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The London Club: Root cause of Baloch insurgency?

Saleem Akhtar Malik, who was a Lt Colonel in the Pakistan Army, discusses the main factor which led to the insurgency in Baluchistan. According to him, there was a grand plan which envisaged the complete Balkanization or fragmentation of Pakistan.   Saleem Akhtar Malik -   27 May 2021 What was the London Club about? To find the answer, let us go back to December 1971. In her official statement in the Indian parliament after the fall of Dhaka, Indira Gandhi had made a fleeting reference about the “disturbing situation in Balochistan”; implicitly threatening Indian covert and overt interference in the troubled province (this has since been dubbed out from the official records but can be verified from AIR transcripts). The Soviet leadership had also warned Bhutto that if a Bangladesh-like situation emerged again, the Soviet Union would act exactly as it did during the 1971 War. Events were evolving very fast and it was obvious that India and the Soviet Union had embarked on an indirect ap

Balochistan anti-graft body files 134 corruption references worth Rs 22 billion

ANI |  Updated:  May 27, 2021 14:39 IST Islamabad [ Pakistan ], May 27 (ANI):  Balochistan 's National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) chapter has filed 134 corruption references valuing Rs 22 billion in various accountability courts, as per reports. According to The Express Tribune, the anti-graft watchdog also deposited Rs 125 billion in the national exchequer during the tenure of incumbent management, said Director General NAB,  Balochistan   Farmanullah Khan . Briefing a meeting, chaired by Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, to review the performance of NAB  Balochistan , he said that from out of a total of 5,000 complaints, investigations were initiated on 1,100. Lauding the policy of the  Balochistan  Bureau, the NAB chief said the bureau had retrieved Rs 252 billion in the Gwadar land scam and handed over it to the  Balochistan  government. References worth billions of rupees had also been filed in connection with Gwadar land. NAB had also handed over properties valuing

Top Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Riaz Thekedar killed in Balochistan: Police

AFP Policemen stand guard in front of a blocked road in Quetta on May 9, 2021 Synopsis "Four of the terrorists were killed in heavy firing, while two of them managed to escape," police said. A large cache of guns, ammunition and weapons was seized from the spot. By  PTI May 27, 2021, 05:10 PM IST A top commander of the  Tehreek-e-Taliban  Pakistan, who was believed to be involved in the deadly attack on the Civil Hospital in  Quetta  in 2016, has been killed, along with three members of the banned militant outfit in  Balochistan  province, police said on Thursday. Based on a tip-off, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) launched an operation in Agbara area of the restive Balochistan province on Tuesday and killed  Riaz Thekedar . ADVERTISEMENT "Four of the terrorists were killed in heavy firing, while two of them managed to escape," police said. A large cache of guns, ammunition and weapons was seized from the spot. A CTD spokesman said top Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakis