The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Monday, June 12, 2006

Pakistani military regime changes strategy to weaken Baloch resistance movement


KALAT, Balochistan -- The military dictatorship government of General Pervez Musharraf has realized that it cannot win the “Baloch War of Independence” through brute military force in Pakistani occupied Balochistan. The Baloch guerrilla forces have frustrated the Pakistan military regime by inflicting damage to the state infrastructure resulting in major economic losses.

The U.S. forces in Iraq are succeeding in their mission to eradicate Al Qaeda terrorists, especially after they have killed terrorist leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Soon, the U.S. attention will divert to Afghanistan, and subsequently to Al Qaeda and Taliban leadership in Pakistan who are under the protection of the Pakistani mullah-military alliance. This change of events will definitely put international pressure on General Musharraf to combat Islamic terrorism.

Under General Musharraf’s orders, the puppet Balochistan Assembly was put in immediate motion on Friday to create a rift among Baloch nationalist groups, and also to break the momentum gained for an independence movement in Balochistan among the Baloch people.

The first order of business for the Balochistan Assembly was to unanimously adopt a resolution demanding royalty for the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline. According to loyalist Baloch leaders, this move will satisfy long held demands of Baloch nationalists for equitable distribution of proceeds from Baloch resources to be reinvested in Balochistan.

To further appease (or divide) the Baloch nationalists, the Deputy Speaker Mir Mohammad Aslam Bhootani even asked the provincial government to object to the deep-sea fishing by local and foreign trawlers authorized by the federal government, and relocate the assets of Gwadar Seaport Authority from Karachi back to Balochistan.

On Saturday, the Pakistani Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Saleem Saifullah Khan underlined the significance of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) and announced that the CCI would be activated to resolve the issues and grievances of the provinces.

Khan tried unsuccessfully to align himself to occupied Balochistan’s viewpoint on its financial crisis and added that the federal government should pay heed to its stance on Gas Development Surcharge (GDS) and gas royalty issues. He stated that all issues between Balochistan and Islamabad would be resolved soon, but he could not provide any concrete plans (another delay tactic ploy commonly used by Pakistani authorities).

Referring to Hub Dam water dues payable by Sindh to Balochistan, Khan said that he would take up the issue with concerned authorities, but could not promise anything. His usual rhetoric was that he wants to promote provincial harmony to create congenial atmosphere among Pakistan’s provinces. He also announced that the Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee would meet next month to discuss all problems of the provinces.

On Sunday at the end of his two-day visit to occupied Balochistan, Khan called for maximum provincial autonomy to help the provinces run their own affairs. Contrary to the Pakistani military regimes stance towards Baloch nationalist leadership, Khan said that his government was ready to hold talks to resolve the Balochistan issue.

He even assured that he would try to implement recommendations of the parliamentary committee, headed by Senator Mushahid Hussain, for solving Balochistan’s grievances. But, he would not condemn the construction of military bases (cantonments) throughout occupied Balochistan (meant to oppress the Baloch nation). He blamed Senator Wasim Sajid, who heads the constitutional committee, for not yet submitting his report on Balochistan.

Khan eloquently offered rhetoric to resolve the crisis in occupied Balochistan without providing any substance. In return he has asked the Baloch freedom fighters to give up their armed struggle and negotiate with the Pakistani military regime to bring peace to its occupied territory.

To many Baloch activists, Khan appeared more skillful than Merlin the magician in vaporizing all Baloch grievances with a wave of his wand. It seems that the military regime of dictator General Musharraf is now either desperate to negotiate with the Baloch leadership, or perhaps it is using another ploy to weaken the Baloch resistance movement.

The Government of Balochistan in Exile is determined to liberate the Baloch people from the Iranian and Pakistani occupied Balochistan. The Baloch resistance has gained momentum, and the Baloch people should not rest until they form an independent Balochistan. The geo-political conditions are ideal to break free from the chains of Persian/Punjabi slavery of the Baloch nation. It is “Now or Never”.

Baloch News Bureau Report

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile


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