By Dr Shahid Qureshi : –
“Good thing about having a bad memory is that one can enjoy the same joke many times”. The recent visit of Pakistani PML-N leader to negotiate with Khan of Kalat and convince him to return to Pakistan and by a mere coincident another terrorist leader Bhramdagh Bugti expressed his wishes to negotiate with Pakistan.
These are the people who have been sitting abroad living a lavish enemy sponsored life style abroad. These Sardars are part of the problem and not solution. The appeasement of these toxic Sardars will bite back later. Those who harboured them will launch them again? This fit of softness towards Pakistan is part of plan and not a coincident. It is called ‘strategic retreat’. This retreat happened because of the successful operations against the terror network all over Pakistan including Baluchistan. Preserving success is also important.
Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) caused thousands of deaths in Pakistan and billions of Rupees damage to the national exchequer and properties of the state. Over 8000 terrorists and criminals of MQM-A benefited from NRO. Reconciliation without accountability is injustice by all means.
Allowing them in to the main stream of Pakistan without facing the law and justice of Pakistan would be betrayal to all those soldiers, policemen, security officials, Punjabi settlers as well as non Baluchis who were killed by these terrorists. There is no room to do politics on the issues concerning national security. These people should be handed over to the police for investigations to find out about their RAW sponsored network in Pakistan. Khan of Kalat also must disclose his contacts with the Indians and Israelis. When I asked Khan of Kalat about his meetings with the Israelis he said: ‘I cannot confirm or deny’.
Few years ago video evidence was shown to the US general about the Indian involvement in Baluchistan terrorism. The video shows a Baluchi terrorist leader having a meeting with the RAW officials in Delhi. There was another video showed to him was about the Indian consulate’s officials driving around Balcuhi terrorists in official vehicles inside Afghanistan. These are the people responsible bombings, killings and assassinations of innocent civilians and security personals in Baluchistan. Pakistan’s fundamental problems are corruption, mismanagement and its ruling elite, and that is very true for Pakistani province Baluchistan.
India with its economic and strategic partners in Middle East, west and US never stopped conspiring against Pakistan no matter how many positive gestures Pakistan showed. India, US and its allies support almost all the ethnic parties in Pakistan including MQM, Sindhi Movements and Baluchi separatists. These parties are provided intellectual and academic support by holding seminars, workshops and conferences.
The Foreign Policy Centre in London on 27th June 2006 provided a similar type of platform where all the one man anti Pakistani parties gathered with their wishful sinister ideas and claims. There focus was Pakistan Army, the joining and defending force. They keep on referring it to be a Punjabi Army. My response to them in the discussion was:
“Half of the Royal British Army was from only four districts of Punjab which continued initially after the partition. You are in the right place to make your complaint because it was British who were responsible for it. I have not seen so many angry and anti-Pakistan people under one roof… You are responsible directly or indirectly for the killings of around 400 innocent Pakistanis, injuring more than 750 and more than 1500 bombings.
You are behaving like Chalabis and Iraqi exiles who provided wrong and false information to the US and West about Iraqi WMDs, which got them into deep trouble. That also led them to commit gross violation of human rights. (Not if they did not know about WMDs but ‘Chalabis’ helped in winning public opinion). “You are singing creation of ‘Greater Baluchistan’ from US and Indian hymn sheet and that will destabilise the whole region gravely. Any such plan will create problems in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. USA and its allies are already in great trouble in Iraq and Afghanistan. Your actions will cause more deaths and violations of human rights”.
I also told Senator Sanaullah Baluch and Mehran Baluch that you would not get anything out of it like Chalabi in Iraq. Sanaullah said to me that, ‘Baluch youngsters would soon be flying Rs 3 Crores (Rs30m) helicopters and dropping bombs on Pakistani cities. I told him, ‘it’s a stupid and absurd idea’. (Senator Sanahullah Baluch’s brother was/is serving officer in the Pakistan army).
