West must rise to defend Balochistan, I told London’s Rebel Media

In an interview with UK-based Balochistan freedom supporter Tommy Robinson of the Rebel Media I tell him about the dangers London and the United Kingdom are facing at the hands of Pakistan origin Islamic radicals.

It is crazy that ISI moles are now sitting in the UK parliament, serving Pakistan rather than British interests.

In the past the UK did lot of harm to people of color in her former colonies but this does not mean Britons should become sitting ducks at the hands of Islamic radicals like Anjem Chaudhry, whom is thankfully serving jail time. “Sons must not pay for the sins of their fathers,” I said.

The interview took place at the Broken Chair in Geneva. I had gone to Geneva for a week and had worked pro bono for the Balochistan cause. If you like the interview kindly  click the donate button and donate generously.

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Gen Petreaus helps Jadhav case as he rejects #ChappalChorPakistan claim of Indian terror in Balochistan

Former CIA chief Gen David Petraeus gave India a clean bill of health on Pakistan’s charge that she sponsors terrorism in France-sized Balochistan. Petraeus agreed that it was a truth that China was on the rise but in the same breath added, “India is the answer.”

Petraeus was speaking at an impressive Raisini Dialogues in the Indian capital of New Delhi, sitting next to Indian foreign secretary

When a woman questioner posed a question to Indian foreign secretary Dr S. Jaishankar about India sponsoring terrorism in Balochistan, Petraeus volunteered to answer and emphasized during his tenure as head of the CIA and commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan he “never once heard the term Indian state-sponsored terrorism.”

Amazing India Nautical Brass Spyglass Telescope With Wooden Box 10 Inches Golden

Pakistan instead of owning its wrong in Balochistan where the army generals and their cronies are busy looting Balochistan minerals while killing Baloch locals blames India for Balochistan aspirations for freedom. the country which was ruled by dictators for nearly half of its existence since the 1947 Partition Holocaust, calls the largest democracy, “mother of terrorism in South Asia.”

Petraeus statement conclusively backs the Indian stance that Kulbushan Jadhav , a retired commander, was not a spy but a businessman who was abducted from Zahidan. Balochistan’s legendary human rights defender Mama Qadeer, who is in New Delhi for heart surgery of his grandson Beuragh Reki also insisted in media interviews, that Jadhav was abducted from Chabhar by wahabi terrorist Mullah Omar of Lashkar-i-Khurasan and then sold to the ISI.

Pakistan’s terror charge against India borders on absurdity. Dr Ghansham Hotumalani, a Sindhi activist from the town of Kashmore who practices medicine in New Delhi, called this scribe after more than 35 years later. Dr Hotumalani had to flee Pakistan after twice being disappeared by the intelligence services. In the second case, he was charged with being caught red-handed while passing on sensitive military secrets to India.

Pakistan instead of owning its wrong in Balochistan where the army generals and their cronies are busy looting Balochistan minerals while killing Baloch locals blames India for Balochistan aspirations for freedom. the country which was ruled by dictators for nearly half of its existence since the 1947 Partition Holocaust, calls the largest democracy, “mother of terrorism in South Asia.”

It was indeed a stunning success– the line up of speakers at Raisina Dialogue that kicked Tuesday and their in-depth deliberations–, kudos to India’s two distinguished scholars Sunjoy Joshi, chairman, and Samir Saran, vice president of the Observer Research Foundation.

From from Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to for US ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad to Pakistan’s diplomat scholar Husain Haqqani who addressed the burning issues confronting one fifth of humanity in the Indo Pacific region.

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Blood-soaked Balochistan has a new chief minister picked by army, ISI

The France-sized but God-forsaken southwestern province of Pakistan elected a new chief minister who has got the least amount of votes in Pakistan’s poll history, 544, in the last 2013 elections.

The election of Abdul Qudoos Bezinjo took place after former chief minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, who had killed his eldest brother Sardar Rasul Baksh Zehri but never got arrested nor tried, was asked to resign amid charges of fabulous corruption and ineptitude.

The new chief minister launched his twitter account this month and as of Saturday night had 106 followers while he is following 15: the Chinese embassy in Pakistan, the deputy chief of mission at the Chinese mission Lijian Zhao and the corps commander of Balochistan, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa.

It was apparent Zehri went afoul of the soldiers calling the shots in Balochistan when he went out of the way to secure the release of  family members of two militant leaders, Dr Allah Nazar and Aslam Baloch in November. The outgoing chief minister was a close friend of Cardif-based Baloch “king without a crown,” Khan of Kalat Suleman Daud.

A 14-member cabinet was also sworn in but surprisingly they did not include any members of the National Party, a party which has the reputation of getting power and perks at any cost and is headed by ports and shipping minister Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo. The main reason could be the Sardar Aslam Bizenjo, who many believes is the real chief of the NP, cannot serve in a cabinet that is headed by someone who is not equal or siyaal.

Qudoos Bezinjo’s grandfather Abdul Kareem Bizenjo was gunned down by Sardar Sherdil Tumrani, chief of a Bizenjo sub-tribe, after he refused to pay a tribal tax called shashak, or one sixth of produce from the land, to Aslam Bizenjo’s father Sardar Faqeer Mohammed Bizenjo.

