میں بلوچ کاز کی حمایت کرتا ہوں کیونکہ میرا ضمیر مجھ سے کہتا ہے کہ یہ صحیح ہے اور اسی وجہ سے میں سچ کہوں گا۔ مزید برآں، اگر میرے نام پہ مظالم کیے جائیں تو میں چپ نہیں رہوں گا
”بعض اوقات لوگ سچ سننا نہیں چاہتے کیونکہ وہ نہیں چاہتے کہ ان کے واہمے برباد ہوجائیں“ ~ فریڈرک نطشے (1844 تا 1900)۔
Daily Archives: July 16, 2012
I support the Baloch cause because my conscience tells me it is the right thing and for the same reason, I will speak the truth. Moreover, I will not be silent if atrocities are committed in my name
“Sometimes people do not want toahear the truth because they do not want their illusions destroyed” — Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).
I unequivocally condemn the killing of 18 persons from Punjab, KP and Sindh in Shooli Jam bazaar in Turbat on July 6. A spurious group, Baloch Liberation Tigers (BLT), has claimed responsibility. The BLT — traffickers and smugglers — are patronised by the Frontier Corps (FC). Little wonder then, human and drug smuggling is rampant with the connivance of the FC. Pakistan is the principal conduit for the Afghan heroin trade for global markets as some 240 tons is smuggled through it. Over 85 percent of Afghanistan’s heroin comes from Helmand (66 percent), Kandahar (nine percent), Farah (10 percent) — all bordering Balochistan, and with the FC controlling the borders. Unfortunately, the Turbat killings have been used to malign the nationalist struggle and some editorials wrongly blame Dr Allah Nazar and the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF).
Undoubtedly, Pakistani excesses in Balochistan are extreme and indiscriminate. On June 20, Mohammad Bakhsh Baloch, a 75-year old-farmer of Kech district, father-in-law of a friend, was off loaded by the FC at Jusak check post and has not been heard from since. The Espilinji Seven were killed by the FC a few days ago; officials admit helicopters were used and yet, army operations are denied. Teenage boys too are abducted. An 18-year-old, Sagheer Baloch s/o Rahim Baksh of Pasni, was abducted from Nalent. Dad Shah Baloch, brother of martyr comrade Qayyum Baloch, was abducted by the army in Gwadar. There is no let up in the organised violence against the Baloch people. They kill because of what these Baloch aspire for. If they kill them for being Baloch, why would Chief Minister Raisani and company thrive?
The representative of Baloch Student Organization – Azad in his statement has said, “The Pakistani forces have violated the sanctity of houses in death of night yesterday in Gwadar. The occupying forces arrested number of Baloch and shifted them to undisclosed location, which portrays the ugly and brutal image of the occupation. The parasitic Army of Pakistan, which thrives on foreign aid, is using all its might on unarmed innocent Baloch.”
The representative further said that history is evident that the brutalities inflicted by occupiers could never stop the struggles and movements for emancipation. No matter how much the cruelties are escalated the Baloch nation has sternly decided to liberate itself from the yoke of slavery. This struggle will be decisive in the form of enemy’s pitiful downfall.
The Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is an open source research organization of the U.S. Army. FMSO conducts unclassified research on foreign perspectives of defense and security issues that are understudied or unconsidered.
Jason Heeg is an Intelligence Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency. He is currently attending the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and completing a Master of Arts in Security Studies with Kansas State University. He has deployed multiple times to the central command area of responsibility. His research interest includes insurgency, terrorism, and the cultural and tribal dynamics of south Asia.
The emphasis placed on counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has left the issues in the western Balochistan province under-appreciated. While there has been some focus on the Taliban’s government-in-exile, the Quetta Shura, which operates from the Baloch capital, there has been little attention applied to Baloch nationalism. Counter-intuitive to the common American point of view, Baloch separatism is a much greater issue to the Pakistan military than the situation in the FATA. Since the partition of British India in 1947, there have been five periods of insurgency in Balochistan.