashrafi and President PML-Z President Ejaz-ul-Haq have reached Quetta to attend the gathering.