Monday, July 16, 2012

COMMENT : A mere ritual — Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

The provincial government openly admits that they have no say in the affairs and the FC runs a parallel government in Balochistan
As expected, the new prime minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf stated, “I categorically declare that Balochistan issue is on my priority list and I have invited disgruntled Baloch leaders to start dialogue with the government to resolve the crisis at the earliest.” He also regretted that Balochistan remained on low priority in the past, and therefore, its progress remained very slow. Anyone unfamiliar with Pakistani state’s attitude and treatment of Baloch while listening to these pronouncements would think that an entirely new Baloch-friendly party and state apparatus had come into existence and the policy of systematic deprivation and organised violence against Baloch would end forthwith. Sadly, the reality is different. Yousaf Raza Gilani, who was at the helm for four years also belonged to the Pakistan People’s Party, and all through his term, even though he promised his burning desire to create a paradise for Baloch on earth, he presided over the worst human rights abuses against the Baloch. And it is not going to be any different during the new incumbent’s term.

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