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| Topic: The Forgotten Baluchis
Posted: 20 September 2006 at 8:43am
Bugti turned into a legend
The present government seems traversing the path of self-destruction faster than expected, caring little for the consequences the naked state aggression might have on national solidarity. The killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti in an army attack reflects a peculiar mindset that feels no qualms about massacring those whose only sin is to raise their voice against the military operation that shows no sign of abating.
Who decided to assassinate Nawab Bugti and whether it was approved by him?
Did anyone in the internal security establishment bother to consider the possible backlash of this gruesome incident?
Did anyone ever think how the Baloch would react to the situation arising out of the targeted killing of a leader whom they not only loved but virtually worshiped?
Bugti was the first mainstream politician to have been physically eliminated since the judicial murder of Mr Bhutto. Twenty-seven years down the line it was the biggest blunder committed by another military regime that is bound to have a devastating impact on national politics.
There has always been one serious problem with the military regimes we have had so far. They cannot really differentiate between the enemy and their own citizens when it comes to dealing with external aggression against our sovereignty or the matters of internal security, albeit self-created. Maybe from the Kargil debacle, which made the army suffer more humiliation than all its previous misadventures put together, our sacred saviours have learnt an important lesson: It's no use challenging a bigger and mightier army when they have a weaker enemy (the people of this country) to fight against and their own territory to conquer over and again.
One wonders how does the government expect the Baloch to stop taking up arms against the naked aggression especially now that the attempts to marginalise them have culminated into the elimination of a widely respected nationalist who had never incited his followers to challenge the state until driven against the wall. If he was seeking more autonomy for his province he was actually articulating the aspiration of the people of Balochistan, who need not only the protection of their life but also to keep the usurpers from depriving them of their rights and resources.
The eruption of violent protests in Balochistan which might spread to the rest of the country is the occasion for the separatist elements to gain strength. Bugti is dead but the Baloch are resolved to avenge the murder, not just his but also of hundreds of innocent citizens, including women and children, killed in the military operation launched two years ago.
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