Pakistani military dictator General Musharraf promises to “fix” the Baloch leaders !
General Musharraf insults Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti by saying, “I would not call him a Nawab, as he is on the run (as a coward).”
KALAT, Balochistan – On Thursday, in an address to the Pakistani nation, General Pervez Musharraf said that his military regime was determined to re-establish its control of occupied Balochistan and to “fix” the Baloch nationalist leaders. He said, “We will protect national installations in Balochistan at all costs and ensure full security to the development activities and to foreign investors (Chinese) there.”
Occupied Balochistan is the prime source of Pakistan’s main gas reserves and in recent days, it has been the scene of intense fighting between the Baloch freedom fighters and the Pakistani armed forces. The Baloch resistance forces are demanding total autonomy and self-determination in a liberated Balochistan. The freedom fighters, like any other resistance force in the world, have avoided targeting innocent civilians, and have focused their attacks on gas plants, electricity lines, railway tracks, military and government personnel, and other government installations.
Thousands of paramilitary and army troops, backed by fighter jets and gunship helicopters, began a major offensive in December 2005 against the Baloch resistances forces. Baloch nationalist leaders, Amnesty International and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) claim hundreds of people, including women and children, have been killed in bombardments in Balochistan. The military regime has denied the allegations, saying it was solely targeting “terrorists”.
General Musharraf paid a glowing tribute to security and intelligence agencies for establishing peace in the province in order to carry out development works. But, the HRCP was quick to criticize him for praising the actions of the intelligence agencies in Balochistan. “The commission has evidence of intelligence services’ involvement in picking up (kidnapping) dozens of people in Balochistan, most not even linked to militant activities,” said the HRCP statement.
The statement said that a notable fact missing from the president’s speech was that the three tribal ‘Sardars’ (chieftans) were not the only Baloch people resenting the military’s presence in Balochistan. “Musharraf also did not mention why only the repeatedly mentioned three Sardars were being targeted for removing the oppressive feudal system – should the principle also not apply to other sardars in Balochistan and feudal overlords in Sindh?” it asked. “The government seems to be backing the tribal system by calling a ‘grand jirga’ (grand council) in Waziristan, rather than following the same ideals to eliminate it,” it added. “People familiar with the Balochistan situation are aware that the president’s words have no credibility. How will his promises and pledges be viewed in other countries when he is unable to convince his own people?” The HRCP statement said the commission and political parties were distressed by the Balochistan situation. The president’s misrepresentation of facts does not alter ground realities or eradicate human rights violations by state agencies, it said. “All Pakistanis oppose the government’s action in the province,” it added.
General Musharraf also criticized the media for ‘misrepresenting the facts’. “But the bottom line is that the writ of the state will have to be established in Balochistan, Wana, etcetera. And I assure you that soon there will be peace in that province,” he promised.
The military dictator said that for 40 years three Baloch Sardars, who were opposed to development and perpetrating atrocities on their tribes, had been pampered unjustifiably in the name of political settlement, “but no more”.
He insisted that the operation against the ‘rebellious’ Sardars was being conducted by the paramilitary forces and not by the army, though some 1,000 army men were assisting the security forces. He did not mention the use of air force jets and gunship helicopters to attack Baloch villages.
He said all the Bugti commanders had surrendered and that Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was on the run, adding that out of the total 77 Sardars in Balochistan only three — Bugti, Marri and Mengal — were opposing the military regime while the rest were loyal to the occupation forces.
Musharraf said over 16,000 sub-tribes of Bugti — Rahejas, Kalpars, Masouri — had returned to Dera Bugti after years of repression by Sardars led by Nawab Bugti. Adding an insult to Baloch sensitivities, he said, “But I would not call him a Nawab as he is on the run.”
He said the government had no option but to take serious action in Balochistan where Baloch militants even possessed surface-to-air missiles and modern rocket launchers.
“But I can say with full authority that terrorism and anti-Pakistan activities have been drastically reduced following the government’s decision to take action against them,” he asserted.
“How could we keep quiet when bomb blasts became a daily routine and people are targeting national installations, like railway tracks and government buildings?” he asked.
He was hopeful that the economic deprivation in Balochistan would subside with the commissioning of the mega development projects there.
The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile condemns Pakistani military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf for glorifying state terrorism against the Baloch people. In response to the dictators contention that the dispute is between his military regime and three Sardars, Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, general secretary of GOB (Exile) assured the General that this time the whole Baloch nation is awakened and every red-blooded Baloch has risen to break the chains and shackles of slavery. He reminded the Pakistanis that the Baloch would continue to fight until Balochistan is liberated. He assured the world that this is the “Baloch War of Independence” and it would not end until Balochistan appears on the map of the world as an independent nation.
Mr. Baloch retorted at General Musharraf for insulting Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and said, “A poodle like Musharraf is talking big to the oppressed Baloch people, but he is the one who wet his military pants when U.S. breathed down his neck to either support the terrorist Talibans and face the wrath of the American forces, or surrender and join the U.S. in its ‘War on Terror’. And, as the chief of the Pakistani Muslim military forces he must not forget that his men in uniform were defeated and surrendered to the brave Indian forces in 1947-48, 1965, 1971 and most recently in 1999.”
Baloch News Bureau Report
Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
The Government of Balochistan in Exile