I can see why Lahori gentlemen are making comments over Bugti’s death. However, I do think it was yet another historic political blunder on the part of our Army. Bugti was almost 80 years old and his “martyrdom” has raised his profile among the Separatists and Nationalist as a great leader.
Pakistan Army and the government over the years have not done a good job in making their case to the public on the issue of Baluchi Separatists. Some among the people of Sindh, NWFP, and Baluchistan still feel that this was a (Punjabi) Army misadventure against a smaller province, trying to ask for its rightful share.
The politicians like MQM, PML, PPP, et. al., are cheap opportunists. Even when they know this will harm the solidarity of the nation, they will use his death to gain as much as political mileage as possible.
While I mourn Bugti’s death as a Pakistani, I do believe Bugti was a misguided man. He allowed himself to be used by nefarious foreign elements as a pawn against the good of this nation. We all know that it is not possible in this day and age to carryout such organized terrorist operations without a lot of money. These men often directly engaged the military through rocket and grenade attacks on the Military posts. The missions included targeting of the national energy infrastructure, gas pipelines, power-stations, grid-stations etc., including direct attack on Musharraf, governor house and military headquarters. Their boldness also suggests that they are not only well-funded, they are very well advised and trained.
While we know that he was in a position of leadership where he could have raised Baluchistan to be the richest and greatest Province of Pakistan. But his racism (hatred of Punjabis), his short-sightedness, and narrow-minded vision got better of him. We can be sure that there will always be differing accounts of history due to his controversial stance.
To some he will be a great leader and a hero, while to others an intransigent and oppressive Sardar, who sacrificed himself on the altar of his ego.
What puzzles me is the following question? We know that Musharraf is not a complete fool. I expect him to be aware of the pitfalls of solving political problems through the gun and bullets. The success rate of such operations is usually quite poor. For example, Indians got lucky in Punjab, but have failed in Kashmir. Pakistanis have their own nightmare of East Pakistan. So what gives Musharraf the impression that this time around they are doing things differently? “Are his advisors, including the political ones like Ch. Shujaat, Mushahid Hussein, et. al., giving him a correct picture of the ground realities?”