The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Thursday, August 31, 2006

FP - Foreign Policy: Worse than a mistake

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KALAT, Balochistan – Frederic Grare, who is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, wrote an article for FP - Foreign Policy titled "Worse than a Mistake". This article is reproduced below for the convenience of our readers:

Worse than a mistake
How Pervez Musharraf is endangering himself, Pakistan, and the war on terror.


By FREDERIC GRARE (Foreign Policy)


The Bush administration does not know it yet, but Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf may have just outlived his usefulness. He has already failed to confront the Taliban fighters who have made Pakistan a staging area for their attacks in Afghanistan. He has delayed and postponed promises to shore up his country’s democratic freedoms. He has even walked away from symbolic pledges to remove his own military uniform. And last weekend, the Pakistani strongman may have finally tipped the scales too far. On his orders, Pakistani security forces killed Nawab Akbar Bugti, the tribal leader and former governor of Baluchistan. The elimination of the leader of one Pakistan’s most strategically important border regions threatens the country’s territorial integrity, the war on terror, and Musharraf’s own political future. In one deft stroke, Musharraf has made himself an ally no longer worth the effort.

On August 26, Bugti was killed by Pakistani forces in a firefight close to his mountain hide-out. For 60 years, Bugti was a Baluchi nationalist leader and a key figure in the various insurgencies that have gripped Pakistan’s largest and most mineral-rich province. The Baluchis feel they are exploited by a central government they view as a colonial vehicle for Pakistan’s most populous region, the Punjab. They want more political autonomy and a greater share of their region's lucrative gas revenues.

Bugti commanded a sizable force, and he has long been a thorn in Islamabad’s side. But, unlike other leaders in Pakistan’s unruly border areas, he always deployed his forces with politics in mind and an eye on the future. Just last year, he proposed, albeit unsuccessfully, a compromise peace based on a proposal from Pakistan’s Muslim League leadership. His own stature, combined with the fact that he was in charge of the tribe controlling most of Baluchistan's natural gas reserves, made him unacceptable to the military leadership—even though he was Islamabad’s most credible partner for peace in the region.

Some argue that because the insurgency is essentially tribal, the removal of this tribal leader cuts the head off the snake. But that is a fundamental misreading of the insurgency. A prolonged, low-intensity conflict is now likely. With Bugti’s death, the insurgency will be led by far more radical elements, many of whom, including the largest tribe in Baluchistan, the Marri, will settle for nothing less than independence.

Baluchistan’s strategic location, bordering Iran, Afghanistan, and the Arabian Sea, as well as its wealth of minerals and hydrocarbons, means that Baluchi independence will always be unacceptable to Islamabad. So, the army will be ordered to redouble its efforts to crush the insurgency. But the military will struggle to control a province representing some 43 percent of the country’s territory. More forces will likely be redeployed to the region from the Afghan border. Such a move will further thin the army’s presence along the Afghan border and weaken the help it can offer NATO in the fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda remnants.

Indeed, the army is already paving the way for a drawdown from the Afghan border, which would free up soldiers for Baluchistan. The Pakistani press reported several days ago that a truce is being negotiated with the Taliban in the frontier area of Waziristan. Such a move would result in the army's withdrawal from all border posts and effectively allow the Taliban to cross the border at will.

If the consequences of Bugti’s death on the ground are still difficult to predict, some of them are already apparent in the political arena. Every political party, even Musharraf’s own political allies, has condemned the killing. The division between the civilian leadership and the military is widening—a frightening trend in any country where the military has such a stranglehold on political life. If this rift continues to widen, the Pakistani military might demand that Musharraf, who is still simultaneously—although unconstitutionally—the army’s chief of staff, choose between his two positions.

The killing of Bugti has exposed a Pakistani president both unable to fulfill his commitments in the war on terror and only able to act decisively against his own people. Musharraf’s actions have reversed decades’ worth of slow progress toward national integration. Reporting restrictions will guarantee that we will not hear much from Baluchistan in the coming months. But the next thing we hear might well be an explosion that reverberates as far as Washington.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Baloch are ready to fight the nuclear-armed Islamic Republics of Iran and Pakistan

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KALAT, Balochistan – Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was killed in battle fighting the enemy forces of Pakistan. He paid the ultimate price in his struggle to gain the freedom of Balochistan. The Baloch nation is now prepared to follow in his footsteps and not rest until Balochistan is liberated from the clutches of the tyrannical Persian-dominated Iran and Punjabi-dominated Pakistan.

It is in the interest of Afghanistan, India, Israel, United States and ethnic minorities in Iran and Pakistan to support and join forces with the secular Baloch in their “Baloch War of Independence”. It is imperative for the survival of every concerned party to dismantle these two rogue nuclear-armed states, namely Pakistan and Iran, and curtail the Chinese influence in the region.

