QUETTA - Though when Nawab Aslam Raisani took charge of his office as the Balochistan chief minister after the 2008 general elections, the province was burning, his government could failed to deliver and absolutely  .

Former chief minister and veteran Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, along with a number of his companions was assassinated in 2006 in a military operation during the dictatorial regime of General (r) Pervez Musharraf in Dera Bugti and Kohlu districts.

The murder of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti deepened gap between Balochistan and Centre besides spoiling the law and order situation in the province.

However, in such a situation, the formation of PPP-led coalition government, headed by Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani, was deemed a little remedy for the wounds of Balochistan.

Raisani is the chief of Sarawan and the most influential personality in Baloch tribal status after Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Khan Daud. Aslam Raisani was on forefront when a grand Jirga of Baloch Sardars from throughout the country gathered in Kalat in 2006 to discuss aftermath of the murder of Bugti and file the case of Balochistan’s annexation with Pakistan in International Court of Justice.

The government functionaries allegedly started picking up political activists and confining them in torture cells during the regime of Pervez Musharraf, which remained one of the major issues of Balochistan.

When Aslam Raisani assumed the charge as the Balochistan chief executive, it was believed that, being a Baloch Nawab, he would at least stop forced disappearances of political activists and recover missing persons.

However, this hope was badly shattered when the bullet-riddled dead bodies of three Baloch nationalist leaders, including Baloch National Movement (BNM) President Ghulam Muhammad Baloch, Lala Munir also from BNM and Sher Muhammad Baloch of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), who were picked up from the chamber of former opposition leader of the Balochistan Assembly, Kachkol Ali Advocate, were found dumped in Turbat in 2009.

The murder of the three Baloch nationalist leaders once again shook the entire Balochistan. The Baloch people realised soon that Raisani’s government was powerless and the least interested in resolving the issue of Balochistan.

The forcible abduction of political workers allegedly by the government agencies increased with passage of time and took a new dimension when the recovery of bullet-riddled dead bodies of missing persons started surfacing throughout the province.

International human rights organisations, including Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch expressed their serious concern over “kill and dump” incidents in Balochistan.

Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), a local organization striving for the recovery of missing persons, claims that more than 550 bullet-riddled dead bodies were recovered in Balochistan during the past three years.

Nawab Aslam Raisani on several occasions confessed that he was powerless and held federal government functionaries responsible for all this mayhem. At one stage, he categorically stated that Frontier Corps (FC) had established a parallel government in Balochistan but after sometime he started lauding FC for its performance in the province.

Similarly, no such efforts were made by him to resolve this issue and no talks held with the disgruntled Baloch except rhetoric. Nawab Raisani also did not seem taking interest in improving the law and order situation, which was evident from the fact that he spent most of his time in Islamabad despite the worsening law and order in his province with each passing day. Besides “kill and dump” incident, sectarian killings dramatically increased in Balochistan, particularly in the provincial capital, and hundreds of members of Hazara Shia community were targeted, killed or bombed. Rampant sectarianism not only brought the graph of Nawab Raisani-led coalition government to zero but also resulted in imposition of the governor’s rule in the province and dismissal of his government.

Surprisingly, when the twin blasts occurred on Alamdar Road of Quetta on January 10 in which more than 100 Hazara people were killed, Raisani was not present in Quetta. The Hazara community protested for four days along with coffins of 86 victims, but Raisani, instead of turning up to Quetta, reached London.

A part from other crimes, kidnapping for ransom incidents increased alarmingly in Balochistan during the tenure of Nawab Raisani while the alleged involvement of some ministers in kidnappings for ransom was also echoed in the sessions of the Balochistan Assembly and Supreme Court hearings in missing persons’ case.

Raisani had the largest cabinet ever in the history of Balochistan in which 62 members out of 65 were either ministers or advisers enjoying perks and privileges. The chief minister hardly turned up to attend the BA sessions while many sessions of the house faced lack of quorum. The BA completed its four and nine months period without having an opposition leader while no standing committees were formed, which are considered essential parts of an assembly.

Political observers say Nawab Aslam Raisani was only interested in his seat, so he had such a huge cabinet and kept no check and balance on his cabinet members, which eventually proved to be fatal for his government. They say Nawab Raisani set a very wrong precedent in the history of Balochistan by inducting an army of ministers in his cabinet and providing huge funds to MPAs.

Raisani remained much busy in 2012 in Islamabad due to which he could not spare time even to visit flood victims of Naseerabad and Jaffarabad where floods had caused unprecedented destructions.

No significant project was started by the Raisani government during his tenure; rather some projects which were to be completed in his tenure, particularly construction of highways, remained incomplete. However, the construction of a flyover was started in 2012 in Quetta, which is still under construction.

Raisani’s government took a bold step which was praised by the people was restoration of Levies force which was controlling about 95 per cent area of the province. In Pervez Musharraf’s regime Levies force was converted into police, which was opposed by the people of the province. The credit of restoration of the divisional commissionerate system and qazi courts in the province goes to his government. Similarly, Local Government system of Pervez Musharraf was abolished in Balochistan in December 2012 while district coordination officers were empowered to work as administrators.

The Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) president who was incarcerated in Pervez Musharraf’s regime was released in Raisani’s tenure and some politically-motivated cases registered against Baloch nationalists were also withdrawn. However, this did not work because the hardliner Baloch nationalists who are in exile did not trust in the PPP-led government.

The issue of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award was resolved in Raisani’s period with consensus of the provinces with the amendment made in the basic formula of distribution of the divisible resources accommodating the longstanding demand of Balochistan i.e. landmass and a province’s requirements also got priorities in the NFC Award.

His government also took a bold step in cancellation of Reko Diq project with Tethyan Copper Company (TCC), an international company, and decided to run it itself and also allocated Rs 12 billion in the last budget for investment.

Despite the completion of building of Gwadar Port it was not functional, however, due to efforts of Raisani, the port was made functional for some time as some vessels anchored at the port carrying wheat and fertilizer, but the movements did not continue.

In order to appease the people of Balochistan, the federal government announced a package for the province, “Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan” and recruited 5,000 youths in the education department on temporary basis. Its credit also goes to Raisani.

Raisani, during his tenure, attracted media through his funny statements, particularly a statement that “Degree is a degree whether it is genuine or fake”, attracted media people across the country.

Observers say the Centre poured billions of rupees into the kitty of Balochistan in Raisani’s government in the shape of the NFC-Award and gas royalty, but no development was seen until his cabinet was suspended.