ISI, Defence and Interior ministries hauled to court in missing persons’ cases

ISI, Defence and Interior ministries hauled to court in missing persons’ cases

From ANI

Peshawar, Feb 16(ANI): The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has reissued notices to Pakistan’s premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Defence Ministry and the Interior Ministry in connection with a number of missing persons’ cases.

A division bench of the PHC issued a notice to the regional head of the ISI in a missing person’s case, directing him to explain his position about the whereabouts of one Abdul Aziz on March 8- the date fixed for the next hearing of the case, the Daily Times reports.

A Lower Orakzai Agency resident had filed a habeas corpus petition, claiming that security forces’ personnel had picked up his brother Aziz from the Peshawar Airport on October 19, 2009, when he was leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

In another missing person’s case, the bench issued notices to the Defence and Interior ministries, directing them to expedite their efforts to search for him with the assistance of the spy agencies working under them.

A resident of Nowshera District had filed a habeas corpus petition in the court, claiming that police and security agencies’ personnel had picked up her son Sajid Ali Shah on October 7, 2010.

The woman told the court that the security agencies had brought her missing son for treatment at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital on January 12, and that he was shifted to an unknown location after the medical treatment.

At this, the bench issued notices to the Defence and Interior ministries, directing them to submit written replies in this regard.

The bench gave more time to the Defence Ministry in the third case of a missing person- Ghuncha Gul of Peshawar- directing it to submit a written reply till March 9.
Copyright Asian News International/DailyIndia.com

Pakistan continues abductions, kill and dump policy of Baloch activists

Pakistan continues abductions, kill and dump policy of Baloch student and political activists

Two bullet-riddled bodies found near Turbat, three missing person found in severely injured condition, BRP member attack and wounded in Mashky, a resident of Pasi town of Balochistan has been abducted from Hub town.

Occupied Balochistan: Pakistan’s spy agencies tortured to death another two Baloch missing persons whose bodies were found from the Herrnok area, around 40 kilometres away from Turbat city, on Thursday morning. The incident triggered violence in Awaran, Mashkey and Turbat where two government offices and a Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) office were set on fire.

According to sources, a passer-by spotted the bodies and informed the Turbat Levies Thana. Levies official rushed to the spot and took the bodies to the Civil Hospital Turbat, where they were identified as comrade Abdul Qayyum, leader of the Baloch Student Organization (BSO-Azad) in Gwadar, and Jamil Yaqoob, a member of the Turbat zone of Balochistan National Party (BNP -Mengal). Hospital sources said comrade Qayyum received five bullets in his upper torso while Jamil Ahmed received three bullet wounds.

Family sources said Qayyum was taken from his residence in Gwadar on December 11. “Security personnel had arrested Qayyum and killed him during his illegal detention,” they said, adding that the case was also registered against FC personnel in the Gwadar Police Station.

Meanwhile sagaar publications, BSO-Azad’s official website, reported that the Organisation’s CC member Comerade Qayum Baloch was abducted on December 11, 2010 by Pakistan army from his house in Gawader and he was kept in segregation for 61 days. During the two months his whereabouts remained unknown to the BSO-Azad and his family members neither did he had any access to a legal representation. His brutally tortured and riddled with bullets body was found on Thursday Morning (10/02/2011) in herronk area near Turbat. “Marks of horrific torture on body of Qayum Baloch prove that during his detention period he had been subjected to severe torture and inhuman treatment”, sagaar reports read.

Qayum Baloch was one of the most politically conscience and active member of BSO-azad in Gwader area. Apart from being politically active Mr Baloch was also an active social worker and an advocate of human rights, a friend to almost every resident in his home city, Gawader.

Apart from this murder, another body was found in Heronk, which was identified as Jameel Yaqoob Baloch, who was abducted by Pakistan on 28th of August 2010, from Turbat. Jameel Yaqoob Baloch was a labor, working on wages to help his family. His body was severely tortured as Qayum Baloch’s was.

The statement published on the official website of BSO-azad further read that “Qayum Baloch’s murder certainly raises serious questions on the willingness or ability of the international peace rights campaigners to bring an end to the Human Rights abuses in Balochistan. Baloch Student Organization (Azad) believes that each of its activist, along with the support of the Baloch masses would continue the struggle of Kamber Chaker, Qayum Baloch, Sohrab Marri Baloch, Sami Baloch, Bebagr Baloch, Zahoor Baloch, Abid Rasool Baloch, Asim Kareem Baloch, young Majeed Baloch, Sikander Baloch, Junaid Baloch, Ilyas Nazar Baloch and all other prestigious names who have sacrificed their lives for liberation of their motherland and for creating a society based on justice and equality.

Three missing persons found in severely injured condition: Three Baloch disappeared person have been found in a critically wounded condition on National high at Jeewa Cross between Tuesday and Wednesday night. The victims hands were tied behind and they were blind folded. Levis staff has brought them to Suraab Police station.

The three badly injured youth have been identified as Sohrab Khan S/O Mir Jan Samali of Nemurgh region of Kalat town who has been abducted from Hub Chowki about one month ago, Shahzad Nadeem S/O Khan Mohammad Essazai as resident of Besima who had been abducted from a Hotel in Quetta along with Balochi folk singer Ali Jan Essazai Baloch in second week of January. The third victim has been named as Wali Mohammad S/O Mohammad Ismael Miragi a resident of Saarona area of Khuzdar. He was also abducted from Hub industrial town of Balochistan about one month ago.

On one their alive recovery send waves of happiness to their families whereas on the other hand all three youth are stated to be in critical condition. It must be mentioned here that last monthMr.Nasir Dagarzai was also found in a severely injured condition. According online Radio Gwank Balochistan, Nasir Baloch had been shot in the neck and legs but he survived miraculously. However, he had later succumbed to his injuries due to constant bleeding.

BRP member attacked in Mashky: unknown armed men open fire at a member of BRP (Baloch Republican Party), Liaqat Baloch here on Wednesday on his way back from Gujar Bazaar. The masked man fired live rounds at the BRP leader; Mr Baloch was immediately taken to Mashky’s Gujar Hospital where according doctor his condition is critical but stable.

Resident of Pasni abducted from Hub: Mr Abid Bashir Baloch a resident of Pasi town of Balochistan has been abducted by Pakistani security forces from Hub town. According to detail Mr Abid along with a cousin was travelling by his own car from Karachi to Pasi on Thursday night. When they arrived at Baba-e-Balochistan roundabout in Hub industrial town of Balochistan their car was stopped by personnel of security forces.

The forces after checking the IDs of both men have dragged Mr Abid out of his car and put him into another vehicle already parked alongside the road. They, however, allowed his cousin Mr Dad Baksh to continue his journey. The family of detained Baloch youth have register a case against his abduction at Hub police station.

More Gas Transmission Lines Blown-Up In Balochistan

Major parts of Balochistan without gas and power, more pipelines blown up

Occupied Balochistan: The gas and power supply to major parts of Balochistan could not be restored on Wednesday paralyzing the routine life of the people who are currently dealing freezing temperatures. Unknown militants on Tuesday morning blew up two high pressure gas pipelines near Dera Murad Jamali depriving 9 districts, including provincial capital from natural gas. The blasts disrupted supply of nearly 130 million cubic feet gas daily (mmcfd) to the province of Balochistan.

Gas supply to all industrial, commercial customers and CNG stations was suspended. Domestic customers are however being provided reduced supplies through available line pack, According to SSGC official Inayatullah Ismail, gas supply to Balochistan will be restored on today (Thursday). “A huge portion of pipeline was blown up which supplies gas to Quetta and other districts. Teams are working day and night to conclude their work as soon as possible,” he added.

The people were forced to use wood for fuel to make food. “There was no gas and electricity available since Tuesday morning,” Atiq-ur-Rehman, a resident of Saryab, told Daily Times. The districts affected are included Quetta, Mastung, Kalat, Ziarat, Pishin, Sibi, Qila Abduallah, Qila Saifullah and Loralai. The biting cold disrupted normal life forcing most people to stay indoors. Power supply to 15districts of the province remained disrupted for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. Quetta Electric Supply Company’s spokesman, Shafqat Khan said that he is unsure about the restoration of power supply. “Repair works on three power pylons in Ab-e-Gum area in Match town are underway. It may take four to five days,” he added. The major parts of Balochistan are without gas and electricity for the past 48 hours where routine life comes to a halt. (Courtesy: Daily Balochistanexpress)

Read also: The affected districts include Quetta, Mastung, Kalat, Ziarat, Pishin, Sibi, Qila Abduallah, Qila Saifullah and Loralai. The biting cold disrupted normal life, forcing most people to stay indoors. Power supply to 15 districts of the province remained disrupted for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.

The Quetta Electric Supply Company’s spokesman, Shafqat Khan said that he was unsure about the restoration of power supply>>>>> DailyTime.com.pk

Two gas pipelines and power pylon blown up In Balochistan

Two gas pipelines and power pylon blown up, BRA claimed responsibility for attacks

Occupied Balochistan: Two gas pipelines and another power pylon were blown up by unknown militants in separate attacks in Naseerabad and Jaffarabad districts on Tuesday. 

Talking to this correspondent a senior Police officer said unknown men planted an explosive device with a gas pipeline in Tool Plaza area situated near Dera Allahyar, which went off with huge blast destroying 18-inch diameter of gas pipeline. The blast caused disruption of natural gas supply to provincial capital and Naseerabad division the personnel of Balochistan Levies and Police reached the spot soon after the blast and threw a cordon in the area.

The flow of traffic on national highway in Dera Murad Jamali was also disrupted as the area was covered with huge smoke of fire erupted from destroyed gas pipeline. Militants also blew up another gas pipeline of 12-inch diameter in the same area. “The gas supply to Quetta, Sibi, Dadhar, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad and other townships were suspended. Gas supply to CNG stations and industrial units are also stopped,” an official of SSGC said adding that the remaining gas in pipeline was being supplied to domestic consumers which might remain for next eight hours.

Open in new windowMeanwhile, unknown militants had blown up another power pylon of 220 kv near Dera Allahyar in Naseerabad district on Tuesday. According to QESCO spokesman, unknown militants planted the explosive materials with power pylon of 220 kv in Dera Allahyar area of Naseerabad district. Resultantly the power pylon was destroyed affecting the supply to Naseerabad division.

“The teams had been sent to the area to carry out repair work and repair works on four damaged power transmission lines in Mach Town are also underway,” spokesman added.

The Baloch Republican Army (BRA) claimed the responsibility of the blowing up gas pipelines. Its spokesman calling from undisclosed location who introduced himself as Sarbaz Baloch vowed to carry out such attacks in future as well.

It may be mentioned that 15 districts of Baloch are without electricity for the past two days and there was a shortage of 1000MW power in Balochistan after the incidents of blowing power pylons. QESCO is carrying out twelve hours of load shedding in provincial capital and around 20 hours in 40 grid stations of 15 districts, sources said.

Disruption of gas supply caused trouble: The disruption of natural gas supply to Quetta city has caused hardship and difficulties for the domestic consumers who are currently dealing freezing temperatures and their routine life come to a halt. The residents of Quetta and surrounding areas including students, businessmen and office employees were compelled to leave their houses without breakfast due to non-availability of the gas.

“There is no natural gas available for the past 15 hours and I left for office without taking breakfast,” Haseeb-ur-Rehman, resident of Saryab Road told this scribe adding that blowing up gas pipelines and power pylons have become a routine matter. The residents of the areas are using wood as a fuel for cooking food wherein this regard long queue were also seen outside Tandoors shops. Another man Kamran Ahmed also complained regarding suspension of gas supply to Sirki Road of Quetta. “The temperature dropped to minus degrees Celsius and how can we deal such a cold weather without gas,” he said and added “We are confined to house.” People also complained that the patients admitted in hospital are also suffering because of suspension of gas supply.(Courtesy: DailyBalochistanexpress)

Power supply to Balochistan areas not yet restored: Most parts of central and northern Balochistan were without electricity due to the destruction of power pylons in the Aab e Gum area of Bolan district the other day.

According to the Qesco officials, unknown attackers up four power pylons shouldering 220 kv and 132 kv transmissions line in Aab e Gum on Saturday night, which caused disruption of electricity to 35 power grid stations in Quetta, Zhob, Pishin, Chaman, Noshki, Kalat, Khuzdar and other areas.

Presently, electricity was being provided to only five grid stations in the provincial capital from alternative sources. The officials said that both the Qesco (Quetta Electric Supply Company) and NTDC (National Transmission and Dispatch Company) had assembled their personnel and resources and were awaiting security clearance around the areas of the destroyed pylons.

The officials expressed their inability to give any timeframe for the completion of repair of the pylons and normal restoration of electricity to these areas. When contacted, officials concerned said that the provincial government had enhanced security and deployed additional personnel around the area in order to ensure security for the Qesco and NTDC staff.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrint … D=30041&Cat=2&dt=2/8/2011

Dawn Newspaper report: The sources said although the repair work had been launched, a timeframe could not be given for a complete restoration of power supply from the national grid. “The engineers and technical staff were making all-out efforts to restore power supply as soon as possible,” they said.

The people of Quetta were also facing water shortage because tubewells could not be operated without electricity.

Baloch Liberation Army spokesman Merak Baloch has claimed responsibility for blowing up four pylons in Aab-i-Gum area. http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/09/baloch … -blasts-in-pipelines.html

5,000 Baloch youth to be inducted in Pak Army in March, 2011

[The way things are, it makes you wonder how he will find 5,000 "volunteers" from Balochistan, if they are to be volunteers.  Does this mean that Baloch have been banned from the Pak Army until now?]

5,000 Baloch youth to be inducted in Pak Army in March, 2011

Quetta: A total of 5,000 youth from all over Balochistan Province will be inducted in Pakistan Army in March 2011, said Major General Tariq Javed on Monday.

Pakistan Army in collaboration with Balochistan government is committed to play its role in the development of the province, he said at concluding ceremony of ISSB classes at Quetta Cantt.

“In pursuance of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani’s directive, Army in collaboration with provincial government launched projects in education, health, and other sectors,” he added.

He said conversion of Sui cantt into military college, training classes in Balochistan Institute of Technical Education BITE, renovation, construction of damaged health and education structures in flood-stricken areas are some of major steps taken by Army for development in Balochistan.

Major General Tariq Javed lauded dedication of Baloch youth during training session and said Balochistan is rich in talent and efforts afoot to bring them on par with students of other provinces.

Hyrbyair Marri Wins Asylum In British Court

Hyrbyair Marri wins his asylum appeal; I will meet the Diaspora to unite them for Baloch cause: Marri

LONDON: Britain has granted political asylum to Baluch leader Nawabzada Hyrbyair Marri, tacitly acknowledging that the life of fiery Baluch nationalist leader was at risk if returned to Pakistan.

Hyrbyair Marri, one of six sons of veteran Baloch leader Nawab Khair Baksh Marri, had applied for political asylum in Britain four months ago. He had entered Britain in 2000 after sneaking out of Pakistan where he was being sought by Pakistani spy agencies on various charges.

Initially Mr Marri’s asylum claim was turned down by the Home Office and stated in the refusal letter that Hyrbyair’s life will be safe in Pakistan as his father still lived in Karachi and didn’t face harassment from the state authorities. Hyrbyair took his case to the asylum and immigration tribunal where his lawyer successfully argued that not only Hyrbyair’s elder brother Balach Marri was assassinated by Pakistani secret services but also Mr Marri himself has not stepped inside Balochistan in 10 years.

The immigration judge was told that from former president Pervez Musharraf to the interior minister Rehman Malik had personally threatened and warned Hyrbyair of the repercussions for his ‘what they called’ anti-Pakistan activities. The defence argued that the continuing heavy-handed military operation in areas populated by the Bugtis and Marris, coupled with the ever-deteriorating law and situation in the country rendered Hyrbyair at the potential risk and law enforcement agencies could easily take him out.

