One document regime: Deadlock between GoB & Chaman protesters continues
One document regime: Deadlock between GoB & Chaman protesters continues
Muhammad zafar

QUETTA: The negotiation between the government committee, leaders of all parties,’ traders’ alliance, and the Dharna (Sit-in) committee failed as both could not reach any agreement and protests continued at different areas of the Chaman border, on Monday.

The Chief Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti given the tension at the Pak-Afghan border had constituted a high-level committee headed by Speaker Balochistan Assembly, Capt, (Retd) Abdul Khaliq Achakzai and Home Minister Ziaullah Langove for holding negotiations with all
stakeholders to find out the solution to the issues causing long protest in the border town of Chaman.

The members of the committee left for Chaman last night and held negotiations with the leaders of protesting traders and other stakeholders, including leaders of different political parties and
business leaders of the Chaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry in detail and informed them that the government wants to resolve all issues through talks and mutual understanding.

The government delegation which also included the Additional Chief Secretary Zahid Saleem, DIG Quetta, and Deputy Commissioner Chaman Athar Abbas Raja suggested different solutions in the negotiations and informed that the one-document regime imposed by the federal
government and the provincial government was bound to implement it.

They also requested the leaders of protesting traders to end their protest, open all roads and different offices, including passport, DC, and customs offices which were closed for the last few
days. The government team assured them that the issue will be resolved within a month’s time.

However, according to sources the leaders of protesting traders refused to open roads and call off their protest. “Negotiation ended without reaching any solution,” Speaker Achakzai said and added that some things were not in their hands. “We came here with the hope to find out the solution. It is regrettable, that we came with empty hands and left empty-handed,” Speaker Balochistan Assembly said. However, he said that it would be his efforts to keep the poor people of Chaman away from any clash with the state.

Home Minister, Ziaullah Langove said, they had come here not just to open the roads but to resolve the issues of the people of Chaman. “The people were suffering from blocking of roads, closing of banks, passport offices, and other government offices,” he said and added that the government wanted to give maximum relief to the people of the border district of Chaman.

He said that the demands presented during negotiations by the protesting traders and other stakeholders would be to the Chief Minister Sarfraz Bugti who will visit Chaman in the next few days.