The Home Department of t he Government of Balochistan restricted the movement of Shahzain Bugti and his brother Gohram Bugti under 5 MPO for ninety days. Shahzain and his brother have filed a petition with the Balochistan High Court against imposition of ban on their movement. Provincial Home Minister Mir Zafarullah Zehri on Sunday visited Shahzain Bugti and his brother Gohram Bugti probably to persuade them to drop their plan of long march.
Following the meeting, the home minister told reporters that he had visited Bugti’s House in his personal capacity and not as a provincial minister and assured that all issues will be settled amicably. Talking to reporters after the meeting with provincial home minister, Shahzain Bugti said the home minister had admitted that the provincial government was under tremendous pressure from the Establishment to prevent him and his family from going to Dera Bugti.
He said the provincial and federal governments wanted that Dera Bugti should no longer remain a no go area for Nawab Bugti’s family. He said 150,000 tribesmen had been rendered homeless and they were facing difficulties because of the military operation conducted by former dictator Pervez Musharraf. He said barring him and his family members from going to their homes was illegal and unconstitutional.
Political analysts believe there is yet another dimension of the complexities in Balochistan that needs to be addressed at the highest level. The way the state of Pakistan continues to neglect the rapidly deteriorating situation in Balochistan, letting the province to slip out of control because of the escalating activities of a large number of alienated Baloch, is indeed bewildering. The fact that alienation has increased with the passage of time indicates that the government is not serious about doing anything meaningful to grapple with the issues involved.
It is time the media turned its attention to the worsening situation in Pakistan’s largest province, and sensitized the government and the opposition to the urgency of doing something substantial to address the challenge facing the country.