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PM Imran Khan appoints Shah­zain Bugti as special assistant on Balochistan reconciliation

Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti his special assistant on “reconciliation and harmony in Balochistan” with immediate effect, according to a notification issued by the cabinet division.

Bugti, the grandson of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, was elected from NA-259 Dera Bugti during the 2018 General Election.

The prime minister tasked Mr Bugti with holding talks with peeved Baloch tribesmen on behalf of the government. Mr Bugti has the status of a federal minister.

A notification issued from the Cabinet Secretariat said: “The prime minister, in terms of rule 4 (6) of the Rules of Business 1973 read with serial No: 1A of schedule V-A of the said rules, has been pleased to appoint Nawabzaba Shahzain Bugti, MNA, as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Reconciliation and Har­mony in Balochistan, with immediate effect. He shall hold the status of federal minister.”

The appointment of Mr Bugti as the SAPM comes a day after he met the premier and discussed the situation prevailing in Balochistan.

During his visit to Gwadar on Monday, the prime minister had said the government was ready to hold talks with annoyed Baloch tribes so that their grievances could be addressed for permanent peace and progress in the province. “But those having links with India and involved in unrest in the province will not be considered for negotiations.”

Prime Minister Khan had said he was considering “talking with insurgents” in Balochistan, adding that the government would never have had to worry about insurgency in the province if attention had been paid to its development.

Mr Khan had said he had always planned that when the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf came to power, his government would pay attention to Balochistan.

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