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Ambassador Khalilzad calls Baloch writer premier of Balochistan

Quite an honor to be called prime minister of Balochistan, by none else but Afghanistan’s best son and former US envoy to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad. But am just a writer, founder and president of the American Friends of Balochistan, top interlocutor of the Baloch cause in the USA.

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Whats wrong with @HRW?

No doubts the creation of Pakistan was the worst sin of the white man in the last century.

But even today the question is oo white folks care about brown folks? I guess not, otherwise how can a very responsible organization like the Human Rights Watch honor former coup leader and dictator Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf.
The dictator ousted a democratic government, killed former governor and chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Akbar Bugti, is accused by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari of being the killer of Gen Pervez Musharraf.

At an interview in Dubai, he publicly called for assassinating Baloch activists like myself in foreign nations. I was very pained to see Bob Woodward interview Musharraf at a Harvard business school event, but did not ask him a single question about Balochistan.

Cash-starved AFB translates crucial video to expose ISI dirty face in Afghanistan


A video that bares the true story of a suicide bomber used by Pakistan to attack the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul has been translated from Pashto into English into by volunteers of the American Friends of Balochistan.

The Washington DC-based AFB, which is doing excellent work to expose Pakistan terror not only in Balochistan but also against US troops and Afghans in Afghanistan, Pashtuns in Khyber Pashtunkhwa, Indians in Kashmir, and Christian and Hindu women and girls in Pakistan but is not getting any help from any quarters.

In the video Abdul Qahar, father of Matiullah, narrates the whole story of what happened to his son who was trained into a suicide bomber by Pakistan. the attack left more than 40 Afghans dead.

Here is the complete English translation of the video:

I am Abdul Qahar, son of Abdul Razaq, resident of Killi Shameer, District Maiwand (Wilaswalai), State Kandahar province…. After a year and a half’s absence, my son called me. I asked him, “Where are you?” He said “In Chaman (Pakistan’s border town with Afghanistan, across from Spin Boldak)”. I asked: “What are you doing there?” He said he was in a madrassah (seminary). I asked him: Where? He replied in the Ashizai’s (a subtribe of the Achakzais) madrassah by the mountains in Chaman (Headquarter of District Killa Abdullah, Pakistan)”.

I asked, “What are you doing there?” He said that he had been studying in the madrassah (seminary). I said, “I want to see you but I can’t find where exactly the madrassah (seminary) is located. Why not we meet somewhere else and then I will go with you and visit your madrassah (seminary) as well?” He agreed to this.

Later I, his mom and his little sister traveled to Chaman city. My intention was to bring him back to Kandahar, because I had heard a lot on TV and radio that in Pakistani madrassahs (seminaries), they brainwash Afghan kids for terrorism and suicide attacks within our country. When we finally met him, I implored him to come with us, his mom cried and asked if he requested to return home and said that we would arrange his marriage upon his return. He agreed and said that he would return home in a few days.

When we came home, he again shut his number off on us. We couldn’t contact him for another one year. After a year he called again, he was still in the same madrassah (seminary), I asked him if he could accompany me to see his grandfather, who had brain tumor and was admitted in a hospital in Quetta city. He said, “Okay.” Again, I and his mother went and met him in Chaman.

We asked him that he should come with us to see his grandfather. He said, he will come to Quetta in two or three days and will meet us there. We stayed in Quetta for 15 days but he never showed up. We returned to Kandahar. After two and a half months, this incident at The Continental hotel in Kabul was all over the news. I took it as just another terrorist attack, as usual.

When I came home everyone else in the house knew about Matiullah except me and his mom, probably. They were trying not to let me know about this, but I suspected that they are hiding something from me. Anyways. I received a phone call from an unknown number and the caller asked me if I am the father of Matiullah. “Yes, I am”, I said. The caller said he was the Qari Sahib, and he wanted to meet me in Chaman and it was about Matiullah. He also told me about the meeting place.

When I crossed the border, he was not far from there. He took me on his motorbike. I asked him, “Were are we going?” He said towards Ashizai’s village. When we reached there, he took me into a house. There was nobody in that house, just a motorbike and some other stuff. There was a door in that house that led into another house. There were seven to eight people gathered there in prayers. Since it was the prayer time, I asked them to provide me water for wudhu (ablution).

