The future belongs to Balochistan youth
Abdul Zahoor Khan Marwat
There is no dispute about the fact that Balochistan is the most backward province of the country. While it is also the largest province in terms of land mass, it enjoys the lowest ratio in terms of population density as compared to the other three provinces. At the same time, Balochistan is reputed to be rich in minerals, some of them extremely precious.
However, we have seen a gradual decline of the province into controlled chaos and selective killings in the past several years. Those involved in such activities have sources of foreign funding and working to implement far-off agendas. The systematic killings of settlers who have been in the province for decades and contributing to the well-being of all the people, the genocide of Hazaras, a professional and peaceful community, gunning down of labourers hired from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Punjab and Sindh and killing of the patriotic Baloch people are some examples in this regard. The murder orgies have shocked the world.
Among all sections of the society, youth of the province are one stratum who have been most affected by the violence that has overshadowed their lives in more than one ways.
Essentially speaking, the youth of Balochistan have to survive in the face of misinformation spread by elements hostile to the country. These elements have taken on the state several times, to be sure under different pretexts and circumstances, in the last few decades but have faced agonising defeats. While a political solution is imperative to resolve the immense complexities of the Balochistan issue, the youth of the province must understand that separatism is not the solution. The ragtag bands of foreign funded terrorists, hiding in vast desert mountains or holed up in hovels in the city, have for the youth no future roadmap; in fact, they themselves have no future. So, the youth should negotiate the maze carefully and should be very cautious while listening to the litany of grievances of such people.
Similarly, the youth have been affected by violence in the sense that terrorists and militants have gunned down teachers and professionals of high calibre on account of their political or religious views or ethnic backgrounds. Scores of highly committed and devoted educational professionals, who made an easy target, were either eliminated or had to leave the province.
While this brutal trend is certainly reversible, this has definitely deprived the youth of Balochistan better chances to compete with the world outside the province.
We have seen that the turmoil in Balochistan has continued, it has rather somewhat aggravated, in the last four-five years. We have also seen that veteran and experienced politicians and Sardars have not been able to control the worsening situation on account of several factors, including ballooning self-interests and ego-centric views. The youth have been deprived of economic dividends that should have come from politicians and tribal chieftains, who have been lavishly receiving development funds from the government.
As a result, we are seeing that the youth of the province are progressively deviating from traditional loyalty and binding to their tribal chieftains that have been a mark of the people of Balochistan.
In the context of current events, it is important that investment should be made in the youth of Balochistan; they should be approached, guided, tutored and helped out to become the new successful generation of politicians from the province, having their own tribal clique and identity.
This can only be possible when these young men are provided excellent and professional education at their doorsteps. Understanding and addressing it will lead to a developed and prosperous Balochistan.