Balochis­tan sta­bil­ity irks ri­val­ing eyes

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DE­SPITE the vile acts of ri val­ing eyes, Balochis­tan is gain­ing sta­bil­ity un­der po­lit­i­cal gov­ern­ment, and Pak­istan mil­i­tary and agen­cies with the sup­port of the peo­ple of Balochis­tan have frus­trated sin­is­ter de­signs of de­trac­tors of Pak­istan. Yet, Pak­istan has to be watch­ful of In­dia, which is still try­ing to fan ter­ror­ism, vi­o­lence, mil­i­tancy, lin­guis­tic ha­tred and in­ter-pro­vin­cial dishar­mony to sab­o­tage the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) project. In­dia has not only been fund­ing in­sur­gents but also con­tin­ues its pro­pa­ganda to poi­son the minds of peo­ple of Balochis­tan, but its hopes have been dashed to the ground. Dur­ing the last six years, Pak­istan Army through re­cruit­ment of Baloch in the army, by es­tab­lish­ing health cen­tres and other fa­cil­i­ties it has con­trib­uted to­wards win­ning hearts and minds of Baloch youth. Out of frus­tra­tion, In­dian RAW and Na­tional Direc­torate of Se­cu­rity (NDS) of Afghanistan’ nexus have stepped up their ac­tiv­i­ties.

Naela Quadri Baloch a self-styled pres­i­dent of the World Baloch Women Fo­rum is in In­dia for some time, and us­ing In­dian me­dia to spread venom against Pak­istan. In her ar­ti­cle car­ried by the Times of In­dia, Naela Quadri Baloch blamed the Nawaz Sharif-led gov­ern­ment of geno­cide against Balochis. She be­lieved that con­di­tions pre­vail­ing in Balochis­tan are sim­i­lar to the ones in former East Pak­istan in 1971. She sought In­dia’s sup­port on the pat­tern of its in­ter­ven­tion in former East Pak­istan. Re­cently, she gave a lengthy in­ter­view to Times of In­dia (ToI). While speak­ing with Aarti Tikoo Singh of ToI, Naela Baloch dis­torted the his­tory ac­cus­ing that Pak­istan ‘seized’ Balochis­tan, many Baloch peo­ple have been killed, and 25000 peo­ple in­clud­ing women and chil­dren are miss­ing. Her out­pour­ings are ap­par­ently a re­sponse to the ar­rest of RAW ter­ror­ist and spy Kulb­hushan Ya­dav.

Ear­lier, she was in Chah­ba­har hav­ing con­tacts the In­dian con­sulates in Iran and Afghanistan, and work­ing as per In­dian de­signs. The ques­tion is what Naela Quadri Baloch is do­ing in In­dia? Apart from pro­mot­ing cause of the lead­ers of banned Baloch or­ga­ni­za­tions, she ap­pears to be a li­ai­son be­tween In­dian RAW and the Baloch dis­si­dents, and a co­or­di­na­tor for pro­vid­ing funds to those who are in self­ex­ile, and also those who con­tinue with in­sur­gency in Balochis­tan. She had de­nied hav­ing any in­for­ma­tion about al­leged Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing (RAW) agent Kulb­hushan Ya­dav, whom Pak­istan claimed to have ar­rested from Balochis­tan. “It’s a lie, we don’t know from where they have ar­rested him (Kulb­hushan Ya­dav), and they’re show­ing that it was from Pak­istan,” she said.

