The Balochistan Liberation Front Wednesday announced killing of a well known militant commander, who was its founding member and who lost his sons and brother in the fight against Pakistan military.
“Today the Sarmachars (freedom fighters) shot dead Mohammed Bakhsh, aka Jaggoo, an important agent of the state,” said Gohram Baloch, spokesperson for the BLF. Jaggoo was killed in Nasirabad of Kech district, the spokesperson said.
The BLF spokesperson conceded that Jaggoo sons and brother were brutally killed by the Pakistan army but accused him of breaking Baloch customs, committing treachery with the blood of Baloch martyrs and becoming a state agent.
The BLF also accepted that the victim once worked for the militant outfit but was expelled from it for violating its discipline and being involved in criminal activities. “After that he collected bad hats like himself and launched a paper outfit,” said the BLF.
Despite the BLF statement against him, in the eyes of many Jaggoo was to Balochistan what Hosho Sheedi was to Sindh at the time to the British invasion who raised the battle cry in Hyderabad: marsoon, marsoon, Sindh naa daysoon ( You will get Sindh on my dead body).
“Jaggoo was one of the founder members of BLF,” said Dr Ali Mengal, president of Baloch Diaspora France, from Grenoble, France. Dr Mengal, who has known Dr Nazar since their student days at Bolan Medical College, Quetta, in early 2000s, said after being freed from jail, Dr Nazar developed differences with founding members of BLF, forcing Commander Jaggoo and torture victim Sattar Baloch to launch Balochistan National Liberation Front (BNLF).
Dr Mengal said due to lack of resources, some members of the BNLF joined Baloch Republican Army (BRA), which is allegedly headed by Geneva-based Brahumdagh Bugti, while others said farewell to arms. “Jaggoo surrendered to the forces and we received news that he was killed yesterday.”
The victim was of mixed Baloch-African descent; some of his ancestors were brought to Mekran during the days of slave trade. “Jaggoo used to openly cry over the discrimination meted out to him by the militants despite his sacrifices,” said Dr Mengal, who regretted that the BLF has relegated itself from a guerrilla group to targeting its own people.
Despite the fact they have played a heroic role in Balochistan freedom struggle, blacks in Baloch society are to this day called “tee” which is equivalent to the slur nigger, while the mixed Baloch-African blood folks are called darzadah or Baloch mixed with alien race. The two are looked down upon due to racism in Baloch society.
The British abolished slavery in Balochistan in 1935 but racist Baloch land owners rose up in revolt against the decision just like the confederates did in the US. The British successfully crushed the revolt and ended slavery.
The BLF is headed by a doctor, named Dr Allah Nazar, and the organization is notorious for killing dissenters. Dr Nazar did not spare even his brother-in-law Daulat M. Hasni and killed him on a charge of being an informer.
Likewise, the BLF gunned down another guerrilla leader Dr Qambar Qazi as he had disagreed with the BLF policy of Baloch-on-Baloch killings by the trigger happy Sarmachars and was about to join the competing Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).
The Baloch National Movement (BNM) is the political arm of the BLF, but BNM leaders deny that in public.The Sarmachars were once loved by the Baloch masses but their extremist actions are increasingly isolating them in Balochistan politics.
Though accusing political opponents as being ISI agents has been part of Balochistan politics for more than three decades, the newest trend is to gun down opponents and dissenters after accusing them of being state agents or being death squad members.
The BLF said it hoped Juggoo’s death will open the eyes of those who betray the cause — in other words differ with Dr Nazar over strategy and tactics.