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Balochistan outlook


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The PPP government finally yielded to the protests that had enveloped Pakistan over the weekend and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf announced in front of a gathering of representatives of the Hazara Shia community late on Sunday (Jan 13) night that the provincial government was being dismissed forthwith and governor’s rule was being imposed in the southwestern province.

After braving three nights in Quetta’s freezing temperatures next to their slain loved ones, the families of dozens of bombing victims ended their protest and buried the bodies amid strict security measures in a Hazara graveyard on Monday.

Relatives, friends and members of the Hazara community had camped out at major intersections of the provincial capital for the last four days to protest the deaths of more than 100 people in the twin suicide attacks.

Do you think the federal government simply succumbed to pressure and gave in to the demands to secure momentary respite for itself? How far would the provincial governor really go with his powers to improve the overall law and order situation in the province along with ensuring security for people from communities at risk of being attacked? Furthermore, was it a good move to grant policing powers to the Frontier Corps when it has been accused of high-handedness on several occasions?

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Agha Ata (USA) Jan 15, 2013 02:50pm
Federal government is totally impotent in this respect. Governor's rule has nothing to do with the protection of a citizens on the streets. The old government is gone, but that is not the solution of the problem either. The present government has no clue what to do to save SHIA brothers. just bought time to complete their term. Sorry! :(
ammariftikhar Jan 15, 2013 01:58pm
Me is missing from the title picture?
alinaqvi Jan 15, 2013 05:03am
Rule of law is the answer. Its not just the killing of people, a large number of people including Hazara families, Punjabis, Shias in general have moved out of the province. The state has completely and utterly failed to take a action, any action. The CM continued to make jokes about the tragedies. Hazara PPP MNA Nasir Ali openly criticized his government. No one paid heed to his comments. I doubt things will improve after the Governor Raj. The country wide protests, I hope people are reading! makes politicians accountable. Its an act of utmost bravery and immaculate patience of the families of the deceased that brought the change. Government's come and go, but the tradition set, will remain. Had government acted wisely, it would have saved it. A joker can only be appreciated, when you are in mood to laugh, not when you are the target.
khadija Jan 15, 2013 04:37am
The step taken by the federal government regarding imposing Governor rule and giving policing powers to FC was, although delayed, but a step towards embalming the over whelmed loved ones of the martyrs. The insensitivity in the situation rose when the dead bodies had to remain un-burried for 4 days. Where as these measures should have been taken right after the deadly blast. I believe this step is short term and only by handing over the powers would do no good until the effective measures are taken by the Governor. I think Governor would do something to give security to the people, but the question remains as it is: for how long the state institution will give their citizens protection against terrorism? There is need of nipping the evil in the bud. Unless the government changes its policies, seals its borders for terrorists, eliminate the extremists and banned militant organization, identify foreign factors involved in destruction of the society and most important takes sincere and effective measures, mere handling over the powers would be in vain. We are living in a
Farooq Ali Jan 15, 2013 04:09am
it is like giving pain killer tablet to relieve cancer pain.
ali rizvi Jan 15, 2013 04:06am
I do not know what governer can do, but current situation is not acceptable and some thing need to be done to stop innocent killing. Goverment has fail to protect people not only in Baluchistan but also in Karachi and most of Pakistan
Tahira, USA Jan 14, 2013 11:05pm
Nothing this government does is right or thoughtful but as a first step, after 3-4 days, at least our hazara brothers, sisters and children are off the street and can sleep in their beds. If I were Allama Tahirul Qadri, I would have turned around and marched to Quetta to support those hurt Hazara people than to Islamabad. Going to Islamabad is like "bhains kay aagay been bajaana". His lofty claim of leading a Hussaini Kaafla and Karbala mission sorely missed the opportunity to justify this claim .
Information Age Jan 16, 2013 10:32am
Agreed, however, even the layman knows who is controlling Baluchistan for the last 10 years. Make them accountable as well. Why leave SC alone in this struggle for law and order.
Jawid Akbari Jan 16, 2013 06:26pm
I am a Pakistani student living abroad and I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Shia community of Pakistan in general and to Hazara community in particular and to the family of the victims especially the family who has lost a mother also on this tragic incident. My prayers and sympathy are with those grieved families. The Hazaras are a small community of 600 thousand people. Thousands of them have been killed so far by blunt-minded terrorists who walk freely in Quetta. I appeal the governor of Baluchistan to take strict action against people who excommunicate others.
Omni Jan 16, 2013 12:52pm
Why are Shiaites getting bombed?
Ahmed Jan 16, 2013 04:33am
Lesson learnt for the government in the offing. The very foundations of your systems can come down crumbling if the opressed come together and peacefully sit in against the tyranny, ignorant government and injustice.
Khawaja Ikram Ul haq Jan 16, 2013 07:10am
The government took a rational decision because teh provincial government an military just seem unable to handle teh situation...there is not much of a police force in balochistan barring quetta...if raisani had flown back immediately to handle teh situation it could have been handled differently...since raisani is a PPP leader the option of selecting a new more active chief minister should have been considered however teh protestors were right because teh hazara's have been getting hit again and again...generally the balochistan conflict is not community oriented with teh pukhtuns almost silent participants and teh growing influence of religious extremists , terrorists and nationalist war mongers...starting from the point of the bugti elimination the situation has generally shifted from liberation warfare generally targetting government officials and punjabis to religious groups targetting hazara's..teh government has shown a pathetic silence because sindhis saw it as other ethnic groups suffering who were generally opposed to them...attacks on buses to and from iran were quite frequent...this hurts the government credibility more than helping sectarian extremists...since the government has been unable as in karachi to catch teh culprits it has become more and more complicated...teh provincial government has to eliminate the terrorist of whatever sort and if they donot do that teh governments should be dismissed and new methods and leaders tried out...The PPP seems to have an abhorernce of removing its fault prone leadership which is arguably a big fault in teh mentality of teh PPP...they try to bring in more behind teh scenes handlers than remove the front end problems