THE incident of kidnapping of John Solecki, head of the UN refugee agency in Quetta, by unknown miscreants on Sunday, reflects poorly on the law and order situation in the provincial capital. The gunmen followed Mr Solecki, who was heading for his office, and opened fire on his vehicle on reaching Chaman Housing Society that resulted in the death of his driver. The gunmen afterwards took Mr Solecki to some unknown location. Though the law enforcement agencies have arrested 15 persons thought to be involved in the incident, no clues to the identity of the kidnappers or indicating the place where Mr Solecki is kept could be found. Given the history of violence in the region, one cannot help but think of elements like religious extremists, some militant group with a nationalist agenda, and lastly a foreign hand. Whoever the culprits, the motive and the intention is the same, of spreading terror among the people and destabilizing Pakistan. The ease with which the miscreants picked up John Solecki and killed the driver is another factor that should be given serious thought. For one thing, it shows that even lives of such high profile persons are not safe, and for another it points to the strength these non-state forces have been gaining over time. Along with this, the rising incidents of targeted killings, mostly with a sectarian tinge, also evoke concern. A few days back a businessman was shot dead just for being a member of some religious sect. Besides, cases of torture and killings of media persons keep on happening quite frequently. The pity is that the heavy presence of the FC in the province have failed to stop the menace. However in the larger context, it all boils down to the government's strategy of bringing normalcy to the province. Cases where hardcore terrorists are involved in brutal killings merely to create unrest, the government must rein in with an iron first. But in order to find a permanent solution to the ills that plague Balochistan, the government would have to adopt the approach of dialogue and socio-economic development of the province, something it promised after coming to power. Sadly enough the government's subsequent indifference only roused passions not only among the nationalists, but the general population as well. Unless the government fulfils its promises, peace in the region would remain an elusive ideal. Meanwhile, all efforts should be concentrated on Mr Solecki's recovery, who was on a vital mission of providing shelter to the internally displaced persons. The police, along with the intelligence apparatus in the area, should join hands to bring the culprits to book.