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August 4, 2012

Afghanistan, RAW patronising Baloch separatists: Malik

August 4, 2012


ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik brought documentary proof to the Senate on Friday to prove the active involvement of Afghanistan and the Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) in the destabilisation of the province and patronising of separatists, including Brahamdagh Bugti.
Presenting slides, the minister showed documents, including letters from the Afghan ministries and Indian Research and Analysis Wing, to prove foreign involvement in furthering what he called the global agenda to dismember Pakistan. He also showed a letter written on behalf of RAW for the supply of 25 sniper rifles to the Baloch militants.
The interior minister warned that those supporting the separatist forces should desist from doing so as Pakistan was fully vigilant and would foil their designs. However, at the same time, he called for unity in the ranks of political and religious forces and even proposed to send a plane to fetch Brahamdagh, adding that a House panel or even Balochistan’s parties could send their teams for this purpose to Geneva. “I had talked to the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti, who has a soft corner for Pakistan. This I know. I am even ready to go and bring him back and pardon him,” he said.
While winding up the debate on Balochistan, he informed the House that Kabul and New Delhi had not only provided arms to the Balochistan Liberation Army, BRA and other militants but also trained them in several camps inside the war-ravaged neighbouring country.
The minister is expected to make more revelations on the Balochistan crisis and local and foreign elements during a media conference here on Saturday (today). The minister showed on slides the images of Brahamdagh as an Afghan national, who traveled to Geneva with different names (Firdous and Rehan) and identities. A copy of the Afghan president’s order was shown on the slide ordering ‘issuance of passport to Brahamdagh, who is leader of a freedom movement and wants to further his

Similarly, deputy commander of BRA Riaz Gull Bugti, who trained 700 men in Kandahar, also visited India on an Afghan passport and RAW sought to supply 500 Kalashnikovs to him. Rehman Malik said he would share in an in-camera session of the Senate details of some other countries involved in the events taking place in Balochistan and said the ISI, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior would also give a presentation on this count to the lawmakers.
As many as 46 training camps, Malik noted, were active inside Pakistan, the bulk of them in Balochistan. He claimed to have the names of the cities where they were located and their addresses and even the people who looked after these camps. Presently, the BRA was in the process of executing 18 projects that included attacks on security forces and gas installations, Malik said. He noted that the BRA had at its disposal services of between 300-400 persons.
The camps, which he called Ferari camps, needed to be eliminated and for this, he sought parliamentary oversight or monitoring so that no impression was created that aggression was being committed against innocent people. He said his forces were ready to do the job.
The minister said as many as 14 militant groups, including BLA, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, with its headquarters in Jhang, Balochistan Republican Army, Balochistan Liberation Front and Jaish-e-Islam, are in the province. He pointed out that they maintained armies, which was purely and exclusively the state’s prerogative.
Rehman Malik said that they had told India about the role it was playing vis-a-vis the Balochistan situation and even informed it about this through writing. In this connection, he referred to Abu Jandal and his talk with his counterpart Chidambaram, who had admitted Abu Jandal got training inside India.
He noted that after a conspiracy was hatched, these militant organisations were formed and the objective was to further the agenda as per the roadmap given to them. He said after being recruited and trained in Pakistan, these militant groups would send their recruits to Afghanistan for further training to come back and carry out subversive acts.
At the same time, the minister paid tributes to the Baloch people for their love for Pakistan despite the injustices committed to them. “Do you think a common Baloch has mines and arms at his home? Not at all! Those hired are definitely getting local as well as foreign support,” he said.
About the geo-strategic location of Balochistan and its rich natural resources, he said it was not because of the government’s policies or the law-enforcement agencies, but the province as a package was an attractive for anti-Pakistan forces. He also belied Brahamdagh’s claim of representing Balochistan, saying the province consisted of 50 percent Baloch, 40 percent Pashtoons and 10 percent other communities, adding that the people he represented were not more than one percent.
The minister said the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the backbone of which had been broken, also got support from inside Afghanistan and now the BRA and BLA were also the beneficiaries of such backing. He conceded that the situation was like Bangladesh and one could not turn a blind eye to it.
The minister claimed to have traced calls of Gull Muhammad Bugti, who was a deputy commander of Brahamdah, who got instructions from Afghanistan and was backed by India. He said he was presently lodged in Kandahar. He recalled how a UNHCR representative John Solecki was kidnapped by Brahamdagh to hurt Pakistan at a time when the UN secretary general was about to visit Islamabad.
Likewise, the aim of killing Punjabis and Sindhis in Balochistan was to spread terror, said Malik, claiming to have proof that people had been promised independence on August 14 and adding that he had a Rs100 currency note, inscribed with ‘Azad Balochistan.’
About the missing persons, he said as per the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, 36 people were missing from Balochistan, 18 from Islamabad, 150 from the Punjab, 86 from Sindh, 202 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 23 from Fata and 10 from the AJK. He said if there were any concerns by the stakeholders, the commission could be improved.
Leader of the Opposition Muhammad Ishaq Dar appreciated the efforts of the minister and his ministry and said now that facts were known to all and sundry, it was time to draw an action plan and implement it with a timeline. He added that the problem had compounded during the last four and a half years. At this, Malik said plans were being made but details could not be shared at this juncture. A covert operation is also on and the government is also making efforts on the diplomatic level, he said.
He urged President Asif Ali Zardari, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Asfandyar Wali and other politicians to make an appeal against the killing of Muslims and also appealed to the Senate to also adopt a resolution against the killing of Shias by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.




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