The theatre of operations may extend beyond Balochistan into Sindh and Punjab. Attacks against soft targets may increase if the conflict intensifies
Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
General Pervez Musharraf was correct when he warned the Baloch nationalists, reminding them that it wasn’t the 1970s. His words were in bad taste but not wrong. Military technology has progressed rapidly in the last three decades. Because oppressors, colonisers and imperialists have always tried to dominate the world through the barrel of the gun, weapon development is a basic tenet of their faith.
The three decades have seen the emergence of smart bombs; and the huge though not so smart bombs that have earned titles like ‘mother of all bombs’; unmanned drones that hunt down adversaries; mini homing devices that guide bombs and missiles etc. But weapon development, even when it is awesome, has not always ensured a definite victory. Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine are cases in point.
Sardar Ataullah Mengal was wrong in saying that only Akbar Bugti could speak for Sui. Every Baloch has a right in this respect equal to Akbar Bugti. Abandoning this principle will amount to replacing one set of autocrats with another
The recent events in Sui are a manifestation of what afflicts the country’s ruling classes. They are also an expression of a people’s outrage at the rulers’ arrogance and their utter disregard of their rights. The people were outraged not only at the rape of a female doctor who had agreed to serve in the wilderness but also at the continued rape of their rights and resources since the very inception of Pakistan. They indicate what the future is going to be like if the rulers persist in their belief that overwhelming firepower is the panacea for all their problems.
The BLA is certainly not a figment of some fertile imagination. This is apparent from the scale of its activity. Since 2003, 1,529 rockets have been fired and 113 bombs exploded in Balochistan. Despite Baloch leaders’ reluctance to directly answer questions about its existence and the government’s attempt to minimise its significance, it cannot be wished away. Theories about its sponsors abound. The oddest one suggests that it is being helped by the USA which is not happy with China’s role in Balochistan. Fingers have also been pointed at Iran. But does not Iran oppress its own Baloch population? One thing is certain: there are people out there determined enough and having adequate resources to sustain the attacks. The BLA’s activities may not be an adequate expression of the deep and pervasive popular resentment but they are an expression nonetheless.
Baloch anger is not against the ethnic mix, it is rooted in poverty and the systematic denial of opportunities by the Pakistani establishment.
The November 23 attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi by Baloch separatists brought into global view, once more, the Baloch trauma. The Balochistan Liberation Army, which claimed responsibility for the attack, had warned the Chinese authorities against “exploitation of Balochistan’s mineral wealth and occupation of the Baloch territory”.
Regrettable as violence in any form is, this incident is an unfortunate reminder that Baloch complaints cannot forever be ignored. In fact, the constant refrain through Pakistan’s 70-year history is this: Balochistan appears to be on the boil again.
عدم اتحاد کے سبب سرگرم کارکن ناامید ہوکر کنارہ کشی اختیار کررہے ہیں جبکہ بعض نئے دھڑے تشکیل دے رہے ہیں کہ گویا پہلے والے کافی نہ تھے
گزشتہ سال نومبر کے اوائل میں جب یونائیٹڈ بلوچ آرمی (یو بی اے) نے یہ خبر دی کہ ان پر بلوچ لبریشن آرمی (بی ایل اے) کے ارکان کی طرف سے حملہ کیا گیا ہے، ان کے ایک کمانڈر کو ہلاک اور ان کے چار جنگجووں کو گرفتار کر لیا گیا ہے، اوریہ قیاس آرائی کی جانے لگی کہ اس کا مطلب یہ ہے کہ بلوچستان میں شورش اپنے اختتام کوپہنچ چکی ہے۔ اس افسوسناک واقعے پر چند حلقوں میں برملا خوشی کا اظہار کیا جانے لگا۔ سوال یہ ہے کہ کیا یہ پاکستان کیلئے اس سردرد کے خاتمے کی طرف اشارہ کرتا ہے جیسا کہ بہت سے اس پر یقین کرنا اور اسے ہوتا ہوا دیکھنا پسند کریں گے؟ آئیے اس کا جائزہ لیتے ہیں۔
Dedicated activists, disheartened by disunity, are withdrawing into themselves while some are forming factions as if there were not enough already
Early in November last year, when the United Baloch Army (UBA) reported that it had been attacked by members of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), one of its commanders had been killed and four of its fighters captured, there was speculation that this spelt the end of the insurgency in Balochistan. There was undisguised jubilation in some quarters at this sad development. The question is: does this signal the end of the headache for Pakistan as many want to believe and would love to see happen? Let us examine.
On September 25, 2014, Police recovered three mutilated bodies from the Rakhshan Nadi and Washbud areas of Panjgur District in South Balochistan. According to reports, all victims had received multiple bullet injuries. The victims remain unidentified.
On September 23, 2014, Balochistan Levies personnel found two bullet-riddled bodies in the Pidark area of Turbat District in South Balochistan. The victims remain unidentified.
BALOCHISTAN: A complete shutter-down strike was observed in parts of Balochistan on Tuesday in response to a strike called by the Baloch National Front (BNF) protesting the military operation in Kalat district.
A BNF spokesperson said that security forces had launched the operation against locals after suffering a defeat ‘at the hands of the BLA in Kalat and Naushki districts’. Business and trade activities in Kech, Gwadar, Kharan, Kalat, Panjgur, Awaran, Khuzdar and Naushki districts came to a standstill as all shops, markets and restaurants remained closed for the day.