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Balochistan: More Needs To Be Done

2011,11,01

Balochistan's security culture has always been influenced by a discriminatory central policy is more than evident as the current situation becomes almost irretrievable after four decades of turmoil.

BALOCHISTAN'S current slide into chaos, despite its potential, has failed to draw the attention of the authorities. Mere visits and a few words of solace acknowledging the wrongs that the Baloch people have suffered are not enough.

In fact, throwing money where there is no effective mechanism to handle funds and implement projects is a plan that is doomed to failure from the outset.

Multiple cases of missing persons are still to be addressed, thus giving rise to fear and anguish among the people. Lawlessness is at its peak where all sorts of criminal activities and illegal practices have overtaken the entire province buttressed by the wrong moves played by the government, one after the other, thus allowing the situation to reach the rock bottom.

The decision to convert the previously demarcated A-Area into B-Area where there is no presence of security and law enforcers is probably the worst move . Not only does smuggling become easy in this backdrop where the law aids not the public but the criminals, but offences such as car thefts and kidnappings for ransom are increasing with alarming intensity.
Can this dangerous trend stop or be reversed at all? What plans has the provincial government come up with for such a change?

That Balochistan's security culture has always been influenced by a discriminatory central policy is more than evident as the current situation becomes almost irretrievable after four decades of turmoil.

The skewed distribution of wealth, power and natural resources has been the primary source of inter-provincial tensions that have become instrumental in the emergence of disparate ethnic and provincial identities.

Tensions rising from these challenges were further exacerbated by the indifference of the provincial government that is being banked upon to bring a tangible change. Whatever projects that have been undertaken by the army in Balochistan serve as starters that is not being followed by the main course. Who will serve this much awaited meal to Balochistan?

Is the situation in Balochistan stable enough to allow the provincial government to move about at its leisurely pace? Or are they patiently waiting for disaster to strike first? What are the ingredients that call out for imposing an emergency? Does Balochistan not fit the bill? Who will decide? Who will save Balochistan?

DR NIDA SHAMI
Windsor, Canada

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