A Patriotic Act
To protest the dreadful act of the killing of a Pakistani political leader Sardar Akbar Bugti by Pakistan's security forces, I decline to accept the Sitara-i-Imtiaz for which I was nominated by the President of Pakistan on August 14. It is with deep personal regret that I take this decision since national awards are a symbol of honor and a matter of immense pride and gratitude. At this juncture protesting the State's proclivity to opt for use of force to settle complex political problems, must take precedence over matters of personal consideration.
Unfortunately in the latest round of a two year long Baluchistan-Centre crisis those elements finally won on August 26 who all along believed that force was the way to settling the current crisis. The militaristic elements trumped those within the system who were pushing for a political resolution through the Parliamentary Committee on Baluchistan.
Clearly our foremost task in Pakistan is to strengthen civilian political forces which believe in the rule of law and understand the need to resolve Pakistan's internal problems through consensus and reconciliation. In ignoring these principles we have committed three cardinal blunders. First alienation of East Pakistanis leading to the tragic breakup of Pakistan , the judicial murder of an elected Prime
Minister and now the killing of another prominent political leader. We must make every effort to institute the required checks and balances in the exercize of power that would avoid repeat of such blunders.