A strange situation is prevailing! USA has to withdraw her forces from Afghanistan till 31st December 2014 according to her announced plan leaving behind only 10-15 thousand US soldiers. These remaining soldiers will be deployed over 9 US bases in Afghanistan where they will enjoy immunity to not only Afghan laws but from the rest of the world as well. Although, Afghan President is not ready until now to sign the deal for long stay of US soldiers in Afghanistan; the conditions set by Americans for this deal are not less than a joke as well, as Americans have invaded Afghanistan in 2001 after taking formal permission from Afghan govt. and public. Principally, USA should contact UNO to prolong her stay in Afghanistan as this was UNO who provided mandate to US to invade and destroy Afghanistan. On the other hand discussion is going on in the whole world that whether Afghan govt. will survive after withdrawal of US troops or Afghan army consisting of Northern Alliance only would be able to control Pakhtoon areas? No matterAmerican media and govt. is playing with the blood of majority of Afghan population mutilating their struggle to protect their identity as terrorism but how will USA stop them from coming into power following the rules of democracy in near future; moreover, 10-15 thousand soldiers would be sufficient to stop them from coming into power? If the answer is NO; than is not this a bitter reality that Americans have seeded hatred and division of Afghanistan into two separate states?
If we look back at the history while attacking Afghanistan, USA has given Pakistan only two options either to support USA orface destruction in the hands of Americans; USA had denied right to Pakistan to be an neutral state. At this time India was begging in front of USA to attack Pakistan in spite of Afghanistan and she had offered to provide her forces and air bases to America as well. At such a time no Muslim country even Saudi Arabia was ready to stand by the side of Pakistan; if Nawaz Sharif or Benazir Bhutto had been in power at that time they would have decided as Musharraf did (rulers who do not have courage to stand against Indian control over Cricket how they would had stood against US International Alliance). However, USA declared Pakistan as non-NATO ally upon supporting US invasion in Afghanistan and Pakistan even ignored her interests while supporting America in Afghanistan. Result of Pakistan’s support to USA in Afghanistan is that India converted Pakistan into battle field by utilizing Indian presence and free hand given to her by USA in Afghanistan. The war that was imposed upon Afghanistan in order to fulfill some damn plans of USA has been converted into war for survival of Pakistan by US, Indian, Afghan, British and Israeli secret agencies.
Joint Press Conference by Foreign Ministries of Both Countries After Pak-US Strategic Dialogue held last month
Freedom fighters of Indian Held Kashmir despite of their sacrifices and war crimes committed by Indian State Terrorists were declared as TERRORISTS; they have never targeted any passenger train or innocent people in India. In contrast to this few terrorists working for furtherance of Indian and other countries of the region’s Strategic Agenda, targeting passenger trains, Natural Gas and Electric Transmission Lines, army, security agencies and innocent civilians are enjoying not only American but support from whole Europe. American Senators present Bill for independence of Baluchistan in spite of being aware that after every terrorist activity they accept responsibility for it.
A war that was never against terrorism but a conspiracy to weaken Pakistan to accept slavery of India and neutralize Chinese influence in the region has taken toll of 50 thousand innocent Pakistanis lives including 5 thousand personnel from security agencies, Police and army. Who is supplying latest weapons and financial support to terrorists; no one is ready to answer this! However, disappearance of NATO containers from Qasim Port Karachi containing military equipment numbering not in hundreds but in thousands and silence of US and NATO officials over this issue has answer for all these questions. Painful aspect is that as time for retreat of US troops from Afghanistan is getting closer; bitterness in the behavior of American and Western writers against Pakistan is converting into insult. Although, the basic reason for this bitterness is the thinking of US and Western think tanks over two types of the defeat that their forces are facing into Afghanistan, i.e.
Failure of Americans and Western invaders to be accepted as saviors despite of their propaganda against Taliban and “Daisy Cutter” bombs, failure to win the hearts of Afghans.
Defeat of Americans in Afghanistan despite of latest military equipment, well trained troops, sensitive modern technology, jet fighters equipped with the missiles powerful enough to convert mountains into dust, latest spy system and troops of Black Water filled with the passion of killing human beings in cold blood!
