Saturday, April 11, 2009

Outrage in Baluchistan

Editorial: Another outrage in Balochistan
Daily Times Editorial,April 11, 2009

As President Asif Ali Zardari takes his time deciding what his party has to do to bring the Balochistan insurrection to an end, other actors are quicker in their resolve to undermine all chances of reconciliation in the alienated province. Late Wednesday, decomposed bodies of three popular leaders of the Baloch were found in Turbat, victims to an act of terrorism in a part of Balochistan that is not considered to be a hotbed of insurrection. The Baloch National Movement (BNM) chairman, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Lala Muneer Baloch and Sher Mohammad Baloch of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), were all important personalities whom the government of PPP Chief Minister Aslam Raisani in Quetta had assigned important committee positions to look into case of the “disappeared” people in the province.

Someone has lighted the tinderbox, and responsibility has been laid by the Baloch nationalists on the intelligence agencies who are supposed to have “picked them up” from near their offices in Gwadar. Mir Hasil Bizenjo, a moderate Baloch leader of Balochistan National Party (BNP), was so overwrought by what he thought was an act of the state that he warned Islamabad of the coming unrest in Balochistan. All of Balochistan and parts of Karachi saw unrest and some vandalism in the wake of the murder of the three leaders. Baloch National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal too told a press conference that intelligence agencies were responsible for the killing. Violence accounted for the life of one policeman, while in Panjgur anger was also vented on the office of the ruling party, the PPP.

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Zahoor's Cartoon - DT, April 11, 2009

Also See:
Slain Pakistani politician helped free American - AP
Balochistan mourns slain leaders - The News
Baluchistan Outrage - Dawn Editorial

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