CSS Forums Saturday, November 01, 2014
05:25 PM (GMT +5)
 
 
Home   Beginner's Guide   Rules   Syllabus   Past Papers   CSP Members  

Go Back   CSS Forums > General > News & Articles

News & Articles Here you can share News and Articles that you consider important for the exam

Reply Share Thread: Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook     Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter     Submit Thread to Google+ Google+    
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old Thursday, August 12, 2010
Muser's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 124
Thanks: 171
Thanked 56 Times in 37 Posts
Muser is on a distinguished road
Default An article about Balochistan Crisis

The Peace Option

Rizwan Asghar

Balochistan has arrived at the brink of secession because of mishandling of the crisis by the federal government in Islamabad, which remains oblivious to ground realities in Pakistan's largest province.

The conflict in Balochistan dates back to independence, when the first military action was undertaken there to coerce the Khan of Kalat to accede to Pakistan. Three uprisings occurred in the province in 1958, 1962-63 and 1973-77, which were brutally dealt with by the state.

Balochistan comprises almost 40 per cent of the total area of Pakistan and is strategically the most important region of the country. It is rich in valuable minerals, including vast copper and natural-gas deposits. The grievances of the Baloch people stem from a host of factors. Foremost among them is economic deprivation. The gas deposits of Sui in Balochistan are catering to the needs of other provinces, but certain areas of Balochistan even today lack the supply of Sui gas. The province receives a meagre amount of royalties for its natural resources.

The issue of missing persons remains a major irritant in relations between the federation and Balochistan. According to UN reports, around 8,000 people from Balochistan have gone missing since 2005. The disappearance of a large number of Baloch women has further exacerbated the situation. This has given rise to an overwhelming feeling among the Baloch people that Balochistan always receives a raw deal from the federal government.

Gory incidents of targeted killings are a daily occurrence in Balochistan and they are putting an adverse impact on the socio-economic situation in the province. The killing of Habib Jalib Baloch on July 15 sent shockwaves across the province. Baloch nationalist leaders accuse the intelligence agencies of this murderous act and such incidents of high-profile killings have gone a long way in weakening Balochistan's bond with the federation.

Moreover, the local sardari system has remained an obstacle to the development of the province. The Baloch usually follow their local tribal chiefs, who are known as tumandars. These tribal chiefs have established their own fiefdoms with their own system of justice. The sardari system was formally abolished by the System of Sardari (Abolition Act of 1976), which prescribed three years' punishment to anyone exercising sardari. The Act was not enforced after its approval by the National Assembly during the government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Neither the government of Pakistan nor the sardars have any agenda for the political and economic uplift of the province. Fearing loss of power, the sardars are themselves opposed to the economic development of the province. The weakness of Balochistan's civil society has strengthened tribalism.

The present PPP-led federal government introduced "Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan" package as part of its efforts to heal the wounds of the province. But the package still awaits practical implementation. Despite claims to the contrary by the government, Balochistan remains under the control of paramilitary forces. The policymakers miss the point that there is no military solution to the Balochistan problem. It can be resolved by formulating a well-coordinated and unified political strategy, following by its implementation in letter and spirit.

A new policy is badly needed to compensate for the past mistakes. The federal government should come up with a concrete plan for removing regional disparities. The decades-old mistrust will not be wiped out overnight, but we have to take first step in the right direction. The military operation must be halted and the missing persons should be recovered on a priority basis. And, last but not least, complete provincial autonomy should be granted to Balochistan.
__________________
Don't trust your heart, its not on the right side.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old Thursday, August 12, 2010
Muser's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 124
Thanks: 171
Thanked 56 Times in 37 Posts
Muser is on a distinguished road
Default

Can this be called an acceptable good article, seniors?

I just want to assess my sense of judgement of an article in a hostile paper such as The News.
__________________
Don't trust your heart, its not on the right side.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old Thursday, August 12, 2010
Muser's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 124
Thanks: 171
Thanked 56 Times in 37 Posts
Muser is on a distinguished road
Default

In terms of Balochistan Crisis background, I forgot to mention.
__________________
Don't trust your heart, its not on the right side.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pakistan's History From 1947-till present Sumairs Pakistan Affairs 5 Saturday, September 20, 2014 05:56 PM
18 Amendment Trancript moss4u Current Affairs Notes 0 Friday, June 11, 2010 12:22 PM
CONVENTION of OIC on combating international terrorism MUKHTIAR ALI Current Affairs Notes 1 Wednesday, May 16, 2007 11:10 AM
Balochistan crisis Snobbish Essays 2 Wednesday, November 08, 2006 03:09 PM


CSS Forum on Facebook Follow CSS Forum on Twitter

Disclaimer: This is not the official website of Federal Public Service Commission Pakistan. This is a non-commercial website helping individuals who intend to join civil service of Pakistan. The material on this website is provided for informational purposes only. We do not claim that the site is an exhaustive compilation of information about Civil Service of Pakistan neither represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any information, content contained on, or linked, downloaded or accessed from any page of this website. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete or up to date. However, honest efforts have been made to provide comprehensive information for the benefit of users. The documents and material displayed or mentioned on this site are not official copies. Please contact FPSC for updated rules and regulations governing CSS examination.

Sponsors: ArgusVision   vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.