By Sajjad Shaukat
June 15 was the blackest day in the history of Pakistan as militants carried out the most dastardly terror-attack on Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat, Balochistan. They damaged the entire structure of the residence, and replaced Pakistan’s flag with that of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). Quaid’s residency was a symbol of the state; therefore the attack which suddenly shocked the entire nation has been taken as an attack on Pakistan. Next day, in Quetta, these ruthless terrorists targeted a bus of the Sardar Bahadar Women’s University and Bolan Medical Complex, killing over two dozen students, nurses and deputy commissioner including security personnel who controlled the situation after gun battle with the insurgents.
Separatist outfit, BLA and the extremist sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) felt pride in claiming responsibility for these brutal acts.
The fact of the matter is that like the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the foreign-backed separatist groups such as BLA, Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) and Baloch Republican Party (BRA) had accelerated their terror-activities by targeting the leaders, offices of Balochistan National Party (BNP) and the National Party (NP) including independent candidates to sabotage the elections 2013. But, despite their boycott-call, BNP and NP including several independent candidates and Baloch nationalists participated in the polls in wake of threats and violent assaults on the polling stations.
The aim of latest bombings especially by the BLA were to give a message to the new Balochistan government led by the nationalist and moderate Baloch Chief Minister Abdul Malik that their insurgents would fail his elected regime in the province, while the latter wants to address the Baloch discontent within the federation of Pakistan.
In fact, based in Afghanistan, secret agencies like American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad which have already been arranging terror-assaults on various places of Pakistan, security forces, sectarian violence etc. through TTP, BLA and other similar militant groups, intend to create instability in Pakistan so as to complete the secret strategic designs of their countries. Particularly, RAW has hired the services of Indian Muslims who have well-penetrated in BLA, TTP, Jundollah, (God’s soldiers) and LeJ which have been conducting subversive acts in various regions of the country.
Pakistan’s civil and military leadership has repeatedly disclosed that militants along with huge cache of arms are being sent to Pakistan, especially in Balochistan from Afghanistan.
In this regard, the main purpose of India, US and Israel is to internationalise the Balochistan issue in accordance with their covert agenda. In this respect, in connivance with the Baloch separatist leaders who have taken refuge in Swizerland, Sweden, US, London and some other western countries, these external elements use media, various NGOs and human rights organisations for false propaganda against Pak Army and country’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) including Frontier Corps (FC) in relation to extrajudicial killings, mutilated bodies and the missing persons.
The reality behind human rights violations, the missing persons and aggravated law and order situation of Balochistan is that militant groups like BLA, BLF, BRA and Jundollah which have been fighting for secession of Balochistan gets arms and ammunition from CIA and RAW. Their militants kidnapped and massacred many innocent people who include teachers, professors, lawyers, Shias and the security personnel in the province. Many persons in Balochistan have also been killed in suicide attacks and bomb blasts, planted by these foreign-backed outfits. On a number of occasions, these insurgents groups claimed responsibility for their criminal activities. In the past few years, they kidnapped and killed many Chinese and Iranian nationals in Pakistan. Besides targeting Punjabis and other ethnic minorities in the province, they also arranged subversive acts in the Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan. In this context, Tehran had directly named CIA for funding of terrorist attacks.
A majority of the disappeared individuals are also in the detention centres (Farrari Camps) which are being run by Baloch feudal lords (Sardars). With the assistance of US-led India and Israel, these Sardars are fighting for their so-called prestige, status and influence, and want to continue old system of feudalism in the province.
Especially, on July 23, 2008, Brahmdagh Bugti had told the BBC that they had the right to accept foreign aid and arms from anywhere including India.
In case of Balochistan, Pakistan’s law-enforcing and intelligence agencies have thwarted many terror attempts of the militants, while several personnel of the security forces have sacrificed their lives for improving situation in the province. But, while speaking in the tone of foreign enemies, some anti-Pakistan prominent personalities and media anchors have been maligning FC, Military Intelligence (MI) and ISI for aggravated circumstances of Balochistan, and the missing persons.
While ignoring the ground realities, in a programme, “Apas Ki Baat” (Mutual talks), a famous media anchor of a renowned TV channel left no stone unturned in maligning ISI and security forces for the high-profile terrorist acts of June 15 and 16 which took place in Balochistan. By concealing reality, he said that the events were a reaction to the missing persons and mutilated bodies in the province. Thus, he is protecting the interests of RAW and CIA.
Notably, a ceremony was held in Dhaka on March 24, 2013 to honour ‘Foreign Friends of Bangladesh Award’ in relation to the crisis which led to the separation of East Pakistan. The recipients of awards from Pakistan were mainly those personalities whose deceased fathers had opposed army action in the East Pakistan and had totally ignored the Indian supported secessionist movement led by Mukti Bahini. Besides other personalities, director of human rights commission of Pakistan, a prominent human rights activist (Pro-American lady) and the same media anchor of a top media group also received the award because of their anti-Pakistan propaganda.
While expressing their misperceptions about Pak Army, they indicated, “The Pakistan government should formally apologise to the people of Bangladesh for the atrocities committed by Pakistan occupation army during the War of Independence in 1971.”
In this context, a book titled, “Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: The Unfinished Memoirs” as autobiography of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been released in the recent past. While speaking in line of the book, that particular media anchor reproduced its contents in his article, “Mujib’s Memoirs,” published in daily, ‘The News’ on November 24, 2012. He wrote, “One-sided history books tell us that Mujib was a traitor who broke up Pakistan…in fact, the political intrigues and blunders of military dictators broke up Pakistan…Bengalis were massacred and their women were raped.” He added, “It is time now to apologise officially to the people of Bangladesh.”
As regards the debacle of Dhaka, a well-known Bengali journalist Sarmila Bose authored a book, “Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War” after thorough investigation. Her book was published in 2011. While countering exaggeration of the Indian and Bengali Journalists, Bose argues that the number of Bengalis killed in 1971 was not three million, but around 50,000 while Bengalis were equally involved in the bloodshed of non-Bengalis.
Nevertheless, these prominent figures of Pakistan who deliberately ignore the facts must know that before the 1971 war, Mujibur Rahman had announced a separate national flag for East Pakistan in his six points which also included that currency of East Pakistan should be different along with a separate military. The famous slogan, during his addresses and rallies was, “Punjabi dogs go back.” It was due to Mujib’s instigation that besides Punjabis, Bengalis had also tortured and killed Biharis, Pashtoons and Balochis, while their women were raped. And Majib was already in connivance with India for separation of East Pakistan. Therefore, when East Pakistan was occupied by Indian Army in 1971, he stated with pleasure that his 24 years old dream of an independent Bangladesh had been fulfilled.
Now, our country is facing multi-faceted crises which demand selfless unity among security agencies, politicians and media. But, these famous personalities, so-called human rights organisations including that particular renowned media anchor keep on targeting country’s key security institutions by manipulating every terror-incident or negative development. No doubt, these entities are on the payroll of external enemies. Nonetheless, like “Nange Watan,” these personalities are Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq of the 21st century. So, every patriot Pakistani must know that traitors are present within Pakistan.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations