I am in Islamabad these days enjoying the marvelous rainy days here. ActionAid, an international NGO, is sponsoring the delegation of Balochistani politicians and professionals to interact with the civil society to highlight the Balochistan crisis.
The delegation includes Habib Jalib, secretary general of the Balochistan National Party (BNP), Kachkol Ali Baloch, former leader of the opposition and a key leader of the National Party (NHP), Mr. Malik Abdul Wali Kakar, former acting president of the BNP, Mr. Abdul Khaliq Hazara, centeral secretary general of Hazara Democratic Party. Besides, Wahid Rahim, the central chairman of the Baloch Students’ Organization (BSO-Pajjar), Yar Jan Badani, editor-in-chief of Balochistan Today, are with us as a part of the delegation.
We have had a few excellent interactions with the civil society representatives. The best, I found out, was at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). The audience out there was very competent and curious too. It also included representatives from the British High Commission.
During the interaction, the audience was apprised about the prevailing situation in Balochistan where I, once again, argued, that the friends of democracy in Balochistan were quickly being replaced by the armed groups.
I am not so optimistic that Balochistan would soon be getting independence. However, I think if the government fails to maintain its writ in the province, a civil war would soon follow.