A Baloch politician-cum-philosopher, whose late father is regarded as one of the main founders of modern Baloch nationalism, has said the use of force from all sides has undermined the civil society and democratic polity in Balochistan.
Mir Hasil Bizenjo, a member of the upper house of Pakistan parliament called senate, in a phone talk Thursday said there is precious little difference in the approach of all the elements responsible for the bleeding wounds of Balochistan today.
Mr. Bizenjo is the political heir of former Balochistan governor Mir Ghous Bakhsh Bizenjo, who was one of the main ideological proponents of an independent Balochistan at the time of the 1947 partition of India. The late Bizenjo later diluted his stance to provincial autonomy after India refused to support a free Balochistan..
“Whether it is the army in Balochistan, the deadly dirt created by the intelligence services or the Baloch militants themselves, they have all contributed to the political quagmire in Balochistan, trapping the common people,” Mr. Bizenjo said.
He said the kill-and-dump policy pursued by the security establishment is a major impediment in the way of a political solution, blocking the way of the political forces.
Mr. Bizenjo said the country’s leadership has given a go-ahead for talks with the militant leaders for a political settlement of the Balochistan crisis, but lamented that some hard line leaders on the other side of the fence are not willing to engage in talks.
“We are trying to convince the security establishment that if they kill one teenager from a family, there will be other teenagers who will adopt the same path,” Mr. Bizenjo said, adding, “Killing is not a solution, rather a complication that leads to further brutalization.”
Mr. Bizenjo, who is regarded as the closest ally of Premier Nawaz Sharif from Balochistan, said the only solution to militancy is upholding the rule of law and jailing, rather than killing, those who are involved in violence.
“The youngsters who are involved must get a second chance to think over what they are doing. Once they are in jail and their family and friends are allowed to visit them, they will have ample of time to reflect and mend their ways,” Mr. Bizenjo said, adding many of those involved belong to the 16 to 21 year age bracket.
Mr. Bizenjo said a Baloch team will meet with the army chief to hammer out the details.
He also said a delegation plans to visit Europe in the third week of September to begin talks with the disgruntled Baloch leaders.
Though Bizenjo is one of the biggest landlords from Balochistan, he believes in simple lifestyle and is always seen in a blue shalwar kamiz, baggy shirts and trousers worn by Baloch men, unlike the Baloch militant leaders who are fond of super expensive designer suits and lead a lavish lifestyle.