As COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani categorically debunks the accusation that any of armys intelligence agency is responsible for the painful incidents of the disappearances of people in Balochistan and their subsequent torturing and killing, the question that inevitably springs to mind is that who then are actually behind all this soulless drama being enacted in the province for so long? The General, who was in Quetta inaugurating the Institute of Medical Sciences and Garrison Sports Complex, left no one in doubt on this issue when he said, Army, ISI, MI or any other subordinate institution of the army has nothing to do with the matters related to missing persons and mutilated bodies. There was no military presence in Balochistan, nor was any operation going on. And there being a democratic set-up in place, it was for the provincial government to engage the dissidents in negotiations, and not the army. Unfortunately, Balochistan is not the only hotspot in the country; Karachi is another, where the findings of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan point an accusing finger at unnamed influential political persons for promoting the seemingly unending tragic bloodbath. One wonders what good lies behind the strategy of these men charged with steering the destiny of the nation out of all trouble. Apparently, if the HRCP has, indeed, deciphered the mystery correctly, the course they have adopted is suicidal. One should not be surprised, though, if the thesis that certain foreign elements, out to exploit the pathetic law and order situation in the country are freely providing arms to the various stakeholders in the provincial metropolis is correct. Once equipped with modern means of warfare, their urge to protect their own turf grows itself into ambitious cravings to oust the rivals from theirs as well and expand their area of influence. The theory fits in with the all too common bloody scenes of Karachi. With the known fact that certain powerful foreign forces are doing their best to keep the country in a state of destabilisation and uncertainty, the idea of their involvement in the running battles in the economic and commercial hub of Pakistan does sound justified. Whether this expos about a foreign hand in Karachi is right or not, there is urgent need to stop the drift to chaos that might engulf other areas of the country. Balochistan is already badly affected, with evidence of foreign agencies involvement. The provincial and federal governments must chalk out a plan of action to get rid of the menace. Almost every political party as well as the intelligentsia whom the HRCP interviewed are convinced that deweaponisation is the first step to restoring peace. There should be no hesitation in setting about it straightaway. And in Balochistan, there should be earnest efforts to bring the dissidents into the mainstream of life by removing their genuine grievances.