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BALOCH leader Brahmdagh Bugti’s statement, expressing readiness for talks, was a welcome development which was greeted by everyone wanting an end to the nearly decade-long bloodshed in the province.

While his words in a BBC Urdu interview were music to many ears when he hinted at abandoning the demand for an independent Balochistan and living within Pakistan, even his call for an end to the military-led operation in his province didn’t sound like a precondition.