A Radio Talk By Raja G Mujtaba
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The tragic killings of yesterday need to be condemned because human life has no substitute. I also pray for the killers that may they see the light and be guided by Allah to respect the human life.
Aimless killing is not allowed in Islam; one can be killed only for a crime that warrants that life of the killer maybe taken.
Today in this hour of grief, its not only the people of Pakistan who are with them but all the peace loving people of the world stand by them.
Quaid-e-Azam Residency, also known as Ziarat Residency was located in Ziarat, Balochistan, Pakistan. It was the Residency where Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah spent the last days of his life. It was the most famous landmark of City. The residency was constructed in 1892. The whole building was actually a wooden structure beautifully designed and had great architectural importance. Originally meant to be a sanatorium, it was converted into the summer residence of the agent of the Governor General. It was declared a national monument and heritage site.
On 15th June 2013, the Residency was targeted with rockets. The building was completely demolished as a result of the attack. Militants belonging to the Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility. The militants also removed the flag of Pakistan from the monument site, replacing it with a BLA flag. It was completely burnt down as a result of the intense attack.
The purpose of destroying it is to hurt the national pride, it’s an attack on Pakistan, on its founding father, M A Jinnah, ideology and sovereignty of Pakistan. A building of such a national emotional importance where the founding father spent his last days how could it be left unguarded is beyond comprehension. It was certainly a clear responsibility of the provincial government. If it goes unchecked the next attacks could be on Minare Pakistan Lahore, constructed in the park where the 1940 resolution was adopted that became the basic document to achieve Pakistan. The other building, the Quaid’s Mausoleum in Karachi could be targeted. If that happens, the government would not find a shelter to hide. That requires immediate security arrangements to protect these two monuments of national importance.
BLA has claimed the responsibility for it through Meerak Baloch alias Aslam Achoo who belongs to Harbiar group called BBC and later Shahzada Zulfiqar a correspondent with Dawn and informed them attacking the residency at Ziarat. Reportedly, Achoo is also involved in the murder of Justice Nawaz Marri.
What is BLA and who are behind it needs to be seen clearly. These are just uneducated and poor people, to them life has no value. They are playing in the hands of the foreign elements through their local sardars with one objective to get money. They are operating from neighbouring Afghanistan that has become the hornets’ nest with over 50 intelligence agencies operating from there. The strength of these dissidents is not even 2% of the population.
To say that Baloch want freedom from Pakistan has been dispelled in the recent elections where all their parties participated and have formed a popular government there. They have got a realization that their life line is with Pakistan where they are respected and treated like brothers. In a private but light conversation, a Baloch said that if they go with the US, they would be treated worse than the Red Indians and after some time there would be not a single Baloch to be seen. The land would be filled with the Americans who would play the Wild West here or the Indians who would fight them like the Mizos or the Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Thus there would be no peace for them.
The other major disaster has been an attack on the university students’ bus where 11 girls were killed on the spot. When they were shifted to the hospital, there more attacks were carried out by the terrorists who had broken into the hospital with their van pretending that they were carrying an injured person.
They attacked the emergency treatment area and killed a few more there before they moved in and occupied the hospital and appeared on the roof to take a vantage position. In the process, they killed a few nurses also. Killing of women and children is not a Baloch tradition no matter how severe the enmity maybe, nor does Islam teach to kill women, children, sick and old.
In a statement, Abu Bakar Siddique, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi spokesperson took the responsibility of the attacks. While claiming both the terrorist attacks as Fidayee attacks said that first our female fidayee Ayesha Siddiqa targeted the bus that was bringing female students from Marriabad and later there were only 2 fidayeen in BMC to target Inspector General of Frontier Constabulary and Inspector General of Police. He further stated that Sardar Bahadur Khan University bus was targeted as revenge to killing of 3 women at Kharotabad by security forces. The 2nd attack on BMC was against all those who directly or indirectly were involved in the killing of their mujahedeen. He warned the government of PKMAP and National Party that they should learn lesson from ANP government in KPK otherwise confronting the mujahedeen will cost them dearly.
He further stated that government should not become a hurdle in their war against apostate Shias. Warned security forces to get ready for battle and do not try to find them as they will now target each and every center of security forces, with fidayee attacks. Added that IGFC GP and DIG included all the Law Enforcement Agencies personnel were their targets. He claimed that there were only two SBs in Bolan Medical College, Khadim Hussain alias Abdul Malik and Mohammad Ahmed alias Ludhianvi. He rejected government claims of arresting any of their activists by police and said it was a lie to salvage respect and hide failure. Said only two fdayeen kept security forces engaged for 6 hours and that their war against Shias will continue.