Qudoos Bizenjo is being called “cheat minister” by online critics of his ascendancy to the top civilian post in Balochistan, even though the real shots are called by the corps commander of the Southern Command, Lt gen Asim Bajwa, former head of the Inter Serbvices Public Relations.

Bizenjo is the third chief minister in less four and half years. After forced annexation of Balochistan by Pakistan in March 1948, balochistan for the the first time had a chief minister, Sardar Ataullah Mengal, but his government was dismissed nine months later on february 13, 1973.

Overall the France-sized occupied territory had 16 chief ministers, of whom only two completed their full terms Jam Yusuf Jamali (December 2002 to November 2007) and Nawab Aslam Raisani (April 2008 to January 2013).

The longest seriving chief minister of the province was an army general, Lt Gen Rahimuddin Khan (July 1977 to April 1985, during the military regime of late Gen Ziaul Haq.

 

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#ChappalChorPakistan protest in Washington DC at Pak embassy today

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A group of Americans are organizing a  #ChappalChorPakistan — “Slipper Thief Pakistan”– protest in front of the Pakistan embassy on Sunday at 4.00 pm.

The protest has been organized against  stealing of the shoes of Cheetan Jadhav, wife of Kulbhushan Yadav, when she went there to meet her husband at Pakistan’s foreign ministry on Christmas day. Avanti, Jadhav’s mother, also accompanied the wife and both were asked to remove their mangalsutra, bangles and bindi before they could meet him, India’s external affairs ministry complained.

The protest will begin in front of Pakistan embassy, 3517 International court, Washington, DC 2008 at 4 pm sharp and end at 5.30 pm. The protest is a brainchild of Soumya Chowdhury, who is from West Bengal. The protesters are requested, if possible, to bring a pair of worn or new women shoes to give to Pakistan.

Najeeb Khan, a die-hard supporter of Balochistan freedom who lives in New York, wished that he was in DC to attend the protest.  Khan, who was shot at and almost killed in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, by the ISI four years ago, instead ordered a pair of women shoes to be sent to the Pakistan ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry. “I hope the ambassador won’t gift it to his wife or girlfriend as a gift. Mr Chaudhry has earned himself for not being honest among Washington DC think-tanks. You can expect anything from Pakistanis,” said Khan.

Najeeb Khan gift-- Picture courtesy Najeeb Khan
#ChappalChorPakistan Pair of shoes ordered by Balochistan freedom supporter Najeeb Khan for Pakistan ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry

A military court in Pakistan sentenced Jadhav to death for spying and terrorism but according to Rediff news, “New Delhi says Jadhav was kidnapped in Iran where he had legitimate business interests, and brought to Pakistan. To save Jadhav, India moved the International Court of Justice, which ordered Pakistan in May to stay his execution.”
On April 6, the same day Pakistan military court sentenced Jadhav to death India reportedly abducted a Pakistan army officer of the ISI, Lt Col Mohammad Habib, who allegedly played a key role in Jadhav’s abduction, from Kathmandu, Nepal. The Hindustan Times cited two senior security officials as saying Habib’s abduction was aimed at pressuring Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Sad, tragic story of Pakistan foreign ministry

Pakistan foreign ministry, where the Jadhav ladies were humiliated, has a sad and tragic history. Immediately after the Partition Holocaust in August 1947 Pakistan’s tuberculosis-ridden founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah personally occupied a Hindu merchants property in Karachi, free of cost, to make it the country’s first foreign ministry.

The beautiful mansion belonged to a member from the Maheswari community in Rajasthan, named Shrivratan Chandratan Mohatta. Mohatta personally knew Jinnah but his pleas to spare the mansion he built for his beloved sick wife fell on the deaf ears of Pakistan’s stone-faced, British-backed founder. Heart-broken Mohatta left Karachi, never to return. The majestic Mohatta Palace, now a museum, had a family temple on its terrace dedicated to Lord Shiva.

After Pakistan’s capital was shifted to Islamabad, with the main aim of running of the country by army generals at the GHQ in neighboring Rawalpindi,  the Mohatta Palace was taken over by Jinnah’s secretly flamboyant sister Fatima Jinnah in 1964 who renamed it Qasr-i-Fatima. It was here that Ms Jinnah was allegedly murdered on the orders of Pakistan dictator Gen. Ayub Khan.

The wife of Sindh’s first governor Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah, Lady Sughra Hidayatullah, who was a family friend of this scribe and also close friend of Ms Jinnah, told me she was murdered at Mohatta Palace. Lady Hidayatullah, who was the first women to reach the murder scene, said her friend had strangulation marks on her neck.

The Ayub regime insisted Ms Jinnah died of a heart failure without carrying out a postmortem and autopsy request by her nephew was turned down by the Ayub regime. After that Shireen Jinnah, another sister of Jinnah, came from India to live in the mansion until she died in 1980.

