Monday, December 19, 2016

Traditional political elite has been steadily losing ground t

The traditional political elite has been steadily losing ground to a new crop of middle-class youth leaders who, cutting across tribal lines, are forging a potent national movement. None other than the doyen of Baloch nationalists, Sardar Attaullah Mengal, admitted this, to PMLN chief Nawaz Sharif. According to Mengal, things were no longer in the control of the old leadership as a new generation of leaders were now calling the shots. The man who is believed to have become the icon of the Baloch freedom fighters is the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) chief, Dr Allah Nazar. Others like the Balochistan Republican Party (BRP) chief, Nawabzada Brahmdagh Bugti (grandson of the slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti), Hyrbyair Marri (son of Nawab Khair Bux Marri), and Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal (son of Sardar Attaullah Mengal) form the vanguard of the nationalist movement. But unlike Dr Allah Nazar, these three leaders are in exile and hence their effectiveness is somewhat reduced. … 

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