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Talal Bugti accuses Rehman Malik for demanding bribe of Rs.500m to settle his gas rent bill

Chief of the Jamhoori Watan Party and son of late Nawab Akbar Bugti, Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti has accused Federal Interior Minister, Rehman Malik for demanding Rs500 million as bribe in connection with gas rent bill.

In an interview with Private TV Channel he said that Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti said that last year in September 2008 he was called on by Governor Balochistan, who assured to release his amount of Rs400 million within three or four days in connection with gas rent bill.

He said that he had contacted President Asif Ali Zardari and Interior Minister Rehman Malik and informed them about the malpractices of governor. Talal Bugti said that he brought it into the notice of both President and Interior Minister that they were being paid rent bill as Rs17000 per acre while NWFP was being paid Rs.1, 80,000 per acres.

“President had also assured to pay in accordance with the new rates, but later on personnel Assistant of Rehman Malik had called me and demanded amount of Rs500 million in order to settle the matter of his gas rent bill” he accused.

Talal Bugti said that he refused to pay a single penny except one kilogram of sweat. “Afterwards, he (Rehman Malik) did not contact with me, “ he said.

He said that late Nawab Akbar Bugti had been struggling for rights of Baloch people within the jurisdiction of federation, but unfortunately, he was killed.

He said that the solution of the Balochistan issue can’t be solved until the complete evacuation of army, FC personnel and immediate end to machinations of the Intelligence agencies in Balochistan.

Talal Bugti said that he supported Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and he did deserve the government in Center as he had faced many hardships in the past and he (Nawaz Sharif) was the only political leader who can solve the issue of Provincial autonomy in a better way. He further said that Nawaz Sharif was loyal to Pakistan and had intellect to solve and run the country’s internal affairs in a better way.

Replying to a question he said that if Benazir Bhutto would have been alive then the country would have been showing an entirely different political scenario. He said that central government was not working on right path while on the other side provincial governments lacked veteran and intellectual leadership.

He accused that that entire set up was working unconstitutionally.

He demanded from the government to give exemplary punishment to the murderers of late Nawab Akbar Bugti, Mir Balach Marri and Benazir Bhutto.

Talal Bugti said that incumbent government was the result of the deal with Musharraf over the condition that any blame on Musharraf regarding the assassination of late Benazir Bhutto, be omitted.

He said that solution of these entire problems was only possible when all political forces will sit together and vow not to bow before the agencies and take the decision in larger national interests; only then can All Parties Conference (APC) be summoned to make this objective.

Talal Bugti said that he had meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari and agreed on 16-point agenda such as early evacuation of army, FC personnel and ownership rights on province resources etc and President had also assured to solve the matter within four months but Musharraf was giving him all the directives.


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