Friday, November 18, 2005
The Karachi Bomb & The Baloch
This is a follow up to yesterday’s: The KFC Bomb & 'The Usual Suspects'
Today it was reported that the law enforcement authorites had detained five people for their alleged involvement in Tuesday’s bomb in Karachi.
The unbelievable promptness in carrying out these arrests was an issue I raised in my blog yesterday.
This evening I happened to discuss this very issue with a friend of mine whose slant on the events went even a few steps futher than the thoughts I had expressed yesterday.
According to him these arrested Baloch ‘suspects’ had in all probability been picked by the agencies week or more ago. By the time the bombings took place these people’ had already undergone the usual ‘softening process’, and were probably prepared to swear on the Koran and implicate their deceased grandmothers in the bombing if asked to do so.
In my friend’s view Islamabad is currently contemplating taking military action against the Bugtis (and perhaps other Baloch tribal groups in due course). And, blackening the reputation of the Baloch in the public eye is a logical preliminary step for the planners of this campaign.
And did I think this opinion a bit farfetched?
Not really. History tells us that anything and everything is possible in Pakistan.