After the prayer, they told me that your son Matiullah and four other Taliban have attained martyrdom in the attack on The Continental Hotel in Kabul. They showed me some videos and pictures. I started crying and shouting, asking how he got to the Continental Hotel! Who took him there? He couldn’t go there on his own….

They said you have to do Fatiha at home for him, he is a Shaheed (martyr). And asked me if I want to pick up his stuff. I said that I didn’t want anything other than just one of his shirts to take for his mom. And I said I don’t want to do his Fateha, nor is he a Shaheed (martyr); he is a murderer. He has taken innocent lives. I am not taking his dead body from Kabul nor am I going to burial rites.

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Mustikhan gets Eddy Shah endorsement on journalism skills

 

One of the UK’s best known media tycoons, friend of Rupert Murdoch and close relative of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV has endorsed the journalism skills of the writer and publisher of Mustikhan’s Musings.

Eddy Shah is a UK celebrity who ended the unions on Fleet Street Street. Eddy Shah’s father, the late Muchool J. Shah, was close close family friend. Eddy Shah spoke to this scribe after his father’s demise. Muchool J. Shah was a man of sterling qualities, a breed that has almost vanished in Pakistan. In the 1990s when Muchool J. Shah who lived in Nova Scotia, was trying to sell his house he was highly disturbed over the ridiculous obstacles he faced and had remarked what kind of a country Pakistan is where a person could not even sell his own property.

Shah might have been the aga Khan instead of his cousin today as there was a dispute in the family over who would become the next Aga Khan 60 years ago but the dispute was later amicably resolved.

Shah, who mendorsed the journalism skills of this writer, is himself a prolific writer: writing has been a major part of Eddy Shah’s life since he was sixteen and in the 1990s he wrote four successful novels: Manchester Blue, Fallen Angels, The Lucy Ghosts and Ring of Red Roses.

Shah has led an interesting life. Born in 1944 in Cambridge, Eddy Shah was educated at Gordonstoun in Scotland, followed by Haywards Heath Grammar School and despite being thrown out of several schools along the way managed to get nine O levels. He didn’t go to University but his lifelong passion for books and reading started when he was very young and he’s been writing all his life. he was with his father living in Karachi but hated to leave the city according, to a deceased uncle of this writer who Eddy Shah knew quite well.

Others who have endorsed this scribe’s writing skills are Farahnaz Ispahani, author of Purifying the Land of the Pure; Brian Beary, author Separatist Movements: A Global Reference; John Dudley Miller, PhD, nuclear power, radiation risk, science and technology reporter; Professor William O. Beeman, chair department of anthropology, University of Minnesota; Joseph E. Fallon, Middle East/North Africa and Central/South Asia researcher and analyst and former Cultural Awareness Instructor for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center at Ft. Huachuca, AZ; Jackie Cohen, writer and editor; and Nuzhat Khatoon, reference librarian at the Library of Congress.

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Good news for peace in South Asia: Pashtuns demand freedom in Islamabad

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I love Pashtuns, more so after their rally Sunday in Islamabad in which they called for independence of Pashtunistan.

The uprising of Pashtuns, now being called the Pashtun spring, follows Islamabad’s devious plans to snatch the semi-autonomy of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. It has sent a wave of joy across the Pashtun diaspora globally.

The uprising also followed the staged encounter and execution-style of Naqeebullah, 27, a young man from the Mehsud tribe in Karachi on January 13. The Punjabi officer SSP Rao Anwar, who ordered the killing after arresting Naqeebullah, a budding Facebook star who used the screen name Apna Veer, from the Pashtun stronghold of Sohrab Goth, is now on the run.

Two others who were arrested along with Naqeebullah were freed by police after receiving bribes. Naqeebullah, however, was shot dead and police reported his death as an encounter.

