ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday formally announced quashing all political cases to woo the estranged Baloch leadership. He also announced the initiation of the process for issuing red warrants for former president Pervez Musharraf, saying Interpol would be approached for his arrest. Talking to reporters after a meeting a US Congress delegation at the Interior Ministry, Malik made it clear that only political cases were being rescinded but those pertaining to terrorism and other serious nature would remain intact. He said he had instructed the Balochistan chief secretary to withdraw all political cases against the Baloch leaders.
“The government has abandoned checkposts on their demand and only FC is deputed on roads where the provincial government has asked for,” he said, adding that if the leaders had any objections to such deployment, they could approach the provincial government. He said he had conveyed to the visiting US delegation the concerns of Pakistan over introduction of a resolution on Balochistan. Malik said he had also expressed concern over drone attacks and conveyed the sentiments of the Pakistani nation. About Harbiyar Mari’s claims, he said if the Baloch leader again insisted with his claim, he could prove it through documentary evidence. To a query, he said he had withdrawn all cases against Harbiyar, except one regarding the murder of Justice Marri, as it was filed by the aggrieved party.