Majority of Americans was told that Pakistan is not doing what Washington was demanding to reinforce American capture of Kabul. During the different meetings and talks held between Pakistan and US officials only one demand was heard from USA i.e. DO MORE; Americans are not ready to consider the relations between Pakhtoons living across Pakistan and Afghanistan, Americans only wanted Pakistan to withdraw all troops from Eastern Border to provide chance to Indian troops for invasion and deploy all forces over Afghan border in order to support genocide of Afghans by US terrorist troops in Afghanistan. Over failure in this goal a storm in the tea cup was created by the propaganda of western media against Pak-Army. Pakistan army was blamed for providing hideouts and support to terrorism. Writers like Ahmed Rasheed (who was arrested during 1973-74 on the orders of Zulifqar Ali Bhutto along with Najam Sethi under the charges of being involved in conspiracy to break apart Pakistan at the beck and call of Soviet Union and India) were hired to write books like DESCENT INTO CHAOS and was provided worldwide circulation and marketing. The summary of these books was, “if peace is required in the world than Pak-Army and ISI should be banned as these two national departments of Pakistan are involved in terrorism in the whole world”. When this propaganda campaign proved to be fruitless; sometimes USA tried Kerry Logger Bill through her hired agents like Hussain Haqqani, attempt was made to give ISI under the control of Rehman Malik when all this bore no fruit than drama of presence and killing of Osama Bin Laden at Abbotabad was staged in order to black mail Pakistan army. Time would unveil the role played by President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and Hussain Haqqani. Memo Gate Scandal and attack over Salala Check post all were part of US attempts to black mail Pakistan army and raise questions over military capability for which much support was provided by few anchors of Pakistani electronic media.
US soldiers returning to USA
Time is merciless it is neither controllable nor waits for anyone. At least 2014 has arrived and time for withdrawal of US troops as well; however, US wants to teach a lesson to Pakistan before leaving Afghanistan. This is the reason current wave of terrorism in Pakistan; otherwise which Shariat allows one to kill FC personnel imprisoned for last 3 years and announce it proudly or claim martyring Police personnel as revenge. On the one hand terrorists have been activated in Pakistan while on the other hand American writers have started pouring their hatred against Pakistan; recent example of this is the article written by C. Christine Fair, Assistant Professor at Department of School of Foreign Service of George Town University, she has written two books (1) Fighting to the End: The Pakistan and (2) Army’s Way of War A Madressah Challenge: Militancy and Religious Education in Pakistan. The article written by C. Christine Fair titled as
“Ten Fictions That Pakistan Defense Officials Love to Peddle”
was published on 31st January 2014. In this article ten points on which Pakistan have concerns that were forwarded by the envoy of Pakistan led by Sartaj Aziz, each and every point has been separately criticized and insulted by the words like RUBBISH, NON-SENSE and MORE FICTION etc. It would have been more appropriate if she had mentioned Maulvi Fazlullah as well who is residing in Afghanistan involved in terrorism under the shelter of USA.
Writer of Insulting Article against Pakistan; C. Christine Fair
She has criticized relations with Pakistan from the start and used such words for Pakistani leaders from Quaid-e-Azam to present in her article that it would be inappropriate to mention these words here. She should have dared to study interview of Afghan President published in Sunday Times few weeks before her article in which Afghan President said, “In Afghanistan Americans are working against us (Afghans). Due to American lawlessness, crimes and corruption has been widely spread in Afghanistan. Americans have pushed Afghans into psychological war so that Afghans can be pressurized to transfer their wealth to West. Special class in the country is being brought forward while rest of the public has been left to burn in anger and deprivation”.
“The US-Pakistan “Strategic Dialogue” has restarted yet again. I would remiss If I did not point that it has never been strategic and it has certainly not been a dialogue. No doubt the Pakistanis are worried that wary American taxpayers and their congressional representatives may close the checkbook for good when last US soldier departs from Afghanistan. In the spirit of perpetual rent-seeking, Pakistani defense officials have recently alighted upon Washington to offer the same tired and hackneyed narratives that are tailored to guilt the Americans into keeping the gravy train chugging along”.