The speakers like Frederic Grare, of Carnegie Endowment for International peace, Senator Sana Baloch from Baluchistan; Lakhu Lohana, Mr Dashiti and Mr. Mehran Baloch were all singing from the same hymn sheet, ‘anti Pakistan, anti-Pakistan Army and interestingly anti-China too’.
World Sindhi Congress and Baluchi arranged a demonstration outside No 10, Downing Street, I covered the event, which was attended by about 40 people. They send me a press release saying, ‘thousands attended from UK and Europe’.
I send an email to the London Police to confirm the numbers and what arrangements were made for the parking of busses and cars of these thousands protesters?” (Everyone knows one has to inform the British police about the approximate number of attendees/protesters.)
Now it is up to the policy makers in Pakistan how they want to handle this issue. A robust and calculated response is needed. There is no harm in de-classifying information to the media about these nawabs and sardars and their financial dealings with the government that will shut the supporters up for time being at least.
A senior Pakistani analyst wrote about Baluchistan terrorism: “When Nawab Bughti bombed Sui Gas installations and Sui Pipe Line 273 times and caused billions of dollars losses to Pakistan’s economy, why the Baluchistan and the Federal government arrested him as an arsonist and brought him to justice? All the Chief Ministers from day one were Baluch Sardars.
They were given billion of Rupees for the development. They squandered and stole the billions. Why does the federal government not disclose the billions allotted for the development, along with the names of the Baloch Sardars who were Chief Ministers? Nawaz Bugti was Governor of Baluchistan.
Please tell us what he did for the uplift of the Baloch people? Is it a fact that Sui Gas Co Ltd had employed 2000 illiterate Bugiti tribesmen, on paper; they never showed up for work and their salaries were being pocketed by Nawab Akbar Bugti. Is it a fact that Nawab Bugti blackmailed Pakistan, and yet received Rs nine crore (Rs 90m) annually”.
The role of media is very important in the current environment. Only in Pakistan some media champions act against the national interests. British media never acted in the same way in the case of IRA or the Spanish for ETA or the Indians for the Kashmiris, Sikhs and Naxallites?”
Why don’t Pakistani media anchors ask rebel Baluch leaders and other politicians the following questions?
- Who made the Khan of Kalat the Khan? Who did he or his ancestors defeat in battle to acquire the territory that he claims and wants to rule over?
- Who created the Nawab of Marri and of Bugti? As the British that, how does it confer legitimacy to their lordship over the tribe?
- The rebel leaders say that military operations have been carried in Baluchistan five times? Wasn’t there a rebellion before the operation? If there was, the operation was justified. What are they complaining about? Are they not leading an armed rebellion?
- Did they not get weapons and money from the Soviet Union and Afghanistan in the past and from India, Mossad and the CIA now? Do they deserve a reward for their treachery?
- The most effective response to treason and rebellion is ‘decapitation’. Pakistan hesitated in East Pakistan in 1971 and it is hesitating now. It is counter-productive to kill hundreds; it is best to deal with the leaders”.
Pakistani rulers must not forget its constitutional, national and international obligations to protect the human rights of all the Pakistanis in KPK and Baluchistan. It is true that those involved in terrorism and killings of innocent people including from Punjab and other areas brought to justice in the court of law. All districts of Pakistan and Baluchistan must produce a list of ‘Real Missing People’ with their traceable identities and next of kins for media confirmations.
Had Pakistan invested small amount in policing, maintaining law and order, and judicial system in Pakistan especially in Baluchistan they might not needed to do military operations every so often? A military force cannot be used for policing? Those who have fits of inviting military to do the policing for them are the real enemies of Pakistani people and country. It will provide them the excuse of asking for international UN protection and that is a Trap?
Installation of Khan of Kalat and forgiveness of Brhamdagh Bugti will undo all the work done by the army and security forces in Baluchistan. They must face justice as baptisation with holy water is not enough?
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is analyst with BBC and journalist based in London)