Events and hapennings: Balochistan

Jul 05, 2012 11:16 | Feature & Viewpoint
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( This feature is courtesy Mark the truth-Pakistan)London, Special Report by Brig. (Retd) Usman Malik: This is a brief Talk of the Town Report compiled for those interested in Balochistan. Generally, roads are still unsafe for travellers due to massive crimes directed by some ministers, even the CM. The Pashtun areas are peaceful as always with the exception of growing crime because of the absence of the writ of the government. Other significant developments are listed below:

The Prime Minister (PM) and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Visit Quetta, 3-5 June. 6 more persons working in a shop on Sirki Road were gunned down only hours before PM Gilani arrived in town on 3 May, after some 9 months of absence. For a change, the police chased the killers, injured one and lost one, but the killers made good their escape.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the killing and the victims appeared to be Shias from Afghanistan living in Baluchistan. The PM held several meetings with various delegations but no administrative or political initiatives were discussed or taken. His talk to Staff College next day was a power point presentation based on figures of economy, rather than his Vision for Pakistan.

His answers to the military officers’ questions were perfunctory, often disappointing, betraying a ‘very low IQ’. As always, he absolved himself of any responsibility for anarchy in the province, merely saying that ‘law and order was a provincial subject’. He promised another 35,000 jobs but no concrete promises to control militancy and rampant crime. He was concerned for the ‘missing people’ but showed no interest in target killings of Punjabis, kidnappings, lootings, dysfunctional schools, hospitals, mass migration of settlers and Hazaras and total neglect of civic facilities.

Although the main roads were blocked for hours and three schools in the area were closed but he flew in helicopter even for short hops from the airport to Governor House and Staff College. 24 hours later he flew to Ormara to visit Naval Base, inaugurated a Cadet College and then went back to Islamabad.