The Baloch are a secular ethnic group, and an independent Balochistan will be in a position to counter the hold of any fundamentalist religious group in the region. Such a scenario is beneficial for the region in particular, and the whole world in general. The Baloch openly welcome any assistance from Atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Christians, Muslims and people from other religions to counter these two rogue Islamic Republics.

During the recent skirmishes between the Israeli forces and Hezbollah terrorists, it has become clearly evident to everyone that Hezbollah supporter, Iran, is poised to become a major threat to world peace. Also, one should not forget that the Pakistani public has declared Jihad (holy war) against the non-Muslims and will continue to create havoc throughout the world unless their master, the notorious Pakistani intelligence agency, ISI, is annihilated.

The world must realize that in order to make the region safe, both Iran and Pakistan have to be dismantled at the same time. One cannot go after Iran and then consider attacking Pakistan at a later stage. Both countries have to be tackled at the same time for maximum effect.

Small and large contingents of Baloch fighters are ready to travel to Afghanistan, India and Israel to be trained in modern guerilla warfare techniques to counter the enemy forces. With acquired skills to use advance military hardware, the Baloch warriors can become a very lethal force to counter the enemy forces, and help implode both Iran and Pakistan into smithereens, similar to what the Afghans did to the former Soviet Union.

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, the general secretary of the newly formed Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile said, “GOB is in a position to start negotiations with anyone who is interested in neutralizing Iran and Pakistan. I encourage the global intelligence community to contact us to discuss details of guerilla operations inside these two rogue countries. I believe it is high time for the world to unite and obliterate Iran and Pakistan from the map of the world.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Baloch in Oman show their Solidarity

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KALAT, Balochistan -- The Baloch in Oman are expressing their solidarity for their brethrens in Pakistani-occupied and Iranian-occupied Balochistan. Below are photos showing the Flag of Balochistan pasted on an American-made Chevrolet Cavalier:






Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Balochistan: War of Independence Declared

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KALAT, Balochistan – Every nation reaches a mass consensus at some point in their existence that changes the status quo. The ultimate sacrifice by the “Tiger of Balochistan”, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, to liberate the downtrodden Baloch people from the shackles of slavery and oppression by the Muslim Punjabi-dominated Pakistan is such a moment for the Baloch nation.

The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile declares the “Baloch War of Independence” in Pakistan. The goal of this war is to secure the freedom of the Baloch people by liberating Pakistani-occupied Balochistan. Every nation in the world that supports the aspirations of the Baloch people for freedom must come forward and assist. Self-determination is a basic part of human rights, and various charters of the United Nations recognize it. Hence, it is the right of the Baloch people to liberate Balochistan that was forcibly occupied by Pakistan.

In this “Baloch War of Independence”, the Baloch warriors will not commit any cowardly terrorist acts by killing non-government civilians. Hence, every Baloch must be cognizant of this fact to avoid any collateral damage to the non-government population. But, anyone who works for the Government of Pakistan is the enemy of the Baloch people, and they should be treated in accordance to rules of the Geneva Convention in treating an enemy soldier.

To succeed in this war, “Urban Guerilla Warfare” is the strategy of choice for the Baloch nation. Below are a few tactics that will produce immediate results and can be done by anyone, even a child, who is sincere to liberate Balochistan:

1. It is the duty of every member of the Baloch nation to pick one bullet, engrave FREE BALOCHISTAN on the lead, and then find a Pakistani government official (preferably someone in government-issued uniform) and through the use of firearm imbed that bullet in the enemy soldier’s heart or brain if they do not surrender as Prisoner of War (POW) and continue resisting.

2. The Baloch soldier must find means to deactivate and destroy all government issued equipment. This equipment is being used against the Baloch people in this war. Every government issued and constructed items like automobiles, bicycles, office desks, computers, motorcycles, power plants, papers, mail boxes, pencils, pens, telephones, tanks, cannons, buildings, bridges, airplanes, trains, railway tracks, etc. must be stopped from functioning. However, it is very important to avoid any non-government casualties when decommissioning these tools that are being used to oppress the Baloch nation.

3. Pakistani flag must be burned, and it should be replaced by the flag of an independent Balochistan with the rising sun (which means the beginning of a new nation), similar to the one being promoted by the GOB (Exile).

4. It is imperative that notices are sent to all Muslim Punjabi and Urdu-speaking civilians (excluding Christians, Hindus, Parsees and other non-Muslims) in Balochistan to vacate Balochistan immediately. This must be done to avoid any non-governmental casualties. A Baloch in every community must be appointed to be the guardian of the non-Muslim minorities and keep them away from harms way.

