|PU organizes seminar on Baluchistan: Problems and Solutions|
LAHORE: (Tuesday, June 05, 2012): The Department of History in collaboration with Pakistan Study Center arranged a seminar on Baluchistan: Problems and Solutions. Dean Faculty of Arts & Humanities Prof Dr Syed Qalb-i-Abid, renowned Baloch leader Abdul Hayee Baloch and a large number of students participated in the event. Dr Abid, while introducing the topic, pointed out that the present government lacked innovation, creativity and vision; the governance part of the government was almost non existent. He said that rulers were only talking about the issues and did not do any serious effort to resolve those issues. He said that an overwhelming majority of ministers are charged with allegations of corruption and they had appointed corrupt bureaucrats to assist them. He said that the work was neither done by ministers and nor by their corrupt supporting staff. He said that it was therefore seen that commissions were made, committees were formed but decisions had not been implemented during four year’s tenure of the present government. Prof Abid appreciated the services of Pakistani media in setting the direction of change in Pakistani politics. Media identifies, discusses the issues and even offers solutions but the implementation was not done by the government of the day, he added. He regretted that even simple solutions recommended by conferences and seminars were not being implemented. He cited the examples of the European countries resolving their external and internal problems like the civil war in Ireland, the terrorism in Spain and ultimately creating a European union as a role model for solving their problems and for other countries to follow the lead. Renowned Baloch leader Abdul Hayee Baloch argued that the problem of Baluchistan could also be resolved amicably through dialogue and negotiations. He traced the history of Baluchistan issue mentioning the independent nature of Baloch society which even resisted the British Empire and preserved its independent and sovereignty. He said that most of the leaders of the movement were all young people and even women have come out to participate in it. According to the speaker, we can come out of this crisis if the establishment realizes that Pakistan was a multinational state in which every unit had it own culture, language and lifestyle. He said that only the people should be given the right to choose their own representatives. He said that he was also against the Baloch Sardars who were not working in the interests of the people of Balochistan.