The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Pakistan: A sanctuary for terrorists

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – The Regional Study Center organized a function in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday. The secretary general of the Awami National Party (ANP) of Pakistan, Afrasiab Khattak gave a speech in which he expressed his displeasure with the policies of the Pakistani military regime. He described the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a safe haven for terrorists. He added, "Harboring terrorists was the policy of the military regime in Pakistan."

The function was organized to review the trouble in Pakistan's tribal areas and Balochistan and its impact on peace in Afghanistan. Director of the Regional Study Centre Abdul Ghafoor Liwal, advisor to Afghan President Karzai on cultural affairs Zalmay Hiwadmal, Minister for Borders and Tribal Affairs Abdul Karim Barahvi, Director of the Academy of Sciences and its members, and representative of the Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile also attended the function.

Khattak said the problems "might" be solved after the holding of free and fair elections and formation of a true representative government of the people in Pakistan.

"There is no democracy in Pakistan. Both the internal and foreign policy is prepared by the military," said Khattak.

He said the government of Pakistan, after the overthrow of Taliban, had given a free hand to the militants in the tribal areas. The terrorists in those areas had trained foreigners, who were now posing threat to Pakistan's own interests.

Regarding the recent trouble in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan, Khattak said such crisis had caused disintegration of the country in the past (referring to Bangladesh) and the same was likely to be repeated if the problem was not resolved in an amicable manner.

Criticizing Pakistan's Afghan policy, Khattak said, "Pakistan wants a puppet government in Afghanistan. But the policy is wrong."

The secretary general of the GOB (Exile), Mir Azaad Khan agreed with Khattak and added, "Pakistan is bent upon destabilizing President Karzai's government, and they will continue to provide military support to the Al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist in Afghanistan. As long as there is a firm government in Kabul that wants to develop Afghanistan, both economically and militarily, Pakistani military regime will consider it a threat and will do everything in its power to weaken the Afghans."

He emphasized that both the Afghan and Baloch governments must cooperate and approach the United Nation’s International Court of Justice to challenge the validity of the Durand Line Agreement and declare it null and void. With the presence of the U.S.-led coalition forces and NATO forces in Afghanistan, it will be easy to implement the court’s rulings. Once the illegally occupied territories belonging to Afghanistan and Balochistan are returned by Pakistan, the terror in the region inflicted by the Pakistani supported Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorists will certainly subside.


Baloch News Bureau Report


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile
http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com/

2 Comments:

  • This is a very good report. The alliance of like minded people, organisation and or governments that have been affected and are still suffering because of the Blind and Pro-terrorism policies of the incompetent Pakistani government is another step towards sheding more light into the reality of whats happening in our region.

    I also thought of posting the article below, which was reported @ www.sabawoon.com and I thought I will share it with freinds here.

    Regards.


    Pakistan's two face and masked policy towards its aggrieved west is causing chaos

    The castle belonging to Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in Dera Bugti, a small town in Pakistan's western province of Baluchistan, stands like an epitaph to a lost battle. The walls have been ruined by cannon fire. Most of the local residents have fled. Those who remain in the town are mostly renegade Bugtis, of a clan opposed to Mr Bugti's God-like rule over the tribe. A few years ago, Mr Bugti drove them from Dera Bugti. But, since he began squabbling with the government, which set its troops on him last year, it has carted them back. "He's finished," says one of their protectors, a colonel in Pakistan's frontier corps. "People want change."

    Few in Baluchistan would disagree with the second claim. It is Pakistan's biggest and under Pakistani administration unfortunatly remains the poorest province: Balochistan produces most of Pakistan's natural gas--including 40% from a single gasfield, at Sui, on Mr Bugti's land--yet, until recently, almost no Baluch village had access to gas. Thus marginalised, the province has arisen in insurgency every decade or so since Pakistan's creation. The biggest, in the mid-1970s, sucked in 80,000 troops and cost 8,000 lives.

