Balochistan National Party (BNP-M) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s meetings with political leaders, his appearance in the Supreme Court and lastly his six-points leave neither any room for procrastination nor finding further excuses to shirk away from the duty at hand. What is needed is to work out the scheme of things repeated loud and clearly by Sardar Akhtar rightly endorsed by mainstream opposition parties. On Saturday, he had a discussion with Imran Khan, who also agreed with what he was saying. But these political parties themselves should get together and ascertain the ways by which the roadmap is to be turned into a reality.

There is absolutely no doubt that the province has for far too long being neglected in every sense of the word, and worse, dealt with with an iron hand by the centre, reflected for instance in the grievances against the FC and the rule by harsh means, a high-profile demonstration of which was of course the murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti. The situation hence resembles a can of worms with the locals nurturing hatred against the state, many of whom have taken to self-imposed exile and vowed not to return until their grievances are addressed. The federal government is aware of its duty but to the extent of offering some cash for the flood victims, acts that might seem alright in ordinary circumstances but certainly short of what is needed given the seriousness of the crisis.