Qurat ul ain Siddiqui
By Qurat ul ain Siddiqui
“The Pakistani government continues to allege Indian and Afghan involvement in fuelling separatist tensions inside Balochistan which BRA’s chief Brahmdagh Bugti denies. At the same time, the province’s Dera Bugti region is still practically a “no-go area” where journalists and human rights activists have been trying (so far unsuccessfully) to lead a fact-finding mission.”
The UN’s refugee agency has suspended operations in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province and in the country’s largest province, Balochistan.
تحریر: کلیم زباد بلوچ
Solecki's release was a rare piece of good news in Pakistan. (AP)
Zahid Hussain in Islamabad and Jeremy Page, South Asia Correspondent
An American UN official who was kidnapped two months ago in southwestern Pakistan was released after Pakistani authorities freed several separatists held by the security services for the past few years, The Times has learnt.
John Solecki, the head of the UN refugee agency’s office in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, was found on Saturday night by the side of a road near Quetta, the provincial capital, with his hands and feet bound, pleading: “Help me, help me!”
Ethnic Baluch separatists had earlier claimed responsibility for the abduction and at one point threatened to kill Mr Solecki — the highest-profile Westerner to be kidnapped in Pakistan since Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was beheaded in 2002. News of Mr Solecki’s release came as a suicide bomber attacked a crowded Shia mosque in central Pakistan, killing at least 28 people. Continue reading