Sources confirmed that, senior PPP government officials, including the foreign office, contacted the Home Office (in the UK) and assured them that Hyrbyair will be provided safety and security if returned and further assured the former Baluchistan assembly lawmaker-turned-rebel was only exaggerating threat to his life. Hyrbyair’s lawyers were successful in convincing the judge that the current civilian government was not only helpless in matters related to Baluchistan but it was also impotent in security matters concerning rest of the country as its writ was absent in even urban areas. In his evidence before the judge, Hyrbyair also criticised the British government for deliberately creating problems for him and his family on behest of the Pakistani government.

The judge acknowledged that Hyrbyair Marri was a high profile figure who had annoyed the establishment by taking a stance on Baluchistan issue not sanctioned by the security establishment.

Hyrbyair was arrested alongside a young Baluch rights campaigner Faiz Baluch on December, 4, 2007. They were charged on charges of inciting others to commit murder abroad. Mr Marri spent 4 months in jail whereas Faiz Baluch was detained for 8 months. After a lengthy trail of over 40 days the duo were acquitted by an ordinary British Jury of 12 men and women. Faiz Baluch, who applied for political asylum in 2002, his case, is still in a limbo and the young campaigner remains clueless about his fate in Britain.

Speaking to media sources, Hyrbyair referred to his first exoneration on terrorism charges, brought on the special request of Pervez Musharraf, said that being granted asylum was nothing to be celebrated about.

“It pains me more that I am not with my people who are standing steadfast against the state onslaught. I am glad though that I have been exonerated for the second time, not by the British government but by the British courts. The British government knows there are serious problems in Balochistan but doesn’t have the courage to stand up to Pakistan. The neutral immigration court has given its verdict in my favour by acknowledging the fact the meltdown in Baluchistan is for real and that life has been made difficult for those who seek independence. I knew that British justice system will not let me and the people of Baluchistan down. These are independent courts, free of political influence.”

He said that now when he is able to travel, he will meet the Baluch Diaspora across the world and will galvanise and unite them for the Baluch struggle for justice and Independence.

Peter Tatchell has been at the forefront of campaigning for the release of Hyrbyair Marri from the detention in Belmarsh prison. He expressed his joy that Mr Marri was granted asylum in Britain, albeit with a lot of delay.

“This decision to grant Hyrbyair asylum is very significant. It is an acknowledgement by the British government that human rights abuses in Baluchistan are so widespread and grave that Mr Marri cannot return their safely. This ruling is a damning indictment of the severe political repression that exists in Pakistan.

The human rights advocate added: “It is further evidence that Baluch people who want the right of self determination are at risk of imprisonment torture and assassination by the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies.

Disappeared Baloch student’s body found, friend hospitalised in critical state

[Pakistan's militarists, like all militarists, cannot see the great immoral wrong that they are committing each time that they kill one of these Baloch boys in their custody.  It is no different from the situation in Colombia, where the military has often gone on human hunting safaris to eliminate political opposition.  Absolutely the same policy being followed by US Special Forces as they go on night-time hunts in Afghanistan.  Why is it that governments and the finest military forces in the world cannot do their jobs without breaking multiple international laws in the process?  Are the words of political opposition leaders so threatening that they cannot be allowed to utter one more word, justifying cutting their throats in their sleep, or dragging them away in black hoods to be tortured?]

Disappeared Baloch student’s body found, friend hospitalised in critical state

Occupied Balochistan: Pakistan’s security forces dumped the bodies of two Baloch students in Gwargo area of Panjgor town in Thursday morning. Both of the youth had been severely tortured and shot at – luckily, one of them has survived and has been hospitalised.

According to details, Abid Rasool Baksh Baloch, a 17 year old student of Prome High school who was also a member of Baloch Students Organization (Azaad) Prome Unit of Panjgore has been tortured to death by Pakistan Military Intelligence whereas another fellow Baloch student Mr.Nasir Dagarzai was found in a severely injured condition. According a note posted on Radio Gwank Balochistan, Nasir Baloch has been shot in the neck and legs but he survived miraculously.

Abid Rasool Bux Baloch and Naser Baloch were abducted by Pakistan Military personnel on January 23, this year along with Mehrab Baloch, a member of BSO-azad Modal School Unit of Panjgor and Abid Saleem Baloch. They were abducted from the residence of Naser Dagarzai Baloch by the Pakistani Military Intelligence. Sources reported that women and children were beaten and harassed during the raid on Nasir’s house.

Sagaar, the official website of BSO-Azad reported that Nasir Baloch has been shifted to Karachi for better treatment.

Meanwhile BNM, in a press release, has strongly condemned the abduction and subsequent under-custody murder of Abid Rasool Baksh Baloch and critically injuring Nasir Baoch by occupying forces. The BNM statement termed the continuous under-custody murders of Baloch youth as the worst from of human rights violations saying that over 100 Baloch activists have been killed in past seven months. The statement further read “The deliberate silence of International Human Rights Organisations and International Community on state atrocities in Balochistan is tantamount to silent approval of state sponsored crimes against humanity in Balochistan”.

On the other hand the Baloch Students Organization (Azaad) has announced a complete shutter down strike in Panjgor and denounces the role of international peace makers on the kill and dump policy of Pakistan towards Occupied Balochistan.

A statement released on their website further read: “B.S.O. (Azaad) believes in the strength of Baloch nation to end the oppression and occupation of Pakistan and expects that the peace and justice loving people of the world would support Baloch nation to achieve their rightful freedom”.

Baloch Resistance Attacks–Jan. 27

Highway Bridge blown up, hand grenade hurled at Levis stations, gas pipeline damaged in blast

Occupied Balochistan: Unidentified people have hurled a hand grenade on a Levis station in Surab area of District Kharan Balochistan. The external wall of the Levy station has been damaged due to the blast, however, no casualty have been reported.

Meanwhile a bridge was exploded near RD342 Levis Station on National Highway between Sui and Jaffarabad on Wednesday. According to the administration, unidentified man placed explosive materials under the bridge which exploded. Resultantly, the bridge was completely damaged and traffic was suspended.

Baloch Liberation Front’s spokesman Basham Baloch in a phone call to NNI has accepted the responsibility for the attack on Levis Station on Wednesday.

26/01/2011- Gas pipeline blown up: Another gas pipeline was blown up by unknown militants in Sui area of Zafar Colony on Tuesday. According to the official sources that an explosive device was planted with gas pipeline of Well No 53 which is connected with Pirko to Sui plant that exploded with a big blast destroying the 8-inch diameter gas pipelines. Gas supply suspended to Sui gas Purification Plant from well no 53.

Officials preparing plan to repair it at the earliest to restore supply to Sui plant. Case has been registered against the unknown persons and investigation is under way.

26/01/2011 – 5 Security men hurt in blast: Five security personnel sustained injuries in a landmine blast here in Sui area of Bugti Tribal Territory on Tuesday.

According to official source, a security personnel vehicle was patrolling Loti gas field area from Sui to Loti, when it hit a landmine that was planted by the unknown militants. It exploded with big bang.

Five people inside the vehicle received multiple wounds in the blast. Law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot and injured were taken to the PPL hospital for treatment. Law enforcement agencies cordon off the area started the manhunt for the culprits and also making investigations.(Courtesy: dailytawar & DailyBalochistan Express)

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Shahzain announces ‘long march’ on 28th

Shahzain announces ‘long march’ on 28th

LAHORE: Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) leader Nawabzada Shahzain Khan Bugti has announced a long march towards Dera Bugti on January 28 besides appealing to all political forces to join the caravan.

Flanked by other party leaders at a press conference on Sunday, Shahzain Bugti, the grandson of slain Baloch leader Nawab Akber Bugti, stated that Dera Bugti had turned into a ‘no go area’ after the assassination of Nawab Bugti and now it was the need of the hour to save it. He said as long as security forces would remain in that area, peace couldn’t be ensured in that part of Balochistan. He said the killing of innocent people wasn’t done by Baloch but security forces were involved in the heinous act.

To a question, he said his arrest was meant to halt the long march but it wouldn’t stop now and added that people of Dera Bugti should be allowed to reach their native area. To another question regarding his contact with the US Embassy at the time of his arrest, he said: “They contacted me after seeing the action of forces on TV.”

Shahzain further stated that he also belonged to Pakistan like anyone and demanded that the military operation should be stopped at once in Balochistan or situation would deteriorate. To a query about the solution of problems of Baloch through the dialogue process, he said all the assurances given by the federal government were merely verbal and didn’t exist practically. He once again rejected the Balochistan Package while terming it an eyewash on the part of the government, which was yet to be implemented.

He also announced that all the parties were invited to join the long march and hoped that likeminded people would extend complete support to him. He also announced an amount of Rs 200 million (20 crore) for the welfare of Internally Displaced People of Dera Bugti.

Is Balochistan another country?

[The following article may seem like it was written by me, but it was not.  It was written by a Pakistani, a Baloch, who knows much more than I ever could from this great distance.  He comes to the same conclusions which have long seemed obvious to me--namely, that the great "dog fight" in Pakistan's Tribal Region cannot let-up until the "big dogs," India and the US, stop putting the "little dogs" into the fight.  The secret war in Pakistan is on the verge of blowing-up into a very obvious hot war, unless the powers who are driving the process back off.  All of the wildest conspiracy claims about the situation in Balochistan are true--Yes, India and Afghanistan (meaning the US) are sponsoring the terrorism of the Baloch nationalists, who train in Afghanistan; Yes, the Pak Army is running death squads to silence the Baloch nationalists.

The only way to de-escalate the situation in Balochistan is for all of the various mob bosses to call-off the "hits."]

Najam Sethi’s E d i t o r i a l

Bugti tribal militiamen in Balochistan

s Balochistan already another country? Are the Baloch nationalists fighting for secession or autonomy? Are they terrorists or freedom fighters? Where are all the “missing persons” of Balochistan? Who is carrying out ethnic cleansing of settler-Punjabis? Who is target-killing the leaders of the nationalist movement? What is the role of the “agencies” of Pakistan and India? What are the grievances of the Baloch? Is there a “solution” in sight?

Cut the propaganda. Here’s a reality check.

Balochistan is a sort of “tribal confederation” with its attendant internal pulls and pushes, competition and conflict. Baloch nationalism draws its inspiration from a refusal of the Khan of Kalat at the time of Partition to accede to the new nation-state of Pakistan in more or less the same manner in which the “princely” states of India acceded to the new nation-state of India, but with one critical difference. In India, the Congress leaders in Delhi negotiated the terms of accession patiently with the Hindu rulers of the Princely States – except in those states with Muslim rulers and Hindu majorities where the civilian carrot was backed by the military stick – whereas in the new Pakistan the Muslim League leaders tried to whip a fellow Muslim, the Khan of Kalat, into accession without due process and regard to the state’s rights.

The hurt and wound of the original sin has progressively become a rallying nationalist cause only because Balochistan’s enforced accession did not lead to a fulsome integration into the new nation-state of Pakistan that was dominated by Karachi, Lahore and then Islamabad. Indeed, in time the nationalist narrative has transcended the original agitation-politics of non-integration (how many Baloch have been recruited in the bureaucracy, army and public sector?) and sought to renew itself on the basis of the militant politics of exploitation (Sui gas royalties are inadequate, Gwadar Port is not in Baloch hands, Baloch lands are being bought up by Punjabis, Balochistan’s minerals are being extracted by foreigners for a song, etc.).

The case of East Pakistan’s slide into separatism and secession based on the progression of the politics of non-integration (rapid economic development in West Pakistan versus stagnation in East Pakistan during the “Decade of Development” under General Ayub Khan) into the politics of exploitation (foreign exchange earnings from Bengali jute went to line the pockets of importing Punjabi industrialists and licence-selling bureaucrats) comes to mind straightaway.

A comparison between Balochistan and East Pakistan is instructive for many reasons. A “confederation of tribes” with the big ones at loggerheads with one another was not as conducive to the growth of unified Baloch nationalism like the political and cultural homogeneity of the Bengalis was for their nationalism. Therefore Islamabad was better able to divide and rule the Baloch than it was able to subdue the Bengalis. This was reflected in the split between the nationalist tribal Sardars of the Marri and Bugti tribes in the resistance movement of the 1960s and 1970s when the former picked up the gun against Islamabad and the latter sulked on the sidelines or actually embraced it. The 1980s and 1990s were critical: the Marris, Mengals and Bugtis tried to work with Islamabad to obtain a sincere measure of political and economic autonomy, but their efforts came to naught. Pakistan’s “democratic” politicians were busy making and breaking governments without any consideration for the imperative of economic development and national integration through a process of trade and commerce. The military government of General Pervez Musharraf which followed in the 2000s concentrated on economic development (of sorts) but negated its benevolent effect by depriving the Sardars and middle classes of Balochistan of its largesse (Gwadar was tied securely to anchors in Islamabad and the Bugti tribe was threatened with military reprisals for agitating about royalties from Sui and contracts from Pakistan Petroleum). Worse, in the 2002 elections, the military regime propped up the mullahs and religious ideologues of Balochistan (and NWFP) at the expense of the militant tribal Sardars and mainstream middle-class politicians and effectively deprived them of power, privilege and spoil sharing. This culminated in alienating the Marri Sardars and forcing them into exile while antagonizing the Bugti Sardars and compelling them to resist by force. The premeditated “elimination” of Nawab Akbar Bugti via a military operation became the catalyst for an unprecedented unified stand by the Marris, Mengals and Bugtis against Islamabad.

This was a turning point for Baloch nationalism. It came of age on the basis of a tribal and middle-class unity that had long eluded it. Here was the necessary condition for revolt and rebellion. The sufficient condition was provided by a new twist in regional politics.

The American intervention in Afghanistan brought an anti-Pakistan regime to power in Kabul. This regime saw profitable leverage against Pakistan in hosting Baloch insurgents and fanning Baloch separatism. On the other border with India, it was also payback time for Pakistan’s jihadi incursions and provocations in Kashmir throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Thus the Marri-Bugti leaders in exile readily clutched at the new foreign facilitators and providers of arms and funds from across Pakistan’s eastern and western borders and launched their armed resistance against Islamabad.

The undemocratic “deep state” of Pakistan has responded in the only way taught to it as the “sole guardian of national security”: Repression. That is why Baloch nationalists are target-killed by invisible agencies whose calling card is “Pakistan Zindabad”, or they “disappear” in the dungeons of military field intelligence units where the writ of the soft state (judiciary and civilian administration) is absent. And that is why the Baloch nationalist movement is viewed as an Indian-Afghan sponsored “conspiracy against the integrity and solidarity of Pakistan” (which also explains some of the bombs that go off in Quetta).

The other side of the coin reflects a definite Baloch resistance strategy of which ethnic cleansing, especially of Punjabis, is an essential element. Since the deep state is dominated and led by Punjabis, the settler Punjabis in Balochistan are viewed by the insurgents as potential allies of the enemy, therefore they are being eliminated or pushed out of Balochistan. Their fate can be laid at the door of insurgent Baloch nationalism whose “freedom fighters” are “terrorists” for the deep state of Pakistan. Is there a way out of this quagmire?

Theoretically, secession and the creation of an independent Balochistan could provide a resolution for one side but not for the other. The modern nation-state guards its territorial sovereignty and integrity fiercely. India next door provides a good example where half the country’s army has wiped out an entire generation of Kashmiri freedom fighters without relinquishing an inch of territory. Therefore insurgency will lead to more repression in Balochistan, not secession, as in Kashmir. Indeed, the agencies may increasingly resort to physical elimination of “troublesome separatists” if the pressure on them from the Supreme Court of Pakistan increases to produce the “missing persons”.

This means that only a foreign intervention and war could create conditions for Pakistan’s further disintegration and Balochistan’s secession as an independent state as it did in 1971 for Bangladesh. But nuclear equations tend to deter war with India. So if secession can be ruled out, will the promise of political autonomy and economic development and representation in the organs of the civil-military bureaucracy persuade the insurgents to abandon armed struggle and accept rehabilitation in Quetta?

No. The secessionists will cease insurgency only when the external forces that feed and prop them up back off and their safe havens in Afghanistan dry up. That is when they will consider returning to the mainstream on the basis of credible and positive inducements for it. Therefore what is now a sufficient condition for insurgency (foreign support) must become (when it ends) the necessary condition for true autonomy and integration of Balochistan into Pakistan.

