Mengal holds ISI, military responsible
for Balochistan unrest

KARACHI - Elderly Baloch politician and former chief minister of Balochistan Sardar Attaullah Mengal has said the root causes of
problems in Balochistan were the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and security institutions, and suggested the withdrawal of army,
release of missing persons and trial of those arrested on murder and kidnapping charges in courts as the solution.

In an interview with Voice of Germany here on Sunday, Mental said Balochs had reached to the point of no return as they could not
get their rights by remaining within the geographical frontiers of Pakistan and they had decided not to be part of the country.

Mengal said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif met him but no
one had the power to stop the army’s intervention in Balochistan. He warned that if the army’s intervention continued, no one would
be able to stop the disintegration of Pakistan. He was of the opinion that the Baloch people were receiving the same treatment as
Bengalis. He said every day disfigured dead bodies of Baloch youths were being received and people were being kidnapped, which
was a source of serious concern.

He said he had no contacts with Baloch youths who were on the mountains and, in a message to them, said if they could fight, they
should do so otherwise they should not cause difficulties for their families and return home.

Mengal said Baloch youths were not under his control and had he been not aged, he would have been fighting alongside them in the

Sunday, December 25, 2011