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SCBA invites political parties to Balochistan seminar

16 May, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has invited heads of all major political parties to a seminar on the Balochistan issue on May 26.

SCBA President Yaseen Azad told that the association had contacted heads of all political parties because "their participation would make the seminar meaningful". He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hassan had assured that he would participate in the seminar.

Azad said that the SCBA would also invite Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, adding, "We hope Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, being chairman of the PPP, will participate in our seminar." The SCBA president said he would also meet Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif and invite him to the event.

"A Pakistan Bar Council's delegation, headed by former SCBA president Asma Jahangir, has already met Nawaz Sharif and he has assured lawyers that he will attend the seminar," Azad said.

He said that Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid Secretary General Mushahid Hussain would also give his input in the seminar. Azad said a committee consisting of senior lawyers of Balochistan had been formed to contact local leaders of the province.

Baloch leader Attaullah Mengal would also be extended an invitation, he added. Azad said the missing Baloch could be recovered through suo motu proceedings, but it was need of the hour to resolve the Balochistan issue through political means.

Likewise, he added, the SCBA Executive Committee held a three-day meeting in Quetta to express solidarity with the Baloch. The SCBA also became party in the case of worsening law and order situation in the province. He said role of security agencies should be abolished in the province and police should be empowered to deal with the matter.

The SCBA president said that missing persons belonged to poor families. He said that presently Balochistan was "portraying the 1971 situation and families of missing persons hate Pakistan". "The SCBA has also constituted a free legal aid committee consisting of five senior lawyers to contest the Baloch missing persons' cases in courts," he added.


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