Now a major question arises that is it totally an internal matter or are there any foreign hands involved in it. Well to asses that we need to study what are the foreign interests here and why.
Actually, the projects like Gwadar Port, Pak-Iran Gas pipeline and Chinese interest of developing the region as future economic corridor are totally against Western and US sinister design of separation; even the GCC countries do not like the idea of Gwadar Port. To this end, the U.S. and her allies keep on creating unrest through clandestine and psychological operations to achieve their objectives. On February 8, 2012, The United States (US) Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs while discussing Balochistan showed concern over security problem and killing of the people. This raised eyebrows in Pakistan why Pakistan’s internal matters are being discussed in the US Senate?
Earlier, on November 21, 2009 Balochistan International Conference was organized by a group called “American Friends of Balochistan” (AFB) at National Press club Washington DC, USA. Selig S Harrison (Director Centre for International Policy), Andrew Evia, Wendy Johnson , Annie Wocenti, Hyrbyair Marri, Mehran Baloch, Ahmed Masti Khan , Munir Mengal, Air Armanda, Professor Neale Baloch (close confidant of Barmmadagh Bugti) were the speakers and participants of conference . in their speeches, they spoke against Pakistan and Iran. The conference declared Pakistan as an occupant country and also asked Islamabad to dismantle her nuclear arsenals. Reportedly, behind this conference CIA, MI-6 and RAW were the real movers.
In fact, deliberate US, Indian and UK interference in Pakistani Balochistan is aimed at exploiting the issue while supporting Pakistani, Afghani and Iranian militants to speed up the movements of Independent Balochistan. It can be said with certainty that if Pakistani Balochistan is broken away, it will also take its chunk from Iran and Afghanistan.
The three collaborators i.e. The US, The UK and India are promoting anarchy in Pakistan by helping, sheltering and funding some of anti-Pakistan elements. In this regard, in 2010, Indian Deputy Foreign Minister met Baloch militants who assured them New Delhi’s full support in speeding up their struggle. At that time Munir Mengal was also assured that about a dozen or so European countries will be able to openly recognize independent Balochistan Government. Reportedly after the meeting, the Baloch visitors were also paid US $ 25000/ dollars each.
After the 9/11 event, America, UK, Israel and India covertly made an alliance to look after their strategic gains in Asia. To this end, the intelligence agencies of the U.S. and her allies cultivated and planted agents under the garb of NGOs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China. These agents became active in gathering intelligence, creating instability, anarchy and terrorism in Pakistan, China and other host countries. Similarly, many NGOs and human rights organizations are being paid for raising Balochistan Issue according to CIA’s set agenda and time frame.
It is also interesting to note that on August 12, 2011 Mr. Rehman Malik, former Interior Minister of Pakistan while talking to the media , confirmed that foreign hands are involved in the unrest of Balochistan but he never declared their origins, why?
In the same context, the UK and the US made another attempt to accomplish their agenda to separate Balochistan when at the 23rd regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s general debate in Geneva on 7 June, supported militant Mehran Marri, who is the youngest son of Karachi-based anti-Pakistan Nawab Khair Baksh Marri who was jailed for seven years for burning Pakistani flag is Balochistan’s representative to the UN. As expected and tutored, he spoke against the recent elections and alleged that Pakistan was committing rights abuses in Balochistan.
Pakistan being an independent sovereign state, is a member of the UNO and its affiliates etc. then having a Baloch representative there is a gross interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan.
The other day, a report was received from a source that the US is planning to deploy 3rd Inf Div in Pakistan. On the face of it sounds farfetched but when seen in conjunction with what is mentioned above, it seems a possibility.
What are the motives and objectives are not hard to asses but it’s for the government of Pakistan and more so for General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to take a note of this development.
On the face of it, it is very clear that the US and her allies are planning to replicate the Libyan and Syrian template where they created the rebels and then trained, armed and aided them to fight their respective regimes. Having done so, the perpetrators moved in with the UN cover to take over and put the country under their yolk. Of course the Syrian scenario is at that stage where the US is contemplating to in any time but Libya is history.
Here it is mentioned with regret that the role of some of the major media houses in Pakistan is far from being patriotic. When compared with the Indian media, who never miss an opportunity to grill Pakistan even on minor matters where as our media not only remains quite to present the Pakistan stance, but they openly go hostile and behave as if Pakistan is not their country; Geo TV is in the forefront to bash Pakistan and its institutes.
To conclude, the two incidents of 15th June are entirely different in scope and direction. Attack on Ziarat Residency is the work of a handful of dissidents whereas the attack on the Bus and the Medical College is sectarian in nature. Therefore the the attack on students etc cannot be termed as separatist activities.