Afghanistan intellectual, Majeed Qarar, who is cultural attache at the Afghan embassy appeared thrilled over the Pashtun awakening in Islamabad.  “For the 1st time after the cold war era, masses of Pashtuns in Pak raise the slogans of independence. This new uprising surge is led not by conventional politicians but by a new generation of youth from across Pashtunkhwa. The demonstrators called Pakistan a terrorist state,” Qarar tweeted.

Qarar’s colleague at the Afghan embassy, Haroon Hakimi, also tweeted about the historic march. “The censored voice of millions who have suffered from the brutal policies of Pak-PJB during decades is arising!1-A big NO to state spnsrd terrorism, fundamentalism & extremism by the innocent victims. 2-A great move for protecting fundamental Rights inside.1/2 #PakhtunLongMarch,” Hakimi, who is himself a Pashtun nationalist like Qarar said, adding “3- Awakening of tens of millions of Pashtuns to change their status from a stateless to an equal citizen level. 4- an important step for weakening the violence and bringing peace to both sides of the Durand Line and the region. The World should support it. 2/2 #PakhtunLongMarch.”

But even as the Pashtuns staged a ground breaking rally in Islamabad, the bad boys of the Aabpara headquarters were busy working overtime. Idrees Wazir, son of one of the main leaders at the protest in Islamabad was gunned down in Dera Ismail Khan and his brother wounded. The crooks were trying to pit one Pashtun tribe against another by saying Idrees Wazir was killed by the Mehsuds at a time of unprecedented Pashtun unity.

The Islamabad rally brought together Pashtuns from all shades of opinion, both left and right, who raised slogans that Pakistan was a terrorist state. Even fake Pashtun Imran Khan party was also also present.

Though Pakistan has always projected Pashtuns as semi-civilized brutes and Islamist suicide bombers, they are pretty civilized people who show lot of tolerance for one another. This writer was surprised that two Pashtun students, one who supported Kabul and the other Islamabad, had heated arguments over politics but still remained close friends. Had such arguments taken place between two Baloch, they would not have talked with another for the rest of their lives.

 

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My rebuff to a good-hearted Afghan suffering from Stockholm syndrome


[UDATES: Mustikhan’s Musings tries to be as objective as possible. An earlier version of the story was headlined: “Rebuff to a Pakistan & Islam-loving Afghan opportunist, written with blood from a Baloch’s bleeding heart.”]
It was bitter cold Friday evening. I had two layers of warm clothing under my jeans, a very thick jeans on top of that, two warm layers of clothing under my thick shirt and a World War two style black widower heavy coat on top of that. Still when I went outside to go to my car to go to the DuPont Circle– one of the few places in the US where I feel at home since it is so gay–, I felt the American cold piercing through my dark brown, hairy ass. I even sat on my seat as I was getting late for the Candle Light Vigil for Afghan victims of Pakistan terrorism. However, as you grow older the instinct of self preservation takes over, I am getting close to 60 now, so I thought I should not take the risk of getting down with pneumonia and went inside and added yet another layer under my belly–hope none asks what is so precious there– and also another warm cloth on top. I was all set to go.

Afghanistan had been bleeding profusely for the last 12 days or more, as suicide bombers trained by Pakistan army and ISI had been playing a holi of blood with Afghans as they have been doing for many years now. Nearly 150 Afghans had lost their lives and there seems to be no end to the daily bombings. The dirty hands of the ISI were busy in Afghanistan not for the last 12 days but since the days of the first American architect of the Afghan war Zbigniew Brezinski, who at the time was sailing in the same boat with the ISI.

So when I finally reached my favorite spot, I saw about a dozen Afghan youths, some of them excruciatingly handsome no doubts, gathered there although I thought at least a hundred Afghans would be present since there own kith and kin back in their beautiful homeland were being killed daily and thousands of Afghan Americans live in the DC area. I was elated to see five Hindu activists, who are committed to helping Balochistan and Afghanistan against terrorism, as part of their Vedic teachings “May we resolve to dedicate our life to the service of humankind, and uplift them to Divinity (Yagur Veda)” or “The experience of unity is the fulfillment of human endeavors. The mysteries of life are revealed (Rig Veda).”

