After the arrest of an Indian spy, Pakistani security agencies have detained an Afghan intelligence officer. The Frontier Corps Balochistan on Wednesday said it had arrested an officer of the Afghan intelligence in the border town of Chaman and recovered weapons, explosives and other material from his possession. Separately, security forces on Wednesday killed 15 suspected terrorists of a banned organisation in Kalat. An FC spokesman said the FC personnel on a tip-off raided a house in Shahedan and arrested the Afghan agent who was living in the area, training spies and carrying out anti-peace activities. The seized material included four SMGs, one sniper scope, one LMG belt, three Motorola sets, 11 Motorola antennas, bundles of prime cord, 25 small ball bearings, 10 large ball bearings, grenade pins, 18 explosive batteries, 25 battery sticks, one switch button, 18 battery connections, one pistol cover, two empty ammo bags, 75 detonator fuses, 11 kg of explosives, one night vision scope and other items. Special investigation teams are now interrogating the suspect. The involvement of RAW and NDS in Balochistan has long been alleged. While both countries have denied such allegations time and time again, the advent of real, living evidence will be hard to deny or ignore. The two “spies” appearing on the radar of the authorities in such a short period of time is hardly a coincidence, and this begs to ask the question, can one really hope for reconciliation in Balochistan after decades of violence? The security agencies and the governing bodies seem to be on the same tangent for now to rid Balochistan of the foreign elements that have wrecked havoc in the province. However, the establishment must not use this involvement as an excuse to reinstate the age-old policy of carrying out extra-judicial attacks against students, teachers and political activists in the province. Within the murky mix of separatists, tribal politics and foreign elements lie the innocent citizens, the ones who have suffered on both sides of this conflict. In order to properly make Balochistan a secure place, the genuine concerns of the people must be addressed, and essential services such as healthcare and education must be provided. Allies, India and Afghanistan, have some introspection to do. If there is any sincere wish for peace in the region, countries must stop pitting against each other and bring a certain transparency in their international affairs despite the deep-rooted mistrust that they share. All three countries suffer from terrorism from extremist groups that use the divide and rule mantra to tip tense international relations in their favour. It is not necessary that these countries use legitimate security agency personnel to insinuate terrorism as well and aide the cause of those who kill for the sake of killing. Involvement must be a thing of the past so the vision for the region can be future oriented.