“My grandfather never supported independence, but always believed in Pakistan,” declared Shahzain Bugti, one of the political heirs of slain Balochistan governor and chief minister Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.
Shahzain Bugti, who is following his grandfather;s politics in real earnest by staying at ground zero in Balochistan, said 6,000 members of his tribe along with his younger brother Gohram Bugti, 30, and mother have resettled in Dera Bugti.
“There was no place for them to stay. Our houses were demolished and there is no water supply,” he said
The resettlement took place as a personal initiative of Balochistan chief minister Dr. Malik Baloch. “I burned the mid-night candles to ensure the safe return of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti’ grandson Gohram Bugti back to Dera Bugti,” Dr. Baloch told this correspondent last week in London.
Shahzain Bugti said the plight of thousands of Bugti tribesmen did not receive any attention during the previous administrations. He added he will be discussing the issue of Bugti compensation with the chief minister shortly.
Shahzain made it clear he will not be a party to distributing the compensation but has suggested the names of four highly respected persons to oversee the process. “I have suggested the names of human rights defender Asma Jahangir, noted columnist Ayaz Amir, Justice Rana Bhagwan Das and former governor General Abdul Qadir Chana’al.”
He said a sum of 400,000 Pakistani rupees (nearly $4,000) will be given in compensation to each bread winner in compensation for the losses they endured over the last eight years.
He said Bugti tribesmen have dispersed all over Pakistan since the launch of action against Nawab Bugti under the orders of coup leader. They are now living in sub human conditions in four districts of the Punjab, five districts of Balochistan and 11 districts of Sindh.
“There were many wealthy Hindus in Dera Bugti, but now they are all penniless,” he said.
Shahzain Bugti is the lone grandson of Nawab Bugti who faced many jail terms for his democratic struggle,
Fahad Bugti believes CM powerless
However, unlike the upbeat mood of Shahzain Bugti, his cousin uncle Meer Fahad Bugti doubted the ability of the chief minister to find a solution to the militancy in Balochistan.
“Dr. Malik Baloch doesn’t have a capacity to offer anything to the Baloch,” he said adding, “If power corridors are that much serious PM (prime minister Nawaz Sharif) would have made the offer to the Baloch not the CM (chief minister) of Balochistan. So I doubt their sincerity.”
Voicing his pessimism he said in for any real table talks, the two parties must have an equal status. “Do you think Punjab army is ready to give the Baloch an equal status?”
Before any talks begin, Fahad Bugti suggested some serious steps by the federal government as good will gestures: solving the missing persons case, stopping indiscriminate aerial bombardment of civilian areas, and all other military actions, ending extra judicial killings, freeing the victims of enforced disappearances, ending torture and arbitrary detention without trial, and reducing the number of army and FC troops in Balochistan, especially in the Marri and Bugti areas.
He called for bringing Nawab Bugti”s killer army coup leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf to justice. “Once that is done, the army chief and the prime minister should visit Dera Bugti and seek an apology,” he said.
Brahumdagh Bugti, another heir of Nawab Bugti and chief of the Baloch Republican Party, now living in Switzerland in exile, could not be contacted immediately.