Balochistan under grip of terror
October 14, 2011
Terror and fear has gripped Balochistan while kidnapping for ransom, target killings, bomb blasts, missing persons have become a common practice in Khazdar, Turbat, Mastung, Panjhghoor, Quetta, Qalat,, Sohrab, Dera Murad Jamali, Dera Bugti, Mach, Sibbi, Harnai, Sui and other areas. The killings, whether extrajudicial or through target killings, have become so common that not one day passes when one or two bullet riddled bodies are not found dumped on the roads. The Baloch nationalist and political activists claim that the state intelligence agencies abducted the victims and held them for some days incommunicado and then killed them. Killing the abductees after interrogation is the easiest method for law enforcement agencies, the military, Frontier Corps and invisible soldiers of intelligence agencies, to destroy all evidence of such acts against humanity. On the other hand the government and law enforcement agencies never produce a clear statement or try to deny these claims, they prefer to keep silent to enforce the idea that this is their ruthless way of dealing with persons they see as a threat.
On October 7, a high level meeting was held under Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani. Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani assured law enforcement agencies the complete political and citizens' support for their actions to maintain law and order in the province.
He was chairing a high-level meeting to review law and order and plans for its improvement here.
The Chief Secretary Balochistan, the Home and Tribal Affairs Secretary, Inspector General Balochistan Police, IG Balochistan Frontier Corps and other concerned officials attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister said the provincial government would ensure maximum resources to the LEAs in order to overcome their logistics and equipments shortage.
On the occasion, he directed for converting the Balochistan Levies into an effective striking force against the elements posing threats to peace in the province and assured for providing all required resources in this regard.
Earlier, the meeting took several decisions to improve security in the provincial capital including installing close-circuit television cameras at all six entry and exit points of the city, improving security arrangements in and around main bazaars and important government buildings.
The meeting recommended joint patrolling by Police, Levies and FC in the city besides checking suspected persons, vehicles and places more exposed to terrorism.
The meeting came hard on the illegal immigrants staying in the province and directed for preparing plans for their expedited repatriation to their respective countries.
The meeting underlined the need of effective implementation of ban on display of weapons in the city besides evolving a comprehensive plan to purge city of illegal weapons.
The meeting urged for revamping intelligence network and improving intelligence sharing process among various flanks of LEAs and approved constitution of a joint task force in order to improve intelligence sharing among LEAs.
A special meeting of Balochistan Cabinet was held in Quetta under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani to review law and order situation in the province. On the occasion important decisions were taken.
It was decided that car and property dealers will also be registered in future to tackle the terrorism activities in the province.
Nawab Raisani on the occasion said that police and Levis Force would be trained on modern lines and they would be equipped with latest weapons to counter the terror.
Expressing his grave concern over the issue of missing persons in Balochistan‚ he said that all out efforts are begging made to recover them.
Chief Minister said that Federal government is on board on the issue and due to the concrete steps taken by the incumbent government many missing people have been recovered.
He reiterated that with the help of people of all segments of the society‚ an effective and comprehensive strategy has been chalked out to resort peace and tranquility in the province.
Earlier‚ Provincial Home Secretary Naseebullah Bazai briefed the meeting about law and order situation in the province.
He told the meeting that registration of Afghan refugees is being carried out on war footings besides restoration of bio metric system on the Pak-Afghan border was also taken up with the Afghan government.
Provincial Interior Minister while giving briefing said that the important issue is Iran and Afghanistan long border which is a benefit to the anti state elements. He said that Missing Person Case and Target killings incidents are on top of our priorities adding that 52 persons are missing adding government efforts are not enough in this regard. The devotees going to Iran are facing problems hence stringent security measures be taken for their safety while it must be made operational with the sheer support of the Tour Operators. Chief Minister went on to say that missing persons issue is a grave one and we have send the lists to the President and the Prime Minister and are in close contact with the federal government. He was of the view that provincial government is doing utmost efforts and will not leave any stone unturned for the recovery of the missing persons adding Provincial Government will not take a sigh of relief until their recovery thick and thin.
On the other hand on October 7 Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan Maj-Gen Ubaidullah Khan has said that certain groups in Afghanistan were exporting terrorism in Balochistan and in this connection the senior officials of the Afghan government had already been informed.
“The matter has not only been taken up with the Kabul at the foreign office level, but we have also conveyed to the Nato and Isaf authorities in Afghanistan to dismantle these groups,” said the IG FC while talking to the media men. Maj-Gen Ubaidullah Khan said that we are confronting the internal and external threats, which we have to counter together.
He said that peace of Balochistan and Afghanistan was inter-connected, however, he said there are evidences that the soil of Afghanistan was being used against Pakistan. Referring terrorism in the province, the IG FC said that the vehicles being used in the terror activities in Quetta also come from cross the border.
He said there are dumps of arms and ammunition in Balochistan. Until and unless the transportation of the illegal vehicles and movement of illegal arms and immigrants is prevented, the peace can’t be restored in the province, he insisted. He stressed the need to launch de-weaponisation campaign in the province so as to seize heavy weapons.
The IG FC noted that some 3,000 illegal immigrants have entered into the territory of Pakistan in last eight months. To a query, he said that FC is stood to counter the terrorism in the province and added that it is a hindrance against the anti-statement and anti-social elements. He also said that the groups indulged in terrorism in the province have connection with each others while some gangs imprisoned in different jails are also indulged in some crimes. “some gangs are operating from jails”.
He on the occasion went on to claim that whatever peace prevails in the province is because of the FC. To another query, the IG FC said that the provincial government has sought for three platoons of the FC for patrolling on the Quetta-Mastung section of the RCD highway in order to maintain law and order there. Referring the accusation against a tribal elder from Dera Bugti about operating a private jail, he said that as far his information he is a gentleman. However, the allegations being leveled against him are being probed into.
Serious circles say that we cannot brush aside rumors of involvement of foreign hands in Balochistan. The Fire in Balochistan must be cooled as if not controlled it will burn Balochistan. The incumbents Army, Civil Bureaucracy must remove out their specs of selfishness and egotism and think seriously for the national interest of Balochistan. They must learn from past follies as it is need of the hour for concerted efforts.
“Balochistan is burning; if fire is not brought under control, it will engulf the entire country,” they warned.