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Pakistan arrests Baloch moms and babies for freedom links

November 1, 2017, 7:01 PM IST Ahmar Mustikhanin Balochistan Insight | World | TOI




Angry over militant actions that spoiled the grand show that everything was hunky-dory in Balochistan, Pakistan security services abducted two Baloch freedom leader’s family members, including three babies Monday.

Fazila Baloch, wife of Balochistan Liberation Front chief Dr Allah Nazar and his adopted daughter Popal Jan, 4; Bibi Salma, sister of Balochistan Liberation Army leader Aslam Baloch and her three sons Irfan, who is one and half year old, Guharam Baloch, 7, Meerak Baloch, 9, and a cousin Beebarg Baloch, 17; Ayaal and her two year old daughter Zairak, a fourth woman Gohar Jan, were abducted Monday afternoon from a home in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, according to political groups linked to the Balochistan resistance. However, Balochistan government spokesman Anwaar ul Haq Kakar alleged that women were arrested from Chaman, while on their way to Afghanistan, and were being probed for links to militancy. Militant sources disputed the claim and Sher Mohammad Bugti, spokesperson for the Baloch Republican Party, posted picture of Fazila Baloch receiving treatment at a Quetta hospital just days before her arrest.

Frustration over militant attacks and greed for Chinese dollars seem to have motivated Monday’s action but a former Balochistan government minister said the United Nations allegedly looks the other way in Balochistan for petty interests of its own. Kachkol Ali, a former government minister who is member of the pro-freedom Baloch National Movement, said, “The UN invites Pakistan army for peacekeeping duties at a very cheap rate and that is why it’s silent on what Pakistan is doing in Balochistan. Pakistani security forces are conducting crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing with impunity in Balochistan and a genocidal situation prevails.” He called upon the UN to stop using Pakistan army troops for peacekeeping missions as the army has destroyed peace in Balochistan, Afghanistan and Kashmir. Kachkol Ali said naked aggression and unimaginable atrocities are continuing in Balochistan. “What the ISIS is doing with Yazidis, Pakistan army is doing with the Baloch.”

As the UN keeps mum, Pakistan’s omnipotent army is busy trying to impress its most important client China the country is safe for investments, specially the $62 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Towards that end, to project a “peaceful and soft image” in the words of army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Pakistan soldiers organized the Pakistan Motor Rally 2017 to mark the country’s 70th year on the world map. The rally started on 21 October from Khunjerab Pass, the highest point on the Karakoram Highway, on the borders with China-according to The Economist, Pakistan’s relations with China is “higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than eyesight, sweeter than honey, and so on.”

General Bajwa was personally present in southern Waziristan, one of the areas which the army and ISI had used as a nursery for breeding jihadis since the launch of Operation Gulmarg, on August 20, 1947 in Kashmir, just a week after the partition holocaust. Gen Bajwa, undoubtedly the most powerful man in Pakistan even though he is marred by rumors that he is a member of the persecuted Ahmadi sect and his dad is reportedly buried in the Ahmadi holy town of Rabwah, minced no words that his boys want to promote “peaceful and soft image” of Pakistan- of course, to please China. More than 300 jeeps, 500 Bikes and 150 vintage cars drawn from 23 motor clubs took part in the rally that kicked off from Khunjerab on 21 October and passed through disputed territory of Gilgit, Islamabad, South Wazirstan Agency, Quetta and Karachi and was to culminate at China’s most prized, port city of Gwadar Tuesday after covering nearly 2,000 miles. However, Dr Allah Nazar’s Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) attacked the motor rally in Balghatir area in Turbat district Sunday, leaving five jawans dead and spoiling the army’s show. Rockets and other heavy weaponry were used in the attack, Sangar news reported. Not surprisingly, the news of the Balgathir attack was completely blacked out by Pakistan media.

The abduction of the women and babies appear to have united the perpetually bickering Baloch. Like Kachkol Ali another Balochistan government minister who now lives in exile in the USA, Dr Tara Chand, described the abductions of the family members of Dr Nazar and Aslam Baloch as worst examples of Pakistan army atrocities in Balochistan since the France-sized territory’s occupation in March 1948. “Pakistan has added yet another dark chapter in its history of brutal oppression of the Baloch people,” Dr Tara Chand said on phone from Miami, Florida, while asking the Baloch to unite on a single platform “We believe that the leaders will not be cowed down by such cowardly actions,” he said. “The enemy is trying to crush us, to violate our human dignity. We demand of, not merely appeal to the International community, to not only help stop the war crimes but also take action against the perpetrators to ensure such acts are not repeated.” Dr Chand works closely with former Balochistan chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal, who expressed his anger over the abduction of Baloch women in a tweet, “Highly condemn the abduction of Dr Allah Nazar’s family. No culture in the world permits disgraceful acts of targeting women & children.”

According to the son of a former guerilla leader Pakistan has a history of targeting Baloch women and children. “It is age old Punjabi army tested practice to target women and children in Balochistan,” said Moscow-based Baloch freedom activist Dr Jumma Marri, whose father Mir Hazar Khan Ramkhani spearheaded the 1973-77 insurgency in Balochistan but now sits in the army laps. Dr Marri recalled that in the 1970s when army failed to subdue Marri fighters after using all their might, they simply went to Marri villages and kidnapped their women and children. “(That) forced Marris to leave their mountain hideouts to come down to defend their women and children as a matter of honor. That gave the army a chance to hit back killing 3,000 Marris within a week.”

Dr Marri accused the Pakistan army of trying to fight a psychological war against the Baloch,” he said. “I don’t understand what are these freedom fighters doing. Leave your sheep with hungry wolves expecting understanding and mercy is beyond my understanding,” Dr Marri observed.

Earlier on October 28, Pakistan security forces raided three different Baloch homes in Pakistan’s commercial capital Karachi and abducted Nawaz Atta, information secretary of the Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) and eight other youngsters. Those abducted included eight-year-old Aftab, son of Muhammad Yunus, and 13-year-old Ulfat, son of Altaf Baloch. Baloch resistance sources alleged that a female Farah Baloch was hurtled from the third floor by the raiding party during the raid and suffered spinal injury


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