Lady Hidayatullah’s son Munawar Hidayatullah and his close friend, this scribe’s uncle Aziz Mustikhan, were assassinated by the Hurs during an anti-British rebellion May 16, 1942 when the two were going to New Delhi by train. Lady Hidayatullah’s husband was then the home minister of Sindh.

 

Musharraf killed Bhutto, says son; Gen Ayub too suspected of killing Fatima Jinnah

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Pakistan People’s Party co-chairperson Bilawal Zardari Bhutto charge that Pinochet of Pakistan, Gen Pervez Musharraf, is the murderer of his mother, twice-premier Benazir Bhutto, is reminiscent of yet another murder in Pakistan’s history: that of Fatima Jinnah, sister of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Bilawal Bhutto leveled the charge against the former dictator at a mammoth rally in his maternal Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on his mother’s 10th anniversary of death. The young but soft man cried “Qaatil! Qaatil! Musharraf qatil!” (Murderer, murderer; Musharraf’s the murderer!) in front of the emotional crowd, according to Dawn newspaper. He also accused Gen Musharraf of being the killer of former Balochistan governor and chief minister, Nawab Akbar Bugti.

India-born, but still India hater, fugitive Gen Musharraf taunted the softness in Bilawal bhutto’s personality and, Dawn reported him as saying, “I would like to say to Bilawal, who is raising these slogans like a woman, that he should first become a man.”

Killing of civilian politicians by military dictators is not new. Pakistan’s first Muslim army chief coup leader and dictator Field Marshall Ayub Khan is widely suspected of killing the country’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah sister Fatima Jinnah.

The Pakistani dictator refused the requests of noted Indian barrister Akbar Pir Bhai, Jinnah’s nephew, to order a judicial inquiry, exhume the body as no postmortem was carried out to ascertain the cause of aunt’s death or even interview the doctor who said Fatima Jinnah died of a heart attack

She was killed at the Mohatta Palace which was illegally taken by Mr Jinnah from Hindu merchant Shivratan Chandrata Mohatta, who had in 1927 built the most fabulous mansion in Karachi at the Clifton seafront, for his beloved wife. Mohatta knew Jinnah and tried to plea with him, but Jinnah did not listen. A heartbroken Mohatta left for India never to return.

Fatima Jinnah took over the Mohatta Palace in 1964 and named it Qasr-i-Fatima.

The Ayub regime insisted that Fatima Jinnah had died of a heart attack. However, Fatima Jinnah’s closest friend, Lady Sughra Hidayatullah, wife of Sindh’s first governor told this scribe she clearly saw marks on Jinnah’s neck showing she was strangled to death. Lady Hidayatullah was the first to reach the scene of the murder. Dawn newspaper confirmed what Lady Hidaytullah said and quoted the man who gave the ritualistic bath Hidayat Ali aka Kallu Ghusl “as saying that the corpse of Miss Fatima Jinnah had visible wounds on it.”

Despite her white saree, Fatima Jinnah was privately quite flamboyant and its is not clear if she was killed by one of her many trusted male servants.

 

 

Fearing ISI suicide bombers, Kabul keeps mum as Islamabad plans FATA takeover

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As Islamabad plans to take over a huge chunk of semi-autonomous Pashtun– also called Pakhtun–, territory called the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Kabul keeps quiet even though the land historically belongs to Afghanistan.

The more than 10,00 square mile territory has a Pashtun population of five million. “More than 500 tribal elders had held a grand jirga on December 14 and rejected the possible merger of FATA with Khyber Pashtunkhwa,” Pakistan’s Geonews reported. Pakistan’s chief of army staff, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is in the lead to merge FATA with Khyber Pashtunkhwa because of strategic reasons vis-a-vis Afghanistan.

Kabul timidity before Islamabad is mind-boggling as US fully stands with Afghanistan against Pakistan under President Trump. Thursday US vice president Mike Pence visited Bagram airbase to greet US soldiers posted in Afghanistan, where he starkly warned Pakistan to stop harboring militant groups that have long undermined the United States-led coalition’s mission, the New York Times reported Friday.

“For too long Pakistan has provided safe haven to the Taliban and many terrorist organizations, but those days are over,” Mr. Pence said. “President Trump has put Pakistan on notice. As the president said, so I say now: Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with the United States, and Pakistan has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.”

Despite the US commitment to firmly stand with Afghanistan, Islamabad’s merger of historic FATA was treated as if it was a none event by the government of President Ashraf Ghani, a former Pashto linguist with the Pentagon.

Unfortunately, Ghani, whose ascendancy to the presidency was stage managed by the US, has so little support on the ground that he cant even fire a governor in his own country as his stand off with warlord Atta Muhammad Noor, the warlord-governor of Balkh province, shows.

“FATA was buffer between Afghanistan and what used to be the British raj. Today there is no voice from Kabul either on the Durand Line or FATA,” laments Najeeb Khan, a Pashtun who himself faced an assassination attack in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, four years ago.

There is a reason why Kabul is quiet. “Afghanistan fears that Pakistan will send suicide bombers,” says Khan, “Also Pakistan has the largest number of agents in the Afghan bureaucracy and the political set-up.”