Few days ago I had to go through a strange incident that forced me to write over this topic. On Abdali Road a VIP vehicle either of a politician or a state servant was coming from SP Chowk; in the meanwhile a well-dressed bike rider fell down while trying to avoid collision with one of the protocol vehicles escorting the said VIP. Driver of the protocol vehicle was in a hurry to keep up with the speed of the VIP and arrive at destination quickly so he did not pay any attention to the youngster who fell down from the bike. Those who are familiar with Multan would know that fiscal institutions and commercial buildings constructed without any planning and parking facilities have created hurdles in the flow of the traffic. Especially when any minister or VIP state servant has to pass this road a strange hassle is observed in which everyone is trying to save himself from the vehicles of the VIP’s convoy. Riders of big vehicles (Pakistanis) do not care however, riders of small vehiclesand poor motorcyclists and cyclists had to save their lives.
Such like situation was being faced by the youngster who fell down from the motorbike. As I was on the footpath near him so I quickly moved towards him but he has stood up before I reached. Blood was seeping out of the bruises he got due to falling on the road however, he did not get any serious injury. The after effects of falling onto the ground were clear on his dress that had stains of dirt as well as was torn away from few places. I enquired the youngster while helping him to stand up his motorbike, he burst up. First of all he poured out anger against the VIP due to whom he fell down and afterwards watching his dress and outlook he got out of control. He started trembling either with sorrow or emotions and tears rolled down from his eyes. I was neither ready for such situation nor able to understand it. Youngster was quite healthy, bruises over his body were not of such nature that he gets out of control nor the stains over his dress were such that a man starts weeping. Watching the situation of the youngster I offered him a bottle of water to drink but he turned down my offer and started cursing the VIPs, state servants, society and rulers as corrupt, moral less etc. whatever came to his mind. He was speaking and weeping as well.
Unemployment! Fate of Pakistani youth?
I asked him to be thankful to Allah Almighty that his life and he has been saved from some big loss. He said if here in this country there is no value of humanity than there is no need to be worried, in 1947 Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah won us freedom from English imperialism but freedom from “black and local English” is yet to be achieved. Our system that is apparently democratic but if one is riding over the Elephant of the state or power than others appear to him some lower valued species rather than human beings; while if the Elephant is big or powerful than he considers other human beings as insects. So despite of living in the so-called independent society of 21st century the elites of this country treat public as slaves than there is no need to cry over it or take it to heart.
After hearing few words of compassion from me; he told me that he was unemployed since long and today he was going for an interview hoping to get a job but seems he is not lucky enough to get employed. After completing masters from Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan 3 years he applied for hundreds of jobs out of which for few he was called for interview but only those were selected who had strong reference or a close relation or link with those who move in the luxury vehicles. On that day although he got the call for interview but fate played double game with him.
Lucky Students of Private Universities to procure job offers even before completing their education
I comforted him, if he was worried due to getting late than there is no need to worry because just like corruption, nepotism, hoarding, black-marketing, fraud, misrepresentation and adulteration of goods, being late and wasting time has also become our national identity. However, dirty and worn out clothes were a serious problem because job is given keeping in view one’s dressing. I advised him to get a shot of Tetanus vaccine as this was necessary. After reading the news report of Aliyan’s death last Friday due to Tetanus as he got infection after falling on to the road. He got some hope after talking to me and left for his destination. But my thoughts got entangled between the increasing numbers of educated unemployed youth. If even after getting degrees from universities our youth is left to wander in search of jobs; when standard for getting a job would be reference in spite education or capability than what would be the fate of the country? Than what is the use of these universities that are spreading pessimism among the youth in spite of preparing them for the development of the motherland; youth is losing trust over society, equality, honesty and even from themselves. In spite of becoming mentors of the motherland these youngsters are playing in the hands of criminal gangs and persons. On the power of easily available weapons they are adopting street crimes; taking increasing inequality in the society as justification they are getting involved in robberies and upon being at large they become courageous enough to involve abduction for ransom and claim it as revenge from the society. These unemployed and hopeless youngsters even forget the meaning of forgiveness and affection due to the inequality of the society. Moreover, what have we given to our youth except hopelessness and chaos; neither we are aware of Islamic values nor of the Eastern norms; the meaning of Islam has been changed to violence due to personal versions and ego. Holy Quran has been made a book to take false oaths, giving as a gift to brides or for keeping in the cupboards respectfully wrapped in the beautiful covers. Education for guidance is also just like as a commodity for sale, go and buy whatever type of education you like, costly or cheap. This is the reason that students of private universities get job offers even before completing their education.
