There is no good or bad luck but consequences.
The attack on Ziarat residency must be seen in this light,
Security in Balochistan is based on a ranker inspectors perceptions.This includes all civilian and military officials specially the highest ranks and appointments.
Pashtun areas are regarded by the agencies and army as safe while Baloch areas are regarded as occupied as well as enemy areas.
The blue land is Pashtun and Foxland Baloch ! This is the perception of the 14 FF company commander ! I thought this was 1986 ?
Mr Jinnah may be Pakistans founder but he is regarded as a vampire by many Baloch who feel that Kalat states accession to Pakistan was obtained under Mr Jinnahs stewardship at gunpoint !
The Ziarat Residency symbolised colonial occupation which many Baloch feel continued under Pakistan.The only change was a darker , craftier albeit phenomenally inefficient Punjabi master ?
Thus the Ziarat attack ! Symbolically brilliant , strategically masterly , archaeologically in bad taste ?
It is simple to attack Ziarat. From Gumbaz to Duki and Ziarat you are hardly checked anywhere . Task a carrier from Kharotabad in Quetta to deliver few RPG 7 and grenades at Ziarat.Travel to Ziarat and check in in a nice hotel ! Sip some Stolichnaya or Grey Goose and have some tasty Balochi sajji . Take a stroll to the residency and boom boom ?
The expense of the whole operation is trivial but the damage and impact phenomenal and strategic !
But could our company commanders and ranker minds think strategic !
Balochistan is not Punjab ! It may be backward but it has produced General Sheroff and Mir Hazar Khan Ramkhani who excelled and outstripped Che Guevera in what we call war in shadows.
Time to get strategic or Pakistan is doomed !
Its time to have a Marri as Chief Minister and a man like LTG Tariq Khan as Corps Commander ! Balochistan is vaste, enigmatic , and sublime and company commanders and rankers simply cannot handle it !
BOOKS ON PAKISTAN REVIEWED-AMAZON UK
Taliban war in Afghanistan
Atlas and History of Wars
THE ESSENTIAL CLAUSEWITZ
USA,ISI,AL QAEDA and TALIBAN-Setting Straight Bruce Riedels Strategic Narrative
Mans Role in History
How a private English Company conquered a sub continent
Atlas of a great tank battle
Atlas of a bloody Indian Pakistan battle
A forgotten and Bloody British Failure
The Pakistani Tank Divisions Failure in 1965
Second World Wars Forgotten History
How Indian Army saved France and Suez Canal
Sepoy Rebellion of 1857-59 Reinterpreted
Pakistan Army through eyes of Pakistani Generals