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April 30, 2011

Dangerous Nexus


Web Desk
April 30, 2011

Investigators looking into the successive attacks on Pakistan Navy buses in Karachi believe that they have come as a result of an extremely dangerous link-up between the Balochistan Liberation Front of Brahamdagh Bugti and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. If this development has indeed taken place, it unveils all kinds of new perils into which we could tumble as we attempt to combat militancy. The investigators seem to have based their theory on the fact that road-side bombs were used to target the vehicles rather than the suicide bombers most often used by the Taliban. There have also been claims from both organisations of having carried out the attacks. It is thought that a similar attempt to target a military officer in Karachi may have taken place as long ago as in 2004 by the BLF. The Taliban and the BLF are both lined up against the state. The reasons for their hostility to it and those who represent it are very different. In many ways, the Baloch nationalist organisations and the Taliban are ideological enemies who stand on opposite sides of the divide as far as their beliefs go. The nationalists have traditionally been opposed to extreme religious views and to forces such as the Taliban. Their views lean more towards the left and the liberal.
However, despite these realities it is not impossible for some kind of alliance to have been forged for opportunistic reasons, especially against those who wear military uniforms. Both groups have no sympathy for such persons, even though those who died in Karachi and elsewhere are in no way responsible for devising the policies that these groups oppose. It is also a fact that Brahamdagh in particular, has broken away from mainstream Baloch nationalists and formed unwise fronts of his own – perhaps, even combining his efforts with those of the Taliban? At present, these reports cannot be considered wholly accurate. But this much is clear – if unity is growing between militant organisations of different kinds in

the country, it poses immense dangers and adds greatly to the threats we face as an already troubled country.

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