A huge chunk of the Afghan territory, the Pashtun areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,  was taken away from Afghanistan by the artificial Durand Line. According to the treaty, those areas were to revert back to Afghanistan in 1996, but in stead that very year Pakistan’s ISI installed its favorite Taliban regime in Kabul under the one-eyed Mullah Omar.

Another huge tract of Pashtun areas that historically belongs to Afghanistan, called southern Pashtunistan, is administratively part of Balochistan province.

Though Afghanistan weeps over Durand Line from time to time, Pashtun patriots say Kabul has been highly deceptive on the matter. “Kabul has for long been deceiving the Pashtuns and Baloch that they do not accept the Durand Line,” says Khan Arif, vice president of the Pashtunistan Freedom Movement, who now lives in Enshede, the Netherlands. “But in reality they have done nothing.”

Khan Arif appears to be right as Afghan deputy foreign minister Nasir Andisha is known for blocking people on twitter for simply saying the Pashtun areas of Pakistan belongs to Afghanistan, which is the official stand of Kabul. Andhisha is a bosom buddy of Senator Mushahid Hussain, the blue-eyed boy of the Pakistani Deep State.

Afghanistan has long borders with Balochistan and Kabul is well aware of the Pakistan army war crimes and crimes against humanity in Balochistan where Pakistan has killed 35,000 Baloch since a bloody insurgency started in 2005, but Kabul has kept mum. Baloch feel discriminated by some Afghan officials close to President Ghani and even routine work such as renewal of passports of Baloch naturalized in Afghanistan takes months at a time.

Abdul Samad Afghan-- Picture courtesy Afghan consulate Dubai
Afghan consul general in Dubai, Abdul Samad Afghan, posted there by President Ashraf Ghani, refused to accept Baloch naturalized in Afghanistan as the country’s citizens despite valid documents. President Ghani has also kept silent on Pakistan army war crimes in Balochistan.

In spring this year, the Afghan Consul general in Dubai, Abdul Samad Afghan, a favorite of President Ghani who has no experience in diplomacy, refused to recognize two Baloch naturalized in Afghanistan as Afghan citizens and refused to give them their passports back for more than six months even though they had valid documents.

“The issue is not only of FATA. the whole stretch of land up to Margalla near Islamabad, belongs to Afghanistan,” said Khan Arif. “Merging the autonomous  FATA with Khyber Pashtunkhwa badly affects the Pashtuns, but the Afghan consul general in Peshawar said it does not affect Kabul a bit if FATA was merged with Khyber Pashtunkhwa,” said Khan Arif.

Dawn newspaper quoted Afghan consul general Mohammad Moeen Marastial as saying at a news conference Wednesday, “Our government has no reservations over the merger, but the opinion of the people of the area is paramount before taking such a major decision.”

Kabul’s none of my business attitude and surrendering an area of its vital strategic interests to Pakistan has left Pashtun patriots on both sides of the artificial Durand Line anguished.

Not only that, Afghan expats who now live in the US too fear the power of Pakistan army and ISI. At protest rallies in the US, Afghan youths wear sunglasses and avoid their pictures from being taken.

While Islamabad was happy that Afghanistan had become a fifth province of Pakistan when it proxy was in power in Kabul, the Taliban systematically raped Afghanistan in the political, cultural and social spheres– stealing everything that they could lay their hands on.

Along with the government in Kabul, Pakistan has beaten Pashtun nationalists in Pakistan’s province of Khyber Pashtunkhwa and Balochistan into docility. Two nationalist parties, the National Awami Party, which is led by Asfandyar Wali Khan, a grandson of the legendary Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party of Mahmud Khan Achakzai, whose father was the legendary Abdus Samad Achakzai, have long accepted the Durand Line and no longer say they are part of the Afghan nation.

Pashtuns were the only nation that could challenge the dominance of the Punjab, which likes to control the region on the muscles of nuclear-armed Pakistan’s 6,20,000 soldiers. However,  by using the Taliban, almost daily suicide attacks that has left tens of thousands of Afghans dead and targeting Pashtun patriots in Khyber Pashtunkhwa and more than 700 Pashtun elders in FATA, Pakistan army and ISI have made the fierce Afghans and Pashtuns lie prostrate before their grand designs.

 

Prof Fair responds with funny pictures to ISI’s vicious Wikipedia attacks on her

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A leading US scholar, who was earlier threatened with rape by an entire Pakistan regiment, is facing a concerted campaign by her detractors in Pakistan’s infamous ISI spy service to discredit her academic accomplishments. C. Christine Fair, who is a fierce critic of Pakistan army support to jihadi proxies against India and Afghanistan, is an Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program within Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She previously served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation.