    The latest uprising, led by Mr Bugti, a former interior minister, now nearly 80 years old, and two other tribal lords, or sardars, has raged for the past 18 months. After the government shelled Dera Bugti last year, Mr Bugti took to the hills on camel-back to direct the insurgency, armed with a Kalashnikov and a satellite telephone. Last December, after rockets were fired at a rally attended by Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, the army began assaulting him there.

    To reach the cave Mr Bugti calls home, your correspondent trekked for a week through scorched valleys and moonlit hills, circumventing army pickets. Though half-crippled by thrombosis, Mr Bugti, who claims to have killed his first man at the age of twelve, was in good spirits. "It is better to die quickly in the mountain than slowly in bed," he said, surrounded by a silent crowd of Bugti gunmen. A fan of Nietzche and Genghis Khan, he speaks perfect English and delights in punctiliously-pronounced discourses on the love-life of camels and wreaking horrible revenge on his foes. "What is better than seeing your enemies driven before you and then taking their women to bed?" he says.

    While Bugti tribesmen harry the army, a mysterious outfit, the Baluchistan Liberation Army, which the government Pakistani Administration says is also run by the sardars, is attacking policemen and soldiers across the province. Both groups are believed to have received assistance from India, and across the nearby porous border from Afghanistan. In the past few years, 400 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in the conflict, as well as several hundred people in army attacks. Human Rights Commissions has documented government atrocities, including a massacre of 12 civilians in January.

    For General Musharraf, this has become a serious headache. Gas supplies to Pakistan's main towns have been interrupted by attacks on Baluchistan's pipelines and gas-fields. Construction of a vast new port, at the Baluch village of Gwadar, has been occasionally disrupted. Across Pakistan, meanwhile, for reasons including rising inflation and his pro-America policies, the general is fast becoming unpopular; and the Baluch insurgents have drawn sympathy.

    Mr Bugti has a dreadful history of oppressing his people, yet the grievances he claims to be fighting for are real. Moreover, Pakistanis see the conflict as an extension of an even more unpopular campaign General Musharraf is waging against Islamic fundamentalists within Pakistani soil, specially in the northern areas. In the past two years, for no obvious gain, over 600 soldiers have been killed there--including six on June 26th in a suicide bomb attack in North Waziristan tribal agency.

    If only General Musharraf would listen to the aggrieved Baluch, his more level-headed critics say, worse violence could be averted. But that looks unlikely. In May 2005, a parliamentary committee proposed 32 sensible ways to placate them, including increased development spending and a local stake in the port at Gwadar. None of these has been taken up. And General Musharraf's hand is growing heavier. Across Baluchistan, thousands have been arrested, often merely because of their alleged nationalist opinions. An alliance between feudal tribes, like the Bugtis, and more enlightened nationalists, who despise the sardari system, has been forged by shared suffering.

    "We are no longer fighting for autonomy but for survival," says Akhtar Mengal, leader of the Baluchistan National Party (BNP), and son of another sardar. The BNP has been holding mass rallies across Baluchistan, including in the capital, Quetta, attended by teachers, doctors and students, as well as bearded tribesmen. "Our demand is simple," he says: "Maximum autonomy; or we too will take to the mountains and fight for independence."

    Is General Musharraf sincere in wanting to bring greater prosperity to Baluchistan??? And is it to make it the hub of Pakistan's energy sector or accept an independent Balochistan???. The answer is NO.

    However, Musharaf seems convinced that to end its insurgency, he has only to crush the bothersome sardars. In that, (like many other Blind Pakistani policies) he is wrong.

    By Blogger Sal, at Sunday, July 02, 2006  

  • Dear Sal,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for forwarding the article so other like-minded people could read it.

    Please email me at following address as I have some important issues to discuss with you: GovernmentofBalochistan@hushmail.com

    Thanks!


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

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Sunday, July 02, 2006  

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