And then the unimaginable happened: from a loudspeaker Quranic verse began blaring into the ears of the passers-by who at first showed interest in the vigil but began questioning the logic behind use of religion at a peace vigil. As an atheist, I told myself WTF and wanted to just walk out, but since the organizer was friend and a fellow traveler in the long war against Pakistan army and ISI and because my good friends were also present I silently bit the bullet that had pierced my wounded heart. Later, I noticed at least one Afghan vehemently object to my slogan “Pakistan is Taliban, Taliban is Pakistan” and “Where was bin Laden, Pakistan, Pakistan.” I was in utter shock as these slogans, which I jokingly call award winning, that I have crafted have been adopted by Baloch activists in many Western nations.

What cruel jokes were being cracked on an equally cruel winter evening: first the recitation of Quran at a gathering of people from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds in gay Mecca of the US capital and then the rank opportunism of disapproving factual slogans such as Pakistan is Taliban. For a moment, in my mind’s eye the iconic gay DuPont Circle turned into the beautiful Somnath Mandir, being attacked one more time for its intellectual wealth of open mindedness.

Later on I came to know that a kind-hearted Pashtun named, Zia M. Hood-Bahaduri, thought that Afghans should not let me speak at Afghan rallies since I try to use Afghans to advance the Balochistan cause against Pakistan. The sweet guy, now an old fart like myself who loves to be surrounded by younger Afghan males, had driven all the way from Richmond to attend the vigil and deserves credit for his desire for peace in the world. He had come to USA at age 16 and visited Afghanistan only once at the zenith of Taliban power in 1998. Not sure what a peacnik was doing in Afghanistan at a time when the Taliban was in power? The gentleman has indeed provoked me to write this column. His thinking is no different than the ISI-approved Aman ki Asha aunties, who blame India and Pakistan alike, though Pakistan is the culprit behind the blood-letting in Kashmir. Here in this case Kabul is at the receiving end of the proverbial fail-i-Afghan, but I am guessing Hood-Bahaduri is equally blaming Islamabad and Kabul. Such people who suffer from the “Stockholm syndrome”– people who suffer from an unreal desire for peace– are divorced from reality, live high lives themselves and at many times in their quest for good in the world don’t differentiate between the wrong and the wronged. Even when his homeland is being bled by Pakistan, everyday, he does not want to speak the truth so as not to hurt the feelings some of cute and lovely Pakistanis. I hope he does not have some business in Pakistan?

Dear most honorable Hood-Bahaduri, for your kind information, in all my years of activism the only material help I got from Afghans was an event that I along with some friends organized at the George Washington University. The young Afghan Students Association, who have an understanding that Afghanistan and Balochistan have a common enemy in Pakistan army GHQ in Rawalpindi and the ISI headquarters in Aabpara, Islamabad, helped sponsor that event, saving me $50. Many thanks to them. In return when Shaheen, a young Afghan gay–by the way majority of Afghans are gay, even though they won’t admit it publicly–, was facing persecution I contributed $40 to transport him to Western safety. So I owe the Afghans $10 which I can send anywhere, so that I am not accused of taking any advantage of poor Afghans.

As far as helping the Baloch goes, the only help that has happened from Kabul is that Baloch can go live in the Baloch areas of Afghanistan, which is no big favor as the Baloch have our own historic Balochistan province, size of West Virginia, inside Afghanistan, too. I say this for not only for the Baloch who go live in Afghanistan, but also Afghans who came to live in the Pashtun areas of Pakistan; Islamabad should not act as if it was doing some kind of favor to them, as the territory belongs to Afghans.

Unfortunately, there are many opportunists in the ISI-infested government of Dr Ashraf Ghani who block people who say Pashtun areas in Pakistan belong to Afghanistan. Such Afghans are willing to surrender their historic lands to Pakistan, an illegitimate bastard child of the UK, that was nurtured and groomed on the world stage as a well-fed and rounded prostitute by the US. Kabul’s lame duck response to Pakistan’s takeover of FATA is evidence of that, which thankfully seems to be changing.
People like Hood-Bahaduri will not say a single word against Pakistan as they have better things to do. For example enjoying delicious cuisines from different nations in the US capital (please see pictures of Mr Hood-Bahaduri).

