|Intense media scrutiny and concern over the fate of "missing persons" in Balochistan at the hands of the Frontier Corps in an environment of |
|fear and loathing amidst a separatist insurgency that is taking a toll of civilians and soldiers has finally pressurized the government and |
|military to take a fresh look at the "problem of Balochistan" and think of ways to "solve" it. The PM has set up a six-pronged framework - |
|administrative, operational, developmental, administrative, legal and political -- for finding the right solution via a six member steering |
|committee comprising three members each from the federal and provincial governments. General Ashfaq Kayani has chipped in by saying that there |
|can be no military solutions to political problems. Is this a genuinely new initiative capable of delivering solutions? |
|We are not sanguine. Four years ago, President Asif Zardari pledged to solve the problem "inherited from the Musharraf regime". There was some |
|to-ing and fro-ing. Later, a constitutional package of devolution and additional funds to go with it was unveiled for Balochistan. Rehman Malik|
|tried to pacify the leaders of the nationalist movement in exile. But then the government lost sight of the ball in Balochistan as it became |
|increasingly embroiled in bitter battles with the judges, generals, oppositionists, criminals, sectarianists and terrorists. Today, in the |
|run-up to the elections, when the PPP government is besieged on all fronts more than ever before, it is unrealistic to expect any concrete or |
|positive initiatives from them. |
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