Compared to last month, the acts of terror, insurgency and crime all seem to have reduced. The most probable reason appears to be the assertive civil services, FC and police, which have worked more or less without the political interference. This analysis has been made in a letter prepared independently on the law and order situation in Balochistan. The analysis observes a sharp decline in the acts of violence and terrorism in the province, and gives most of its credit to FC that has provided effective security under the Chief Minister’s orders.

However, the report says, the shape of the things to come when some 15 ministers and five advisors are given various departments does not appear promising. These hopefuls have been contesting for the departments which can provide maximum chances of corruption and making black-money. The cabinet has yet to be formed and the province is being run by the chief secretary and other secretaries. This Chief Minister, who is so weak that he requests the Taliban not to attack the relief convoys, rather than naming the Baloch or Brahui insurgents who are actually owning these attacks, will not be able to control the ministers.

Chief Minister Dr Malik was the one who had demanded during the debate on the 18th Amendment that education must be removed from the Concurrent List and given to the provinces. Now he cannot provide financial resources for higher education and the universities are destitute, frequently agitating. At lower levels ghost schools, absent teachers, lack of adequate financial allocations, grossly poor administration and political support for massive cheating at all levels have ruined the education. This is going to doom the future generations having far reaching adverse effects on the entire country. After the law-and-order, the education remains the biggest casualty with far reaching effects needing immediate attention.

The insurgents’ ‘love for the Baloch’ has been amply negated from the fact that rather than providing relief to the people adversely affected by the earthquake, they are hindering the efforts of government by shooting at troops, helicopters and relief convoys including the civil trucks and ambulances.

There is a general feeling that the insurgents who fire at the relief efforts must be destroyed now that the army is present in that area. No relief goods should be given to the insurgents and the looted goods must be recovered. The public in general in Quetta does not seem motivated to contribute in relief efforts. Perhaps because Awaran has been a known haven for the insurgents due to its remoteness, sparse population, no infrastructure and apathy of the locals or a massive government support is clearly visible for a small population.

IMRAN JAMALI, Lahore, October 7.