ISI-sponsored Difa-e-Pakistan Council warns Baloch leaders to refrain from acting like Indian or US pawns

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Apparently after killing hundreds of Shias in last few months (Khanpur, Punjab, 15 January 2012, 34 killed; Parachinar, FATA, 17 Feb, 46 killed; 28 February, Kohistan, 20 killed), ISI-sponsored Jihadi-sectarian beasts (JuD-LeT and ASWJ-SSP) are directing their guns towards Baloch nationalists who are fighting for freedom from Punjabi-dominated Pakistan army and establishment.

The following news report suggests that the ISI-backed right wing thugs in Lahore termed Baloch nationalists and their leaders as Indian and USA agents and warned them to refrain from challenging the writ of Pakistan army. Not unlike sheep in wolf’s clothing, JuD-ASWJ terrorists claimed to love Balochistan while offering no condemnation of the ongoing genocide of the Balochs by Pakistan army and its various agencies and proxies.

Here’s the news report.

LAHORE: As the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) on Friday assured the Baloch of its support, its leaders raised an accusing finger towards India and America for being part of a conspiracy to destabilise Balochistan.

The leaders, including Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) head Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, were addressing a rally Yakjehti-e-Balochistan Karwan, organised by the banned outfit, at the DPC’s call.

The speakers addressed a gathering of 1,000 protesters, mostly from the JuD, who walked from Markaz Qudsia, Chauburji to the Lahore Press Club.

Hafiz Saeed termed the separatist movement in Balochistan “a conspiracy hatched by India and America for their selfish interests.   [But] we are with the Baloch and want that they be given their rights. We will fight for them,” he said.

Maulana Shamasur Rehman also assured the Baloch of “Punjab’s support”. Mian Qadeer of AML, said the Balochistan issue would be resolved in no time if the party came into power.

Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar Ropari warned the PPP-led government against creating a 1971-like situation, a reference to the break up of Pakistan. He demanded that the government fulfill the demands of the Baloch, adding that they would fight for rights of people in Balochistan.

Amirul Azeem described all talk about separation as “Indian conspiracy”. Although injustices have been committed and various military operations launched, he said, no Baloch wanted to break away from Pakistan.

Tahir Ashrafi, while demanding that the Baloch be given their rights, said that Brahamdagh Bugti and Harbiyar would be welcomed if they returned as Pakistanis. “But if they act like Indian or US pawns they will be treated like enemies,” he added.

Among other speakers were: Ahle Sunnat Waljamat (formerly Sipah-i-Sahaba) Punjab president Maulana Shamsur Rehman, Jamat-i-Islami leader Ameerul Azeem, JD information secretary Hafiz Masood, Jamaat Ahle Hadith’s Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar Ropari, Jamiat Mushaikh Ahle Sunnat president Pir Saifullah Khalid, Awami Muslim (AML) League Lahore president Mian Qadeer and Pakistan Ulema Council head Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi.

