Interior Minister Rehman Malik - File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday said Balochistan is target of world power game and local extremist organizations and banned outfits are forwarding their agenda.

Malik was briefing the Senate about the Balochistan policy.

He said that there are certain sensitive things that he cannot tell publicly.

He requested that officials of Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) should be summoned to record their statements.

Winding up the discussion on the Balochistan issue, Malik said “We cannot keep Balochistan aloof of world power game. Some aliens are harboring external aggression into Balochistan and interfere in our affairs,”

“The issue is grave. If we are negligent of it, history will not forgive us. We will have to reach a solution before it is too late,” he said. Categorically blaming the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi who both he said were involved in present situation in Balochistan.

The interior minister said that the BLA had claimed the responsibility of most of the bomb blasts and killings in the province.

Malik claimed that BLA and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LeJ) had relations with each other for five years.

He said that transformation towards Independent Balochistan is not new as he mentioned to uprising of Nawaz Nauroz Khan, Sher Muhammad Bijarani in 1963-66 and Kher Bakhsh Marri led to uprising of 1973-78.

“Today once again the follow up of those uprisings. Harbyar Marri and Brahamdagh Bugti are operating from abroad. We know that people are killed when Harbyar calls insurgents in Balochistan.”

Malik critiqued the proposed resolution by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in the US House of Representatives a few months back in which he demanded that Baloch people should have a right to self-determination.He said that he cannot understand that why Balochistan case was specifically discussed in US Congress when there were human rights violations in other provinces as well.

The Interior Minister claimed there was intervention from Afghanistan in the province, for which Pakistan raised its concerns with President Hamid Karzai. Karzai had said that the areas bordering Pakistan were under Nato/Isaf forces’ control not in the hands of Afghan army.

Moreover, Malik said that people of Balochistan were patriotic. There are some miscreants in the province who have destabilised the peace in the region.

The Interior Ministry on Wednesday submitted a special report in the Federal Cabinet over the prevailing law and order situation in Balochistan.

According to the report, at least 868 people have been killed, 619 kidnapped, and 2390 have gone missing from the province since 2010.

The report claimed that Laskar-i-Jhangvi (LeJ), Lashkar-i-Balochistan, Baloch Musalla Difa Tanzeem, and the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) were involved in disrupting the law and order situation of the province.

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Comments (19)

August 2, 2012 3:10 pm
Our Superman interior minister/advisor (who cares) knows everything. He can tell you every details of every terrorist/criminal and that he will deal with them with iron hand, without realizing that he is not Ironman he is superman. Balochistan unrest is not because of foreign hands but Pakistan's establishment is responsible for all this. They haven't learnt any lesson from Bangladesh independence. They should realize that time has gone to conquer supressed nations of Pakistan.
Malcolm Michael
August 2, 2012 2:37 pm
This a typical verbiage of the failing government to blame the world powers on Baluchistan when they have not been able to do anything. They blame economic situation when they cannot control it, they blame law and order situation on small groups but will not accept their failure because they are too busy to look into their personal welfare. Rehman Maliks statements should be heard from one Ear and passed out from the other. It has no value.
August 2, 2012 2:21 pm
So far this person only has shown maturity and respect for the Law of the Land.
August 2, 2012 3:57 pm
it is a shame he has such an important position and has no empathy with the victims of army FC and PPP aggression
August 2, 2012 3:02 pm
Well, i know forsure in U.S some(americans) are lobby and congressmen are working inside to pass the bill and trying to get funds to arm the groups more so they can liberate themselves. And i do agree with cyrus, if they dont give the province there independence, the situation will be worst. If we see the governor on that state doesnt even live there, like living virtually in capital; but collecting money so everything look calm. Khatuk
August 2, 2012 3:36 pm
My suggestion is that the Pakistani government should provide Balochis with equal rights which are provided to the other parts of the country, a good example would be Punjab. Otherwise Balochis have the rights to fight for their rights. Furthermore, since the Pakistani-gov knows that the Arabic countries are involved in the support of the opposition factions across-Balochistan, why does not the Pak-gov cut diplomatic ties with these countries, in order to stop the violence across the province.
August 2, 2012 3:03 pm
One thing for sure an it's not going to change is that this government is not going to take any action to control the situation.
anwar qambrani
August 2, 2012 3:29 pm
BLA does not have any relations with lashkar e janguvi .BLA is fighting for their land which was occupied by pakistan.Moreover,it is a nationalist force can not easily be crubed and eliminated.The only solution of Balochistan issue is the withdrawl of pakistani army from balochistan
Baloch's well wisher
August 2, 2012 3:08 pm
Let the qualified Baloch people come forward make Balochistan a big trading point of asia this has to be understand young balochs otherwise there is no other good opportunity for them being Pakistani they can flourish the help of other undercover friends / countries of baloch are not long lasting
Abdullah Hussain
August 2, 2012 11:28 am
The govt & the anti bodies are equally responsible for the prevalent situation in Balochistan. Either the govt should make peace and offer to address the plights of the suffering Baloch or do as LTTE was done with.
August 2, 2012 11:11 am
I suggest giving full impunity to BLA in order to convince them to bring them to negotiation as this is 'working' quite well.
August 2, 2012 2:01 pm
he is right, even arab countries are involve in unrest. he should name them and simply let our fources eliminate them. no other solution to it.
August 2, 2012 1:58 pm
dnt agree with cyrus. All the big powers and neighboring arab nations, are very well aware of billions of dollars worth of natural resources that are lying underneath balochistan. Hence the purpose is to create chaos in balochistan and eventually separate it from pakistan, just like having control of iraq and libyan resources. But this is Pakistan, no matter what happens, you can't make it but also, you can't break it.
Ishtar sa
August 2, 2012 1:27 pm
1963 to 1968 and then from 1973 to 1978....why consequetive govts including PPP govt of ZAB from 1971 to 1975 cud not settle Baluchistan issue ? Even today for the past 5 years of PPP led govt the issue seem going out of hand....? same will happen with S Punjab....then will come the turn of Sindh....
Mohammad Ali Khan
August 2, 2012 12:51 pm
Whenever U.S. raises question about Haqqani net work ,Pakistan should point out Dana Rohrabacher.The Congressman who is fueling free Balochistan movement and associated terrorism.
Rizwan Hamid
August 2, 2012 12:49 pm
Dear dawn, Thanks for allowing for comments. I am very regular reader of times of india and the peoples comments. Never mind the indian govt, all indians would be so happy if blochistan become separate countery. It would be alot easier for them to do business with afganistan minerals. I request to Pak govt Not to use force but to give them jobs and education. Look at the example of Northern Ireland in UK. US apologised cos of the bloch roads. PLs do not let bloch become separate.Thanks
August 2, 2012 12:37 pm
That is pretty much asking Govt to start a dialogue with Taliban. Now we wouldn't agree to that or would we?
Cyrus Howell
August 2, 2012 12:35 pm
I don't believe "the World" can even point to Balochistan on the map.
August 2, 2012 4:59 pm
Right on!
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