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Those who sow winds, reap whirlwinds

Mir Mohammad Ali

If after a self-created disaster, instead of remorse, reflection and compunction there is a brazen and unabashed attempt to call it a victory, to score points and look smug and satisfied, the bankruptcy of that system of governance stands categorically exposed. This is exactly what is happening after the Lal Masjid fiasco but then, I suppose, there is nothing to be surprised about because we saw the same response after the May 12th carnage and even after the agonizing ignominy of the loss of Bangladesh. The moral and political bankruptcy of the rulers and system of governance is inexcusable and indefensible.

The Lal Masjid saga has been labelled as a ‘drama’, ‘engineered’, ‘farce’, ‘charade’, etc, but there is much more to it. It was a tragedy with a lot of suffering for the people during its course and is bound to be more tragic in its aftermath. It exposed the gross ineptitude and inefficiency of this and past governments, whose only achievements have been tyranny and bumbling through 60 long years. It signifies the crass incompetence and brutality of the existing system and it was a disaster waiting to happen.

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More than 168 children have disappeared from Balochistan: AHRC

February 2, 2010
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

PAKISTAN: More than 168 children have disappeared from Balochistan, a war crime tribunal should be constituted

Among the lists of disappeared persons from Balochistan province are the names of 168 children and 148 women. Two lists of disappeared persons were released separately, one by Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an NGO which works to document the cases of missing persons from the area and the other by the Provincial Interior Ministry of Balochistan. The missing people have allegedly been taken by Pakistani intelligence agencies for interrogation over their alleged link to Balochistan separatists and other militant groups in the country.

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