In her in­ter­view, she passed deroga­tory re­marks against founder of na­tion, Quaid-i-Azam. But what one can ex­pect from alien agents? She had also re­ferred to Amer­i­can Con­gress­man Dana Rohrabacher and oth­ers as sup­port­ers of Balochis­tan. The United States Com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs had con­vened a con­gres­sional meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 8, 2012 for an ex­clu­sive dis­cus­sion on the grav­ity of sit­u­a­tion in Balochis­tan. The Over­sight and In­ves­ti­ga­tions Sub­com­mit­tee of the House Com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs, chaired by Repub­li­can Dana Rohrabacher, held a ses­sion to dis­cuss tar­get killings and hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in Balochis­tan, and termed it a mat­ter re­quir­ing ur­gent at­ten­tion. This provoca­tive med­dling of some half a dozen US con­gress­men in a mat­ter strictly an in­ter­nal af­fair of Pak­istan is de­spi­ca­ble and con­demnable. In his open­ing re­marks, Rohrabacher had said: “Balochis­tan is a tur­bu­lent land marred by hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions by regimes that are against US val­ues”. Then Pak­istan’s am­bas­sador Sherry Rehman had raised the is­sue with the US gov­ern­ment.

Com­ing back to Naela Baloch’s in­ter­view with the Times of In­dia, she said: “It is free­dom strug­gle; we were oc­cu­pied by Pak­istan on March 27, 1948 and ever since we have been fight­ing against Pak­istan to free our­selves. Balochis­tan was never a part of In­dia or Iran or Afghanistan or any other coun­try. Balochis­tan was al­ways in­de­pen­dent. So an in­de­pen­dent coun­try was oc­cu­pied.” To a ques­tion as to how Balochis­tan’s free­dom strug­gle is dif­fer­ent from the separatist move­ment in Kash­mir, she said: “Kash­mir was never a coun­try; it was a princely state un­der a Ma­haraja. Kash­mir was al­ways a part of greater In­dia. In­stru­ment of ac­ces­sion was of­fered to princely states. Balochis­tan was not a princely state; it was an in­de­pen­dent coun­try.” There are many myths about Balochis­tan and one of them is that Balochis­tan was never part of un­di­vided In­dia.

Sec­ond myth is that it had a spe­cial sta­tus other princely states of un­di­vided In­dia, which was not the case. At the time of par­ti­tion of In­dia, Viceroy Lord Mount­bat­ten ad­dress­ing the Dar­bar of princely states had de­clared that suzerainty of the Crown had ended, and ad­vised them to join In­dia or Pak­istan keep­ing in view the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple and ge­o­graph­i­cal con­ti­gu­ity. Naela Baloch also grossly ex­ag­ger­ated the fig­ures of miss­ing per­sons and she quoted fig­ure of 25000 which is a lot more than what Mama Qadeer has been claim­ing. A ju­di­cial com­mis­sion headed by Jus­tice Javed Iqbal (Re­tired) had fi­nal­ized a 204-page re­port, which was later handed over to the Supreme Court. The com­mis­sion stated that “a to­tal of 621 per­sons went miss­ing while 359 per­sons have been re­cov­ered so far. It was also ob­served that the re­cov­ered per­sons were not shar­ing com­plete in­for­ma­tion due to fear.

Mean­while, it has been learnt through cred­i­ble sources that En­gi­neer Mo­ham­mad Khan very close friend and 1st Ad­vi­sor to Afghan Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul­lah has been ar­rested by Afghan forces/ agen­cies for al­leged links with Daesh. Afghan gov­ern­ment, NDS and CIA are hand in gloves. Af­ter the ar­rest of In­dian RAW ter­ror­ist Kulb­hushan Ya­dav last month, an of­fi­cer of the Afghan in­tel­li­gence agency was ar­rested in­side Pak­istani ter­ri­tory near Chaman bor­der-cross­ing in Balochis­tan last week. Afghan of­fi­cer named Rozi Khan - re­port­edly a sec­ond lieu­tenant in the in­tel­li­gence unit of the Afghan army - was ar­rested by Fed­eral In­tel­li­gence Agency (FIA) of­fi­cials in Chaman over charges of cross­ing the bor­der without pos­sess­ing any au­then­tic travel doc­u­ments to en­ter into Pak­istan. This speaks vol­umes about In­dian RAW and NDS nexus against Pak­istan. But Pak­istan will frus­trate their sin­is­ter de­signs, as done in the past. —The writer is a se­nior jour­nal­ist based in La­hore.

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