The ISI edits in Wikipedia against her said she was critical of leading human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International reports on the CIA-run drones operations against Pakistan backed militants in Afghanistan. Some of the ISI criticism directed against her is that her stance on drones has been denounced, and called “surprisingly weak” by Brookings Institution senior fellow Shadi Hamid.[9] Journalist Glenn Greenwald dismissed Fair’s arguments as “rank propaganda”, arguing there is “mountains of evidence” showing drones are counterproductive, pointing to mass civilian casualties and independent studies.[10] In 2010, Fair denied the notion that drones caused any civilian deaths, alleging Pakistani media reports were responsible for creating this perception.[11] Jeremy Scahill wrote that Fair’s statement was “simply false” and contradicted by New America‘s detailed study on drone casualties.[11]

Irked by the ISI attacks, Prof Fair said in her peculiar style that she “is a reasonably accomplished pole dancer who even knits and crochets her own costumes. In college she was a competitive bodybuilder. (See trophy in below photo.) In her free time, she likes to cook and even authored a cult best seller Cuisines of the Axis of Evil and Other Irritating States.”

In addition to Pakistan army and ISI backing of jihadi proxies, she is a prominent critic of the so-called Pakistan China Economic Corridor and blasts Islamabad’s atrocities in Balochistan. She is equally critical of Baloch militant outfits targeting non-Baloch in Balochistan, including laborers, teachers and journalists.

To ridicule her ISI detractors, Prof Fair also sent a bunch of funny pictures to share with the audience. She said these pictures could be added to her Wikipedia page. It is relevant to point out here that though Pakistan army got billions of dollars from the US to fight terrorism, senior army and ISI generals reportedly gave safe sanctuary to the US’s most dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden near the country’s West Point. Observers point out that CIA chief Mike Pompeo is quite soft on Pakistan but even Pompeo recently remarked that Pakistan has “not yet” taken action against Islamic militants operating out of that South Asian country’s soil.

 

Picture courtesy Prof Fair
Prof Fair shows off her stitching skills
Picture courtesy Prof Fair
Prof Fair shows picture of her stich works
Prof Fair-- Picture courtesy Prof Fair
Among her many skills one is that she is a pole dancer, Prof Fair mocks at her ISI detractors.
Prof Fair at her polar best? Picture courtesy Prof Fair
Prof Fair ridicules ISI in her peculiar way
Wanna climb this pole? Picture courtesy Prof Fair
Another action picture by Prof Fair to ridicule the infamous ISI of Pakistan.

 

 

 

 

Swiss deny Bugti asylum but will PM Modi hug him as India’s son?

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is said to be the best thing that happened to India in seven decades. Modi is also known to be great hugger, even hugging germaphobe President Donald Trump, who considers shaking hand as barbaric. But the question today is will he hug Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party, as India’s own son as the Swiss government has rejected his asylum petition?

According to a news report in Geo TV, “A source in the Swiss government confirmed that Brahumdagh Bugti’s asylum application was turned down because of his links with “incidents of terrorism, violence and militant activities” and the rejection letter clearly sets out these allegations. Bugti confirmed to this correspondent that his asylum application has been rejected by the Swiss government on the basis of allegations that he has links with the banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA).”

First let me go back eight years. It was November 2009 when I first spoke with Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Balochistan Republican Party. I got a call as I was organizing the first international conference on Balochistan in the nation’s capital on behalf of the American Friends of Balochistan. I thought it was the Khan of Kalat, with whom I had spoken a couple of times and the voice sounded quite familiar. But it was not the Khan from Cardiff, but Brahumdagh Bugti from Kabul.

Bugti said he wanted to seek asylum in the US and my first question was why doesn’t he go to India. “That was my first choice too. They are ready to provide us all assistance, but not asylum.”

At the time a Congress government was in power in New Delhi. India was being led by the dehati aurat or village woman — a term reportedly used by ousted premier Nawaz Sharif for his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh. Just four months earlier, mid-July, 2009 at the Sharm el-Sheikh, Cairo, the dehati aurat made the historical blunder of indirectly admitting India was inciting violence in Balochistan in his summit with his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani. India Today described the summit outcome as Manmohan Singh’s Balochistan blunder. Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir made a fool of Shiv Shankar Menon and so did Yusuf Raza Gilani make a chump of Dr Manmohan Singh, who prime minister Modi mockingly says, “knows how to shower in bathroom wearing a rain coat.” Let alone giving asylum to Bugti, it is widely reported that Congress pacifists at times even side with the jihadis in Kashmir– just to please Pakistan.

A year later Brahumdagh Bugti arrived in Switzerland along with family, afterwards joined by about a dozen members of his Bugti tribe. He had obtained special permit for the air travel from rulers of a Gulf nation who were friends of his assassinated grandfather, former governor and chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Brahumdagh Bugti may have been in France instead of Switzerland had it not been for the massive attack on Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti’s home by the army on March 17. “The military forces started shelling the town of Dera Bugti, the headquarter of Bugti tribe and the ancestral home of the Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. Rockets and mortars also targeted his house where he was attending a meeting with his tribesmen, but luckily he survived,” according to the web site of his party, the Baloch Republican Party. In that attack, Brahumdagh Bugti’s passport with French visa affixed on it got destroyed.

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But why should India care about Balochistan?