But foreign support and safe havens for Baloch nationalists will not end until there are mutually related settlements of outstanding disputes between Islamabad and New Delhi and Islamabad and Kabul so that their proxy wars can come to an end. This, in turn, implies a stable, representative and peaceful regime in Afghanistan that is not hostile to Islamabad or dependent on American military might to sustain itself. It also implies a solid conflict resolution process between India and Pakistan in which Pakistan is no longer distrusted as a terror-exporting threat to India and India is not seen as an existential threat to Pakistan.

Is that a tall order? Yes, it is, in the short run at least. In the longer term, however, there is no alternative for the three states in the region. Each must respect the territorial integrity of the other two in the interest of peace, stability, integration and economic development in the region and insurgencies and proxy wars must come to an end. Indeed, an end-game in Afghanistan should presage an end-game between India and Pakistan as well. Internal conflict has destroyed the Afghan state. It is eroding the Pakistani state and fraying the edges of the Indian state. External conflict will change the map of the region with disastrous consequences.

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18 inch high pressure gas pipeline blown up In Balochistan

SSGC’s 18 inch high pressure gas pipeline blown up, gas supply to Punjab and Karachi suspended

on 2011/1/21 0:00:00 (98 reads)
KARACHI: A serious incident of insurgency occurred at 6:00am on January 20, 2011 , near Hajano village in the Tangwani area of District Kashmore about 34 kilometers downstream from Sui, South of the Sui gas field, close to the Balochistan and Sindh border. As a result of the incident an 18 inch diameter SSGC gas pipeline was damaged. The incident was caused by an explosive device, causing a 6 feet deep trough and rupturing nearly 40 feet long pipeline in a tract of wet muddy land.

The pipeline was carrying 110 million cubic feet gas daily (mmcfd) from Sui gas field to SSGC’s pipeline system at Shikarpur, for its onward transmission to the entire Balochistan. Subsequent to incident, the effected section was isolated immediately. At the same time, an emergency response team rushed to the site from Shikarpur to inspect the situation. SSGC is managing the smooth and uninterrupted gas supply to Balochistan but a shortfall of about 30 mmcfd gas would be faced, as a result of the incident, resultantly the gas supply in Balochistan will be curtailed to all customers, except domestic for 2-3 days.

The recent sabotage activity took place just after 7 days, when on last Thursday i.e. January 13, 2011 another blast occurred on the same gas pipeline near Jafarabad. Four sabotage incidents had occurred at the same place i.e. ‘Tangwani’ area, since 2003.

Due to continuous attacked on gas pipelines the SSGC has suspended gas supply to several areas in Punjab, Dado and Karachi. Sources also reported that the security force has stopped the journalists from covering these incidents and some journalists were deprived of their cameras.

SSCG pipelines have also suspended the gas supply industries in Sahiwal, Shakhopoora, and Lahore regions for at least four days. According to local media, supply of gas to some industries in Punjab might be restored by Monday morning. However, industrial units of Faisal Abad, Multan and Bhawalpure will get gas on Thursday.

Meanwhile Sarbaaz Baloch of BRA has informed the news agencies that Baloch fighters have blown up a gas pipeline to Well number 65 near Mohammad Colony in Hajan area of Kandh kot, Sui to Karachi pipeline in Uch well number 11 and the pipeline to Compression Plant in Peer Koh area during different attacks.

The spokesperson of BRA urged the pro-liberation movements of Sindh to intensify the struggle for liberation to weaken the enemy and to make the freedom of Sindh and Balochistan possible. BRA spokesperson also claimed that they have killed personnel of FC (Frontier Corps) and vowed to carry out such attack in future.

Meanwhile the FC spokesman in Balochistan denied any attacks and killing of their soldier saying that no such incident took place and this was a baseless claim.

Baloch High Court Bails Bugti

BHC grants bail to Shahzain, 26 others

BHC grants bail to Shahzain, 26 others

The Balochistan High Court (BHC) Monday granted bail to Shahzain Bugti and his arrested aides who were arrested last month.

According to a private television channel, the court ordered to release of each on Rs five lac bail amount.
A single bench of the Balochistan High Court comprising Justice Noor Muhammad Miskanzai had reserved on Thursday its judgment on the bail application of Shahzain Bugti, provincial president of the Jamhoori Watan Party.
Shahzain and 26 others were arrested by the Frontier Corps last month allegedly possessing huge quantity of weapons.

100 Hindu families Trying to Get Out of Balochistan

100 Hindu families in Pak want to migrate to India

Yudhvir Rana, TNN

AMRITSAR: More than one hundred Hindu families of Baluchistan province of Pakistan are making efforts to migrate to India after becoming the target of extremists and fundamentalist groups who kidnap them for ransom. Five Hindu families have already migrated from Balochistan’s Mastung district to India and six more families are trying to seek asylum elsewhere.

These startling revelations were made by Pakistan’s former federal minister for human rights Ansar Burney while talking to TOI over phone from Baluchistan on Sunday.

Burney who is also United Nations Expert Advisor on Human Rights claims to have visited several Baloch dominated districts including Quetta, Nushki, Dera Allah Yar, Mastung, Khuzdar, Qalat, Jaffarabad, Lasbela, Kharan, Sibi, Kachhi and territories inhabited by Marri and Bugti tribes where Hindus have been living for centuries – following the kidnapping of Maharaj Lakhim Chand Garji (85) by extremist and fundamentalist groups from Kali Mata Mandir in Qalat on December 21.

Garji is ‘Maharaja’ of Kali Mata Mandir for past 60 years. Burney claimed that despite threat to his life he had visited Qalat and other disturbed places especially religious places of Christians, Hindus and Sikhs in Baluchistan and met people who raised their serious concern on alleged illegitimate and dishonest attitude of some fundamentalist and extremist elements including influential people.

Burney alleged that many influential people in the Federal and Provincial governments besides several tribal leaders were involved in kidnapping of Hindus and Sikhs for ransom. “Several members of the Hindu community had been kidnapped for ransom under the patronage of Sardars and some government influential people” he added. However, he refused to divulge their names.

Criticizing the provincial government he said, “Government has failed to protect the lives and properties of Hindus and Sikhs as the incidents of kidnapping for ransom have become common. Several members of the Hindu community have been kidnapped for ransom and government has not been able to trace or recover them. In many cases family of victims had paid huge ransom for their release.”

He said, “The Hindu community of Balochistan had been hit hardest by incidents of abduction for ransom and extortion. 291 people abducted last year were Hindus. Most of the victims were released after paying a huge amount as ransom to kidnappers who are mostly close people of tribal leaders ‘Sardars’. Relatives of the victims are reluctant to disclose how much money they paid to the kidnappers, fearing that they will be targeted again.”

Burney said that one Suresh Kumar wanted to migrate though his family had lived in Baluchistan for almost a century. “Most of the people are trying to migrate because of the deteriorating law and order situation,” he added. “The situation was worse in Naseerabad district, where half the 28 people kidnapped in 2010 were from the minority community.In such circumstances several Hindu families has already migrated to India and others are planning to leave the country,” he added. He alleged that one Juhary Lal, a well-known trader, was abducted about 16 months ago in Naal area of Khuzdar district and his whereabouts were still unknown.

Burney demanded from government for the safe and early recovery of Maharaj Lakhim Chang Garji. He is considered to be one of Pakistan’s most revered Hindu spiritual leaders. He was kidnapped on December 21. Burney also appealed to his kidnappers to at least allow the volunteers of the Ansar Burney International Trust to provide insulin injections and other medicines to Lakhim Chand Garji who was a diabetic.

He said that in the last one month more than five Hindu religious persons including a 10 year old child had been kidnapped and the government had totally failed to protect them.

He urged upon the Federal as well as Baluchistan government to take stern action against the fundamentalists and extremist elements those involved in kidnapping and killing of innocent Hindus, Sikhs and Christians in Pakistan and harassing them in the name of blasphemy act.


All Eyes on the Prize

By Dr. Qaisar Abbas

Sadly, by now the Balochistan situation had become a playground for competing regional interests. Afghanistan assisted by USSR wished to convert what had been purely an act of tribal resistance against federal despotism into a war of liberation. —– The USSR’s role was more ambivalent. Despite the contention of those convinced that the Russian wished to grab Balochistan in their century –long obsession to find a warm water port, the USSR played a relatively minor role in the course of events.

Sherbaz Khan Mazari, 1999.

Commenting on the events of 1970s after the Z. A. Bhutto’s army action in Balochistan, the prominent political leader Sherbaz Khan Mazari deplored the Pakistani establishment’s heavy-handed treatment of Balochis in his book “A Journey to Disillusionment” (Oxford Press, 1999).

Ten years after publication of this political autobiography, Balochistan is still burning. There have been six insurgencies in the province since independence and all have been dealt with an iron hand. Amazingly, the largest province of Pakistan in terms of its area, rich in natural resources but also the poorest,  Balochistan remains no more than a nuisance for Islamabad as dialogues were rarely considered a viable option to redress provincial grievances, a typical colonialist and military approach.

As it happens, all internal issues have a capacity to become international conflicts if not resolved timely. Luckily, the role of external forces was not on a large scale in Balochistan during the past insurgencies as it is today. The Soviet factor faded away with its withdrawal from Afghanistan and finally downsizing itself into the new nation state of Russia.

In 2011, however, the story is a lot different with involvement of regional and global forces heavily in this strategically located area with a potential of vast oil reserves and mineral resources. The only superpower of the day, the United States and the aspiring superpowers, India and China are now active in the area in addition to the two neighboring countries, Iran and Afghanistan who also have their stakes in the area.

With these complex and potentially dangerous geopolitical developments, global players have found a new hot spot on the shores of the Arabian Sea. China has a longstanding ambition to make a seaport hub in Balochistan for its oil and gas supplies from Iran and Central Asia to boost its industrial enterprise. Probably that is why it has been investing hugely in building the new Gawadar seaport. India is also building an airport in the neighboring Afghanistan as a counter strategy.

Pakistan has shown interest in the proposed Iran, Pakistan and India venture, IPI, to establish a gas pipeline from Iran to India going through Pakistan against the wishes of the United States that opposes any move supporting Iran perceived by Washington as an aspiring nuclear power of the future.

To counter IPI, however, another pipeline project has been in the offing which has recently been signed by India, Afghanistan and Pakistan to supply gas from Turkmenistan. This Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India project, TAPI, has been eagerly supported by the U.S. How important America considers this project is evident from the following statement of its Deputy Assistant Secretary of State on South and Central Asian Affairs, Susan Elliot: “The road ahead is long for this project but the benefits could be tremendous and are certainly worthy of the diligence demonstrated by these four countries so far.”

With this international wheeling and dealing, the increasing secessionist tendencies in Balochistan are hardly a good omen especially when Pakistan has been trying to resolve internal issues with force rather than engaging stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue with the parties involved. The former President General Musharraf, in his typical macho style, made the situation even worse when he killed the well respected Balochi leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, triggering a new wave of resistance in the province. His grandson Brahamdagh Bugti has been leading a resistance movement, the Baloch Liberation Army (LBA) from Qandahar in Afghanistan since then.  A number of Balochi leaders were kidnapped and killed in 2009 ostensibly by the ISI including the two prominent leaders of the Balochistan National Movement Ghulam Mohammad Baloch and Lala Munir Ahmed, and Sher Mohammad Baloch, a leader of the Balochistan Republican Party.

In the wake of these developments dissidence has been developing even within the rank and file of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party.  Their party president in the province and senator Lashkari Raisani has recently resigned from his position saying he cannot stand aloof from these changes. Additionally the Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi has criticized the federal government saying he is not being consulted on important decisions of the province and if the situation continues the province might secede from the center.

Another issue relates to the constitutionally guaranteed provincial autonomy which has not been provided yet. Despite the deadline to provide these autonomies under the 1973 constitution, the federal government still controls major provincial sectors.

To its credit however, in November 2009 the PPP government offered a comprehensive Development Package for Balochistan that includes economic, political and development measures. Talking to a delegation of senators from Balochistan, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said last Friday his government had dedicated maximum resources for the province (Daily Times, January 1, 2011). The Package, criticized by Balochi leaders as another round of political rhetoric, includes economic, political and educational plans. At the time of political distrust and hostilities, plans on the paper need practical outcomes that PPP has to show in comparatively a short span of time. A national strategy has to be developed involving all political parties and the military to resolve the following and other major issues of Balochistan:

1.      Sharing Natural Resources

The province has long been complaining about its due share in its natural resources. Baluchistan has been a major source of natural gas for domestic and industrial needs of the country.  Its natural resources including coal¸ copper and gold are being exploited without sharing a reasonable amount of revenue with locals.

2.     Poverty and Employment

Balochistan is largely a rugged mountainous area where economic resources and employment opportunities in business and industries are limited. The area, however, offers a wide array of opportunities for developing industries, fisheries-related projects, and sea port ventures that could be developed. The high unemployment rate and poverty needs to be addressed by providing employment to the local youth in new development projects.

3.     Basic Facilities

Common citizens of Balochistan have been deprived of healthcare facilities and basic water resources for too long. Priority should be given to provide these basic facilities including development of roads throughout the province.

4.     Education

A universal and free high school education has to be provided to all children in Balochistan (and other provinces) as their basic right. A network of technical colleges would be able train the youth for the upcoming Gawadar seaport and other development projects in the province.  Establishing more universities throughout the province in a phase wise program should also be considered seriously.

5.     Human Rights

According to political sources over 800 people are missing in Balochistan including common citizens, students, activists, political leaders and workers. It is imperative to release these people and restore trust before initiating a dialogue with political leaders in the province.

6.     Provincial Autonomy

If there is a choice between separation and provincial autonomy, Islamabad should consider it wisely. Provincial autonomy is a paramount issue which is also on the list of major demands of the resistance movement in the province.

7.     Empowerment and Local Governance

Political empowerment starts from a local level where people resolve their own issues with consensus working with the provincial government. This gap should be filled and local elections should be held in the interior Balochistan.

8.     Trust and Collaboration

It looks the province has been politically isolated by the establishment and all important issues of the province are decided by the powerful bureaucrats in Islamabad or the army without any input from the provincial administration.

With this backdrop, the Obama administration has announced to review the ongoing war in Afghanistan in July 2011 and make a decision on how to proceed to withdraw its forces by 2014. While winding up in Afghanistan, however, there are other “opportunities” in the surrounding region for the goliath who already has two air bases in Dalbandin and Panjgore in Balochistan and the most modern army across the border.

Based on the fast-changing circumstances in the region, the next five years will be highly crucial for the future of Balochistan and it is up to the Pakistani establishment, political parties and most importantly the army to see the writing on the wall. As they say, all eyes are on the prize! (Courtesy: Viewpoint)

Dr. Qaisar Abbas, a U.S. based free lance journalist, grant writing consultant and a published Urdu poet, frequently writes on media, literature and society. With a Master’s degree in Journalism from Punjab University, Lahore, he worked as Public Relations Officer for the provincial government of Punjab. Later he joined Pakistan Television as News Producer before moving to the United States where he did Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Mass Communication. After working on administrative and teaching positions at several universities in the U.S., he is currently working as Assistant Dean at the University of North Texas. He can be reached at qaabbas@gmail.com

Baloch Gas pipeline and electric towers blown up, Gas Company attacked

Gas pipeline and electric towers blown up, Gas Company attacked

on 2011/1/14 1:00:00 (165 reads)
Occupied Balochistan: several gas pipelines, electric towers and a Gas Company have been attacked in different areas of Balochistan in past two days. The Baloch resistance Organisation fighting for the Independence of Balochistan accepted responsibility of these incidents and vowed to carry out more attacks.

Baloch militants blew up a high pressure gas pipeline near Dera Allahyar in Jaffarbad district, some 18-kilometer from Jacobabad, in early Thursday morning disrupting gas supply to major parts of Balochistan, SSGC officials said.

According sources, the militants attached explosive materials with gas pipeline in Sim Shakh (Outfall Drain) area which went off with a big bang destroying 18 inch diameter gas pipeline. The gas supply from Bugti Tribal Territory to Quetta was disrupted severely affecting the entire Balochistan in this chilly cold weather.

