Mainstreaming Balochs

ANOTHER batch of about 200 Ferraris laid down their weapons at a ceremony in Quetta on Monday attended by provincial Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri. The CM once again invited estranged Baloch leaders to come into the national mainstream and play their role for development of the province. Reports about surrendering of weapons by Ferraris and the process of talks with estranged Baloch leaders keep surfacing every now and then but so far no concrete results are visible on the ground.
We say so because recently the strategically important province has seen some of the worst terror strikes including attacks on lawyers and police training institute and concrete steps both on political and security fronts are required to achieve desired results vis-à-vis improvement of situation there. Being the epicentre of CPEC, the province has assumed great significance and our enemies are also out to destabilise it, particularly India, as they don’t want a prosperous and developed Pakistan. The arrested Indian agents have also made startling disclosures about nefarious designs that New Delhi harbours against the CPEC and Balochistan. We could thwart their evil designs by pursuing a simple course of focusing on development and welfare of the people of Balochistan. Despite being rich in different precious resources and minerals, it is regrettable that our successive governments have failed to excavate them on the pretext of poor security situation in the province. It is high time that both federal and provincial governments pay special attention towards this end. Cooperation of China, which is already working to develop Gwadar port and other major infrastructure projects under CPEC, could also be sought to utilise these resources to bring improvement in the life of local people. This approach would not only help address sense of deprivation of local people but also isolate the foreign-funded militants who are cultivating hatred against the federation. At the same time, the government vigorously needs to engage with angry Baloch leaders as bringing them in the national mainstream would help restore complete peace in the province.

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