Here are the reasons. As I consider the Baloch sons and daughters of Hinglaj Mata sakhtipeet (Hindu pilgrim site), I have always believed it is a religious and national duty of India to help the Baloch, the whole nine yards. More important than my subjective belief are historical facts that show the Baloch yearned to get freedom from the British as part of a united India but when they saw the British were bent upon dividing India, they demanded a free Balochistan.

From day one, the Baloch rejected the Two-Nation Theory of Pakistan’s tuberculosis ridden founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Just look at these words; they seem as if they are words printed today in a newspaper or magazine: “From whatever angle we look at the present government of Pakistan, we will see nothing but Punjabi fascism. The people have no say in it. It is the Army and arms that rule.” But this statement was made 69 years ago by the first hero of the Baloch uprising against Pakistan, Prince Abdul Karim, while he was in exile in Afghanistan. Prince Abdul Karim had used these words in a letter to his elder brother – the “King” or Khan of Kalat Mir Ahmadyar Khan – cited in The Politics of Ethnicity in Pakistan, by Farhan Hanif Siddiqi.

Historians wonder if India lost Balochistan and much of India territory to Pakistan because of Lady Edwina Mountbatten-crazed Nehru’s haste in becoming the prime minister? And they may be right in raising the question. Pawan Durani, a journalist and blogger from Srinagar, who now lives in Delhi, tweeted on October 26, 2012: “In 1947, the King of Kalat [ #Balochistan ] acceded 2 #India. Unfortunately Nehru rejected that. Rest is history. Baloch cont 2 suffer.”

London-based think-tank The Foreign Policy Center, FPC, concurs that the Baloch were let down not only by the British but also by the founding fathers of India. The story goes thus. The Baloch sovereign Khan of Kalat Mir Ahmadyar Khan, whose most tragic blunder was to have Muhammad Ali Jinnah as his lawyer in his legal dealings with the British Raj, was said to be very fond of listening to the All India Radio (AIR) broadcasts in the evenings. On March 27, 1948, what he had heard on an AIR broadcast left the Khan of Kalat shell-shocked. The FPC cites an AIR broadcast from that day, which reported a press conference by VP Menon, the secretary in the Ministry of States: “Menon revealed that the Khan of Kalat was pressing India to accept Kalat’s accession, but added that India would have nothing to do with it.”

Hakim Baloch, a former chief secretary of Balochistan, author and historian, who has written several books on Balochistan, agrees that AIR did indeed broadcast Menon’s statement – the very next day, Sardar Patel issued a contradiction that no such request from the Khan of Kalat was ever received by India. Again on March 30, 1948, Nehru went to great lengths to deny what VP Menon had said. The Khan of Kalat too denied the report, but by this time, the Pakistani guns were pointing at the Khan’s head.

As India’s founding fathers closed their eyes on Balochistan, Pakistan was already working overtime to occupy Balochistan. For example, on March 22, 1948 Pakistan prime minister Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan presided over a meeting of the three services chief to oversee the military invasion of Kalat and Mekran. “He was briefed by the army, air force and navy chiefs about the steps these armed services have taken in a number of Balochistan cities, such as Turbat, Pasni,” says Quetta-based Baloch scholar Surat Khan Marri.

While Indian leaders were busy issuing contradictory statements, Pakistan acted swiftly. According to human rights defender Waseem Altaf in Viewpoint: “On orders emanating from Mr Jinnah, Balochistan was forcibly annexed to Pakistan on 28th March 1948 when on 27th March 1948, Lt Colonel Gulzar of the 7th Baluch Regiment under GOC Major General Mohammad Akbar Khan invaded the Khanate of Kalat. General Akbar dragged the Khan of Kalat to Karachi and forced him to sign on the instruments of accession while Pakistan Navy’s destroyers reached Pasni and Jiwani.”

The Khan of Kalat tried his best to retain the independent status of his state, knocking every neighbor’s door. “The Khan of Kalat had tried for an arrangement with both Iran and Afghanistan as well,” said Hakim Baloch. “He had also pondered over a deal with London on the lines that the UK had with Oman,” he added. That deal envisaged Balochistan to remain a British protectorate for 25 years– to emerge on the world map by 1972.

In March 1946, Baloch nationalist leaders went to India to meet with Congress leaders to seek support for a free Balochistan. The team was led by Mir Ghaus Baksh Bizenjo,  president of the Kalat State National Party. They met Congress president Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Bizenjo, who later became the governor of Balochistan confirmed to me four decades later in 1988– a year before his death– that Azad refused to support a free Balochistan on the grounds that raising the issue would give the British colonialists a pretext to delay their departure from India. I had asked Bizenjo, who used to stay at my uncle’s Mustikhan Lodge in Karachi, why he had changed his stance from being an advocate for a free Balochistan in 1946 to demanding provincial autonomy in his political career, later. Bizenjo said after India’s refusal to stand with the idea of a free Balochistan, he calculated that the Baloch were not in a position to fight Pakistan’s military might on their own, so he toned down his demand to provincial autonomy. According to scholar Hakim Baloch, “Maulana Azad believed that Balochistan would not be a stable state.” Azad ruled out any help to Balochistan as he believed an independent Balochistan will serve as a British base and would undermine the independence of the subcontinent.”

In hindsight, Maulana Azad’s stance was proven to be flawed: Pakistan became the renter state of the US-West, Saudi Arabia and now China continuously causing grief to India. Vikram Sood, former Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) chief, points out to the visits of Baloch leaders to India, including the Khan of Kalat. “They wanted to draw attention to the fact that their state was different and wanted to be treated on par with Nepal,” Sood wrote in an article in February 2006, when Baloch statesman Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was still alive. The former RAW official regrets that the founding fathers of modern India were too engrossed with Kashmir and Hyderabad to see the strategic significance of a sovereign Balochistan.

While the Pakistan Army occupied Balochistan, according to another Indian scholar Deepak Basu, “India stood by silently. Lord Mountbatten, Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru or Maulana Azad, then the president of India’s Congress Party, said nothing about the rape of Balochistan.”

On August 15, 1947 Jinnah recognized Kalat State (a huge chunk of Balochistan) as a free state. The state had a foreign minister named Douglas Yates Fell, while my late uncle A. Sattar Mustikhan became Kalat state’s ambassador to Pakistan. The national flag of Kalat state flew over our family home in Karachi’s Gandhi Garden district from August 15, 1947 to March 28, 1948.

Balochistan has a rich Hindu heritage. In addition to Hinglaj Mata sakhti peet and one of the world’s oldest Hindu civilization sites Mehergarh, it is a fact Kalat, the center of Baloch tribal confederacy, was once called Kalat-e-Sewa (Sewa’s Fort), after Sewa, a legendary Hindu hero of the Brahui-speaking Baloch people.

Some Indians believe that had the Baloch leaders in 1946 met with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel instead of meeting Maulana Azad, the results  may have been different. These same nationalists also believe prime minister Modi wants justice for Balochistan, not merely use Baloch as proxies in tit-for-tat war games over Kashmir. We hope they are right and Shri Narendra Modi Ji will welcome Brahumdagh Bugti to India so everyone in the world, including Balochistan, knows Mother India does care for her Baloch sons.

The main reason why the Swiss have not taken into account the brutalities that Bugti has faced at the hands of Pakistan army and ISI– killing of more than 7,000 of his tribesmen including his grandfather, sister Zamur Domki and niece Jaana Domki– is that Switzerland is a highly racist society. A recent Universal Periodic Review by the UN just 12 days ago asked Switzerland to do more to fight against racism.

Modi hugs Trump-- Courtesy Hindustan Times

 

Gen Asim Bajwa, the ‘Joseph Goebbels’ who is ruling Balochistan

Guess who is a serving army officer with the largest number of twitter followers in Pakistan or perhaps in the world? Don’t go any further. Visit the Quetta cantonment, the main center for the military occupation of Balochistan and meet the corps commander of the XII Corps or army Southern Command, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa.

The Muzzafargarh-born three-star general, who became the Inspector General of arms of the Pakistan army after his stint as the army’s spin doctor as director general of the Inter Services Public Relations, was posted as commander to ensure Baloch live under Pakistan army bayonets.

“Lt-Gen Bajwa remained the director general of the ISPR for over four years and is credited with building a positive image of former army chief Gen (retired) Raheel Sharif. Bajwa – the first three-star general to head the military’s media wing – is also the first to use social media platforms such as Twitter to project the army and its policies,” according to The Express Tribune, whose editor is one of the few guys followed by the general.

The main reason this general has been posted as the man to rule over Balochistan is to project a positive image of the army’s secret, bloody, dirty war there. His task is to mislead the world that the Pakistan army is the good guys fighting the dirty Baloch rebels– once called the wild herds of southwest Asia.

The tweets and actions of at least one militant leader, Dr Allah Nazar, chief of the Balochistan Liberation Front– the Baloch Che Guevara– is making the general’s task much easier it seems.

Last week Dr Nazar tweeted that he has directed his guerrillas to kill two of his chief political opponents, federal ports and shipping minister Mir Hasil Bizenjo and former chief minister Dr Malik Baloch. Then on Tuesday, the BLF killed 15 Punjabi wannabe emigrants to the West in Kech district on a charge they were working on a CPEC project for the army-run Frontier Works Organization.

Rahmatullah Shohaz-- Courtesy Facebook
Popular poet Rahmatullah Shohaz, killed by the BLF in January 2016

The deceptive craftiness of Gen Bajwa, the Joseph Goebbels of Balochistan, could be seen in a report about the killing of Younis Taukali, the BLF commander allegedly involved in the massacre of the 15 Punjabis. The DAWN report reads the army said Taukali “was wanted for multiple murders, including that of Rehmatullah Shohaz, a founding member of the Baloch National Movement (BNM).” The killing of poet Shohaz, who was well loved by local Baloch in January last year, was unjust and uncalled for but the question here to ask is since when have the Punjabi generals become such well wishers of the BNM or for that matter any other Baloch patriotic parties.