SSGC official Inayatullah Ismail said that the blast damaged the pipeline which was carrying about 145 mmcfd to Quetta for onward transmission to north and south of the Balochistan. Another explosive device was attached with the same pipeline which was recovered and defused by personnel of law enforcing agency.

Mr. Inayatullah Ismail said that current supply to Balochistan is being carried out through emergency line and he made an appeal to the consumers to use natural gas with maximum care otherwise it will be exhausted and supply will be completely disrupted to entire Balochistan.

“The team is inspecting the damaged pipeline, hence we cannot estimate the losses,” he said and adding that repair work will be completed within 48 hours. Sources said that the gas supply to Habibullah Coastal Power House, Quetta, was also disrupted due to the blast which may further aggravate load shedding in Quetta and elsewhere.

The Baloch Republican Army (BRA) claimed the responsibility of blowing up gas pipeline. Its spokesman who introduced himself as Sarbaz Baloch said that the attack was carried out in retaliation for extra-judicial killings of our innocent youth by the security agencies. He vowed that such attacks will continue in future as well.

BRA is consistently targeting the gas pipelines and gas wells during the past many days. “A 20-inch diameter pipeline was blown up early on Friday which connects 10 gas wells to a major gas purification plant in Dera Bugti district,” Home Secretary Akbar Durrani told Reuters.

The pipeline had connected 10 gas wells to a major gas purification plant in Dera Bugti district. It was not clear how much of the plant’s production was disrupted or how much gas the wells supplied. Militants also blew up a gas well in Uch district, reported Dawn Newspaper.

Two electricity towers blown up in Dera Murad Jamali: Two 220-KV electricity towers were blown up in Chhatar area of district Naseerabad on Wednesday. According to the Levies Force, unknown men placed explosive materials beside the electricity pylons which exploded with a big bang and destroyed two pylons. The electricity to several areas has been suspended after the attack on electric towers.

Sarbaaz Baloch of BRA claimed the responsibility for the attack and alleged that seven pylons were targeted among them five have been completely destroyed.

On Thursday night The BLA fighters also attack the MARI GAS COMPANY in Khost area of Harnayee in Balochistan. The deputy commissioner of area while confirming the attack said that seven rockets have been fired on a gas exploration company from nearby mountains. However, no losses of life or damage to any property were reported.

The BLA accepted the responsibility for the attack and warned the gas exploration multi-national companies to stop working in Balochistan. They also warned some locals of the area to stop collaborating with the gas companies otherwise they’ll also be targeted.

Both of the Baloch resistance Organisations BRA and BLA have warned the multinational Oil and gas exploration companies to stop working in Balochistan. “No International Companies will be allowed to work in Balochistan against the will of the Baloch people”.

Baloch Resistance Forces Focused On Stopping Oil and Gas Movement In Province

[This new phase of their offensive has seen widespread bombing of gas lines and wells.  The intent to stop American fuel shipments from moving through the province, if it is lasting, will disprove claims (that I too, have often made) that the Baloch resistance is funded by the United States.  The rebels can effectively shut-down the American/NATO supply lines if they maintain a fuel and transport blockade.  The next steps will clarify a lot of the misconceptions about Balochistan.]

16 NATO tankers torched in Balochistan

Indo-Asian News Service

Sources said the attackers also fired gunshots and managed to escape after a crossfire with the police.

NATO tankers have been frequently attacked in Pakistan in the recent past. Scores of NATO supply vehicles have been destroyed in gun and arson attacks as militants have stepped up efforts to disrupt crucial supply routes.

Pakistan shut its northwestern border crossing to NATO supply vehicles Sep 30 for 11 days after a cross-border NATO helicopter assault killed two Pakistani soldiers.

The bulk of supplies and equipment required by foreign troops in Afghanistan is shipped through Pakistan, although US troops increasingly use alternative routes through central Asia.

 

Bramdagh Bugti Says Daily Times Fabricated His “Bogus Interview”

The Baloch Hal News

QUETTA: A spokesman for Baloch nationalist leader and the head of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP)  Nawabzada Bramdagh Bugti has termed two recent interviews published in a Lahore-based English daily as fake, fabricated and bogus.

Sher Mohammad Bugti, a spokesman for the Baloch leader, told The Baloch Hal that two interviews of Bramdagh Bugti, which were published in Daily Times were fabricated, fake and bogus as the Baloch leader had not spoken to any correspondents in the recent times. He said the interviews were “planted” from certain quarters in order to  malign the Baloch nationalist movement.

Dozens of Quetta-based Urdu newspapers have also published a formal denial of the interviews of the Baloch leader in their Sunday editions quoting the Bugti’s spokesman accusing the Daily Times of cooking up two interviews one after the other.

Experts raised eyebrows over the authenticity of the interview when it quoted Bramdagh Bugti calling Baloch resistance forces as “Baloch terrorists”.

Bramdagh Bugti is a grand-son of  former Balochistan governor and chief minister Nawab Mohammad Akbar Khan Bugti. He is a staunch supporter of Balochistan’s independence and the ongoing armed movement.

Daily Times, which is simultaneously published from Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, is a part of the Media Times Limited, which was founded by Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab who was recently shot dead in Islamabad by his own security guard. The newspaper is edited by Rashed Rehman, a veteran of the Balochistan resistance movement of 1970s as a part of the popular London Group.The management of Daily Times has not provided a public explanation for what Bugti’s spokesman called as “fabricated interviews”.

Five gas wells blown up in Balochistan, Multinational Companies warned

Five gas wells blown up in Balochistan, Multinational Companies warned

Occupied Balochistan: Five gas wells were blown up by unknown people near the Sui city area in Dera Bugti early on Sunday suspending supply to the main compressor plant.

District Police Officer Dera Bugti, Bashir Ahmed Soomro, confirmed that explosive devices were planted near the gas wells that included well number 24, 33, 46, 82 and 83. The wells and machinery were extensively damaged in the explosions and as a result gas supply to the main plant at Sui gas field was suspended.

Officials said that the blast did not disrupt the supply to any province.

“The incident took place at 2 am and engineers started the repair work after a few hours of the blast which is almost completed,” DPO Bashir Ahmed said.

Banned outfit the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) claimed responsibility for the attack. Calling from an unspecified location, its spokesperson, who introduced himself as Sarbaz Baloch, said that his organisation will carry out such attacks in the future as well.

The spokesperson of BRA warned the Multinational Companies especially China not to invest in Balochistan without the will of Baloch people.

BLF Murders Four Cable-Layers, Bringing Internet To S.West Balochistan

BLF Kills Four “Outsiders”; Warns Foreign Investors, Contractors From Working in Balochistan

The Baloch Hal News

AWARAN/MAND: Four people were gunned down and a passer-by sustained bullet injuries in separate incidents in Awaran and Turbat Districts of Balochistan on Saturday for which the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) accepted responsibility.

According to Levies source, three persons, who were confirmed as non-locals, were attacked by unidentified people riding a motorcycle by opening fire on them with automatic weapons in Malar area of Awaran town, some 400 KM south-west of Quetta.

Consequently one of them was killed on the spot while two others received severe bullet injuries. However, both the injured succumbed to their injuries before being given medical aid. They were identified as Abdul Wahab Nisar Ahmad and Gul Muhammad.

Levies officials said that the victims were working as labours in the area busy in laying Fiber Optic line.

“It can be case of target killing, however, investigations are underway to unearth motive behind the killings,” sources said.

The Baloch Liberation Front (BLF), an underground armed group championing the cause of an independent Balochistan, accepted responsibility for the killing of the three men who belonged to Bajur tribal area warning that anyone who worked for the government to develop the local infrastructure would be targeted in the future.  A BLF spokesman said that the local contractors were working for the government to gain financial benefits which would not be tolerated in the future. He also warned the foreign investors and local contractors not to come to Balochistan to work for the government on different projects.

In another incident, a sweet-vendor was shot dead and a passer- by got injured when unknown persons riding a motorcycle opened firing in the bordering town of Mand with Iran of District Kechh. The victim was named as Ghulam Haider, a resident of Jacobabad (Sindh).

The assailants escaped from the site after killing sweet vendor.

While claiming responsibility for the killing of Mr. Haider, the BLF termed him as a “spy” working for the government intelligence agencies in the area.

Bus bomb wounds five children of FC soldiers in Turbat

[The inhuman monsters of Balochistan bomb another bus load of children, children of Frontier Corps personnel.]

Bus bomb wounds five children of FC soldiers in Turbat

Occupied Balochistan: A bomb blast tore through a school bus in Pakistan on Tuesday, wounding at least five children of FC personnel in Turbat. The bus was taking more than 30 children of Frontier Corps (FC) personnel to a school in Turbat.

According to details, A remote-controlled bomb exploded when the bus neared Ata Shad College, about 550 kilometres west of Quetta, an FC spokesman said.

“Five children were wounded, three of them are in a serious condition,” he said. A child, Haroon Siddiq lost his hand in the attack and was stated to be critical, hospital sources said. Other injured children were identified as Kamil, John, Zeshan and Qamar. Security in charge, Muhammad Hameed also suffered minor injuries.

Police said more than a dozen children were wounded, but most of them were discharged after receiving first aid at hospital. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A senior police officer said that usually FC officials escorted the school van. It was possible that the FC escort was the target, sources added.

FC personnel cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt. The incident took place within the limits of City Police Station. CM Raisani and Governor Magsi condemned the attack on school baus. The Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi said that people who attack children in a school van were cowards. He added that terrorists would not be allowed to carry out their nefarious activities.

Local sources claimed that FC has started indiscriminate firing at Baloch students of Degree College after the attack on the bus. Two policemen, Liaqat and Noor Ahmad, from a nearby check post have also been arrested and shifted to an undisclosed location by the FC.

On the other hand a spokesperson of Baloch Liberation Front has informed the newagencies that fighters from his organisation have targeted an FC team in Turbat. According Mr Basham, at least five FC personnel were killed in the attack and several others have been wounded.

Courtesy: Dailytime & Tawar

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? Who really is Qari Saifullah Akhtar?

[Some people blame it on the fact that Pakistan's laws contain no legal precedents for prosecuting acts of terrorism, but it is a fundamental flaw much bigger than some legal loopholes.  These terrorists could easily be prosecuted for individual acts of murder if there was a judicial will to accept the challenge.  Pakistani government cannot treat terrorism as a crime, because too often, it is just another tool in the State's toolkit.  Pakistan's secret terror army is no different than America's secret terror army, because, for the most part, they are the same armies.  Pakistan is merely more blatant in its almost open use of terrorism as state policy.  SEE: Pakistan’s Best Terrorists Wait In Jail Cells, On Call Something must open this stinking can of rotting worms.  A real investigation of the Benazir Bhutto murder would do just that.  That is why there will never be a satisfactory investigation.  We see the beginning of this with the scattering of the key witnesses before they can be called to testify.]

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? Who really is Qari Saifullah Akhtar?

by Yousuf Nazar

Pakistani police officers assist injured militant commander Qari Saifullah Akhtar, centre face covered, as he exits following a court appearance in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 2007 (Photo source)

Source: State of Pakistan

The following was originally published on February 17, 2008.

What happened after he was let go in May 2007 is not known. What is known that instead of trying to prosecute and convict him, the government chose to keep him in ‘custody’ after his arrest in August 2004. It first denied before the Supreme Court on May 5, 2007 that he was in its custody and then quietly released him and informed the Supreme Court on May 26, 2007 that he had been released.

Is Qari Saifullah Akhtar a jihadi? Is he a militant? Is he a rogue double agent who turned his back on the ISI? If so, why no attempt to try him and get a conviction from the court? OR is he an ‘intelligence asset’, a handy tool to be manipulated and dumped at an appropriate time?

QARI SAIFULLAH AKHTAR HAS BEEN AT LARGE IN PAKISTAN SINCE MAY 2007.

Who is Qari Saifullah Akhtar?

1. Was he involved in the assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto on October 18, 2007?

2. Is there a connection between his “release” from the custody of the intelligence agencies in May 2007 and the phenomenal rise in bomb attacks during the second half of 2007?

3. Why did the government keep him for nearly three years, first denied he was in its custody and then released him?

Qari Saifullah Akhtar’s role in bomb attack on Benazir Bhutto on October 18, 2007 in Karachi

Benazir Bhutto writes in her last book about October 18, 2007 bomb attack in Karachi:

Quote:  “later I was informed of a meeting that had taken place in Lahore where the bomb blasts were planned. According to this report, three men belonging to a rival political faction were hired for half a million dollars. They were, according to my sources, named Ejaz, Sajjad and another whose name I forgot.  One of them died accidentally because he couldn’t get away fast enough before the detonation. Presumably this was the one holding the baby. However, a bomb maker was needed for the bombs. Enter Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a wanted terrorist who had tried to overthrow my second government. He had been extradited by the United Arab Emirates and was languishing in Karachi central jail. According to my second source, the officials in Lahore had turned to Akhtar for help. His liaison with elements in the government, according to this source, was a radical who was asked to make the bombs and himself asked for a fatwa making it legitimate to oblige. He got one.(p.221)” Unquote.

Who is Qari Saifullah Akhtar?

A notorious character and the Amir of Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami, Saifullah Akhtar emerged on the national scene when in October 1995, General Abdul Waheed Kakkar, the then chief of the army staff under Benazir Bhutto, discovered a plot by a group of army officers headed by Major General Zaheer-ul-Islam Abbasi to have him and Benazir assassinated, capture power and proclaim the formation of an Islamic Caliphate in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Abbasi and his army associates were arrested. They were found to have been plotting in tandem with a group in the Harkat-ul-Ansar(HuA) led by Qari Saifullah Akhtar. But while Abbasi and his associates were court-martialled and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, the Qari was released without any action being taken against him.

Before 1990, there were two jihadi organisations called the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and the Harkat-ul-Jihad-Al-Islami (HuJI). The HuM was headed by Maulana Fazlur Rahman Khalil and the HuJI by Qari Saifullah Akhtar. Around 1990, the two merged to form the HuA, with Maulana Khalil as the amir and Qari Akhtar as the deputy amir. Amjad Farooqi  – the alleged assassin of Musharraf – who was shot dead in a police encounter, used to work closely with the Qari.In the late 1980s, Abbasi as a brigadier was posted to the Pakistani high commission in New Delhi as head of the ISI station in India. The Government of India had him expelled. On his return to Pakistan, he was posted to the Northern Areas (Gilgit and Baltistan).  In the beginning of the 1990s, without the clearance of General Asif Nawaz Janjua, the then COAS under Nawaz Sharif, Abbasi organised a raid on an Indian Army post in the Siachen area and was beaten back by the Indian Army with heavy casualties.  Janjua had him transferred out and censured. Since then, he had been nursing an anger against the Pakistan army’s senior leadership and hobnobbing with the Qari.   A few months after capturing power on October 12,1999, Musharraf had Abbasi released from jail. He formed an anti-US organisation called Hizbollah, which acted in tandem with the HUJI. In December 1999, a group of Pakistani hijackers, said to be belonging to the HuM, hijacked an aircraft of the Indian Airlines, which had taken off from Kathmandu, and forced the pilot to fly it to Kandahar. They demanded the release of Omar Sheikh, a British Muslim of Pakistani origin, and Maulana Masood Azhar, a Pakistani Punjabi belonging to the HuM.  The Government of India conceded their demands in order to terminate the hijacking.  Amongst the hijackers was a Pakistani Punjabi by name Mansur Hasnain. Sections of the Pakistani media reported that this hijacker was none other than Amjad Farooqi, who was subsequently found involved in the assassination attempt on Musharraf.  On January 12, 2002, under pressure from the US in the wake of the attempted terrorist strike on the Indian Parliament at New Delhi in December 2001, Musharraf announced a ban on the Lashkar, Jaish and SSP and had their leaders arrested or placed under house arrest.  However the ban did not apply to  the HuM and HuJI, and the government did not take any action against Qari Saifullah Akhtar and Amjad Farooqi.

