Lives of at least two leading nationalist leaders are under threat at the hands of Baloch militants in Mekran, according to well-informed sources.
The two leaders are both members of the upper house of the Pakistan parliament, Dr. Malik Baloch and Mir Hasil Bizenjo, president and vice president of the National Party.
The National Party is one of the biggest pro-democracy parties in Balochistan with more than 70,000 members.
The issue of militant violence in Balochistan came into sharp focus at a hearing at the U.S. congress in Washington DC on February 8.
The place where the two senators are most vulnerable are Kech, Panjgur and Gwadar which are in a grip of a "tornado of terror."
The militant Baloch Liberation Front led by Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch has killed at least half dozen political activists, mostly from the National Party in the last 20 or so months.
The B.L.F. has declared Dr. Baloch and Bizenjo "national traitors" simply because they reject hardline politics. However, an aide of Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch calls the party "a network of spies." In contrast, the B.L.F. is said to be working closely with Senator Mohammad Ali Rind and government minister Ehsan Shah, who allegedly enjoy the reputation for being the eyes and ears of Pakistani intelligence in Mekran.
At least one other political leader London-based Hyrbyair Marri has used the term national traitor for those leaders who are not calling for independence of Balochistan, though he has never thoroughly visited Balochistan.
Baloch Diaspora leaders in the U.S. fear if the B.L.F. or Hyrbyair Marri continue with hardline policies they might meet the same fate like Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka.