Pakistani official blames the Baloch for crisis in Balochistan
KALAT, Balochistan – To express their solidarity with loyalist Baloch families, the Pakistani Interior Minister, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, attended the funeral of Mir Abdul Ghaffar Khan Jamali on Wednesday in Dera Murad Jamali.
In the presence of the former Pakistani Prime Minister, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, who concurred with Sherpao when he denied that a full-fledged military operation was underway in Balochistan. He said that “necessary action to eliminate anti-state elements targeting national installations” would continue until they are completely weeded out from the province.
Sherpao assured that the loyalist Bugti tribesmen who were expelled from the Dera Bugti and Sui area by the Baloch council of elders would be given full military support to return to their homes, and supplied with sophisticated weapons to defend themselves. He reiterated that only a handful of Baloch people opposed the military dictatorship government of General Pervez Musharraf; and to destablize Balochistan, they are destroying national assets.
According to Sherpao, the Pakistani military regime was keen on finding a peaceful and political solution to the Balochistan crisis. He blames the Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti for not reciprocating to the efforts of the parliamentary committee set up to find a way out of the impasse. But, it is peculiar that the members of this committee have publicly admitted that General Musharraf is the one who did not heed to their recommendations.
“The government never cut negotiation links with Bugti. He did so on his own by withdrawing from the agreement he had made with the government,” Sherpao said. But, the facts are that the first step towards a peaceful resolution agreed by both sides was for the Pakistani military and Baloch resistance forces to retreat from their current positions. And, as soon as the Baloch resistance forces left their stronghold, the Pakistani military sneaked in and occupied those positions, and subsequently increased their military reinforcement in the area. This aggressive act was in clear violation of the agreement, and therefore, it is the Pakistani military regime that is responsible for the failure of these negotiations, and not the other way around.
Now Sherpao is using another ploy to disarm the Baloch freedom fighters. He is urging them to surrender to the Pakistani occupying forces by assuring them that his government would consider granting them amnesty. The Baloch people have learned through the experiences of their past leaders who were also given amnesty by the Pakistani occupying forces to give up their resistance. But when the Baloch freedom fighters surrendered peacefully, they were either executed or sent to prison for life.
Sherpao dismissed reports that the government was in contact with Baloch Sardars (tribal chieftains) to resolve the crisis in Balochistan. “We are not in contact with any of the Sardars,” he said, adding that the government was fully capable of handling the situation in Dera Bugti and Sui through its military operations.
Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile is appalled at the audacity of Sherpao to misrepresent the true nature of the crisis in Balochistan, which by the way resulted because of the uncompromising stance of the Pakistani military regime. GOB is further incensed that the loyalist Jamali would facilitate a press conference at his residence so that Sherpao could make false statements against the Baloch freedom struggle. It is very clear for the Baloch nation to realize that Jamali and his supporters are not sincere to Balochistan, and their loyalties are with the occupying Pakistani forces. GOB strongly condemns Baloch loyalist, but will welcome those who have realized their mistake and are now sympathetic towards Baloch nationalists.
Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
The Government of Balochistan in Exile