Quetta: The newly elected Hazara representative of the Provincial Assembly constituency PB-2 Quetta 2, Jan Ali Changazi, walked out from the inaugural session of Balochistan Assembly in protest, demanding his oath to be administered in Hazaragi, his mother tongue. Jan Ali Changazi is not the only Hazara member of the assembly; Mrs. Ruqia Hashmi is also a Hazara.
According to details, the inaugural session of Balochistan Assembly was summoned on Monday. In the first session 62 members of the Assembly were administered oath by the outgoing former Speaker of the Assembly, Jamal Shah Kakar.
When the session started, The Speaker started taking oath from the members in the official language, Urdu during which the members of Balochistan National Party-Awami (Baloch Nationalist Party) and Awami National Party (Pashtoon Nationalist Party) insisted the Speaker to administer oath from them in their mother tongue, Balochi and Pashtu as it is allowed under the constitution 1973. After all, the Speaker was compelled to administer oath in their mother tongues, Balochi and Pashtu on which the members of Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal (Jamiat Ulema Islam, a conservative Islamic Party) walked out from the house saying that the oath ceremony should only be administered in Urdu, National Language (May be mentioned that in first phase many of the members had already taken oath in Urdu). Later after the oath in mother tongues, Jan Ali Changazi also stood on his chair and demanded the Speaker to administer oath from him in Hazaragi (may be mentioned that once he had been administered in Urdu in the first phase) on which the Speaker said that constitutionally it was not allowed to sworn in twice. Jan Ali Changaze walked out from the Assembly on which the Speaker urged the to be Chief Minister, Nawab Aslam Raisani and the to be Speaker, Sardar Aslam Bhuttani to go and calm down Jan Ali Changaze bringing him back in the Assembly. Jan Ali Changazi— after being assured by the to be Chief Minister, that if he had not sworn in once in Urdu he would be able to be administered oath in Hazaragi—he came back in the Assembly and the session was continued.
Balochistan Assembly session:
Balochistan Assembly jointly approved four resolutions 1, Assassination of Benazir Bhutto should be investigated by United Nations 2, Assasination of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and Nawabzada Balaach Marri should be investigated by United Nations and judicial commission should be constituted. Their dead bodies should be given to their heirs. The displaced population supporting Nawab Bugti should be repatriated back on their ancestral lands. 3, Military operation and detainment of Sardar Akhtar Mengal should immediately be ended. All the disappeared political activists should be recovered (Hundreds of political workers and nationalists have been disappeared and nationalists blame they have been by intelligence agencies of the country such as ISI and MI (Inter Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence) and one of the reason the previous Chief Justice was deposed by General ® Pervez Musharraf was that Supreme Court had ordered the Government to recover all the disappeared political activists as some cases were proved that the disappeared workers are detained by the intelligence agencies 4, The Federal Government was asked to kick out the Danish envoy and boycott all the Danish products ending diplomatic and economic ties with Denmark to protest against the republication of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The Assembly members offered Fateha for the departed soul of Benazir Bhutto, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti who and Nawabzada Balaach Marri. Nawab Bugti and Balaach Marri was killed during Musharraf regime declared as revolts against the country. It may be mentioned that Balochistan has been a Province hit by insurgency during different governments. Baloch nationalists say that Punjab Province is dominated over the Federation and looting the resources of Balochistan. They claim that Balochistan was of an independent status in 1947 and it was merged in Pakistan by force. Due to the same issue, in 1970s Bhutto government started a military operation in Balochistan and thousands of Balochs including tribal Nawab and warlords were compelled to mass migrate in Afghanistan. During Musharraf government the issue was again fueled when the Government started constructing military bases, Gwadar Deep Sea Port and other projects in the Province. Baloch nationalists were of the view that military bases are to suppress Balochs, Gwadar Deep Sea Port is to change the local Balochs into minority and loot the resources of Balochistan, such as natural gas, chromites and other minerals. Government is claiming that Gwadar Deep See Port constructed by China would revolutionize the economy of the Province and Pakistan. It is must for the development of Balochistan. Musharraf Government saying that he would eliminate the long deprivation of Balochistan started many mega projects under Balochistan Package but Baloch nationalists were of the same view that Gwadar Port is to change them into minority.
Baloch elite, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti left his fort and started a guerilla war against Pakistan Army in the mountains of Balochistan. Nawab along with 25 to 30 Pakistani soldiers and many Balochs were killed in a raid in March 2005. The death of Nawab Bugti fueled the rage and different Baloch separatist militant organizations such as Balochistan Liberation Army, Baloch Republic Army came in being. Blasts and target killings of military soldiers and other security forces had become a matter of daily routine in Balochistan. Later on the leader of Baloch Liberation Army, Nawabzada Balaach Marri was also killed.
Before the elections 2008, some Baloch nationalist parties were saying that parliament is not the solution of Baloch issue and destination for Baloch movement is autonomy and freedom. Sardar Akhtar Mengal of Balochistan National Party-Mengal is being detained in Karachi Jail for more than a year. He also raised voice against Gwadar Deep Sea Port, Punjabi population in Balochistan and other issues. Baloch nationalist parties such as Balochistan National Party of detained Sardar Mengal, Jamhuri Watan Party of late Nawab Bugti, National Party excluding Balochistan National Party-Awami boycotted the elections 2008.
The new Federal Government led by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) apologized from the people of Balochistan for long deprivations and assured that Balochistan would be under special consideration and all the concerns of Baloch nationalist parties would be eliminated.
Hazara In Current Scenario:
The Hazaras are of the view that Balochistan have long been deprived. It resources have been looted. The people of Balochistan have been neglected in all walks of life.
Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) and other Hazara politicians have been supporting the Baloch nationalists. HDP had taken out a rally in favor of the grand rally of Balochistan National Party on 5th April in Quetta against the detainment of Sardar Akhtar Mengal and other Baloch political activists. The Government should negotiate with all the Baloch nationalists and resolve the Balochistan issue and eliminate the deprivation.
In Balochistan Assembly also PPP is to form a coalition government as I, in previous report “Jan Ali Joins PPP” long ago had predicted. Nawab Aslam Raisani, respected Baloch tribal elite, is nominated for the slot of Chief Minister. He has announced to end the military operations in Balochistan, free all the detained political leaders and workers and to negotiate with Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and other separatists. It may be mentioned that BLA was banned and declared anti-state by previous government under General ® Pervez Musharraf.
It may be mentioned that Jan Ali Changazi has joined Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). All the members of Balochistan Assembly have announced to support the Government of PPP. This time there is no opposition party or members, just one member of the Assembly, Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, due to tribal and clannish conflicts, is not supporting Nawab Aslam Raisani as Chief Minister. Sardar Rind would be the only opposition member in the Assembly.
In the later sessions of the Assembly the Chief Minister would be elected and then ministries and cabinet would be announced. As all the 62 members of the Assembly is supporting PPP, there would be largest cabinet during the history of Balochistan Assembly as PPP has to please all its supporters. In such situation, Jan Ali Changazi is hardly to receive any Ministry and after all if he receives it may be a simple ministry of like wildlife, sports, culture, or any other.