Source: Express Tribune

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  1. ‘Human rights hell’ in Balochistan inflames separatist sentiments
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    ZOFEEN EBRAHIM FOR IPS 21 min ago | Comments (0)
    KARACHI – “We want our homeland; we want freedom from Pakistan and will fight till our last breath,” said Zarmine Baloch, 23, veiled from head to toe, with just her eyes showing.
    She said the recent killing of her brother would not force her to surrender her struggle.
    Sitting beside her, Maheen Baloch, sister of the late Qambar Chakar, a student activist who met a similar fate in May 2011, nods in agreement.
    Zarmine is certain her brother Sangat Sana, 27, a member of the Baloch Republican Party who demanded equal rights for the Baloch people, was killed to avenge the Pakistan Army’s humiliation in February, when representatives of the Human Rights Watch and the Amnesty International testified before the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Oversight and Investigations at the United States Congress about the grave violations committed by Pakistan’s security forces in the province of Balochistan.
    “The message was quite clear,” Zarmine said quietly while participating in a sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club sponsored by a group called Voice for the Baloch Missing Persons.
    “He (Sana) was killed just a week after the hearing (before the US congress) on February 13.”
    “Just two days prior, my sister and I had told the international media that we suspected the army’s intelligence agencies – the Inter-Services Intelligence and the Military Intelligence – to be behind his abduction in December 2009. His body had 28 bullet wounds and he was thrown from a helicopter,” she said.
    For several years, the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has been sounding alarm bells about “involvement of the security forces in enforced disappearances and killings” in the province, which lies on vital international borders, sits atop lucrative natural resources and has a small population that is fast winning international sympathy.
    Sana was among the 14,000 who have since disappeared over the years and among the 350 whose brutally tortured bodies later surfaced.
    “Is this how Pakistanis treat fellow Pakistanis?” asked Shadri Baloch, a 16-year-old who saw the tortured bodies of her father and two uncles.
    Her 20-year-old brother Mazar Baloch remains missing.
    However, “our movement won’t weaken because of these killings,” she said, her voice trembling with hatred and hurt.
    INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR SELF-DETERMINATION: While the hearing before the US congress brought the Balochistan issue instant international recognition, the resolution proposed by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher on February 17 – stating that the Baloch have “the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country” – provoked extreme reactions from each end of the spectrum.
    The proclamation vexed the Pakistani government and its media, who see the move as a “conspiracy to break the country”, but Baloch nationalist leaders greeted the resolution with wild enthusiasm.
    Refuting the government’s anger, Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director for Human Rights Watch stated, “Countries are not made or broken through hearings or resolutions in the US Congress. That is only up to the people of a country, but at least this hearing and Congressman Rohrabacher’s ill-advised resolution has forced Pakistan’s political and military leaders to pay attention to the human rights hell in Balochistan.”
    Nawabzada Brahamdagh Bugti, a self-exiled politician in Switzerland, has publicly invited support from foreign countries.
    In a tele-conference on February 22, he told reporters, “(The US) must intervene in Balochistan and stop the ethnic cleansing of the Baloch people.”
    He supported “any and all foreign intervention in the province, whether it be by the US, NATO or India.”
    The chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani, added he has “confirmed reports” of external intrusion in the province.
    He warned the European Union Ambassador to Pakistan, Lars-Gunner Wigemark, that foreign support for secession could bring the province to the brink of civil war.
    Akbar S Ahmed, a Pakistani professor currently serving as the Ibn Khaldun Chair at the Washington DC-based American University, is deeply disturbed by the groundswell of insurgency in Balochistan.
    Terming it “a result of decades of mismanagement by the central government”, he said a similar “ethnic insensitivity” led to the breakaway of Pakistan’s Eastern wing, then a provincial state, in 1971, resulting in the creation of the present-day Bangladesh.
    Physicist and peace activist Pervez Hoodbhoy maintains a similar view.
    “Pakistan’s narcissistic centre still believes it has done no wrong, ascribes the uprising of locals to outside powers or perhaps a few ‘troublemakers’, thinks that physically eliminating a few hundred of these people will solve the problem, and pushes the ‘one nation, one people’ notion in spite of contrary evidence.”
    Hoodbhoy pointed out that “multinational states exist everywhere”, citing India as an example.
    “If the centre had wisely exercised its powers, today’s situation would have never arisen. An independent Balochistan is not a serious possibility yet, but the centre seems only too willing to walk the path of national suicide. If Balochistan ever becomes independent after some horrific bloodbath, it shall squarely be the fault of Pakistan’s army,” he said.
    PAKISTANI LEADERSHIP URGED TO SEEK SOLUTIONS: Experts like Ahmed, chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the US Naval Academy and former high commissioner to the United Kingdom, thinks there is still time to save the situation.
    “I do not think that Balochistan has quite reached the point (of separatism) yet. But the Pakistani leadership has to be much more active in finding genuine and permanent solutions to Balochistan’s long-standing grievances,” he said.
    He added, “Pakistani leaders must ask themselves seriously why the Baloch feel they are being denied their rights. They then have to provide the answers. The situation cannot go on much longer as it is.”
    Even Hoodbhoy thinks, “Pakistan must listen to what the Baloch say – and then act. (The Baloch have long made the claim that) security agencies must stop their murderous ‘abduct-torture-kill-dump’ routine; cantonments should be dismantled and a new formula for natural resource distribution evolved. If Pakistanis value the Baloch people rather than the wealth under their (feet), they must be prepared to compromise to the extent necessary.”
    Twenty eight-year-old Malik Siraj Akbar – journalist and editor of Baloch Hal, an online newspaper – who has recently been granted asylum in the US due to threats to his life, believes there is a way out of the debacle if “immediate measures” are put in place.
    “Stop the military operation even if it is conducted by the Frontier Constabulary (a paramilitary force under the command of the Pakistan Army) and curtail its power, induct more Baloch into the force, release all or most of the missing persons and investigate the elements behind the ‘kill and dump’ operations” are some of Akbar’s suggestions.
    He believes that unless certain confidence-building actions are taken to help bring the “disillusioned”, exiled Baloch leaders to the negotiating table, there will be no peace.
    But according to Raisani, the Baloch leaders are not willing to accept anything short of freedom for their people, which, according to Ahmed, could morph into “a full-blown movement for independence supported by foreign powers.”
    “(This) will be devastating, as Pakistan is already stretched to its breaking point economically, militarily and in terms of national unity,” said Ahmed who served as commissioner of three divisions of Balochistan.
    “Balochistan has every (ability) to survive on its own, from its mineral wealth to its geo-strategic location,” Akbar said.
    If Balochistan goes up in flames, “Pakistan will lose its border with Iran, huge reserves of natural gas, gold and copper, entry into Afghanistan, several important air and naval bases, and a port at Gwadar,” he stressed, adding that the army was “underestimating” the power of the people.
    Many experts, including Hoodbhoy, believe the army has not yet grasped how incendiary the situation really is.
    “The army’s actions speak louder than any words: General Kayani says there is no military operation being conducted in Balochistan. Very well, then just who is flying helicopter gunships there, murdering Baloch students, activists, and leaders?” he said.
    As a result of this denial of violence in the region, “emotionally, the dismemberment of the province has already begun,” Akbar concluded.

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