...to inspire the rebel Baloch nationalists in their ongoing struggle for greater rights and control over their natural resources. But Bugti's exit does, however, make it much easier for the Army to buy off, play off or bump off other feudal leaders.
The Taliban resistance movement in both Pakistan and Afghanistan will continue to gain strength until and unless Islamabad abandons its current policy which actually seeks to keep the Taliban alive in the hope of using them to retrieve its lost influ
In 1992, an analyst predicted that Balochistan could become the third richest oil-producing country after Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The clock is ticking and the Musharraf regime must move swiftly for a political situation, where the strong are just an
The silent tug of war between Islamists and Reformists in the Pakistan army reaches a boiling point as a hapless Musharraf's enlightened moderation yields way to extreme measures.
So said Maulana Fazalur Rehman, often called the 'father of the Taliban', recently. Hamid Karzai couldn't agree more. His government insists that the top leadership of the Taliban military hierarchy lives and operates out of Quetta and Peshawar
Although Musharraf insists publicly he is determined to end all forms of terrorism, there is hardly any evidence that his government has tried to dismantle the jehadi network on Pakistani soil.
Like the Pak-North Korean "nukes for missiles deal", Dr. Khan might have struck an "oil for nukes" deal with Saudi Arabia on behalf of Islamabad at a time when there is a growing homogeneity of strong Pan Islamic affiliations worldwide.
The genie of sectarian violence refuses to be bottled and even as President Musharraf exhorts the people of Pakistan to adopt 'enlightened moderation', the country's tentative quest for a non-discriminatory liberal democracy continues to unravel.
Nobody knows what is actually going on, and the recent trading of charges between American and Pakistani Generals clearly indicate that the troubles are far from over.
The Balochistan dispute is no more about settling a single problem, such as the rape of a lady doctor, the exploitation of the province's natural resources, the setting up of new cantonments, or the continuing hostility and tension surrounding the Su
Musharraf regime's failure to reform the country's 10,000 religious seminaries and to crack down on jehadi networks has resulted in a resurgence of extremism and sectarian violence.
The general's claims notwithstanding, the pattern of treatment being meted out to the leading lights of the 'banned groups' by the Musharraf-led administration shows that they are being kept on the leash, ostensibly to wage a controlled jehad in J&K.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a meeting on the situation relating to Covid-19 & vaccination with top officials, through video conferencing, in New Delhi.PTI Photo
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