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One of the grandsons of the assassinated former Balochistan governor and chief minister, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, has again met with JuD chief Hafiz Saeed in Lahore, a picture on his twitter account shows.
Nawab Shahzain Bugti, who heads the Jamhoori Watan Party, and his younger brother Nawabzada Gohram Bugti, two of the grandsons of the late Nawab Bugti appear to believe in starting their political career in the same way their grandfather did seven decades back.
On Sunday, Nawab Shahzain Bugti posted a picture of his grandfather receiving Pakistan’s tuberculosis-ridden founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah 70 years ago when Baloch nationalists had rejected the idea of Pakistan. Shahzain Bugti’s tweet reads, “Quaid-e-Azam Mohmmed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, Pakistan needs no special introduction as to who he is or what he did for us.A MEMORIABLE PICTURE OF MY GRAND FATHER
#SHAHEED NAWAB AKBER KHAN BUGTI WITH QUAID E AZAM MOHAMMAD ALI JINNAH.”
On December 3, Nawab Shahzain Bugti posted a picture of him and members of his Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) meeting JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other jihadis in Lahore. His tweet reads, “A GREAT GET TOGETHERING WITH HAFIZ MOHAMMAD SAYEED SB.”
Though Saeed has bounty on his head, Pakistan’s Deep State is trying to mainstream him in the country’s politics by allowing him to run for elections.
Nawab Shahzain Bugti had last year announced that he will go fight the jihad in Kashmir. “Bugti tribesmen would fight against Indian troops ahead of Pakistan Army,” said the grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti, according to the Dawn newspaper. The Bugti nawab was dragged like a lamb by the Pakistani security forces in Quetta few years back, a great affront in tribal culture.
Nawab Shahzain Bugti is all praise for his younger sibling, who was allowed to return to Dera Bugti four years ago. As if to say his younger brother has outdone whatever his grandfather ever did, Nawab Shahzain Bugti tweeted, “WITH THE HELP OF NAWABZADA GOHRAM BUGTI 1ST time in Dera Bugti history devolpment works of town have been distributed by open tender and totally on merit at http://m.c.office dera Bugti.
#BROTHER #NAWABZADA #GOHRAM# #BUGTI”
A local Bugti source in Dera Bugti did confirm to this scribe that Gohram Bugti is considered as the main Bugti leader in that town.
The late Nawab Bugti had worked peaceably with the Pakistan soldiers calling the shots in Balochistan for nearly six decades, but was assassinated on the orders of Pakistan army dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf in August 26, 2006.
At least three of his grandsons now say they are the “nawab”– a decadent title introduced by the British for Baloch tribal chieftains. Nawab Shahzain Bugti’s two other first cousins who are claimants to the nawab title are Mir Ali Bugti and Geneva-based Brahumdagh Bugti. There is no yardstick to say among the three cousins, who has the largest following in the tribe.
Mir Aali Bugti is not allowed into Dera Bugti by the army. His sister, who was once Brahumdagh Bugti’s wife but got divorced, is now married to Prince Mohammed Ahmedzai, the eldest son of Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Daud– “the king without a crown“–, who lives in exile in Cardiff.
Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), is not on talking terms with the Khan of Kalat for many years, though both are sailing in the same boat as exiles. Just last month, Brahumdagh Bugti convened meeting of Baloch feudal lords linked to the insurgency but did not invite Daud, despite the fact he is the first among Baloch blue bloods.
The meeting could not take place as the Swiss authorities arrested and deported Brahumdagh Bugti’s brother-in-law Mehran Baluch on a charge he heads the militant United Baluch Army (UBA).
Just last month, the Swiss government also refused asylum to Brahumdagh Bugti on the basis of the charge he heads the Baloch Republican Army (BRA). Despite the seriousness of the charge against Brahumdagh Bugti, the BRA on Thursday killed six members of the Bugti tribe, including three minors, after calling their shanty home a “death squad” camp.
It is not clear why the BRA is targeting the poorest among poor Bugti tribesmen, including women and children, on a frivolous charge they are death squad members while Nawab Shahzain Bugti and his brother are openly working for the establishment and talking about jihad in Kashmir.
Nawab Shahzain Bugti did make a faux pass as in August he is seen cutting a huge cake with the Pakistani flag on it to celebrate birth of the troubled country; UK divided India on August 14, 1947 to artificially carve out Pakistan in a hodgepodge manner.
His father Talal Bugti passed away with heart attack on April 2015, within 48 hours of a published interview of Brahumdagh Bugti in which he said he inherited $100 million from his assassinated grandfather.