Army rule in Quetta to pave way for international forces, says Pak lawmaker

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 07:40 hrs

Handing Quetta to the army would pave the way for the arrival of international forces in the province, according to Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani, former president of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Balochistan.

The demand to hand control to the army came from the frustrated Hazara minority who recently lost 200 people in terrorist attacks, reports The Express Tribune.

Lashkari, together with former PPP federal minister Amanullah Ghichki, was of the opinion that the demand for the army to step in was part of an international plan to destabilise Pakistan and further complicate the crisis in Balochistan.

The January 10 bombing in Quetta which killed almost 90 Hazaras, led to the dismissal of the provincial government and the imposition of Governor's Rule.

Sympathising with the Hazaras, Lashkari said that all the political and democratic forces should express solidarity with the ethnic minority.

The two Baloch leaders, Lashkari and Ghichki, proposed that the establishment should rely on political elements in the province to reach a resolution. (ANI)

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