Educated Degree Holder Students protesting against unemployment
Irony of the fate is that Pakistan is the only country of the world where even in this modern and developed era feudal system is still in power; only few hundred families own 81% of land, they do not do anything but 51% of the Pakistani population work over the lands of these feudal lords and income is transferred in the accounts of these feudal lords. That is why since 1947, we have been unable to provide universal education system. Dozens of different curriculum are being taught in Pakistan, separate curriculum for elites, other for middle class and for poor or others there is no education or curriculum at all. On the other hand the increasing population; than what does this mean that younger generation should be left to wander in the darkness? The result of this ignorance would be nothing less than collective destruction of the whole nation. Our youngsters does not lack talent, their love for motherland is also exemplary; this could be imagined from the world’s largest human flag of Pakistan made by Pakistani youngsters few days ago despite of severe rain and cold. Whether these modern fields of study or co-curricular activities; Pakistani youngsters can be traced in the top of the list. The only hurdle that Pakistani youth has to face is lack of guidance and equal chances which is impossible without the supervision of govt. The top important requirement is the universal curriculum for the whole country so that in the educational institutions students can progress on the basis of their intelligence, capability and hard work, not on the basis of their social status, family background, references, bribe or nepotism. All this would be possible only when our elite aborts culture of show off and snobbery which is a big question mark?.
3rd Convocation without Chancellor, is this due to falling standard and rank of BZ University?
This is the result of the show off of the wealth that on the one hand religious extremism is spreading while on the other liberal extremism is spreading like a wild fire. The riots at Peshawar University on the eve of Valentine Day point towards the tension prevailing between the liberal and religious extremist groups that erupted up as the incident of putting hostel rooms on fire. At least what is the reason that tolerance is vanishing from our younger generation? No one is ready to listen or tolerate others beliefs or stance. Here comes the responsibility of our media to come ahead and play its role to start discussions so that younger generation in spite taking the path of violence learns the way of solving their problems through negotiations.
In the end I would like to mention the Bahauddin Zakariya University, due to the problem of this university I was forced to write this column; University’s responsibility is not to hand over degree to its students and leave them to wander but also keep an eye that what problems are being faced by its passed out students. If teacher is given the status of spiritual father than educational institution is known as spiritual mother; how is it possible that children are wandering and facing problems in procuring jobs while mother and father are enjoying. Probably my wordings might hurt administration of the university that they can only impart education not the jobs; I also do not mean so. But only if responsible officials understand it.
Rawalpindi: The relief teams of Pakistan Army on Saturday reached drought-hit Mithi and Tharparker to help the affected population in the areas. The relief effort includes food packs and a field hospitals.
According to Inter-Services Public Intelligence (ISPR), the mouthpiece of Pakistan Army, field hospital has started functioning in Diplo area where doctors are providing healthcare facilities to malnourished and sick. A total of 613 patients were treated in the medical camp on the first day of operation and as many as 10 tons of relief items were distributed among the affected people.
General Officer Commanding Hyderabad Garrison, Major General Inam has been overseeing the ongoing relief operation. He visited the hospitals on Saturday evening and inquired the patients about their health.
The relief camps will also be established in Chachhro, Mithi, Islamkot Nangarparker and Khinsar and the relief efforts will continue till the time crises situation ends. Rangers have also set up relief camps in the drought-affected areas.
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited Kotri Ranges to witness field firing and the battle inoculation exercise of Karachi Corps on Wednesday, according to a press release issued by the government.
On his arrival, he was received by Karachi Corps commander lieutenant general Sajjad Ghani.
These exercises are aimed at training troops in various tactical operations under a battlefield environment. Fighter aircraft of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and armoured fighting vehicles of the mechanized division also participated in live firing maneuvers as part of the field firing.
The COAS commended the standard of training of the participating troops and lauded their skills. He specifically commended their precision and accuracy in engaging the targets and said that strenuous training along with strong vigilance are the only guarantors of peace.
Army chief Raheel Sharif took the opportunity to go over the resolve of the armed forces and stressed that the army will accomplish their mission of defeating “every threat to our motherland in accordance with the expectation of the people of Pakistan”.
