The horrible killing of at least 14 people mostly the police personnel in Balochistan’s Capital, guarding the polio team left another atrocious day in the already troubled province. This single terrorist attack on polio team has shaped the unsafe waves of fear and dread in the city among the people.
TTP claimed the responsibility of the attack, to disrupt the polio mission. It can be an attempt to disrupt and convert easily the CPEC route due to law and order situation, which they have showed in Wednesday’s terrorist attack.
An opportunity is knocking at the door, in the shape of CPEC, to develop the western provinces of Pakistan. This can be achieved by establishing industrial zones, constructing roads, installing railway tracks, fiber optics and gas pipelines to diminish the grievances of the people of Balochistan. People of Balochistan have long suffered from poverty, illiteracy, lawlessness, military interventions, sectarianism, and the latest separatist insurgency.
So how can the federal government overcome the incompatible views, and grievances of the people of Balochistan? Just by constructing a single road funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB). Because there is no denying of the fact that, every common man was happy in the early days of CPEC project, when it was signed between Pakistan and China. Notwithstanding, today the hope and happiness of the indigenous local Pashtun and Baloch are losing its strength due to the antagonistic and bias attitudes of the central government.
Furthermore, the inept Pashtun and Baloch nationalist leadership have completely failed to secure their basic rights from the “Holy Punjabi Empire”. Because some of the “Pashtun nationalist and religious leaders justified the Prime Minister’s claim over corridor’s conceivable connection to Pakistan’s prosperity with the help of Quranic verses.” The Pashtun nationalist leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai, has stated that the people should not make the China Punjab Economic Corridor controversial. I say he is right in his claim, because in the real essence it is China – Punjab corridor. So that’s why Balochistan needs to reticent over the issue of corridor.
Consequently, the resource’s rich province of Balochistan has suffered economically, politically, and socially. One of the biggest challenges is facing Balochistan is the influx of millions of Afghan refugees who came in the. The raison d’etre is that they have affected the local ethnic population economically, politically, culturally and socially. Because wherever they exist there are the prospects of terrorist outfits in places such as Khuchlak, Nawa Killi, Kharot Abad and Pashtun Abad. Where thousands of seminaries have been constructed and the indigenous people have been marginalized. More importantly, these places are now the most effective hide – outs for the Afghanistan and Pakistan base militant and sectarian outfits.
To sum up, the gruesome killings of police in Quetta city during the last ten days produced the atmosphere of fear and dread in the minds of the people. The already ostracized province has deprived from its indispensable rights and share in the CPEC project. Meanwhile, the state’s this segregated policy would lead the province toward violence and chaos. And the situation seems like that in the former East Pakistan in the year 1971.
Published in The Balochistan Point on January 19, 2016
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