...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
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
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.