Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Balochistan quagmire

Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi too has now spoken up. He has warned if targeted killings and worsening law and order situation in the province are not stopped, it may well erupt into a civil war and the situation may come to a point where army may have to be called in to the great ill-ease of the civilian government and administration. At least now, the alarm that the governor has raised so chillily should shake out both Quetta and Islamabad from the hibernation they have gone into over the disconcerting turn the conditions have taken in Balochistan. By every consideration, the province has become a vast muddy marsh of lawlessness and criminality of every sort over these past four years on chief minister Nawab Aslam Riasani's watch. And if Quetta is a frightened witness to incessant targeted killings, parts of the province are being rocked by the tsunami of kidnappings for ransom. Its special targets are though Hindu jewellers and businessmen, who in desperation are migrating to India, and the Parsi entrepreneurs, who too in fright are fleeing to the safety of pastures outside.

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