Just on Sunday evening a Pashtun young man Idrees Wazir, son of Ghazi Sparika Wazir, a notable of the Pashtun clan of Waziris, was shot dead in Dera Imail Khan. The victim’s brother was seriously injured in the incident. The killing happened at a time when Wazir’s father was protesting against the injustices of Islamabad along with thousands of Pashtuns, including the Mehsuds in Islamabad. Pakistan military, and its handmaiden media, were busy with their divide and rule policy as the secret services first killed the Waziri youth and are now blaming the Mehsuds to drown their joint protest against Islamabad into a tribal conflict between two Pashtun tribes. These developments do not matter in the world view of folks who suffer from the Stockholm syndrome.

Let me delve into history, because unless your understand history you cannot analyze the present nor foretell the future. It was historical cowardice and rank opportunism of King Zahir Shah as he did not help Balochistan at the right time in 1948. Today both Balochistan and Afghanistan are paying a heavy for that cowardice as both nations find themselves in a bloody mess. At the time, Prince Agha Abdul Karim, brother of the Baloch tribal ruler sought the help of of the useless Zahir Shah, who was happy with his title of being called a king. Dejected over failure to secure Afghan help, Agha Karim returned to Pakistan to be jailed for 18 long years. Upon release, he became a shepherd to wander in the vast expanses of his homeland. That was the first Afghan stab in the back of Balochistan. Karma is karma, even it it visits my own Baloch people; the Baloch were “rewarded” in this way by Mother Nature for siding with Ahmad Shah Abdali in his forays against the brave Marathas of Bharat.

The second time the Baloch were betrayed it was Zahir Shah’s cousin President Daud’s rule in Kabul, who asked Baloch insurgents to go back home; the third betrayal was when the president in Kabul was Hamid Karzai, who refused to pick up the call of former governor and chief minister of Balochistan Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, when the septuagenarian Baloch leader was under attack of Pakistan army and desperately needed help.

After being bitten thrice by opportunist Afghan leaders, we don’t expect any help from you guys any longer Mr Hood-Bahaduri.

Honest Pashtuns advise me not to trust Kabul under Ghani, a former Pentagon Pashto linguist, as he can’t help his own people how can he help anyone else. “Kabul has for years been making a fool of Pashtuns and Baloch that they don’t believe in the Durand Line, but practically they have done nothing,” complains Khan Arif, a Pashtun nationalist based in Germany. Another Pashtun activist based in Albany, New York concurs. “Afghans not only want to use the shoulders of Baloch to fire guns against Pakistan, but at the same time want the Baloch to use their own guns,” said Najeeb Khan, implying that Afghans don’t want to help the Baloch at all, just use them for free.

Just last year, I faced the dilemma of getting passports of two Baloch naturalized in Afghanistan renewed. President Ghani’s handpicked consul general Abdul Samad Afghan refused to accept the two Baloch as Afghans since they could dari but could not speak Pashto! I ran from pillar to post to get the two gentlemen their passports back for six whole months, without success.

Deceased Idris Wazir--- Picture courtesy Facebook
Idris Wazir, son of tribal notable Ghazi Sparika Wazir, who was allegedly gunned down by Pakistani agencies to pit Waziris against Mehsuds at a time the two tribes were jointly protesting against Islamabad injustices

Just as I said earlier I braved the cold piercing my rear that Friday to come to the vigil to express sympathy with Afghans as for me the blood of an Afghan is no different from the blood of a Baloch because the hand that is spilling that blood is the same. On that wintry day I suspect most Afghans were hugging girls and even more likely cute men in the comfort of homes, while I was freezing out there at DuPont Circle. I said cute men because Afghans are famed for same sex relationships.

But what did I get in return for coming out in support of Afghans? Disrespect by Ghani supporters.

By the way, have to point out the extent of opportunism and hypocrisy that I saw at the vigil. At the same site, DuPont Circle fountain from where religious scripture was being blared right into the ears of Americans, Afghans working at the embassy come without fail to look at the bubble butts of cute American men, just like I do.

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