Here’s a bit of democratic irony. Mian Nawaz Sharif who stands tall as the champion of unfettered democracy also chose to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests. In Peshawar, the PMLN workers were photographed in front of a model of the Chaghai Mountain which shook when the bombs went off inside it on May 28 that year. But Balochistan, where the tests had been conducted, remained unimpressed. Baloch nationalist parties and student organisations observed Wednesday as a Black Day. Rallies against the nuclear tests were held in Quetta, Khuzdar, Mastung, Dalbandin, Chaghai, Kalat and Gwadar, condemning the use of Balochistan’s land for nuclear tests and describing it as “rubbing salt in the wounds of the Baloch people”.
Mian Sahib will probably have to decide whether he wants to extend his credentials to that province or juggle the tests with democracy. Just as Punjab has woken up to the fact that there is no national consensus on the Kalabagh Dam; it must also wake up to the fact that there is no consensus on the nuclear tests too. All over the world, nuclear powers are apologetic about their bombs. Why should we celebrate them? (Editorial, Daily Times)