Nationalists reject Balochistan body proposals
QUETTA: Baloch nationalist parties on Tuesday rejected proposals put forward by the parliamentary committee on Balochistan, calling them a mockery of the Balochi people.
Balochistan National Party-Mengal group Senator Sanaullah Baloch said the proposals were “juggling of words and nothing else”. “The committee proposed Rs one billon as the gas royalty for Balochistan against our demand for a uniform gas rate throughout the country. We demanded provincial authority on ports in the federal legislative list but the committee suggested moving its office from Karachi to Gwadar. We wanted provincial control on paramilitary troops but the committee stuck to its previous position giving limited authority to provinces. The committee turned a deaf ear to our demand for a 80 percent share for provinces in the National Finance Commission,” he said.
Baloch said that the committee had lost it mandate because it failed to submit its report by January 7 and that all recommendations made after January 7 were illegal and unconstitutional.