THE killing by the Balochistan Republican Army of its remaining 10 policeman captives may well reflect that organization's mindless brutality, but it also represents the failure of the government, which well knows the solution to the problem, but has not implemented it, or even moved towards its implementation. The BRA has killed the remainder of its police hostages left from the initial bloodletting, in which it killed eight of the 18 policemen it had kidnapped on July 30, along with 11 labourers, from Chhattar in Naseerabad district. In a vain attempt to stop that incident, four members of a pursuing police party, including a DSP, were killed. However, the labourers were all released by the kidnappers. The government, in the person of the President, Asif Zardari, who is also co-Chairman of the PPP, had already apologized to the Baloch for past wrongs. The Balochistanis not only shared in the PPP's mandate in the Centre, but also installed the PPP in the province itself, with its own Chief Minister for the first time since 1977. President Zardari had set up a committee to prepare for an All-Parties Conference on the province. Recently, in his Sharm Al-Sheikh meeting with Indian PM Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister Yousuf Reza Gilani had the issue of Balochistan included in the final communiqu, which caused Dr Singh a lot of trouble in the Indian Parliament. Apart from the genuine grievances of the Baloch, which include a continuing refusal by the central government to implement truly the provincial autonomy given by the Constitution, there are two other potent factors. First, so many years of military rule, under which the Baloch suffered more than others. Second, the accusation made to Dr Singh: that India (and Afghanistan) were supplying the Baloch money. Baloch nationalists should remember that they only do themselves a disservice by taking Indian help, and the only path for them is dialogue. The government should also remember that its only path out of the situation is that same dialogue.