PRESIDENT Pervez Musharraf has openly accused India of involvement in the continuing trouble in Balochistan. With special services hyperbole, the President said that he was "1000 percent" certain that India was involved in the unrest in the province. "The elements involved in target killings and subversive activities are being financed and trained by foreign elements that do not want peace in the country," he said at a lunch hosted by the Governor at Quetta on Monday. To give him his due, there might be an element of truth in that. The Indian intelligence agencies' involvement in the whole ruckus is not beyond the realm of possibilities. We know from the past that our neighbours have been in the habit of doing stuff of the sort. In fact, there might be an up and running network already geared to destabilize the whole area. The problem, however, lies with the establishment's attempt to absolve itself of all responsibility. There is genuine resentment against the state in Balochistan. The disaffected youth of the province are not exactly endeared to symbols of the republic. This is the sort of atmosphere that is conducive to the plans of the hidden players about which the President has a mathematically impossible certainty. The President has been at the helm of affairs for about eight years. The Balochistan problem conflagrated on his watch. With the Army's relentless recourse to force, the situation continued to deteriorate to an extent that it culminated in the virtual murder of the veteran Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti. As expected, things did not look up; they got worse and resentment continued to grow. But the Army has persisted in using force. It is this attitude that makes it easier for foreign hands to get things done in an impoverished and neglected province. The establishment needs to change its outlook and genuinely try to redress the grievances of the people of Balochistan to turn the tide of anger and resentment.