The discovery of the mass graves in Tootak area of Khuzdar on 25 Jan 2014 has created a furor. Consequently, Baloch Sub Nationalists have unleashed a barrage of allegations against Pakistan by bloating the number of bodies found and declaring them to be those of “Missing Persons”. The discovery has provided the Baloch sub nationalists a whip to wallop Pakistan and use the news as propaganda to portray Balochistan problem as a human rights issue at international forums and seek support.
In the same chain of events, on 29th January 2014 Hyrbiar Marri, Mir Suleman Khan Daud and Mehrab Sarjov (Suleman Khan’s Assistant) met US Congressmen Louie Gohmert, Steve King and Dana Rohrabacher at London to propagate against Pakistan for alleged human rights violations in Balochistan.
US Congressman Louie Gohmert found it opportune to deliver a highly venomous speech on 30 Jan 2014 at US House of Representatives on Balochistan situation, citing his meeting with the Baloch sub nationalists’ leadership. His colleague Senator Gohmert read out an article of Tarek Fateh (Canada based Baloch sub nationalists’ sympathizer), published by the Toronto Sun on 28 January 2014, criticizing US for ignoring the mass graves issue during US Senator John Kerry’s meeting with Pakistan’s National & Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz on 27 January 2014. Senator Gohmert criticized Pakistan over the alleged human rights violations and strongly endorsed Baloch sub nationalists’ separatist agenda of Independent Balochistan.
This scribe has written earlier on the subject, narrating details of the Baloch sub nationalists’ anti Pakistan propaganda in collaboration with US Congressmen to gain credibility, increase pressure against the Government of Pakistan and internationalize the Baloch issue. Petitions are also being sent to UN Secretary General for UN intervention in Balochistan to stop and investigate the alleged genocide in the province. On 27 January 2014 Mir Suleman Khan submitted a petition to US State Department as US Senator John Kerry met with Pakistan’s National and Foreign Affairs Advisor Mr. Sartaj Aziz. In addition to launching propaganda campaigns through social media, the Baloch sub nationalists are organizing protest rallies at important world capitals in front of iconic buildings to propagate their stance.
Upsurge in Baloch sub nationalists’ propaganda activities is aimed at exploiting the mass graves issue to accuse the intelligence agencies, Law Enforcing Agencies and Frontier Constabulary, discrediting Government of Pakistan and gaining moral ascendency for the Baloch sub nationalists.
It is essential to obtain a neutral view of the discovery. Deputy Commissioner Khuzdar submitted before the Supreme Court that total number of discovered bodies was 13 and that their identity was being established through forensic evidence. Asma Jahangir an independent and outspoken legal and social activist has also confirmed that total 13 bodies were discovered.
The Supreme Court, in turn, appointed Balochistan High Court judge Noor Mohammad Maskanzai to head a judicial tribunal earlier this month. Accompanied by Khuzdar Deputy Commissioner Abdul Waheed Shah, the members of the tribunal were given a tour of the area. They were flown to the site from Quetta and examined around 10 graves; each one appearing to be different from the other; some had been dug 10 feet deep, and others around seven. Thirteen bodies were recovered from Tutak; the identity of the corpses remains a mystery but other supplementary evidence sheds some light on the gory episode of the mass murder and attempts to bury the remains.
The judicial tribunal appointed by the Supreme Court discovered only a feet away from the graves, the remains of a training camp, apparently used by miscreants. The tribunal also found about 400 spent bullets from the area and a from under the surrounding stones. The bullet casings matched the weapons classified as 9mm pistols and submachine guns. Casings of a 7mm sniper rifle were also collected from the location. More ominously, a number of cardboard shooting targets were also recovered. The heinous message of ‘Shia Kafir’ was inscribed on a piece of cardboard with a black marker; while the name of a militant organisation was scribbled on top of another. Besides visiting the site, the tribunal recorded the statements of witnesses. It will submit its report to the Supreme Court within a month.
