Najam Sethi’s role in the Balochistan resistance movement of 1970s

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Three time tested civilian allies of Pakistan army

Najam Sethi, according to some of his “urban liberal” colleagues (some of whom are employees/columnists of The Friday Times or Daily Times), is one of the most credible name in Pakistani journalism today. While the myth of Mr. Sethi’s credibility has been effectively shattered elsewhere, the aim of this post is to examine one last urban legend which is uncritically circulated about Mr. Sethi’s valuable services in the Balochistan movement in 1970s.

The legend is: Sethi bravely fought with the people of Balochistan in their struggle against the military establishment in 1970s. The reality, however, is much different, which was stated by none other than Asad Rehman, a veteran writer and political activist, who was himself a part of the Balochistan resistance movement.

Asad Rehman was a member of the Balochi resistance during the 1970s. Originally from Lahore, he and a number of his contemporaries (including Najam Sethi and Ahmad Rashid) supported the Balochi nationalist struggle. Asad Rehman spent a lot of time in Balochistan, and also fought against the Pakistan Army.

Here is a link to an interview of his (he rarely speaks to the media), which reveals a lot about Najam Sethi’s dubious role in the Baloch struggle, that how Sethi conveniently informed military about his own location in Balochistan and was rescued by a military chopper, after which he severed all connections with the Balochistan resistance movement. Whether Sethi’s rescue on a military chopper was an outcome of his NRO with Pakistan army or was he an army plant right from the beginning is something we would leave to the best judgement of the critical readers.

Here is a relevant extract from Asad Rehman’s interview:

Q: Who were the prominent members of the London Group?

Asad Rehman (AR): There was Najam Sethi, Ahmed Rashid, my brother, Rashid Rehman, Dilip Dass. These are the people who originally came to support the Balochistan movement. These are the names I am willing to disclose because they are well-known as having played a part in the Balochistan movement.

AR: In December 1978, Zia disbanded the Hyderabad Tribunal case and released all the Baloch leaders. Najam Sethi had been arrested in 1976. He was also in the jail and released with the Baloch and Pashtun leaders.

Q: How was Najam Sethi captured?

AR: He made a “very stupid” move –I call it a “stupid move”. As the cover we had in Karachi, Rashid was running an automobile workshop while Najam was with some architects and development consultants. Najam persuaded them to bid for some development projects in Marri area under Bhutto’s government. In the meanwhile, some people from the original London Group had been arrested from Karachi. They disclosed the names of all of us. He had at that time gone to Quetta and was flying in a military helicopter to go and see the site of a project that they wanted to build.

Q: How did he get into a “military helicopter” as you people were already fighting against the military?

AR: Now that is the whole question. We don’t know. Maybe the government gave them the consultancy and asked the army to take him there. I don’t know. The benefit of doubt has to be given over there. In any case, the message was sent to the pilot of the helicopter that Najam was flying in. Hence, the pilot turned back to Quetta where they arrested Najam and took him to the Hyderabad jail. After that, he had no role whatsoever in the Balochistan movement of the 1970s.

REFERENCES:

Revisiting the Che Guevara-like days of Baloch resistance movement with Asad Rehman October 19, 2009

Najam Sethi Joins Jang Group / Geo TV (Chagatai Khan)

6 Responses to “Najam Sethi’s role in the Balochistan resistance movement of 1970s”

  1. Defending Ejaz Haider (Jhangvi) and Najam Sethi (Shady)

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    Shameful language! RT @ejazhaider @y2raza you can call me whatever you want and go fuck yourself @Mehmal @Laibaah

    AamirRaz AamirRaz ♉
    @ejazhaider Owsum vocab, sir! @Mehmal @y2raza @Laibaah

    y2raza sar765
    @ejazhaider @Mehmal @y2raza @Laibaah how abt we call u a sellout, quisling and a vermin ?

    ejazhaider ejaz haider
    @Mehmal i know and appreciate; was just telling you my policy regarding trolls/partisans/ideologues and nondescripts @y2raza @Laibaah

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @ejazhaider At least be civil. We all know you are doing namak halaali, like Omar bin Saad. @Mehmal @y2raza

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    RT @ejazhaider @Mehmal thanku 4standing up4me but u can stand down. i don’t give a flying eff about what these trolls write @y2raza @Laibaah

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @Mehmal @y2raza @najamsethi You know what Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman’s life too is under threat. That doesn’t mean he is not MM Alliance!

