But the action that added insult to the injury was the brutal killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti during Musharraf regime, which cannot be justified at all, and which at once ignited the sentiments of riot against the state. The struggle for rights transmuted into separatist movement and now a sate of insurgency in Balochistan has ultimately put Pakistan on tenterhooks. This extreme unpleasant and grisly act will always cast a slur upon the dictatorial regime of Musharraf.
At present, a separatist movement is at its pinnacle; target killings are rife and the settlers are insecure. No one knows who is killing who? The target killing of Baloch nationalist leaders is also smoldering the sentiments. The issue of missing persons, the protests of bereaved families and attitude of turning a deaf ear by the government is making matters worse. Who is involved in this bloody game? Fuming Balochis are openly expressing annoy. Who is financing guerilla war in Balochistan. Is there any foreign agency, especially RAW, operating in Balochistan? This possibility cannot be ruled out and is not far beyond expectations. If it is so, who is responsible? The canvas of hostility with the Punjabis is now broadened to the all settlers in Balochistan. The question is whether solely Punjabis are responsible for the deprivation of Balochistan? Are not those military regimes and individual personalities responsible, who added to the grievances.
The traditional lords of Balochistan, Mengals and Bugtis, are no more as efficacious as they were. That’s why the US Congress resolution has been welcomed by Akhtar Mengal. The banned outfits members like Dr Allah Nazar, Herbyar and Brahamdagh would grasp it as an ample opportunity to manipulate and mislead the masses.
What ought to be done is the most important question? Probably, it’s the time to end the photo sessions and concede to the fact that problem lies with the deliverance, and in this regard something went wrong. Need of the hour is immediate solacing and assuaging the grievances of Balochis. Issues like missing persons, bringing murderers of Nawab Akbar Bugti to book, redrawing role of FC, endowing Balochis with their due share in their resources, commencing dialogue with the new emerging separatist leadership of Balochistan are needed to be discussed on immediate basis. Someone, either from government, opposition or National leadership, will have to spearhead the campaign for Baluchis’ due rights.
As far as US’s resolution is concerned, it is only political maneuvering and dismemberment of Balochistan won’t be made possible with such superficial attempts. Those who are sounding doomsday scenario for Balochistan are making mountain out of a molehill. It would be a blunder to juxtapose Balochistan with East Pakistan where geographical integration and ethnic distribution played the major role. The system of deliverance needs to be restructured in Balochistan which will attenuate likelihood of any catastrophe in future.