The military and political leadership have to come to the same page to end the violence in Balochistan.
“The use of force is no solution,” said Russia-educated Mir Tahir Bizenjo, general secretary of the National Party, while talking to this correspondent from his hometown Na’al Monday.
“Madness and political decay in society are killing our values. Social values, political values, humanist values and Baloch tribal values,” Bizenjo said.
He said the leadership of the National Party, which is headed by Balochistan chief minister Dr. Malik Baloch, had identified four major areas of work progress on which are essential to steer the political course of Balochistan on a right direction.
“We identified that the No. 1 issue was enforced disappearances while the No. 2 issues is the kill-and dump policy and have demanded an end to these practices,” Bizenjo, who is a former senator and newsman said.
There are at least 1,400 documented cases of enforced disappearances. These victims were abducted by the state on suspicion of being involved in terrorism. Most of the victims are believed to be either languishing in military torture cells or their bodies dumped.
Bizenjo said while the Baloch insurgents wrong policies were destroying society’s values, a major challenge by the political forces was state-sponsored death squads.
According to Pakistan government reports there are as many as 14 different militant outfits in Balochistan, some of whom are rabidly religious like the Baloch Mussala Diffa Tanzeem and the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.
Pakistan's secret services have allegedly spawned, pampered and sponsored these religious outfits as part of what is called their strategic depth policy in Afghanistan.
Bizenjo said yet another main issue was the resettlement and rehabilitation of the Baloch tribesmen who left their ancestral areas for security reasons.
The military generals do not listen to civilian leaders in Balochistan, the civil society complains. For example, after the September 24 earthquake the Balochistan chief minister repeatedly called for international help for the victims, but the National Disaster Management Authority, headed by a major general, gunned down his appeals. The federal authorities are not willing to allow U.N. and international agencies access to the quake-hit areas.
The earthquake left 400 dead, more than a thousand injured and nearly 40,000 families homeless in Awaran and Kech districts.
Bizenjo said the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Sharif was in concurrence with the National Party on the issue of enforced disappearances and kill-and-dump policy. “They also agree on the need of a consensus between the political and the military leadership to retrieve Balochistan out of the bloody mess,” Bizenjo concluded.
©Mustikhan News Syndicate