5. Small fighting groups can be formed that will conduct raids on government facilities. Also, one can do any of the activities mentioned as an individual. A person with a small knife can slash the tires of a government vehicle, or cut the telephone wires outside a government building. It is vital that every Baloch must use creativity in finding ways to bring the Pakistani government to a standstill.

6. Through consensus, the Baloch nation must identify the Baloch who are working with the Government of Pakistan in suppressing the Baloch aspirations. These members are traitors, and deserve to be treated as enemy soldiers. Balochistan must be purged of these rats. It is also important to be aware of some Baloch who portray to be nationalists, but their actions prove that they are skeptics who will do everything and anything in their power to create doubt in the hearts of the Baloch people. These skeptics must be treated as traitors and receive the same punishment as the Baloch traitor who is openly supporting the Government of Pakistan.

It is now the duty of every sincere Baloch to go out in the battlefield and liberate Balochistan. Freedom is the goal, and every inch of Balochistan that is occupied by the ruthless Pakistani forces is the battlefield. All Baloch must avenge the death of our great leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and the numerous Baloch martyrs. May the Baloch win their freedom, once and for all.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Monday, August 28, 2006

Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti killed in battle to liberate Balochistan

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KALAT, Balochistan – The Pakistani military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf and his ethnic Punjabi brethrens have succeeded in killing the icon of the Baloch freedom struggle -- Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.

Today, the oppressed Baloch nation is mourning the loss of their leader who sacrificed his life to liberate his people from the chains of slavery imposed by the Muslim Punjabi Raj in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan.

Mir Chengez Zehri sent a message to the Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile in which he stated:

“Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti died, and he proved to be the TIGER OF BALOCHISTAN…”

An Indian well-wisher, Bakhtawar Singh emailed the following message:

“It is very shocking to hear the news about the assassination of great Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti at the hands of blood thirsty Pak security forces. We share your grief and pain and express our sincere solidarity with the people of Balochistan. His martyrdom will further strengthen your struggle.”

But, the jubilant Muslim Punjabis on the other hand are celebrating their victory. Following email messages are just a few of the hundreds of derogatory emails received by GOB (Exile) from suspect Muslim Punjabis:

“Your terrorist Sardar is dead, I’m going for sajji in celebration.” By Anonymous

“Congrats brothers. One terrorist down…others to follow.” By UJMi

The truth is that the Punjabi occupation forces in Balochistan have won this battle, and they are boasting their victory. They believe that the Baloch are defeated and will tuck their tail between their legs and run away (a typical Punjabi cultural trait). But, they are underestimating the Baloch culture.

It is time for every red-blooded Baloch men, women and children to honor the death of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti by making all necessary preparation for the next battle of this long and arduous “Baloch War of Independence”. In keeping with Baloch tradition, attacking innocent Pakistani or Iranian civilians is not permitted, and it is considered terrorism. The Baloch nation is at war with the Government of Pakistan and Iran, and the Baloch warriors must wage battles with the governments of these two rogue Islamic Republics.

All those Baloch people who have pledged their allegiance to the Punjabi-dominated Pakistani government and the Persian-dominated Iranian government are traitors. The Baloch people must purge Balochistan from these traitors, as they will continue to betray the Baloch cause and create obstacles for the freedom struggle. They must receive punishment for their role in joining the enemy of the Baloch nation.

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, the general secretary of the newly formed GOB (Exile) has the following message for the Baloch people:

“Today is one of the saddest day in the history of Balochistan. We lost a great Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, in a battle against the enemy forces. He fought for justice like a brave Baloch warrior. He demanded that the oppressive Pakistani government must treat the downtrodden Baloch people equitably.

“He believed in his principals and honorably died for his conviction. He certainly earned the world’s respect for standing against a strong and powerful adversary and protested the injustices and atrocities committed against the Baloch nation by the ruthless military controlled Pakistani government.

“He is the Jesus Christ of the Baloch nation who sacrificed his own life to save his people. He always preached for peaceful resolution through dialogue with the Pakistani occupying forces to address Baloch grievances. But, the arrogant Punjabi Raj refused to listen to him, and instead they wanted to eliminate him for good. He finally realized that the Baloch people would always be subjugated as the slaves of the Punjabi Raj as long as Balochistan remains an occupied territory. And, he died in battle like a true Baloch warrior fighting for the liberation of Balochistan.

“GOB (Exile) and its council members extend our sincere condolences to the bereaved family of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and to the entire Baloch nation.

“We pray to God and the Ancestors of the Baloch that they rest his soul in peace, and bring him eternal happiness for being a true martyr. May the ultimate sacrifice of every Baloch martyr give courage to the Baloch nation to avenge his or her death and liberate Balochistan.”


Baloch News Bureau Report


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