Mr Jinnah is the foremost symbol of Pakistan, even if Pakistan has not treated him with the respect he deserved. Balochistan is the sovereign and legal territory of the federation of Pakistan
In 2000, the Taliban blew up the Buddha statues. When there was outcry all over the world, the Taliban apologists argued that the world cared more for stones than starving children. It is a ridiculous argument but one that is not limited to the Taliban. Even some of our self-styled secular liberals and leftists are also given to using such rhetoric. They argue that those who dare speak about the Residency are unconcerned about the deaths of our future — the young ladies — killed in cold blood the same day. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Then there are arguments that make one shudder. Consider for example the article by Mohammad Taqi on these pages dated June 20, 2013. While he stops well short of celebrating the Quaid-e-Azam Residency attacks, he wants us to distinguish between political terrorists and sectarian terrorists. He claims that Mohammad Ali Jinnah is considered the Quaid-e-Azam only in Karachi and Punjab (which by the way can at best be a wish and is otherwise untrue). Others like ‘Allama’ Tarek ‘Al’-Fatah’Canadvi’ celebrated the attacks as part of a freedom struggle by the Baloch separatists. Akram Shah of PKMAP declared that the Residency was a symbol of British rule. Perhaps then they should bomb everything that is British. In fact why stop there. Bomb everything the British or the west built or invented.