Retired Pakistani General blames U.S. for unrest in Balochistan
KALAT, Balochistan -- In an interview given to ARY, a Dubai based private TV channel, the former chief of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lieutenant General (Retired) Hameed Gul points his finger at the U.S. and blames it of getting involved in the unrest in Pakistani occupied Balochistan as part of its long-term strategic interests in the region. General Gul stated that Pakistan's policy to appease the U.S. has resulted into enhanced U.S pressure on the military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf to do more in the so-called anti-terror war.
"We must learn that we can never please US nor we could ever come up to their expectations and it is high time for us to pursue an independent foreign policy," he said.
He praised the Islamic Republic of Iran for its stance against America, which he believes, has compelled Washington to soften its position against Tehran. According to him, the Iranians have understood Americans better than the Pakistani leadership. He said that the latest American viewpoint vis-à-vis Iran should serve as an eye opener for those who still argue that Pakistan was left with no option but to join the so-called US-led war on terror.
General Gul believes that the Americans panicked and changed their stance towards Iran because Tehran was invited to attend the Shanghai's Co-operation Organization's conference being held on June 15. He added that in the New World Order, America feels that it should come to negotiating terms with Iran. He concluded that Iran has genuine concerns about Afghanistan as it still hosts a considerable number of Afghan refugees.
Senior Baloch activist, Dell Gosh Baloch wishes for the U.S. to get involved in liberating the secular Baloch from the Islamic extremist Persian/Punjabi occupation of Balochistan. He agrees with General Gul that Pakistan should “pursue an independent foreign policy”. He stated that at present the Pakistanis are fooling the global community into believing that Pakistan is “an ally in the war on terror”, when in reality they are the cause of terrorism throughout the world.
“Pakistan is protecting the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden and his gang, and it promote terrorism – Taliban and Kashmiri terrorists – and proliferate nuclear terrorism through Dr. A.Q. Khan’s network,” he said.
Baloch added, “It is time that the west, especially the U.S., realize the true facts and uproot the real problem – Pakistan – rather than cutting few branches here and there. The only way to have peace in the region is to eliminate all the terrorists and their infrastructure, which is Iran and Pakistan. Disintegrating these two countries is very important to eradicate the cancer of Islamic terrorism from the world, and particularly the region.”
“Without eradicating these two extremist terrorist states, there is no way to have peace and stability in the region which comprises of Afghanistan, India, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan,” concluded Baloch.
Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
The Government of Balochistan in Exile