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @ejazhaider wasn’t doing you a favour Ejaz. I was just setting the record straight @y2raza @Laibaah

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @y2raza bhai meray, @ejazhaider only reproduced what he was told by someone. He didn’t analyse anything @Laibaah

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @y2raza oh really? Is that why @najamsethi’s life is under threat? If he were a tool of the establishment, there’d be no threat @Laibaah

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah I don’t know if @najamsethi ever told Asad sb what happened. And I am being honest here. I know what happened and I respect NS

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah I hope one day @najamsethi talks about what really happened back then. I am not at liberty to say anything

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah “maybe”, “I don’t know” … Asad sb is qualifying while you’re acting as if it’s true. @najamsethi

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah I’ve read the interview. I know Asad sb personally. He’s not saying anything that goes against @najamsethi in any case

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @y2raza I don’t agree with what Ejaz wrote but the way @Laibaah is going on and on against @ejazhaider as if it’s his fault is also wrong

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah and I know the circumstances in which @najamsethi was arrested and what he went through. Obv it’s up to NS to make it public

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah btw, Asad sb didn’t say anything against @najamsethi as such. Someone in Khi gave away Najam’s location and other’s names

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah I don’t have to agree with everything @NajamSethi or @ejazhaider write/say. We all have diff views but I won’t spread lies abt them

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah because I know @ejazhaider well enough to know that he loathes the LeJ and would never incite violence against Shias @najamsethi

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah with all due respect to Asad sb [his brother is my editor in case you didn’t know], I am well aware of @najamsethi’s commitment

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah before discrediting @najamsethi ask the Baloch leaders how Najam was jailed and what he suffered fighting for Baloch rights

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah you’re comfortably sitting wherever you are while @najamsethi fought ‘for’ the Baloch with the Baloch back in the 70s

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah Ms anonymous, please go ask the Baloch leaders who know @najamsethi what they think of him and how much they respect him. Thanks.

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah is that why BB Shaheed was still friends with @NajamSethi even during her last days? @ejazhaider

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah and what is wrong with being @NajamSethi’s children? NS is one of the most respectable journos out there @ejazhaider

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah an FIR should be launched against you for inciting hatred against @ejazhaider

    Mehmal Mehmal Sarfraz
    @Laibaah are you out of your mind? you can disagree with what @ejazhaider wrote but how has he incited violence against them?

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    Children of @NajamSethi. RT @Mehmal MT @ejazhaider: why’re zaireen buses not provided…..

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @y2raza This man @ejazhaider belongs to the @najamsethi racket of military establishment. Others include malik siraj, urooj zia, mehmal etc

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @Mehmal @ejazhaider The area was protected by Frontier Constabulary. (Hasil Bizenjo on ARY TV).

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @theRealYLH @Mehmal Shame on Yazidi –> @JavidYatoo

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @Mehmal @theRealYLH Laant on Malik Ishaq and General Pasha.

  2. Najam Sethi is verily Najam Shady, a boot licker of generals.

  3. Hey Laibaah, you’re alive! And still an idiot! This is fucking stupid.

    I’m sure Najam Sethis was an awesome, awesome, AWESOME ally of the Pakistan military, when he was in and out of jail in the 1980’s.

    Keep shooting off like a thirteen year old fried by the Arizona sun.

    TLW

  4. omarchakarzai Omar Chakarzai
    by ArchenBaloch@
    @najamsethi @ArchenBaloch no it doesn’t. long live Pakistan means, long live Paki army, ISI, MI & their Punjabi masters & death to Baloch.
    8 Nov

    omarchakarzai Omar Chakarzai
    by ArchenBaloch
    @najamsethi @ArchenBaloch Long love Pakistan also means death to Baloch and destruction to civilised world and stronger Taliban and Alqaeda.
    8 Nov

    SN_Bugti Shah Nawaz Bugti
    by ArchenBaloch@
    We Baloch Receiving The Mutlated bodies of our loved Ones on #IED Day From ur #Islamic State of #Pakistan @ArchenBaloch @najamsethi

    najamsethi Najam Sethi
    @ArchenBaloch Long Live Pakistan also means Long Live Baluch, Sindhis, Pashtuns, Punjabis and other Peoples of Pakistan!
    7 Nov

    ArchenBaloch Archen Baloch
    @najamsethi Now read this article, and say long live Jihadi Pak criticalppp.com/archives/61697
    8 Nov

    ArchenBaloch Archen Baloch
    @najamsethi despite a personal appeal 2Najam Sethi by the relatives of Mr. Rind, Bt he & Jang Group paid no coverage to Mr. Rind’s abduction
    8 Nov

    ArchenBaloch Archen Baloch
    @aliarqam The hypocrites Ppl like @najamsethi are the maincuz of the failure of secular values in Punjab & Pushton belt @Razarumi

    ArchenBaloch Archen Baloch
    @najamsethi Long live Pakistan at the cost of Baloch demise? Waja Najam Sethi?
    7 Nov

    najamsethi Najam Sethi
    Eid Mubarak to all! Thank you for your affection and support. Long live Pakistan.
    7 Nov

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