During his televised address to the nation on Tuesday night Musharraf, referring to the conflict in Balochistan, said:
"No action is under way now, only Frontier Corps will act in self-defence and deal with the anti-development elements."Someone should ask him: Since when have helicopter gunships, air force fighter bombers, heavy artillery and mortars been handed over to the Frontier Constabulary?
_______________________________________________________The reasons for Musharraf’s blatant mendacity are plain to see.
The fact is the military regime really couldn’t give a flying hoot (within certain given limits, of course) what the so-called English-speaking elite read in the Dawn, Nation, Daily Times and The News et al.
It is the vernacular press (Jang, Nawae-Waqt, etc) and those that read it, who are critical for Musharraf’s continued hold on power. What the ‘English-speaking elite’ probably fails to realise is that the vernacular press is kept firmly on a tight leash and continually fed with the regime’s version of events in Balochistan. By continually denying military action in Balochistan Musharraf is playing to the gallery of the millions of ordinary Pakistanis who, he hopes, will fall for the one-sided view that is constantly being presented before them.