On May 20, 2002, the Friday Times published the following story titled: “The biggest militia we know nothing about”:

Ary Digital TV’s host Dr Masood,  while discussing the May 8 killing of 11 French nationals in Karachi, named one Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami as one of the suspected terrorists involved in the bombing. When the Americans bombed the Taliban and Mulla Umar fled from his stronghold in Kandahar, a Pakistani personality also fled with him. This was Qari Saifullah Akhtar, the leader of Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami, Pakistan’s biggest jehadi militia headquartered in Kandahar. No one knew the name of the outfit and its leader. A large number of its fighters made their way into Central Asia and Chechnya to escape capture at the hands of the Americans, the rest stole back into Pakistan to establish themselves in Waziristan and Buner. Their military training camp (maskar) in Kotli in Azad Kashmir swelled with new fighters and now the outfit is scouting some areas in the NWFP to create a supplementary maskar for jehad in Kashmir. Its ‘handlers’ have clubbed it together with Harkatul Mujahideen to create Jamiatul Mujahideen in order to cut down the large number of outfits gathered together in Azad Kashmir. It was active in Held Kashmir under the name of Harkatul Jahad Brigade 111.

Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami and the Taliban:

The leader of Harkat al-Jahad al- Islami, Qari Saifullah Akhtar was an adviser to Mulla Umar in the Taliban government. His fighters were called ‘Punjabi’ Taliban and were offered employment, something that other outfits could not get out of Mulla Umar. The outfit had membership among the Taliban too. Three Taliban ministers and 22 judges belonged to the Harkat. In difficult times, the Harkat fighters stood together with Mulla Umar. Approximately 300 of them were killed fighting the Northern Alliance, after which Mulla Umar was pleased to give Harkat the permission to build six more maskars in Kandahar, Kabul and Khost, where the Taliban army and police also received military training. From its base in Afghanistan, Harkat launched its campaigns inside Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Chechnya. But the distance of Qari Saifullah Akhtar from the organisation’s Pakistani base did not lead to any rifts. In fact, Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami emerged from the defeat of the Taliban largely intact. In Pakistan Qari Akhtar has asked the ‘returnees’ to lie low for the time being, while his Pakistani fighters already engaged are busy in jihad as before.    The Harkat is the only militia which boasts international linkages. It calls itself ‘the second line of defence of all Muslim states’ and is active in Arakan in Burma, and Bangladesh, with well organised seminaries in Karachi, and Chechnya, Sinkiang, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. (The latest trend is to recall Pakistani fighters stationed abroad and encourage the local fighters to take over the operations). Its fund-raising is largely from Pakistan, but an additional source is its activity of selling weapons to other militias. Its acceptance among the Taliban was owed to its early allegiance to a leader of the Afghan war, Maulvi Nabi Muhammadi and his Harkat Inqilab Islami whose fighters became a part of the Taliban forces in large numbers. Nabi Muhammadi was ignored by the ISI in 1980 in favour of Hekmatyar and his Hezb-e-Islami. His outfit suffered in influence inside Afghanistan because he was not supplied with weapons in the same quantity as some of the other seven militias.   According to the journal Al-Irshad of Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami, published from Islamabad, a Deobandi group led by Maulana Irshad Ahmad was established in 1979. Looking for the right Afghan outfit in exile to join in Peshawar, Maulana Irshad Ahmad adjudged Maulvi Nabi Muhammadi as the true Deobandi and decided to join him in 1980. Harkat Inqilab Islami was set up by Maulana Nasrullah Mansoor Shaheed and was taken over by Nabi Muhammadi after his martyrdom. Eclipsed in Pakistan, Maulana Irshad Ahmad fought in Afghanistan against the Soviets till he was killed in battle in Shirana in 1985. His place was taken by Qari Saifullah Akhtar, which was not liked by some of the Harkat leaders, including Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khaleel who then set up his own Harkatul Mujahideen. According to some sources, Harkatul Mujahideen was a new name given to Harkatul Ansar after it was declared terrorist by the United States. Other sources claim that it was Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami that had earlier merged with Harkatul Ansar. But relations with Fazlur Rehman Khaleel remained good, but when Maulana Masood Azhar separated from Harkatul Mujahideen and set up his own Jaish-e-Muhammad. Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami opposed Jaish in its journal Sada-e-Mujahid (May 2000) and hinted that ‘you-know-who’ had showered Jaish with funds. Jaish was supported by Mufti Shamzai of Banuri Mosque of Karachi and was given a brand new Laskar in Balakot by the ISI.

Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami and Kashmir jihad:

The sub-militia fighting in Kashmir is semi-autonomous and is led by chief commander Muhammad Ilyas Kashmiri. Its training camp is 20 km from Kotli in Azad Kashmir, with a capacity for training 800 warriors, and is run by one Haji Khan. Harkat al- Jahad al-Islami went intoKashmir in 1991 but was at first opposed by the Wahhabi elements there because of its refusal to criticise the grand Deobandi congregation of Tableeghi Jamaat and its quietist posture. But as days passed, its warriors were recognised as ‘Afghanis’. It finally had more martyrs in the jehad of Kashmir than any other militia. Its resolve and organisation were recognised when foreigners were seen fighting side by side with its Punjabi warriors. To date, 650 Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami mujahideen have killed in battle against the Indian army: 190 belonging to both sides of Kashmir, nearly 200 belonging to Punjab, 49 to Sindh, 29 to Balochistan, 70 to Afghanistan, 5 to Turkey, and 49 collectively to Uzbekistan, Bangladesh and the Arab world. Because of its allegiance to the spiritual legacy of Deobandism, Harkat al- Jahad al-Islami did not attack the Tableeghi Jamaat, which stood it in good stead because it became the only militia whose literature was allowed to be distributed during the congregations of the Tableeghi Jamaat, and those in the Pakistani establishment attending the congregation were greatly impressed by the militia’s organisational excellence. It contained more graduates of the seminaries than any other militia, thus emphasising its religious character as envisaged by its founder and by Maulvi Nabi Muhammadi. It kept away from the sectarian conflict unlike Jaish-e- Muhammad but its men were at times put off by the populist Kashmiri Islam and reacted violently to local practices. In Central Asia, Chechnya and Burma: The leader of Harkat al-Jahad al- Islami in Uzbekistan is Sheikh Muhammad Tahir al-Farooq. So far 27 of its fighters have been killed in battle against the Uzbek president Islam Karimov, as explained in the Islamabad-based journal Al-Irshad. Starting in 1990, the war against Uzbekistan was bloody and was supported by the Taliban, till in 2001, the commander had to ask the Pakistanis in Uzbekistan to return to base. In Chechnya, the war against the Russians was carried on under the leadership of commander Hidayatullah. Pakistan’s embassy in Moscow once denied that there were any Pakistanis involved in the Chechnyan war, but journal Al-Irshad (March 2000) declared from Islamabad that the militia was deeply involved in the training of guerrillas in Chechnya for which purpose commander Hidayatullah was stationed in the region. It estimated that ‘dozens’ of Pakistani fighters had been martyred fighting against Russian infidels. When the Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami men were seen first in Tajikistan, they were mistaken by some observers as being fighters from Sipah Sahaba, but in fact they were under the command of commander Khalid Irshad Tiwana, helping Juma Namangani and Tahir Yuldashev resist the Uzbek ruling class in the Ferghana Valley. The anti-Uzbek warlords were being sheltered by Mulla Umar in Afghanistan.  Maulana Abdul Quddus heads the Burmese warriors located in Karachi and fighting mostly in Bangladesh on the Arakanese border. Korangi is the base of the Arakanese Muslims who fled Burma to fight the jehad from Pakistan. A large number of Burmese are located inside Korangi and the area is sometimes called mini-Arakan. Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami has opened 30 seminaries for them inside Korangi, there being 18 more in the rest of Karachi. Maulana Abdul Quddus, a Burmese Muslim, while talking to weekly Zindagi (25-31 January 1998), revealed that he had run away from Burma via India and took religious training in the Harkat seminaries in Karachi and on its invitation went to Afghanistan, took military training there and fought the jehad from 1982 to 1988. In Orangi, the biggest seminary is Madrasa Khalid bin Walid where 500 Burmese are under training. They were trained in Afghanistan and later made to fight against the Northern Alliance and against the Indian army in Kashmir. The Burmese prefer to stay in Pakistan, and very few have returned to Burma or to Bangladesh. There are reports of their participation in the religious underworld in Karachi.   Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami has branch offices in 40 districts and tehsils in Pakistan, including Sargodha, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Khanpur, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Mianwali, Bannu, Kohat, Waziristan, Dera Ismail Khan, Swabi and Peshawar. It also has an office in Islamabad. Funds are collected from these grassroots offices as well as from sources abroad. The militia has accounts in two branches of Allied Bank in Islamabad, which have not been frozen because the organisation is not under a ban.The authorities have begun the process of reorganisation of jehad by changing names and asking the various outfits to merge. Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami has been asked to merge with Harkatul Mujahideen of Fazlur Rehman Khaleel who had close links with Osama bin Laden. The new name given to this merger is Jamiatul Mujahideen. Jamaat Islami’s Hizbul Mujahideen has been made to absorb all the refugee Kashmiri organisations. Jaish and Lashkar-e-Tayba have been clubbed together as Al-Jahad. All the Barelvi organisations, so far located only in Azad Kashmir, have been pout together as Al-Barq. Al-Badr and Hizbe Islami have been renamed as Al-Umar Mujahideen.

In a report in The News of September 28, 2004  titled ‘Real conspirators in Musharraf case may never be exposed,’ Kamran Khan,  wrote: ‘Senior lawyers say that the killing of Amjad Farooqi, the main accused in President Musharraf and Daniel Pearl cases, may also influence the final outcome of the two most important cases.  ‘A nationwide military investigation launched after two assassination attempts against President Pervez Musharraf last year had unveiled that some civilian and low level military individuals were the field operatives while Amjad Farooqi played an anchor in the abortive bids on Gen Musharraf’s life.  ‘Because of the most sensitive nature of the probe the principal investigative work was carried out under the supervision of the Commander Corps 10, who received inputs from all federal and provincial law enforcement agencies in the most extensive investigation of a crime case in Pakistan,’ Khan said.  ‘“It was very important to catch Amjad Farooqi alive,”‘ Khan quoted a senior law enforcement official as saying. ‘”Farooqi was the key link between the foot soldiers and those who ordered the murder.”‘  ‘”Amjad Farooqi is now dead with the most important secret and we still don’t know for sure the real identity of the Pakistani or Al Qaeda or any other foreign elements who had launched Farooqi into action to remove General Musharraf from the scene,” said another senior law enforcement official.’

August 8, 2004: Qari Saifullah Akhtar arrested

On  August 8, 2004, the then Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced the arrest of ‘wanted militant’ Qari Saifullah Akhtar: “We confirm that we have arrested [Qari] Saifullah Akhtar. He was on our wanted list for a very long time before, but he was not available. We did not know his location. And now from UAE, we got the information, and they delivered him to us. And now he is in our custody.”

According to a Radio Free Europe report dated August 9, 2004: “Pakistani security officials believe Akhtar is an important terrorist figure with links to Al-Qaeda. His arrest is part of a series of apparent breakthroughs in recent weeks in efforts to infiltrate Islamic terror networks.  Recent arrests are the latest in a month-long crackdown in which more than 20 terrorist suspects have been captured in Pakistan.”We are trying our best. We have arrested the most valuable people. We never go to the small arrests or the people who are expediters. We have gone for the planners. And the best planners, we have arrested,” Ahmed said. “And I think that these arrests will make a big change in their activity. They will not be in a position to [attack] some big target. Or [if there is] something [that] they want to do, it’s not [going to be] easy to do for them.” Akhtar is known to have been involved with Pakistani intelligence agencies through much of the 1990s before his group was outlawed and he left the country. His capture is being interpreted by many in the United States as a sign that the government of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is joining the war on terrorism with renewed vigor.  Pakistani security agencies also recently arrested Fazalur Rehman Khalil, accused of leading another outlawed group with links to Al-Qaeda, Harakatul Mujahedin.”

The Daily Times wrote an editorial [August 09, 2004] after the arrest of  Qari Saifullah Akhtar:

“ Qari Saifullah Akhtar — born in 1958 in South Waziristan — is a graduate of the Banuri Masjid in Karachi. He was a crucial figure in Mufti Shamzai’s efforts to get Osama bin Laden and Mullah Umar together as partners-in-jihad. Qari Saifullah Akhtar first came to public view when he was caught as one of the would-be army coup-makers of 1995 led by Major-General Zaheerul Islam Abbasi, but saved his skin by turning ‘state witness’. (Some say he was defiant but was still let off.) After that, he surfaced in Kandahar and from 1996 was an adviser to Mullah Umar in the Taliban government. His fighters were called ‘Punjabi’ Taliban and were offered employment, something that other outfits could not get out of Mullah Umar. His outfit had membership among the Taliban too. Three Taliban ministers and 22 judges belonged to his Harkat.  In difficult times, the Harkat fighters stood together with Mullah Umar. Approximately 300 of them were killed fighting the Northern Alliance, after which Mullah Umar was pleased to give Harkat the permission to build six more ‘maskars’ (training camps) in Kandahar, Kabul and Khost, where the Taliban army and police also received military training. From its base in Afghanistan, the Harkat launched its campaigns inside Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Chechnya. It finally became the biggest jihadi militia based in Kandahar located in the middle of the Taliban-Al Qaeda strategic merger.  The Harkat called itself ‘the second line of defence for all Muslim states’ and was active in Burma, Bangladesh and Sinkiang. Because of their common origin in the Banuri seminary, Harkat al-Jihad al-Islami and Harkatul Mujahideen were merged in 1993 for the sake of “better performance” in Kashmir. The new outfit was called Harkatul Ansar, the first to be declared as a terrorist organization by the United States after one of its commanders formed an ancillary organization, called Al Faran, and kidnapped and killed Western tourists from Kashmir in 1995. Qari Saifullah Akhtar fled from Kandahar after the fall of the Taliban in late 2001 and hid  South Waziristan.  Qari Saifullah’s outfit was truly international. When the Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami men were seen first in Tajikistan, they were mistaken by some observers as being fighters from Sipah Sahaba, but in fact they were under the command of a Punjabi commander, helping Juma Namangani and Tahir Yuldashev resist the Uzbek ruling class in the FerghanaValley. Out of the two Uzbeks being sheltered by Mullah Umar in Afghanistan, one was killed and the other was recently wounded during the Wana Operation inSouth Waziristan. The Harkat used to be entrenched in Karachi, looking after its Burmese warriors. They were located inside Korangi and the area was sometimes called mini-Arakan. The Harkat opened 30 seminaries for themselves inside Korangi, there being 18 more in the rest of Karachi. In Orangi, the biggest seminary was Madrasa Khalid bin Walid where 500 Burmese were once under training. They were later trained in Afghanistan and directed to fight against theNorthern Alliance and against the Indian army inKashmir.  Harkat al-Jahad al-Islami had branch offices in 40 districts and tehsils in Pakistan, including Sargodha, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Khanpur, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Mianwali, Bannu, Kohat, Waziristan, Dera Ismail Khan, Swabi and Peshawar. It also had an office in Islamabad. Funds were collected from these grassroots offices as well as from sources abroad. The militia had accounts in two branches of Allied Bank in Islamabad. Qari Saifullah’s repatriation signals the closing of the Saudi channel of escape for the Deobandi jihadis. But Qari Saifullah was not the only one hiding in that region. There were other less known personalities with contacts who could go at will to Saudi Arabia and the UAE to bide their time when the political heat increased in Karachi and their ‘handlers’ told them to take a sabbatical. For Qari Saifullah Akhtar the sabbatical is now over.  The timing of Qari Saifullah’s repatriation is significant. It happened after the arrest of Al Qaeda operative Muhammad Khalfan Ghailani from Gujrat along with Al Qaeda’s computer genius Muhammad Naeem Nur Khan. It is said that the Pakistani agencies recruited Khan as a double agent and were thus able to communicate with Al Qaeda through him. Because of a premature disclosure of Khan as a double agent in the United States, the slowly tightening noose around Al Qaeda in the UK had to be quickly sprung. The home-coming of Qari Saifullah Akhtar could well be connected with the revelations made in Gujrat.”

