IT is quite sad that President Zardari, rather than showing what he has been able to do to mitigate discontent in Balochistan, keeps on building castles in the air. He announced, in Jhal Magsi, that his government would implement the Aaghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package. If, in more than four months, he has not done anything tangible, it is doubtful he ever would. Given this backdrop, his assurance of full commitment to remove the sense of alienation rings false. He must realise that an endless discussion and virtual bombardment of promises minus concrete steps would not only further flare up the existing cauldron, but also cast serious doubts on the credibility of his intentions. Though a considerable period of time has elapsed since the launching of the initiative last year, except for a few cosmetic moves, things remain where they were. The killing of two Baloch students last month, who were participating in a peaceful march, by the security forces indicates that the centre continues to behave like the proverbial Big Brother, which is not in line with the objectives of the new package. On the other side of the spectrum, the reconciliation process stopped short of taking on board the disgruntled elements crucial to smooth sailing between the centre and the province. Worse still, the assassins of Nawab Akbar Bugti remain at large. Despite the people calling out for justice, the federal government is dithering to bring the killers to book. This has heightened the anti-federation feeling considerably. The significance of the package is not in doubt, as it contains provisions for constitutional, administrative and economic reforms. What needs to be done is its implementation. Successive governments have been doing the same, announcing numerous schemes but have balked at taking specific action. On this count, virtually every government has been a failure. Hence, the history of broken promises that has brought us to rock bottom situation.