A Cm's Heart Change
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But when will a Mir Nasir Khan the Great happen to the Balochs again? A true leader of the Balochs was that superb Baloch. Self he abjured and collective good of the Balochs he always embraced tightly even in the worst of conditions. And with a magnanimous sense of self-denial, the Khane-e-Baloch VI gave to the Balochs a real people-friendly administration in the 18th century, earning him even the reverence and envy of India's British colonial rulers. Personal riches he would spurn for his Baloch flocks' enrichment.
What has caused this sudden sea change of heart in Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani is best known to him. But wasn't he until yesterday a persistent denier? The others would claim a security operation was still on in his province. And equally vehemently he would insist it was not. Why then has it occurred to him only now that the FC is running a parallel administration on his domain? Now for nearly two years he has been warming the chief minister's chair. And never ever throughout had he hinted even obliquely if his authority was being defied or nibbled in by any state institution. Then why has this revelation happened to him only now, not earlier? And how come he has discovered just now that the Balochistan package has nothing in it for the Balochs? Wasn't he its biggest defender and champion until the other day? As the sardars styling themselves to be their enslaved flocks' leaders were screaming, of course self-interestedly, that they would have none of this package, it was he who was shouting that the package held a lot of good for the Balochs. So what is it that has brought about this diametrical change in his stances? Is it because the going was good in the past but has turned sour for him now? Or, is it because some rough feet have treaded on his toes? Or is it that he finds it politically expedient to talk tough and pose recalcitrant? Whatever it is, his volte face is just amazing and stunning, requiring credulity to be stretched to the utmost to believe in him and be convinced what he was saying in the past was untrue and what he is saying now is true. But when will a Mir Nasir Khan the Great happen to the Balochs again? A true leader of the Balochs was that superb Baloch. Self he abjured and collective good of the Balochs he always embraced tightly even in the worst of conditions. And with a magnanimous sense of self-denial, the Khane-e-Baloch VI gave to the Balochs a real people-friendly administration in the 18th century, earning him even the reverence and envy of India's British colonial rulers. Personal riches he would spurn for his Baloch flocks' enrichment. Personal comforts he would reject for his community's comfort. And no supplicant would even return empty-handed from his court. His unworthy modern-day successors are not even a patch on his splendid stature and on his legendary magnanimity, generosity, and affection for the Baloch commoners, poor, needy and sick. And the present crop of self-styled Baloch leaders is just a shame on his grand name. Of course, the security forces' act in Balochistan is deeply foul and contemptible. But these self-styled Baloch leaders' act is not above board either. They pose to be the champions of Balochs' causes. But that is their mere contrivance, a deceitful cloak to disguise their own personal interests under a deceptive cover to promote their own selves at the Baloch commoners' expense, whom they are holding in their serfdom with not a ray of liberation. A deceit that indeed stood rent asunder despicably when their self-styled Baloch nationalist leaders stayed huddled up in Mian Nawaz Sharif's London redoubt for days for cobbling up a stillborn All-Parties Democratic Movement while back home a ferocious flash flood was killing and ruining the Baloch people in Balochistan. So indifferent were these imposters to these flood-destroyed Balochs' grief that instead of descending in Quetta on their return, they alighted at Peshawar where they spent days in addressing press conferences and issuing press statements, talking of the Baloch people's rights and the Centre's injustices dealt to them. None bothered to return to Balochistan and visit flood-ruined areas to console with the distressed affected Balochs. Indeed, the sardars and chieftains have always thronged Balochistan's civilian governments and legislatures, as they do presently. Yet, none can cite a sterling example of having served the Baloch commoners ever. Only they themselves flourish, while the commoners always keep becoming only poorer, and more impoverished and disempowered. Even the Centre's injustices have done no harm to their financial health or their suzerainties over their enslaved flocks. They drive in sleek cars, while their flocks at best have only rickety buses and wagons to travel on. They build to themselves palatial homes while their flocks still live in ages-old homes. Worse, they demand knocking out of mega development projects, ostensibly on the pretext of usurpation of Balochs' rights but in reality fearing the resultant economic opulence of their enslaved flocks could lead up to a popular social awakening, culminating into finishing off of their suzerainties. Still, it would be quite educative to know what has provoked Raisani's ire to make him look so like a hypocrite.