January 18, 2005  Supreme Court dismisses Qari’s petition

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition against the arrest of alleged Al Qaeda operative Qari Saifullah Akhtar and directed the petitioner to first move the High Court by filing a habeas corpus writ petition. A Supreme Court bench of Justice Hamid Ali Mirza and Justice Falak Sher ruled that the arrest in this case was not a matter of public importance, hence a constitutional petition could not be filed directly in the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.

May 5, 2007  Supreme Court told Qari not in government custody

About Qari Saifullah Akhtar, the concise report presented by the National Crisis Management cell to the Supreme Court, revealed, “He is engaged in jihadi activities somewhere in Punjab”, thus denying that Qari Saifullah was in government’s custody.  Qari Saifullah’s lawyer, Hashmat Habib told the bench that government is aware of the whereabouts of Qari Saifullah since he was handed over to the Pakistani government by the UAE authorities on August 8, 2004. He substantiated his statement by narrating NCMC’s Director General Javed Iqbal Cheema’s [Admin note: the current spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, who made extremely controversial statement about recording Baitullah Mehsud’s telephone call to ‘prove’ he was behind her murder] interview to a newspaper on August 9, 2004; saying, “Qari Saifullah is in custody of law enforcement agencies and Pakistani agencies are interrogating him.” Hashmat Habib said that the then Information Minister, Sheikh Rashid’s statements given in August 2004 also confirmed that Qari Saifullah was in government’s detention. After listening to the arguments given by both the sides, Justice Javed Iqbal ordered that a specific report about Qari Saifullah be furnished in the next hearing.

May 26, 2007 Supreme Court told Qari has been released

Director Crisis Management  Cell Col (retd) Javed Iqbal Lodhi told the Supreme Court Friday that so far 98 missing persons have been traced. The two member bench comprising Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar and Justice Falak Sher directed the interior ministry to submit affidavits about those who have reached their homes so that information could be collected as to who had picked them up and under what charges and circumstances. The bench also asked the authorities to expedite their efforts to find out whereabouts of remaining 156 missing people and coordinate with all the intelligence agencies including MI, ISI and the interior ministry officials of all four provinces. The counsel for Qari Saifullah Akhtar said he had been released after detention by the security agencies for two years and nine month.

The terrorist released and at large

What happened after he was let go in May 2007 is not known. What is known that instead of trying to prosecute and convict him, the government chose to keep him in ‘custody’ after his arrest in August 2004. It first denied before the supreme court on May 5, 2007 that he was in its custody and then quietly released him and informed the supreme court on May 26, 2007 that he had been released.

Is Qari Saifullah Akhtar a jihadi? Is he a militant? Is he a rogue double agent who turned his back on the ISI? If so, why no attempt to try him and get a conviction from the court? OR is he an ‘intelligence asset’, a handy tool to be manipulated and dumped at an appropriate time?

‘We are getting bodies of missing persons on a daily basis’

‘We are getting bodies of missing persons on a daily basis’

By Shahid Husain

Karachi: The Vice Chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing People, Abdul Qadir Baloch, said here on Tuesday that it was not true that the non-Baloch people in the country’s largest province were being killed by Baloch people. They were being killed by the intelligence agencies in such a manner that blame was pinned on the Baloch people, he alleged.

He was responding to a question at a news conference at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Tuesday afternoon.

“The poor people are not exploiting the resources of Balochistan. Why will Baloch people kill the poor non-Baloch people?” he asked the questioner.

He said the alienation in Balochistan was totally due to the atrocities against the Baloch people in the last 63 years, and despite the fact that the government of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had offered a package to Balochistan and that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Mohammad Choudhry, had been taking suo motu action on the “missing” people in Balochistan, “we were getting dead bodies of missing Baloch people on a daily basis in one part of the province or another”.

He said during the last two months alone as many as 80 disfigured bodies of Baloch activists had been found in different parts of Balochistan, some of them beyond recognition.

“Yesterday, four disfigured corpses of Baloch people were found in the jungles of Dagari Dasht and Mastung, who were identified as Shadi Khan Marri, Sohbat Khan Baloch, Zubair Sarpehra Baloch and Tariq Bangalzai Baloch while Balochistan National Party (BNP) leader, Latif Shahwani, was killed in Khuzdar in broad daylight,” he said.

He said according to the list prepared by the “Voice for Baloch Missing People” as many as 1,330 people were “missing” in Balochistan.

The chief minister and the governor of Balochistan themselves handed over a list of 992 “missing” people to the chief justice of the Supreme Court and to the home minister, he added.

The “Judicial Inquiry Commission for Missing People” was constituted, but it neither bothered to visit the residence of any “missing” person nor provided any information about torture cells. Its report published a few days ago was biased and untrue and “we condemn it, and urge the Supreme Court to investigate how much money was spent on it from the exchequer”, he said.

Baloch said two days ago in Killi Qambrani area of Quetta, the FC conducted an operation at night and forced women and children to stay outside in intense cold and arrested some 70 people.

He said that the Constitution said that a person arrested must be produced before a magistrate within 24 hours after his arrest, but the law of the jungle prevailed in Balochistan.

He said police were not ready to lodge an FIR against the FC on a “missing” person or a disfigured body.

“After the order of the Supreme Court only two FIRs have been lodged, one about my son, Jalil Reki, who was arrested by the ISI and the Frontier Corps personnel on February 13, 2009, in my house in broad daylight and who is still missing. The other of Abdul Karim’s son, Sameer Baloch, who was arrested in Turbat on October 14, 2010,” he said. “Nobody knows about their whereabouts or whether they are alive or not,” he said.

Baloch said “Voice for Baloch Missing Persons” had been organising hunger strike camps in Karachi, Islamabad and different cities of Balochistan for the last one year. In Karachi, he said, the camp was organised for the third time since December 19.

He said the nationalist parties of Balochistan were protesting regarding “missing” Baloch people almost daily.

Responding to a question he said it was wrong that Taliban leader Mullah Omer was hiding in Balochistan.

To another question, he said it was also erroneous to say that the provincial government of Balochistan had been getting its due share from the Centre.

The Balochistan chief minister had been in such a deplorable condition that he could not construct the Quetta-Mastung road for the last six years, he said.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrint … 22728&Cat=4&dt=12/29/2010

Death Squads Are Forever

[Pakistan has fully embraced the American solution to "self-defense" against the Taliban militants, local "self-defense forces",  a.k.a., "death squads." Following the line laid-down by the Western media, readers are urged to compare Pakistan's situation to that which developed in Iraq with the "awakening movement."  It is easy to see from Iraq's experience with the paramilitary forces the great dangers that could arise from a failed militia movement, but it is imperative that Pakistani leaders look to earlier successful examples of this American "low-intensity conflict" solution, such as Colombia, to see the far greater dangers that could arise from a successful paramilitary campaign.

Colombia is now entangled in an attempt to "demobilize" some 33,000 militia forces without destroying the state in the process.  It is easy to accept rivers of American cash and weaponry to create paramilitary forces, according to American instructions, but it much more difficult, if not impossible, to disband these groups of armed thugs after they have murdered most of the leaders of the opposition.  If Colombia's history is not compelling enough to dissuade Pakistan from embracing the American paramilitary solution, then it should look back even further to the creation of the paramilitary Mujahedeen in Afghanistan, to see the permanent nature of the problems that these criminal groups create.

There is very little difference between the Taliban and the Lashkars, just as there was little difference between the FARC and the AUC in Colombia, all are pieces in the same American puzzle.  One justifies the other, therefore the "bad" side (FARC, Taliban) must precede the "good" (AUC Paramilitaries, Lashkars).  There are no "coincidences" in geo-politics, so the rising of "bad" militant groups wherever the US corporate state wants to go, cannot be written off as "coincidence."

If the "911 Truth" crowd would devote a little of their limitless energies to exposing these ongoing convenient "coincidences" of the Empire, then they would arrive at the same destination they seek, only they would get there a lot quicker.

Smell the Big Stink, people--This is it.]

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Militias stem Pakistani Taliban, but at what cost?

MATANI: Tribal militias allied with the government helped block a Taliban advance in this corner of northwest Pakistan close to the Afghan border, but their success has come at a price: the empowerment of untrained, unaccountable private armies that could yet emerge as a threat of their own.

Tensions are emerging between authorities and the dozens of militias that they helped to create predominantly in and near the northwest tribal regions. Operating from fortress-like compounds with anti-aircraft guns on the roofs, the militiamen have made it clear that the state now owes them for their sacrifices. They show photos on their cell phones of Taliban they killed and point to the scrubland outside, with graves of relatives who died in the fight.

The leader of the largest militia near the town of Matani, a wealthy landowner named Dilawar Khan, warns that he will stop cooperating with police unless he gets more money and weapons from authorities. Speaking to The Associated Press, he adds what could be a veiled threat to join terrorists.

“Time and time again, the Taliban have contacted us, urging us to change sides,” he said.

Another local militia commander is locked in a dispute with local police, who recently raided his compound and accused him of stealing and overstepping his authority.

The experience in the Matani area – 12 miles from Peshawar, shows the advantages of using proxies to counter al Qaeda and the Taliban, but also the pitfalls. In Iraq, similar forces were credited with creating a turning point in the war, when Sunni tribes rose up against al Qaeda and other Sunni insurgent groups. Many of those Iraqi Sunnis, however, now feel they are being marginalised by the Shia leadership.

In Afghanistan, the United States is backing the creation of militias, dubbed local village defence forces, to fight the Taliban. The Afghan government is less keen, having seen the damage that warlords with private armies did to the country in the 1990s.

Pakistan’s own past shows the hazards of proxies. A large part of the insurgency tearing at the heart of Pakistan today is made up of armed groups that the government trained and funded to fight wars in Afghanistan and against Indian forces in Indian-held Kashmir, as well as extremists they long tolerated to keep control in places like the Swat valley.

“Every time the state delegates its authority by parceling it out to non-state actors, it ultimately backfires,” said Ail Dana Haas, a researcher for Human Rights Watch. “The arming of militias in the medium- to long-term always leads to further lawlessness. The militias will seek to maximise their own power, and they will do so at the cost of the state.”

Pakistani support for militias, known as lashkars, is less widespread and organised than in Iraq.

Most operate in the tribal regions close to Afghanistan, where the raising of private armies has a history going back to British colonial times. The army and political authorities dole out money and arms to tribal leaders so their fighters hold areas retaken by the military. Terrorists have ruthlessly targeted the lashkars this year with suicide bombings aimed at their meetings with authorities.

The northwest region is also where the al Qaeda’s top leaders are thought to be hiding and is increasingly being targeted by US missile strikes from drone aircraft, particularly in North Waziristan.

Six suspected US missiles struck two vehicles in the Shera Tala village of North Waziristan on Monday, killing 18 alleged terrorists, intelligence officials said. The Matani area represents one of the most successful uses of the lashkars.

A year and half ago, the poor, hilly region was under the effective control of terrorists who moved in from the adjacent tribal region of Khyber and enforced their will on the population.

This year, the Taliban were largely pushed back from Matani, and while no one is claiming total victory, attacks are down by three-quarters in Peshawar, police and locals say. The army has also undertaken operations in other parts of the tribal regions against known terrorist strongholds, further squeezing them, while the US has increased drone-fired missile attacks.

“The militants’ backbone is broken,” claimed Peshawar city police chief, Liaqat Ali Khan.

Three tribal militias in Matani backed by the government played a vital role in pushing back the Taliban and continue to ensure the terrorists do not return in significant numbers, said Matani police officer Hidayat Khan.

The tribesmen make good proxies because they know the terrain, have a network of contacts in the area and are motivated to fight terrorists, who in some cases have killed their relatives. Each lashkar is typically made up of an extended family or tribe, strengthening their loyalty.

Dilawar Khan claims to have between 300 and 400 men in his lashkar – and he boasts that he can call up “an entire village” if he wants. His forces have stocks of grenades and rockets, along with automatic weapons. His walled compound, on a hill at the end of a newly paved road, has three Russian-made anti-aircraft guns and a 100-foot-high (30-metre) watchtower that gives him a view across the hills to Khyber.

But he says he is unhappy with the level of support he is receiving from local authorities and pointed out that he lost 17 men to the terrorists since the fight began. He made clear he wants more money and weapons, though would not go into detail about how much he demands – or how much he has already received from authorities. “If we don’t get compensated, we will stop cooperating with the police,” he said. ap

PAF Military Trainer Airplane Crashes Near “Beehive of Activity,” Chaman, Balochistan

[Normally, this would not rate as very newsworthy, but these are not normal times.  The war zone of Kandahar is in the process of "surging" across the border at Chaman, with recent stories of alleged weapons convoys being stopped, along with other stories about "al Qaida"/IMU terrorists being apprehended there, odds are, the military spotter plan was shot down.]

Pak’s military trainer aircraft crashes; pilots killed

Islamabad, Dec 22 (PTI) A military trainer aircraft crashed while on a flight over a mountainous region in southwest Pakistan today, killing the pilot and co-pilot.

The Mushak aircraft from the Army Aviation Wing crashed in Muslim Bagh area of Balochistan province, the military said in a statement.

“The aircraft crashed due to technical fault,” it said. There were no reports of damage on the ground.

The army has formed a team of senior aviation officials to investigate the incident.

Are Balochs Being Re-Branded As “Al-Qaeda”?

[What do you make of the following reports, apparently taking place within 24hrs. of each other, in the same town?  Are these reports two different versions of the same event?  If so, then there is some severe news spinning going-on to turn the Baloch insurgency into some bizarre IMU/Al-Qaeda thing?  Perhaps the most unusual aspect of this latest CIA/ISI gambit is that a column of Baloch foot-soldiers and another (or the same?) group of IMU terrorists methodically traveled from the Kandahar "surge" zone to the next intended target city, Quetta.]

Six Suspected Al-Qaeda Terrorists Arrested in Balochistan

QUETTA: Authorities in Quetta said on Thursday that they had detained at least six “international terrorists” linked with Al-Qadeda while trying to enter Quetta on their way from border town of  Chaman.

According to officials, six suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists were arrested while entering provincial capital Quetta. They were caught on the basis of information provided by the intelligence sources. Officials said they had discovered maps, laptop computers and discs from the custody of the foreigners who intended to blow up buildings and other installations inside Balochistan.

The head of the group was identified as Alam Najeebi while most of the arrested suspects were reported to be Uzbek nationals.

Authorities said the suspected Al-Qaeda activists had been shifted to an unknown location for further investigations. They said they were hoping to find out the names and locations of more terrorists during interrogations.  “Important revelations are expected during the investigations,” said one official requesting anonymity.

Shahzain Bugti held with `illegal arms`

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA, Dec 22: In a deve- lopment with far-reaching implications, paramilitary troops arrested on Wednesday Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, a grandson of the late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and president of the Balochistan chapter of Jamhoori Watan Party, along with several personal guards, after finding a huge quantity of illegal arms and ammunition in vehicles of his convoy coming from the border town of Chaman.

The arrest of one of the high-profile Bugti heirs on charges of possessing and smuggling arms and ammunition sparked tension in Quetta and other parts of the already volatile province, with people fearing a negative political fallout and a possible violent backlash.

Inspector General of Frontier Corps Maj-Gen Obaidullah Khan, addressing a press conference along with Inspector General of Police Malik Iqbal, said that acting on information provided by security agencies, FC troops intercepted the convoy of Shahzain Bugti in the Baleli checkpost area in the outskirts of Quetta.

He said that FC personnel informed the JWP leader that they wanted to check the vehicles but he allowed the checking of only three vehicles of the 16 vehicles in his convoy. He said Mr Bugti refused to allow them to look into other vehicles.

After three hours of negotiations the FC personnel took all the vehicles into custody and detained Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti and his guards after disarming them. He said that during the search of the vehicles a huge quantity of illegal arms and ammunition was found in the smuggled vehicles.

Gen Obaid said that the arms and ammunition recovered from the vehicles included anti-aircraft guns, rocket-launchers, mortar guns and other advanced weapons.

“Mr Bugti and his armed guards did not offer any resistance when security forces took them into custody,” General Obaid said.

