What the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has said while inaugurating Kassa Hills Marble Project in Loralai district of Balochistan makes a lot of sense and sends a clear signal to the ruling elite that if peace and progress are to be achieved in the province, development activity has to be generated. He also clearly stated that Balochistan is rich in mineral resources and its people have the first right on it. This was Generals own style of saying that the prevailing situation in the province was due to the wrong policies of successive government in Islamabad and that the need of the hour was to give the Baloch what is their right. He also highlighted that to achieve this objective it was essential to ensure peace without which no progress or development could be made. The Army Chief also availed of the opportunity to list what the military was doing in the province mentioning the establishment of a military college where classes would begin in April this year and recruitment of 4000 Baloch youth in various ranks of the army. He also announced that another lot of 5000 youth would also be inducted this year. The COAS said the Gwadar Institutes of Technical Education was handed over to the Army after the concerned civilian department failed to make it functional. According to him the said institutes would be handed over the provincial government in April in fully functional form. Gen Kayani also categorically stated that no military operation was being carried in Balochistan and added that Army was deployed only in Sui to protect national installations. However, what he did not mention was the fact that the Frontier Constabulary was placed at the disposal of the provincial government only to be available as and when required to encounter the on-going insurgency. The Armys development programme of the province leads one to conclude that sincere efforts cannot fail to bear fruit. Therefore, it is obligatory for the federal government to formulate policies in such a manner that the people at the grassroots in the province get the benefit, which alone would pave the way for ending the strong feeling of deprivation among them. It should also make every effort to engage the angry nationalist leaders in dialogue. The issue is credibility because Baloch nationalist leadership has hardly any faith in the interaction producing the desirable results. Previous attempts have failed because the decisions made were never implemented in letter and in spirit, the last of which was the 12-point formula tabled in the Senate over two years back.