Repression of foreign Sponsored Resistance in Balochistan
By Zaheerul Hassan
Recently, Dr. Muhammad Taqi has written an article “Repression, resistance, rapprochement” that was published in renowned English daily of Pakistan. In his article, Dr. Taqi twisted the historical facts and tried to link Geronimo movement with Baloch rebels. He stated that Geronimo led a tiny band of the Chircahua Apaches against the colonisers. While discussing it, he either deliberately avoided to touch upon the truth or not aware of the reality of liberation of Pakistan. It is one of the authenticated facts, that Geronimo has neither started his movement of liberty and nor fought for protection of Indian’s basic rights. In fact, he initially started resistance to take revenge of his family. However, later on grouped the people and converted his fight against security forces into a struggle for protecting Indians’ basic rights. Actually, he deceived American Indians in the name of rights and independent country for them. Anyhow, when ruling elite and American Indians rejected Geronimo’s unjustified demand then he left the struggle, accepted Christianity and surrendered to US forces.
Now, word about Balochistan militancy, Dr. Taqi has probably forgotten that Baloch lords belonging to Bugti, Khan, Mari and Mengal tribes remained rulers of Balochistan since independence. These sardars failed to deliver for the welfare and betterment of common people. They never tried to develop the province, never tried to provide basic health and education facilities to the masses, never ensured employments and never tried to elevate the poorer life. They started playing in foreign hands and only promoted hate, sectarianism, provincialism, prepared criminals for abduction of the people and claiming ransom. Therefore, comparing or connecting Geronimo’s struggle with foreign sponsored militancy in Balochistan is unfair and Dr. Taqi’s media piece seems to be a part of anti-Pakistan propaganda.
It is mentionable here that in the past, elders of these lords Akbar Bugti, Khuda Bux Mari and Khan of Kalat, Sardar Jan, Sardar, Nowruz Khan and Zarakzaihey have been fully supported against Pakistan by the foreign intelligence agencies. Apart from funding insurgents, these agencies are regularly providing weapons, physical training and carrying out psychological operations of innocents Baloch people through so called intellectuals like Malik Siraj Akbar and Dr. Mohammad Taqi. In this connection, these writers are using webs, social media platform, local and international media for fomenting anti Pakistan propaganda. Their objectives are to create chaos, anarchy and insecurity with a view to prevent Baloch people from enjoying prosperous future. Moreover, their sinister design is to stop Pakistani and china from developing Pak-China Economic Corridor and Gwadar Port. On the other hand Pakistani government and its security forces fully determined to secure and open route. For securing future corridor, Pakistan Army has established a security division and work on Pak-China corridor is in progress. It is worth mentioning here that of Coastal Highway under construction can also be connected to Kashgar through Silk Route. Ultimately the route will also provide an access to Central Asia and Russia to the warm waters of the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Therefore, due to its strategic value, U.S, India and even some Muslim states covertly or overtly are opposing the development and operation of the port through China.
As Pakistanis we all know that Balochistan is a land where patriotic, peaceful and brave people with the help of security forces are successfully countering foreign sponsored belligerency. The militancy was geared up when some Baloch Chieftains, like Brahamdagh Bugti, Khan Kalat, Dr. Wahid Baloch, Dr. Juma Khan and Munir Mengal lured in against Pakistan by Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in collaboration with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and UK Military Intelligence (MI-6). These lords used to attend the meetings, seminars and training organized by RAW in New Delhi, European Countries and USA. After attending the seminars and meetings, they were normally being paid honorarium of $25000 dollars each by RAW.
Factually speaking, planning, execution and physical launching of terrorists in neighbouring countries are directly being controlled by RAW headquarters located at New Delhi. Whereas, to justify interference in rival countries, organized propaganda campaign through conducting seminars, lecturers, spreading rumors are the tasks of Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA). China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are primary prime targets of Indian Intelligence agency. In this connection CIA, MI-6 and Afghan Intelligence agency are providing all out support to RAW. With regard to Pakistan, Afghan’s soil has become the launching pad of terrorists. Most of the militants in FATA and Balochistan entered into Pakistan while using unattended mountain passes, outer skirts of Kandahar, Angoor Adda, and River Kabul along the Loye Shilman territory.
Anyhow some of the innocent people have been forcefully pushed into the mountains for fighting against Pakistan by the lords. Nonetheless, last two successive governments with the help of security forces took some positive steps for the development of Balochistan and also announced general amnesty for the warriors. As a result more than 750 rebels came down, handed over their weapons and surrendered themselves before the forces.
In the past few years Pakistan Army has also created thousands of vacancies and relaxed the rules for the enrollment of Baloch in officers and other ranks cadres soldiers. Currently, more than 5000 Baloch have been selected and provided services in the army. Moreover, Pakistani Armed Forces have constructed Chamalang Education Programme, Sui Education City, Balochistan and Gwadar Institutes of Technical Education and Kassa Hills Marble Project.
In short, the people of Balochistan are quite aware of the facts that they have to get rid of anti-state lord mafia for their prosperous future and play positive role in building “Greater Pakistan”. The writer like Dr Taqi should remember that Balochistan is integral part of Pakistan where security forces with the national support will definitely defeat the foreign militancy and terrorists have no more place to hide themselves here.
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