The arms and ammunition recovered from the 16 smuggled vehicles included 50 SMGs, 4 LMGs, two 12.7mm AA guns, two 14.2 mm AA guns, one SPG-9, one 9mm pistol, one AUG, 46,000 rounds of SMG, 1,600 rounds of 12.7/14.5, 570 rounds of AUG, 880 rounds of sniper rifle, 39 rounds of 9mm pistol, 17 mobile phones and 16 vehicles.

 

 

Massive Arms Cache Seized from Bugti Convoy, Bugti Claims Govt. Set-Up

By Saleem ShahidQUETTA, Dec 22: In a deve- lopment with far-reaching implications, paramilitary troops arrested on Wednesday Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, a grandson of the late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and president of the Balochistan chapter of Jamhoori Watan Party, along with several personal guards, after finding a huge quantity of illegal arms and ammunition in vehicles of his convoy coming from the border town of Chaman.

The arrest of one of the high-profile Bugti heirs on charges of possessing and smuggling arms and ammunition sparked tension in Quetta and other parts of the already volatile province, with people fearing a negative political fallout and a possible violent backlash.

Inspector General of Frontier Corps Maj-Gen Obaidullah Khan, addressing a press conference along with Inspector General of Police Malik Iqbal, said that acting on information provided by security agencies, FC troops intercepted the convoy of Shahzain Bugti in the Baleli checkpost area in the outskirts of Quetta.

He said that FC personnel informed the JWP leader that they wanted to check the vehicles but he allowed the checking of only three vehicles of the 16 vehicles in his convoy. He said Mr Bugti refused to allow them to look into other vehicles.

After three hours of negotiations the FC personnel took all the vehicles into custody and detained Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti and his guards after disarming them. He said that during the search of the vehicles a huge quantity of illegal arms and ammunition was found in the smuggled vehicles.

Gen Obaid said that the arms and ammunition recovered from the vehicles included anti-aircraft guns, rocket-launchers, mortar guns and other advanced weapons.

“Mr Bugti and his armed guards did not offer any resistance when security forces took them into custody,” General Obaid said, adding that the JWP leader could not produce licences of the vehicles and permits for carrying such a huge quantity of arms and ammunition.

“Such a huge quantity of arms and ammunition cannot be carried for personnel protection,” the FC inspector general said, adding that Mr Bugti and other arrested people would be handed over to police for legal action.

Balochistan IGP Malik Iqbal said that Interior Minister Rehman Malik was closely monitoring the situation and ordered formation of a joint investigation team.

“A joint investigation team headed by the DIG investigation will conduct a probe into the recovery of illegal arms and ammunition from Mr Bugti`s motorcade,” he said, adding that the accused would be given full chance to prove their innocence.

The arms and ammunition recovered from the 16 smuggled vehicles included 50 SMGs, 4 LMGs, two 12.7mm AA guns, two 14.2 mm AA guns, one SPG-9, one 9mm pistol, one AUG, 46,000 rounds of SMG, 1,600 rounds of 12.7/14.5, 570 rounds of AUG, 880 rounds of sniper rifle, 39 rounds of 9mm pistol, 17 mobile phones and 16 vehicles.

DIG Operation Hamid Shakeel, DIG Investigation Wazir Khan Nasar and DIG Frontier Corps Brigadier Shahzad also attended the press conference held at the headquarters of Ghaza Band scouts (A wing of FC).

Meanwhile, JWP`s central President Nawabzada Talal Bugti, termed the allegation of smuggling of illegal arms and ammunition a conspiracy against his son and demanded an independent inquiry by a tribunal of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference, he claimed that the case against Shahzain Bugti had been registered at the behest of Interior Minister Rehman Malik because Shahzain had unveiled his corruption.

He said that Shahzain had gone to Qila Abdullah for party work and when he was returning to Quetta three vehicles of secret agencies carrying arms and ammunition joined his motorcade. He said it was a big conspiracy hatched against his party.

However, Talal Bugti said if his son was found guilty by an independent inquiry tribunal set up by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, he would oust him from the party. “I will oust Shahzain Bugti if he was found guilty for smuggling arms and ammunition,” he told reporters while replying to a question.

He said he had no confidence in inquiries conducted by secret agencies, FC and police investigation teams.

He said his party would resist attempts to produce Shahzain Bugti before an anti-terrorism court.

“We are looking at all legal aspects of the incident and will fight against this conspiracy at all forums,” he said, adding that the JWP would not abandon its mission.

Meanwhile, Shahzain Bugti said that the drama of arms smuggling had been staged to stop him from holding a march to Dera Bugti on January 28.

Hand over ‘terrorists’, Ahmadinejad tells Zardari

ahmadinejad543 Hand over ‘terrorists’, Ahmadinejad tells Zardari Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. — File photo

TEHRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari on Monday to arrest and hand over “known terrorists,” the Iranian leader’s office said on its website.

In a telephone call, the Iranian president “asked Zardari to order his country’s security forces to quickly arrest known terrorists and hand them over to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Ahmadinejad’s office said in a statement posted on its website.

The phone call followed a suicide attack last week in the southeastern Iranian city of Chabahar that killed 39 people during a Shia mourning procession.

The attack was claimed by Sunni militant group Jundallah (Army of God), which Iran claims receives support from the intelligence services of Pakistan, Britain and the United States.

“The perpetrators of this act are not only non-Muslims, but belong to no religion,” the website quoted Ahmadinejad as telling Zardari.

Jundallah says it is fighting for the rights of the ethnic Sunni Baloch in the Sistan-Balochistan province of Iran which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The group has been accused of carrying out several such deadly attacks in Sistan-Balochistan.

The website said that Zardari told Ahmadinejad Pakistan would not hesitate to help eradicate terrorism.

Earlier on Monday, Iran hanged 11 members of Jundallah in Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Balochistan.

Pak’s ‘missing’ mostly in jail

Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times
Email Author
Islamabad
There are 8,000 missing people in Pakistan, half of whom are in one way or another involved with the Balochistan crisis, according to unofficial estimates. Most of those picked up, are in the custody of the country’s intelligence agencies, with no official record available of their confinement,

say observers.

Amina Masood Janjua, of the Defence of Human Rights Commission, says that the reason for this high number of detainees is the unchallenged powers of the country’s various secret and intelligence agencies, who work under the umbrella of national security.

However, there is some hope for the thousands of families who look for the day when their loved ones will be released.

Earlier this week, the Pakistan Supreme Court ordered the authorities to arrange a meeting between eleven persons thought to be missing from Rawalpindi’s notorious Adiala Jail and their families. A three member bench of the court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry pushed the country’s intelligence agencies for details of the detention of the eleven men, who had earlier been released by the court but had gone missing from the prison premises.

But despite this week’s Supreme Court order, most families are not happy with the way the legal system is working to bring them justice.

For its part, the Zardari government has maintained that it was doing all it could to recover the missing persons. However, in most instances, observers say that this issue was beyond the purview of the country’s civilian leadership.

U.S. Special Forces Prepare Invasion of Pakistan

U.S. Military Seeks to Expand Raids in Pakistan

By MARK MAZZETTI and DEXTER FILKINS

WASHINGTON — Senior American military commanders inAfghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan’s tribal areas, a risky strategy reflecting the growing frustration with Pakistan’s efforts to root out militants there.

The proposal, described by American officials in Washington and Afghanistan, would escalate military activities inside Pakistan, where the movement of American forces has been largely prohibited because of fears of provoking a backlash.

The plan has not yet been approved, but military and political leaders say a renewed sense of urgency has taken hold, as the deadline approaches for the Obama administration to begin withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan. Even with the risks, military commanders say that using American Special Operations troops could bring an intelligence windfall, if militants were captured, brought back across the border into Afghanistan and interrogated.

The Americans are known to have made no more than a handful of forays across the border into Pakistan, in operations that have infuriated Pakistani officials. Now, American military officers appear confident that a shift in policy could allow for more routine incursions.

America’s clandestine war in Pakistan has for the most part been carried out by armeddrones operated by the C.I.A.

Additionally, in recent years, Afghan militias backed by the C.I.A. have carried out a number of secret missions into Pakistan’s tribal areas. These operations in Pakistan by Afghan operatives, known as Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams, have been previously reported as solely intelligence-gathering operations. But interviews in recent weeks revealed that on at least one occasion, the Afghans went on the offensive and destroyed a militant weapons cache.

The decision to expand American military activity in Pakistan, which would almost certainly have to be approved by President Obama himself, would amount to the opening of a new front in the nine-year-old war, which has grown increasingly unpopular among Americans. It would run the risk of angering a Pakistani government that has been an uneasy ally in the war in Afghanistan, particularly if it leads to civilian casualties or highly public confrontations.

Still, one senior American officer said, “We’ve never been as close as we are now to getting the go-ahead to go across.”

The officials who described the proposal and the intelligence operations declined to be identified by name discussing classified information.

Ground operations in Pakistan remain controversial in Washington, and there may be a debate over the proposal. One senior administration official said he was not in favor of cross-border operations — which he said have been generally “counterproductive” — unless they were directed against top leaders of Al Qaeda. He expressed concern that political fallout in Pakistan could negate any tactical gains.

Still, as evidence mounts that Pakistani troops are unlikely to stage a major offensive into the militant stronghold of North Waziristan, where Al Qaeda’s top leaders are thought to be taking shelter, United States commanders have renewed their push for approval to send American commando teams into Pakistan.

In announcing the results of a review of the strategy in Afghanistan, Obama administration officials said they were considering expanded American operations to deal with threats inside Pakistan. They offered no specifics.

In interviews in Washington and Kabul, American officials said that officers were drawing up plans to begin ground operations to capture or kill leaders from the Taliban and the Haqqani network. American officers say they are particularly eager to capture, as opposed to kill, militant leaders, who they say can offer intelligence to guide future operations.

Even before finalizing any plans to increase raids across the border, the Obama administration has already stepped up its air assaults in the tribal areas with an unprecedented number of C.I.A. drone strikes this year. Since September, the spy agency has carried out more than 50 drone attacks in North Waziristan and elsewhere — compared with 60 strikes in the preceding eight months.

In interviews, the officials offered a more detailed description of two operations since 2008 in which Afghans working under the direction of the C.I.A. — a militia called the Paktika Defense Force — crossed the border into Pakistan. They also offered a richer account of the activities of these militia groups throughout the country.

According to an Afghan political leader, one of the raids was initiated to capture a Taliban commander working inside Pakistan. When the Afghan troops reached the compound, they did not find the Taliban commander, but the Pakistani militants opened fire on them, the Afghan said.

An American official disputed this account, saying that the C.I.A. militias are not sent over the border to capture militant leaders, but merely to gather intelligence.

In a second raid, the Paktika militia attacked and destroyed a Taliban ammunition depot and returned to base, officials said. Both of the C.I.A.-backed raids were aimed at compounds only a few miles inside Pakistani territory.

The Paktika Defense Force is one of six C.I.A.-trained Afghan militias that serve as a special operations force against insurgents throughout Afghanistan. The other militias operate around the cities of Kandahar, Kabul and Jalalabad as well as in the rural provinces of Khost and Kunar.

One American service member, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the C.I.A.-backed militia near Khost had recently deployed in the mountains along the Pakistan border, where it would spend the winter trying to intercept Taliban fighters. So far, the C.I.A.-backed force has proven effective, he said.

“The rockets we endured for the past seven months suddenly dried up,” the service member said.

In the past, the American military has had only limited success in its few cross-border operations. In October, an American military helicopter accidently killed a group of Pakistani soldiers during a flight over the border in pursuit of militants. The episode infuriated Pakistan’s government, which temporarily shut down American military supply routes into Pakistan. Several fuel trucks sitting at the border were destroyed by insurgents, and American officials publicly apologized.

Two years earlier, in September 2008, American commandos carried out a raid in Pakistan’s tribal areas and killed several people suspected of being insurgents. The episode led to outrage among Pakistan’s leaders — and warnings not to try again.

Mark Mazzetti reported from Washington, and Dexter Filkins from Kabul, Afghanistan. Eric Schmitt contributed reporting from Washington.

Pakistan’s Death and Torture Squads



 

MQM  STANCE ON KARACHI LAW AND ORDER

Dr. Zulifiqar Mirza Minister of Interior of Sindh, rightly pointed our that majority of those arrested after recent target killing were belonging to MQM.

He addressed the Traders and Merchants of Karachi as asked their stance on Law and order when they were paying “ Bhatta “, Money for Protection to biggest Party of Karachi that is MQM .

Minister of Interior Dr Zulifiqar Mirza for Sindh , where Karachi is the Biggest city also Questioned the Responsibility of MQM to its citizen’s in regards to Law and order.

While Majority of Target Killers Arrested totaling 26 in number were from MQM Militant Wings arrested red handed.

After this disclosure, which is nothing new to people to Karachi and Pakistan  , MQM i( Mutahida Qaumi Movement ) is the one which made a lot of noise in media , against other Terrorists not belonging to MQM.

But when action was taken it was found to have a major share in law and order Situation, worsening through their Militant wings goons.
Killing of Pashtuns, in Karachi Happened,  after ANP rose to prominence from nowhere in 2007. This Infuriated MQM.

After Mayor of Karachi ignored totally the Pashtun Inhibited areas of Karachi in Development schemes.

Then on 12 May 2007  which is fresh in people’s memory , in order to stop chief justice entering Karachi. MQM on call of General ‘Pervaiz, Musharraf Performed the Pashtun Massacre Live in Front of the Cameras of Aaj TV and Geo in May 2007.

Billion of Rupees worth of Property belonging to Pashtuns were destroyed burned in Karachi .

Multiple Billions worth of Trucks and Tankers that are owned by Pashtun only , were burned too.  No compensation was paid to them to this day.

Destruction of Property belonging to Non-Urdu Speaking People seems to Past time of MQM and Religious Parties like Jammat Islami and JUI etc. who does it on one pretext or another.

Pashtuns became aware of their rights and they wanted somebody to lead them and it was not the MQM as their choice .

May 12 2007, was the day when Massacre happened Live on Camera , otherwise countless happening had happened but were ignored by Media.

This Massacre which Disturbed the International community so much that British consulate sent it staff to witness the firings in Locality of Aaj TV Building By MQM in Guru Mander Intersection Karachi , near Shrine of Quaid-i-Azam ( founder of Pakistan) with Red Diplomatic plates car when AAJ TV came under fire after it reported MQM staff firing live in streets of Karachi.

British were sheltering Altaf Husain as Political Asylum Seeker, for last 2 decades and this could have been Political crises for Britain as it was Harboring a Terrorist.

He was facing cases in Pakistan especially killing of Hakim Muhammad Syed a Social Worker too after he refused to Pay “ Bhatta “ , protection money .

The US media ignored this incident and it was hushed down.

The Chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is yet to repay the loan of 100 People who died for him and so does the Sindh High court after being surrounded by goons of MQM, who threatened the judges not to open cases against them. Or take any Suo Moto action on May 2007 Massacre in Karachi by chief justice of Supreme court.

It may, be noted that MQM goon had burned the Lawyers alive in a fire that was caused by them at chief justice visit to Karachi, Punjabi Lawyers who were burnt Alive right in the City Courts areas of Karachi , had a Terrifying effect of on Lawyers community .

A Lawyer, who spoke against MQM, was tortured and burned with Cigarettes and thrown on Streets of Karachi and asked to shut up. After he was picked from Military cantonment area of Karachi called Clifton.

Lawyers became so frightened that not a single case is running against MQM , even after NRO was abolished recently.

MQM has many Murder cases against them in NRO waived off which are still to be re-opened.

The stance of Pakistan Army is also very clear as, is it was ISI who made this in times of Lt-General Hameed Gul being ISI DG in 1980, s , who made this Party to deal with Popularity of PPP in Karachi Urban .

As Pro establishment Jammat Islami and JUI was popular in slums of Karachi only and was failing to Get Popular in Biggest Educated Urban class of Karachi.

Lt-Gen Hameed Gul DG ISI , is the Man who makes the civilian Government as failed Governments . To make them week and bow to American interests and to their Strategic Objectives.

He was involved in sabotaging PPP government thrice (Current one too)  and named as one of Killer of Benazir too.

He is one man who has benefitted the US and its Interest many times, he wanted to  Take revenge of Vietnam from Russians by Planning and executing the Kandahar Operation by Making them run in Helicopters which never happened as Mujahedeen were bogged down by Afghan Air force under Dr Najeeb .

He has  continued to serve them right till Taliban and now the war on Terror as without Terrorist and Taliban, US will not be able to stay in Af-Pak region and establish its bases in Afghanistan that can be used against Iran China and the Russians.

He provides them the Perfect Excuses and justification a State less Islamic Terrorists .

Neither can the US pursue its goals of, Great Game, and capture of Mineral and Oil Resources of Af-Pak and CAR states worth multi –Trillions of US Dollars which the western Civilization are dreaming of for past 300 Years right under nose of Russians .

The Al-Qaeda and Taliban are in the Interests of US and Mega corporations that want war.

Hameed Gul and ISI promises them just that a formidable enemy in form of Taliban and Al-Qaeda while Russians went out of Game after Gorbachov.
While Simpleton US citizens are being Hood winked for Their hard earned tax Payers Money being squandered on Mega Wars , and corporations  likes of the  Halliburton and Others of same Nature .

They take bulk of their money as Profits when they sell to their Biggest customer the US army and its War Machine.

That is reason Obama Betrayed US Tax Payers , too when  he Promised change while he Turned full 180 degrees around too and went for more war and bloodshed by Boosting troops and became a stooge to mega War corporations.

MQM is a small Player and a helpful contributor in All this Af-Pak drama too.  The, Aaj TV, and Geo –TV , footing clearly showed MQM goons Killing the Pashtun People and yet Pakistan Army  has refused to come Karachi in IS ( Internal Security ) duties recently in Muharam and for Past three years when 3000 Pashtun people died in Target Killings .

The Famous DG rangers Major General Javaid Zia , who took no action against MQM while it had erected containers to block Pro chief justice March by ANP and PPP, on 12 May 2007 has large moustaches , was very chummy with MQM Higher command and was usually reported to be sitting with them in his un-official times at their homes .

He was in most evenings found to be sitting in Privates Parties with Dr Muhammad Ali shah, (MPA, MQM and Owner of AO clinic Karachi ) private Stadium in North Naziabad Block A where they would enjoy themselves to goodies of world along with other MQM leader

There are some case in Sindh High court against, DG Ranger in Karachi Major General javiad Zia of Harassment and were reported in Newspapers too, that he threatened some people who were involved with MQM Leader Babar Ghori Ports minister in financial Transactions to favor the MQM Minister in Musharraf Government.

Instead of this Major General being investigated and Proper action taken against him, he was promoted to Lt-general and was put in lucrative position as QMG, (Quarter Master General), that involved Purchases and supply to Army.

The wife of Lt-General Javiad Zia was seen wearing a Lot of Gold Ornaments according to witnesses up to shoulders, in her hands although he belongs to a very humble back ground before joining the Army while studying in MCJ (Military College Jhelum)

There was case of rangers investing in Mutual Funds under him and stock Market too and loosing money in billions of rupees, just like NLC, (National Logistic cell which deals with Transport of American goods and is governed by the Army officers).

Now he is in very sensitive Post put by no Other than Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Ahmad Kiyani, as Corps commander Quetta in Baluchistan.

This sensitive position while Whole Province of Baluchistan is burning with Hatred against Punjabis and the Army and there is Insurgency running that cannot be controlled by Pakistan Army is very disturbing to Patriotic People of Pakistan.

Baluchistan belongs to Majority Pashtun rather than Baluch who are a Minority in this province, the Pashtuns although are Pro-Pakistani but the Attitude of Army and rangers / FC there can change the situation very rapidly.

The Wiki Leaks says that Baluchistan mayhem is being financed with money and Arms from Afghanistan where there is US led Karzai Govt (Read CIA and USA ) and it stopped the IPI , Iran and Pakistan Piper line of Gas as reported by Wiki Leaks cable.

Through BLA and BRA (Baluchistan Liberation and republican army) , led insurgency protecting US interest not Indian it may noted that the High lighted IPI( Iran Pakistan and India Pipe Line )  would have ended in India as last stop. It means India and with a shorter route of Pipe line and cheaper Gas for India would mean India was better off with IPI Pipe Line.

Sabotage of IPI, promoted the TAPI, (Turkmenistan Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) , Pipeline after Pakistan Army failure to crush the Insurgency in Baluchistan. This Pipe line would also end in Pakistan and India but more expensive Crude oil would come out of it .

Clearly India would have benefitted from IPI rather than TAPI.

As Afghanistan is a Land Locked country (Surrounded by Koh-Solomon range of Mountains thousands of Km long) Afghanistan cannot import anything, without Port of Karachi and the two Passes called Khyber Pass in FATA and Chaman/ Quetta, Kandahar route.

To this day American have failed to find an Alternative route to Karachi Port,  and the Chubhar port in Iran is un-acceptable to them.
The Georgian route was sabotaged after Russian troops intervention.

So in in Implied sense all the weapons used In Af-Pak region are all reaching this area through a single Port of Karachi .

So the BLA and BRA are getting these weapons from Karachi port after they reaches Afghanistan and then are smuggled back to Baluchistan and rest of Pakistan including Back to Karachi .

MQM has got strategic hold on these weapons.

While the Pakistani Authorities cannot Blame USA out of fear of Public reprisals and Anti –Americanism rampant in Pakistan.

They are blaming the Indians, by its Multiple Embassies in Afghanistan Mantra.  Which is half truth, really a Lie.

Lt-General javiad Zia now corps commander Quetta, who can now be a another Musharraf in the Ranks, of Army as he is Pro-MQM and MI-6 and CIA. Even Musharraf, had support of Israel and Mosad , wiki Leaks confirmed it.

General Musharraf was a staunch supported of MQM too even as a colonel in the Past , he  used to Visit 90 HQ of MQM , and his staff car as brigadier was also found according to Intelligence reports by ISI many times in front of 90 MQM HQ in Karachi.

Lt-General Javaid Zia although a Punjabi is staunch supporter of MQM and a Pashtun Hater, for sure as he failed to Protect citizens of Pakistan and created a Massacre in may 2007 ( Witnessed Live on Pakistan TV channels ) ,that nobody is ready to take up in courts as well as Politically.
Pakistan Army too is Part of this Problem too, when it comes to MQM , as many officers of Rangers told me in Person that they would make fake cases against Pashtuns Mainly of Poor Backgrounds to appease the DG rangers Javaid Zia and on requests of MQM.

The refusal to Do Operation against Target Killers in Karachi by Army is testament to this.

Baluch Leaders Openly say that Punjabi Dominated Army is doing Operation against Baluch but fails to do any Operation in Karachi even when requested by ANP (Awami National Party of Pashtuns) and required even by the ruling PPP ( Pakistan People Party ) many times.
The commando like training of MQM Militant wings and their training has raised eye browns by many people as it cannot be done without a Proper Military training them just like the Taliban has this kind of Training too.

Just Like the religious parties Jammat Islami and Jameet Ulema Pakistan, PML-Q and N Variety, MQM is Party of Punjabi Establishment who works for Pakistani Establishment interests and Indirectly for USA . ( Remember it was PML-N , that snatched the contract of TAPI Pipeline from Argentinian Company Bridas and awarded it to Unocal / Union Texas of USA , through influence on Taliban ) .
Altaf Hussein was allowed to Visit and stay in UK with Consent of GHQ.  Most of funds of USA in Excess of 20 Billion US dollars from 2001-2007, went to this Party and PML-Q.

The recent billion of Dollar worth of corridors in Karachi to facilitate NATO containers Passage from Karachi which used to Take full 48 hours to reach just out of Karachi , was shortened to few hours after Lyari and Malir Bypass and Stop Less corridors and Under passes were built inside Karachi leading from Karachi Port to Outside city .

Roads and Infrastructure and Under Passes were made in Karachi with US Dollars that Boosted the Image of MQM which was considered as Party of Slums of Orangi Town and a Terrorist Party by Many Karachites and its support was fledgling.

Mustafa Kamal Karachi youthful Mayor became a celebrity with US Dollars to finance him and Musharraf was behind MQM,  too and so was the GHQ  and the Generals likes of Major General javiad Zia.

While he made the whole Karachi Developed, he conveniently left the Pashtun area’s of Karachi and Labor slums just like that underdeveloped.

The caused the Pashtun who are most disunited force in whole of  Pakistan and Victim of Divide and rule of British since Year 1800 to unite as ANP in Sindh and win 3 Seats in Sindh for first time in history of Pakistan annoying MQM as it wants to  share Karachi with Nobody else , even the PPP or Jammat Islami or JUI .

The area’s  of Most Interest to MQM like where the Un-recorded land belonging to slums of Karachi where Non –Muhajir / Non- Urdu speaking Labor settled in 1960,s ( Mostly Pashtuns from North ) , after Industrialization was promoted by Gen Ayub Khan and Ghulam Farooque another Pashtun founder of PICIC , by the 24 mainly Rich Memom and Pashtun families in those times.

The Love between Major General Javiad Zia and MQM was so much that gifts would be exchanged regularly; DG rangers would send Mango Crates to Babar Ghori and Dr Muhammad Ali shah AO clinic regularly after Shabaz rangers would send it from Interior Sindh mango Orchids.
While his association with a MQM, which is Terrorist organization that is controlled as according to wiki Leaks from UK, and MI-6, through Altaf Husain Protected by UK Government and is under Influence of MI-6 and CIA .

They were rocking the Boat of current Government through request of UK and US government s are reported in Wiki Leaks too US government Cables.

First was case of Kerry Lugar Bill and now the Reformed GST laws currently of fixed 15% (Although People are already paying them at rate of 21% ) .

Mainly the MQM and other Pro-establishment makes more noises when Zardari becomes closer to China and Iran and away from USA.
It may be noted the Protection of NATO supplied from Karachi port is also ascertained by Babar Ghori the Ports minister of MQM. The closeness and meetings of US Ambassador Ann Peterson with 90 HQ of MQM is known to all.

Thousands of containers were directly released by MQM without custom being done, bypassing it through convinces of MQM and Port Ministry and no record was entered in the computers of customs and Excise of these NATO and ISAF containers. Most of time computer were switching off.

No records of Thousands, of NATO ISAF container exists so far in 2001-2008 Years of such containers of NATO and ISAF , in customs and Excise department of Pakistan as a result.

As it passed directly out of Karachi Port , and not through the Excise and customs of Pakistan, under patronage of Karachi Port Ministry, of Babar Ghori of MQM.

This is on record that Supreme Court and Chief justice of Pakistan has taken a Notice of this container’s disappearances on Suo-Moto cases which mysteriously stopped in the Middle.

When the Port Ministry was not given to MQM and was given to PPP,s , Nabil Gabol , a spate of Target Killings followed in Karachi that forced the PPP to Give the Ministry of Ports back to MQM back after Arm twisting measures were taken when PPP Government came into being in 2008 .

Even in Strategic Meetings with USA, MQM was meeting Pentagon (CIA and Military front) people while PPP was not allowed in. As Karachi Port is the only Port that handles all the ISAF and NATO Military vehicles and the Ammunitions and 95% of each and everything Afghanistan consumes is passing through this port.

Afghanistan is a Land Locked country and it cannot bring heavy weapon without Karachi Port and all the weapons in Karachi and Baluchistan comes from Karachi Port and through MQM minister.

The containers are sealed and they have a satellite system Installed in the Locks of NATO Container and when somebody tries to open them a Signal is sent through Satellites to USA and Pentagon.

As result the NLC and Pakistan Army Personal are not allowed to Open it and no Taxes are paid on these containers apart from Meager rupees for documentation is paid to NLC.

The Roads and infrastructure of Pakistan have been damaged because of these loads and many Bridges have collapsed in Peshawar area and in FATA because of this.  Resulting in Long Lanes of NATO trucks which wait for Hours to cross over.
This is Point where they are Hit by Rocket Launchers and resulting in their Burning of Containers and Oil tankers by Terrorists. As roads are in shambles left deliberatively by Pakistani Establishment.

According to Wiki Leaks 300 Million US dollars was just allotted for Roads of Peshawar and FATA and not a single cent was spent there .
Another 300 Million dollars were earmarked for  Medical Evacuation and Hospitals for Frontier Corps the Pashtun forces that are fighting Taliban and are 150,000 strong , but still do not have a single Hospital but Loans beds in CMH ( combined  Military hospital in Peshawar ) –according to wiki Leaks .

The FC in Baluchistan and FATA are only troops of Pakistan,  not to Have adequate Medical facilities which Pakistan army enjoys.
Many Army officers in Private had told me that they are not sure what is inside these containers and suspicion are ripe that they contain the weapon ending in BLA and BRA hands.  This matter has been reported in Newspaper’s in Pakistan widely.

This Matter is of Grave concern to Patriotic people of Pakistan who wonder which way the Matter will Lead to with these Kind of Alliance between the Pakistan   Army and Such Parties like pro-establishment MQM.

The Pakistani Press is another coward in all this Matter and MQM is regularly involved in shutting down of TV channels which are in Majority based in Karachi and they use distribution channels that are based in Karachi city and whenever something is not of taste of MQM and GHQ or Washington, they shut off the Privately owned TV channels by No Other the mafia Like MQM.

Newspaper belonging to Jang –Geo , Group were Burned in Bulk and in one instance whole Sindh and Karachi could not read a single Newspaper of jang that said something bad about MQM and it Militant wing burned all the Printed copies of Jang Newspaper and even PIA Airlines had no newspaper that day.

It is widely believed the Media   in Pakistan pays “Bhatta”, and security money to MQM too.  This is what Zulifiqar Mirza the Interior Minister of Sindh said too in his speech to Big wigs and Trader of Sindh recently.

That what can government do when Traders are willingly paying to MQM who has most of Target Killers .

The MQM is involved in Censure ship that might be controlled from UK and USA , through Altaf Hussein too , as some people suspect .
Recently when Dr. Imran Farooq’ the Partner of Altaf Hussian’ Leader of MQM was Murdered, it killer were never exposed by UK Police. The Legendry Scotland yard is looking like idiot dude now.

It was rumored that Imran Farooq’ was separating from MQM and had left MQM for last 2 Years and was making another Party called BQM.
As BQM (A Bihari Qaumi Movement as MQM has majority of Biharis People in Orangi Town)  and this would have made MQM a week Party without DR, Imran Farooq’ and the Biharis and this resulted in his murder.

Recently MQM complained to President Zardari that Dr Zulifiqar Mirza should be either shut up or removed. Which the President Zardari listened too but we have to see the out come of this.

While Brave Zulifiqar Mirza repeated his statement again , the next day as that what he had said was true and he repeated it .

IT is up to MQM to keep Karachi in Calm or continue its spate of target Killings and than blame it on others.  Portraying itself as Victim ,falsely.
According to Wiki Leaks , Privately President Zardari wondered and Pondered aloud to Ann Paterson the US ambassador that he is still not sure what MQM is up to and why it engages in Violence in Karachi while it keeps it Militant wing active in Target Killing Pashtuns in Karachi.

The same Pashtuns, who are perceived, as Part of Taliban, in Afghanistan too by UK and USA are being targeted by MQM.

While conveniently, forgetting the whole south Punjab where the Madrasah and Taliban centers are situated .

Maybe British want to take revenge of their crushing defeats of 1838 and 1878 first and second Afghan wars, through MQM in Karachi.
Federal Minister Rehman Malik complained to USA through US Ambassador that MQM was rocking boat of Civilian Government on Behest of UK as MQM Leaders had confided to him.

Rehman Malik had asked UK and US to Stop doing it through MQM as reported in Wiki Leaks.

It seems that US and UK has a Lot of Pressure groups and Fake Political Parties that want to keep Pakistan as week country under clutches of Military establishment modeled on Egypt as fake democracy.

Without Proper democracy neither Pakistan nor Neither the US or world can be a safe place as it seems.
The direct cause of Terrorism seems to stem now from Britain and USA it seems now and Terrorism seems to be benefiting Military Mega Corporation of US now, but not People of US and Pakistan.