Baloch sub nationalists are using the discovery of the graves to draw attention to their plight but in the bargain, they are blowing the issue out of proportions. Their baseless propaganda is aimed at creating misperceptions among domestic masses through emotional appeal. This can be used as a tool to exert pressure on Pakistan and embarrass it in international forums. The shenanigans of the Baloch sub nationalists is directly in line with their agenda but this scribe finds faults with the US Congressmen, who have taken up the cudgels on behalf of the Baloch sub nationalists. The US Government and US State Department must not be endorsing the activities of its parliamentarians but it should look into the matter. Pakistan is a sovereign state and if the members of parliament of another state, sponsor separatists, encourage insurgents and start interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign independent state, their acts must be condemned. The support of the US Congressmen, even if they are rogues, is tantamount to anti-Pakistan activity and appears to be aimed at destabilizing Pakistan. It must be denounced and the propaganda campaign should be condemned by all Pakistanis, including the peace loving citizens of Balochistan.
So far the United States government itself has not condemned the pro Baloch sub nationalists’ activities of some of its Congressmen. Interestingly, twenty states along with the states of Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee, have filed petitions demanding independence. The last time some US states demanded secession, it resulted in the US Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865 and led to over 618,000 casualties. It remains an internal affair of the US; similarly US Congressmen should stop supporting Baloch sub nationalists’ propaganda and respect Pakistan’s sovereignty.
is always projected as an area having many problems. For the last decade or so
it has turned into a playing field of different regional and global powers.
Intelligence agencies of different countries have been using politically and
ideologically half-baked, directionless and unemployed Baloch youth for their
vested geo-political interests. The Baloch youth, acting under catchy slogans,
are used as a fuel in a battle to control major geographical choke points,
resource-rich areas and their major possible routes. In addition to logistic
and financial help of the foreign actors, the moral and political assistance
from few media elements, civil society activists and certain political parties,
have placed these foreign funded separatists at a much advantageous position as
they have managed to divert public opinion in their favour despite their crimes
against national security and common people in Balochistan. These armed groups
have mainly focused on soft targets in Baloch-dominated areas to remain alive
in news headlines and create problems in Balochistan. Firstly, they started
targeting non-Baloch teachers, doctors, engineers and labourers. But when it
became harder for them to find anymore such soft target, they switched to
Baloch political workers, teachers, doctors and tribal elders. They acted on a
simple formula; whoever is not following your political line, or has some
personal or tribal clash with you, just go and target him. Once he is targeted,
declare him an ISI Agent and claim responsibility of his killing by using a
foreign-gifted satellite phone and harass his family and friends.
2008, these separatists received a considerable attention from a segment of
Baloch political workers, civil society and common masses. But once they
started targeting innocent Baloch people because they had faith in Federation
of Pakistan or they had tribal or individual differences with these terrorists,
the people of Balochistan started to shed away shadows of fear and dared to
speak against them in public. With the passage of time the victims of these
foreign-funded terrorism started to get united and mobilised. Now, by this
time, the people are strong enough to force these elements to vacate certain
areas including Quetta, Mastung, Kalat, Dera Bugti, Kohlu and Khuzdar.
present, one can safely claim that only pro-federation majority is the only
stakeholders in Balochistan issue. Anti-state camp is represented by Hairbiyaar
Marri, Brahamdagh Bugti, Dr. Allah Nazar and Javed Mengal. While pro-state camp
is led by Sarfraz Bugti, Shafique Mengal and Siraj Raisani.
cause of concern here is to unfold the fact that our so-called independent
media, civil society and political parties, following the traditional rhetoric
are denying to accept existence of the important pro-Pakistan stakeholders in
Balochistan. It is about time that they should also change their prejudiced
lenses and should acknowledge the role, contribution and importance of these
pro-federation Baloch figures fighting disgruntled elements in Balochistan.
Irony of fact is that they are targeted by anti-state elements and our
so-called independent media and vibrant civil society, because they are
pro-Pakistan. In today's media activism, one hardly finds representation of the
community which is torch-bearer of resistance against those who are resisting
writ of the state in Balochistan. In the most cases, we see either nationalists
or least bothered federalists speaking their brand of Balochistan conflict.
