I wrote this on October 05, 2003 about Bugti. i think it is very much applicable even today, so here i present it to you.
Can there ever be two sides of what this man, nawab Akbar shahbaz khan bugti, has been or has done to Balochistan? He is one of those larger-than-life figures. But what will baloch history say about him? He is old, he will soon die. Does he deserve to be adorned or condemned, after he dies?
This guy has been there, leading and misleading bugtis, since some 50+ years. What does he has to show today? The last time that I checked, Dera Bugti was still a little dirty ugly town in eastern balochistan, bugtis poorer than ever, his sons/ grandsons typical nawabzaadas, and baloch as a whole more than down-trodden.
So, if u rule a place/ people for fifty years, and in the end, they r still what they were, do u really have a reason to be proud?
Some say he gets the gas royalty. Of course, he does. and he takes it all for himself. But that's ok. he can't be expected to be a saint.
I m told, though not sure, that he accepted Pakistan, when guaranteed that he would remain the nawab.
He was the Governor/ or CM of Balochistan, when Paki Army was operating in Balochistan. I mean what other proof one needs to be assured that this man has different concepts of baloch and balochistan than what many of us have.
But, for Pakistan, he is the one they can neither swallow, nor spit out. He is the last man standing of those old balochi sardars. The rest of the group, Mengal and Marri have lost the glint long ago. Once this guy is gone, Balochistan is an open and closed case.
BUT, i m still willing to be his dog, if he starts doing something for Balochistan now, not for himself or bugtis. I will follow him, if that will lead me anywhere near an Azad Balochistan.
In Short, the guy is as bad as it gets, but he is also as bad for the enemy too.