Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, one of Pakistan’s top insurgents, was killed in a massive military operation in which around 60 other guerrillas were also gunned down. The killings fuelled arson, forcing the authorities to clamp indefinite curfew in the heart of Balochistan.Information Minister Muhammad Ali Durrani said Bugti, at 82 the grand old man of Baloch nationalism, was killed late Saturday in the hilly Kohlu district of mineral-rich Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest of four provinces and bordering Iran and Afghanistan.
The question being asked now by everyone is whether this spells the end of the Baloch insurgency or does the feelings of alienation run so deep that it could only intensify the armed struggle in Balochistan?
B.Raman in a interview on NDTV 24/7 said that it could only intensify the struggle in Balochistan against a perceived feeling of being dominated and exploited by a “Punjabi-Chinese” axis.
Nitin Pai of The Acorn wonders whether Pakistan could now use its “new found skills” in hunting “mountain rats” to find that bin laden guy too, who is also holed up similarly in a “remote mountain hideout” in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province.