Comparing the outlook of the average politician with that of the well-rounded individual there is a visible difference that strikes one: The one devoid of wisdom does not admire any activity unless it serves personal interests while the other regards morality and public welfare as the basis of his politics and becomes infuriated if he finds anyone obstructing his mission. It holds true for the Raisani brothers. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani and Lashkari Raisani are diametrically opposed to each other in their views. The CM grew indignant when some of his ministers resigned in protest against the constant victimisation of the Baloch by the federal government just ahead of President Zardari's visit to Quetta last month and insisted on pardoning them only if they first apologised to him. But much to his chagrin the kid brother expressed similar sentiments while announcing that he would not only resign from the Senate but also from the party office. Even though he has deferred his decision for a month, he keeps on accusing the current dispensation of pursuing the repressive policies of the previous regime. "I'm not blackmailing anyone," he told journalists while warning the federal government to rein in the intelligence agencies. Mr Raisani had a point in saying that he had no confidence in the investigation launched by the Interior Ministry into the killing of three Baloch leaders in Turbat earlier this month. The mistrust is not unfounded. Mr Rehman Malik's apparent assurance to the Balochistan chief minister notwithstanding, his casting aspersion on the patriotism of Baloch nationalists in general and the deceased leaders in particular leaves much to be desired. Perhaps no patriotic Baloch leader could ignore the agony of his people who are constantly being subjected to the worst kind of repression. The PPP-led government cannot escape the blame for turning Balochistan into a bleeding wound. A year of democratic rule has further deepened the despondency of the Baloch who failed to find any respite from the activities of the intelligence agencies, which have long been accused of kidnapping innocent citizens merely on the suspicion of their links with terrorist networks. Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfikar Magsi has set a no-nonsense tone by condemning the atrocities being committed against his people rather than trading principle for political expediency to save the coveted position he is currently holding. And he did not mince his words when he said that those at the helm of affairs in Islamabad did not listen to anybody including him, nor were they bothered about taking remedial measures to contain the law and order situation which is getting out of control. Mr Magsi doesn't want to break ranks with his fellow nationalist leaders who understand quite well that if they do not get united to salvage the Baloch identity then history would never forgive them. The Baloch feel that they are well within their right to take up arms against the State, which has always responded to their demand for the security of their lives and protection of their rights by resorting to the military prowess. The extrajudicial killings of Nawab Akbar Bugti, known for his pro-federalist leanings, and Nawabzada Balach Marri have constrained the Baloch leadership to draw the attention of the international community to the massive violation of human rights and also to rally its support on what they believe was the incorporation of their homeland into Pakistan against their wishes in 1948. This reminds me of Dr Selig Harrison of the Centre for International Policy once painting a bleak picture of Balochistan saying it is in need of desperate help from the world at large. Despite President Zardari's apology to the Baloch over the excesses committed against them in the past his government keeps pursuing the policies of the Musharraf regime. It is the same peculiar mindset, which still dominates the entire policy making and remains averse to the suggestion that the quasi-insurgency in the troubled province could be quelled by allaying genuine fears of the Baloch, not by merely announcing any uplift plans. Those who have seen tens of hundreds of their fellow citizens being kidnapped by shadowy spy agencies or killed indiscriminately in military operations that show no sign of abating need not be blamed for lending an ear to the separatist elements when they find the state abdicating its responsibility to provide them protection against heavy odds. Balochistan needs a healing touch lest it should be devoured by the forces inimical to its being a part of Pakistan.