WITH the best intentions, PM's Interior Adviser Rehman Malik is capable of producing the worst results. The 'facts' he presented to the Senate have satisfied neither friends nor foes. He said that India was financing the BLA, which according to him, was involved in terror attacks inside Balochistan while its chief had been provided shelter by President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan. It is surprising that while India maligned Pakistan all over the world in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, Mr Malik should have preferred to keep secret the proofs he avowedly possesses about New Delhi's involvement in terrorist acts inside Balochistan. Is it not strange that Mr Zardari should have gone on cultivating personal relations with Mr Karzai while the Afghan President played host to a man whose group was wreaking havoc in Pakistan? That Mr Karzai pressured Brahamdagh Bugti to release UN official John Solecki only at the UN Secretary General's request is a reflection on our diplomacy. What Mr Malik said about the background of two of the three Baloch leaders whose killing has led to large-scale protests was characterised as sheer distortion by a number of Baloch Senators. Provincial PPP President Lashkari Raisani has accused him of presenting a cock-and-bull story concocted by the security agencies. The Balochistan ANP chief has said Mr Malik was indulging in the decades-old canard of branding Pushtuns and Baloch as traitors. The opposition has accused Mr Malik of creating misunderstandings with Iran by citing confidential information. If the idea was to convince the Senators, the speech has been counterproductive. One hopes Mr Malik is able to put up a better performance during the Senate's in-camera sitting. Branding people traitors or foreign agents has not paid off in the past, nor will it now. Unless serious efforts are made to remove the grievances of the people of Balochistan created by successive governments, hostile countries will continue to fish in troubled waters. While the PPP leadership has been long on promises it has been short on delivery. What the people of Balochistan want are not doles, but their due share in resources and power. It is time the government concentrated on fulfilling its promises instead of continuing to repeat them ad nauseam. Mr Malik says that the administration is ready to 'accept all demands' of the people of Balochistan 'except independence' and that it is going to present a constitutional package that will include provincial autonomy and concede to the provinces their right over natural resources. The sooner the government unveils the package, the better for everyone.