Asim Bajwa has an incredible number of followers on twitter: 3.19 million but follows only 33, none of them is a Baloch. Bajwa, a clansman of army chief of staff Qamar Javed Bajwa is not even following the Khawaja Khairuddin of Balochistan and friend of Indian politician Mani Shankar Aiyer, federal ports and shipping minister Mir Hasil Bizenjo. But then  why should a modern day Khalid bin Waleed, follow his slaves and servants–the Baloch apostates.

Strange case of Zeenat Shahzadi, who is still in ISI custody

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Pakistan may soon have a new name internationally– Ghaibistan, or the land of the disappeared. Here is why.

She was as patriotic a Pakistani as any Punjabi in Lahore, capital of Punjab– stronghold of Pakistan army– can possibly be. On August 15, 2015 she posted on Facebook: “Military Courts starts working actively. Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif approved the death sentences of seven hardcore terrorists Well done.”

But this did not prevent Pakistan’s CIA called the ISI to think that she is anti-Pakistan. According to the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Zeenat Shahzadi was kidnapped off the streets of Lahore on 19 August 2015, and had no contact with the outside world until her release on 18 October 2017. “The brazen, daylight kidnapping of a young female journalist was the first of its kind in Pakistan,” said the CJFE Thursday.

A global coalition of press freedom organizations are calling upon Pakistan to immediately allow freedom of movement to journalist Zeenat Shahzadi, who was recently released after two years in captivity, said the CFJE. “The 26 year old Pakistani journalist was recovered from her kidnappers last month after having vanished from the streets of Lahore, yet she has not yet been released from government custody. There is no justification for this delay. For the sake of her safety, Shahzadi must be immediately released to her family and allowed to seek counsel and treatment from qualified professionals,” said the CJFE.

The teenage brother of Shahzadi, Saddam Hussain, who was distraught over her disappearance, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree on March 24 last year.

Journalist bodies in Pakistan, afraid that they may themselves become the next target if they speak out, kept mum over Shahzady disappearance.

Houston based Tanvir Arain, a Pakistani journalist who repeatedly faced gun attacks by the ISI, had petitioned against Pakistan spooks to former premier Nawaz Sharif in May last year for the release of the young journalist.

“I feel sorry to about the state of rule of law in Pakistan that on 19 August 2015, Ms. Zeenat Shahzadi, a journalist working for the Daily Nai Khabarand the Metro News television channel in Lahore, Punjab, disappeared while on her way to work in an auto-rickshaw. She was to appear before the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances on August 24, but before that she was disappeared by plain-clothed persons. Police registered an abduction case against “unknown men”.

Arain said Shahzadi was pursuing the safe recovery of a young Indian engineer Hamid Ansari , resident of Andheri West in Mumbai, who was forcibly disappeared by Pakistani intelligence agencies in November 2012.

The story can be made into a hit Bollywood movie. Arain said Hamid Ansari fell in love with a Pakistani girl in the Khyber Pashtunkhwa province whom he met on Facebook. The parents of the girl wanted to get her married against her wish.

“As Ansari was denied a Pakistan visa, he came to Afghanistan and then crossed in Khyber Pashtunkhwa to meet the love of his life but was abducted by the ISI,” Arain said. He said though he never met Shahzadi, he became interested in her case as she was a fellow journalist.

Shahzadi had moved applications with the Supreme Court’s human rights cell and the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances after securing special power of attorney from Fauzia Ansari, mother of Ansari and a college lecturer in Mumbai. (Ansari’s father Nihal Ansari is a retired bank official). She also filed a habeas corpus plea before the Peshawar High Court.
“The ISI boys asked her to back off, but she refused,” said Arain.  According to Latif, a brother of Shahzadi, she had received threats from unknown people who asked her not to pursue the case. “We too asked her not to put her life at risk, but she said she wanted to help Ansari out of humanity.”

In his letter to Sharif, Arain wrote that in February 2016 a military court is said to have jailed Ansari for three years on the charges of illegally entering Pakistan and spying.

Arain had urge the authorities to prosecute those military officials who abducted Hamid Ansari and kept him in illegal detention for more than three and a half years without producing him before the court. “The young Indian must be compensated,” Arain demanded.

People like Arain are sitting ducks in Pakistan. He is now filing for asylum in the United States.

Najeeb Khan, who lives in Albany and is director of the American Friends of Balochistan, had interacted with Shahzadi on Facebook. Khan too received ISI bullets in his body in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, for siding with the Baloch struggle. He recalls that though she used to be super patriotic when they come into contact, there seemed to have been a change in her ideas about Pakistan some months before her abduction.

The CJFE said 1,300 out of a total 3,000 missing people’s cases remain pending before the Commission on Enforced Disappearances. It said in addition to the missing persons’ crisis, Pakistan ranks sixth in the list of the 20 Deadliest Countries for journalists in the world, and as the ninth worst country in the world for impunity for crimes against journalists.

“It is unconscionable that Shahzadi’s family be delayed from reuniting with their daughter and sister any longer. The Pakistani government must immediately release Shahzadi to her family,” the CJFE demanded.

Zohra Yusuf, chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, on a query by this writer said, “As far as I know she is under treatment at a private hospital in Pindi. We have not been able to meet her.”