By Ali Qambar
In February 2005, Pakistan deployed armed forces numbering in hundreds of thousands in Dera Bugti, the seat of the tribal Bugti area of Balochistan and started an offensive military operation. On March 17, 2005, the Pakistani forces heavily shelled town and villages that resulted in killing of sixty-one civilians, mostly belonging to the Hindu community. Dera Bugti became a killing field of Pakistani military that continues to date. Soon the fire engulfed all Balochistan, especially in the aftermath of slaying of the tribal head, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in August 2006.
It is now February 2015. After a decade of military offensives and operations, illegal abductions, torture, targeted killings, and razing entire villages; the Pakistani army chief, General Raheel Shareef and Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef visited Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan.
By Ali Qambar
Pakistani media always allege that Baloch freedom fighters are engaged in serious human rights violations by targeting non-combatant settlers and non-Baloch civilians in Balochistan. They go to the extent of calling it “ethnic cleansing” of non-Baloch population in Balochistan. The Baloch freedom fighters reject this claim as state propaganda and a pretext to carry out more military operations by maligning the Baloch struggle for independence, based on historic facts and legalities under international law.
In 2014, Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch, the most respected intellectual-cum-guerrilla commander, in an interview with Tarek Fatah, a Toronto-based columnist, explained, “I am not a terrorist and we are not terrorists. We are fighting for our freedom and our struggle is based on the international law.” Let us deliberate on the matter.
By Ali Qambar
It is the economy that matters. War is never an end by itself rather a mean to achieve certain objectives. In a colonial setting; all the military deployment, security networks and intelligence services make sure that certain interests of the colonizers are protected.
Nothing can better portray economic angle in the ongoing conflict between the Baloch freedom fighters and Pakistani army in Balochistan than the recent “power breakdown caused by militants blowing up the transmission towers.”
Pakistan’s Psychological Front against Baloch
By Ali Qambar
The Skillful Strategist
Defeats the enemy
Without doing battle,
Capture the city
Without laying siege,
Overthrow the enemy state
Without protracted war.
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
A Pakistani newspaper, The Express Tribune reported that Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif has urged the British Government to take action against ‘Baloch separatist leaders who are stirring troubles in Pakistan.’ The report said that he had raised the issue with British authorities without naming the authority. However, none of the British newspaper reported it and there is no confirmation or denial of the reports came from the UK government. The report further alleged that Hyrbyar Marri is head of Baloch Liberation Army, residing in UK. The report does not clarify whether Raheel told authorities to hand over Hyrbyar Marri. It also does not clarify who views Hyrbyar Marri as head of the BLA – the newspaper or the Pakistani authorities. So a cloud of vagueness surrounds the issue created by the news.
By: Ali Qambar
Military operations in Balochistan are not a new phenomenon. Since 1948, Pakistani state has been consistently following a policy of slow genocide of the Baloch nation to suppress their right to an independent Balochistan. The ongoing military offensive is the continuation of a chain of events in this respect. However, contrary to the past, this time Pakistan has widened the scale of military offensive from the Marri-Bugti tribal areas to coastal Balochistan. And the other feature of this genocidal policy is the intensity, marked by gross human rights violations – aerial bombardments of villages, enforced disappearances, targeted killings and the ‘killing and dumping’ of the illegally abducted political activists.