Law and order: Balochistan ministers express helplessness

Balochistan ministers seek assistance of tribal elders in booking culprits.


Shezad Baloch January 26, 2011

QUETTA: An overwhelming majority of ministers in the Balochistan Assembly expressed their serious concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the province and sought the help of tribal elders to maintain durable peace, during a debate in the assembly here on Tuesday.

As many as 20 people hailing from the Hindu community have been kidnapped recently, including the 82-year-old spiritual leader of the community Lakmi Chand Garji, said provincial minister Jay Parkash.

“These incidents have shocked the entire Hindu community living in Balochistan. Our only demand is to ensure the safe recovery of our spiritual leader and other kidnapped people,” he added.

Asfandyar Kakar of the Pakistan Peoples Party said incidents of kidnapping for ransom are not only confined to the minorities; people from majority groups are also being kidnapped. “It is matter of great concern for us that despite sitting in the government, we are powerless. We cannot face the people because of our failure to arrest the culprits,” he said.

Besides, no teacher from other provinces is willing to come to Balochistan because of the worsening law and order situation, Kakar added.

Meanwhile, Dr Fauzia Nazeer Marri said while foreign forces may be involved in the insurgency, our own people are backing them in various ways.

Drawing the attention of the House to her constituency in Kohlu district, Marri said there are 1,904 Levies and police personnel but only 150 of them are performing their duties. Accusing the district police officer, deputy commissioner and other law enforcement agency officials, she claimed that personnel are being inducted into the Levies force in return for a bribe of Rs300,000 each.

Other lawmakers including Zahoor Buledi, Abdul Khaliq and Moulvi Sarwar also urged the government to take all necessary steps to maintain order in this region, suggesting that tribal elder concerned also help the law enforcers for booking the culprits involved in these crimes.

On behalf of the provincial government, home minister Zafar Zehri said the government is sincere in its efforts to restore peace to the province. “Law enforcers are trying their utmost to recover the kidnapped Hindu people, particularly Lakmi Chand Garji,” he said, adding that the government had allocated Rs500 million to equip the police and Balochistan Levies.

Talking about missing persons, Zafar Zehri said the government was given a list of 102 missing persons of which many have been traced while only 55 cases remain unsolved.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2011.

COMMENTS (6)

khan | 10 years ago | Reply @ Dr. O. P. Sudrania I don't believe the Baloch are behind the crimes being inflicted on the Hindus of Balochistan. In chaos and mayhem criminals thrive. Generally speaking most Hindus belong to the trading class and are reasonably affluent, which makes them easy targets to pick on. (Unfortunately the same is happening in northern Sindh where Pakistani Hindus are similarly being preyed upon by the criminal classes.). According to reports I have received, in Balochistan a duplicitous game is also being carried out. Assassinations, missing people, Punjabi settlers being killed. One can only guess who all are orchestrating it - however, a large part of it is undoubtedly being carried on by some of the 'bright sparks' based in Rawalpindi.
Dr. O. P. Sudrania | 10 years ago | Reply Thanx Mr Khan for your kind and truthful clarification on the state of affairs in Balochistan on the ground level. If I am not misunderstood, the rules in Pakistan are by and large fractured and controlled by the Military that means General Kayani who is a de facto ruler. The Major General supervising the Frontier Corps in Balochistan as a Military man may be reporting to the Fed. Interior Minister but I am sure, he is controlled by Gen Kayani as the rest of the Civil administration in other parts of Pakistan as per the impartial international agencies. Wajiristan is said to be a lawless area controlled by the local warlords and Taliban (TTP & A). My own conception about the Baloch and Pashtun people is very good; in that these people are very kind hearted and helpful people in contrast to the others. I only hope that the benevolent Baloch community will resolve this atmosphere of intolerance and aggression towards the minority community and live peacefully. Pakistan has earned otherwise sufficient name internationally and they have to work hard to improve their image globally. No one can survive against the law of nature. This is my belief. God bless Dr. O. P. Sudrania
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