this whole scenario, if one wants to move towards a serious and genuine
conflict analysis in Balochistan, he needs to be mindful of the fact that it is
not Balochistan of 1960s and 1970s when just few tribal nawabs (chieftains)
were the only stakeholders. A major difference between present situation and
past movements is the active role of youth. In majority of cases, small groups
of youth operate independently under a loose command. In such a situation, they
get influenced by petty local considerations and end up in using this
foreign-funded political infrastructure to settle their non-political
individual issues. Due to leadership role of youngsters at this level, a clear
manifestation of reactionary and immature decision-making has been noticed in
militant groups. Killing of innocent people including teachers and doctors,
destroying electricity polls and targeting relief activities during recent
Awaran earthquake are examples of the immature decision-making. Such policies
on one hand have resulted in complete isolation of militants and on other hand
have paved the way for emergence of a strong reaction against these terrorists
from within the Baloch society. If we analyse the main targets of these armed
groups during past three four years, it will become evident that in more than
70% cases, they have targeted people associated with Sarfaraz Bugti, Shafique
Mengal or Siraj Raisani. So, this situation boils down to a point that if we
speak of major stakeholders of present conflict within boundries of Pakistan,
these are three, namely: Pakistani Government, Baloch militants and their
pro-state Baloch opponents in Balochistan. So, if there is any attempt of
reconciliation excluding these pro-state activists, it will prove ephemeral and
will burst into pieces like a bubble and may lead to law and order situation in
the province. Once weaken, these pro-federation elements will be easily
targeted by the militants.
the need of the hour and writing on the wall requires us to open our minds and
eyes to see the changing political circumstances in Balochistan and acknowledge
and appreciate role of the new major stakeholders in the issue. Our national
security and ground realities demand to re-think, re-visit, and re-formulate
our understanding of Balochistan conflict by keeping in mind these new dynamics
for a sustainable conflict-resolution. It is need of the hour to give due
respect and consideration to all forces in Balochistan to strike a pragmatic
balance among different stakeholders. Just holding talks with foreign-funded
elements and pushing in isolation to patriot factions in Balochistan will not
serve the purpose and will turn the things from bad to worse. It will simply
mean that we have given our national fate, destiny and pride in hands of those
who, in collusion with their foreign masters, want to destabilise Pakistan. If
such mindset persists and continues to flourish, God forbid there may be times
when no one from Balochistan dares to take name of Pakistan, let alone standing
against its enemies. Today, the people of Balochistan denounce these militant
groups and stand united to fight them. The people of Balochistan only deserve
due share in the power structure of the federation. They must be fully
supported to live in peace and harmony, and continue participating in
prosperity and well-being of Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD, Feb 4 (APP): Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed today (Wednesday) across Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan with full zeal and fervour to express solidarity with the people of Indian-held Kashmir and pay tribute to the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs. The day is a regular annual event being marked to support the indigenous freedom struggle of the people of Occupied Kashmir and their right to plebiscite and to condemn Indian aggression and its illegal occupation of the held valley. A large number of organisations and political parties will observe Kashmir Day, which is a gazetted holiday throughout Pakistan. The Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas has devised a comprehensive programme for the occasion.
The day will dawn with special prayers and one minute silence will be observed at 10.00 am. A request in this connection has been made to the general public to observe silence in honour of the Kashmiri martyrs. A human chain will be formed by the people of Pakistan and Kashmir at the Kohala Bridge, linking Pakistan with Azad Kashmir, as a gesture of oneness and commitment to their brethren in Occupied Kashmir.
The Government and people of Pakistan had been observing the day each year since 1990 to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren of Indian occupied Kashmir who are struggling for their birth right to self determination promised to them by the United Nations Security Council. In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the elected Legislative Assembly and the Council will hold a joint session in Muzaffarabad, which will be addressed by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan will organize a Kashmir Convention where political and religious leaders will speak about the Kashmir issue and highlight different facets of the dispute.
Rallies in support of Kashmiris will also be taken at district headquarters in the four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Functions will be held at embassies of Pakistan in foreign countries to mark the day. Literary, social and cultural organizations will hold events to highlight the struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination. Television channels and radio stations will broadcast special transmissions to cover activities in connection with the day. Special Kashmir Committee headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman held its first meeting last week to finalize details of activities to be arranged in connection with the day.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman has nominated MNAs Muhammad Ijazul Haq, Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir and Malik Ibrar Ahmed to present a memorandum to the United Nations Resident Representative in Islamabad on behalf of the chairman and committee.