Interview on News TV One
Dr. Danish of New TV One interviewed me last night for his late-night talk show. The subject was to analyze the progress made by Balochistan’s new government towards bringing peace in the province. My argument was why we pretend to ignore the crux of the matter when we talk of negotiations between Baloch rebels and the government. The other day, BLA spokesman, Bibarg Baloch, was telling me that neither they were in contact with the government nor were they interested in talks.
Balochistan chief minister, soon after taking the vote of confidence, said his first priority would be to bring peace in the province. Now I wish to put a few questions before the CM:
a) How will you deal with the people who do not want to talk?
b) Will you carry out another operation to bring peace in the province after all your responsibilities also include protecting the ‘national installations’ and the poor police personnel who are being constantly target killed?
c) What do you mean when you say everyone who carries arms is not a terrorist? By the way, does that mean that you, as the chief minister, endorse the violent acts?
d) Can the chief minister of a province sit and talk to the people whose demands are to seek independence?
These all questions need to be earnestly answered.
Personally, I believe Nawab Aslam or Nawab Magsi are not among “us” when viewed by the BLA. Instead, they are categorized among ‘them’. “Them” refers to the military, I.S.I, civil and military bureaucracy. If Balochiat was the sole supporting point for the Baloch CM and Governor then Jam Yousaf ( also a Baloch) would not fail. Raziq Bugti (a Baloch hero, once upon a time) would not get killed. This is complicated, I must say. I have always argued that misruling Balochistan is easier than ruling this huge province.