tisdag, maj 12, 2020

Balochistan: Pakistan’s Hidden Shame

By:Manish Rai   

Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province in terms of area though it has a population of just around 12 million. If we put this in numbers Balochistan is approximately 44% of the country's total land mass and home to less than 5% of the country's population. It’s very thinly populated and terrain is mostly barren and consists of deserts and mountains. But definitely Balochistan is not a waste land it’s a goldmine for Pakistan with its vast mineral and natural resources. The province contains plentiful supplies of oil, coal, gas, gold, silver, uranium, and copper. It provides Islamabad direct access to the strategically significant Indian Ocean, with a thousand kilometres of coastline near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz from where most important shipping lanes pass through. Despite having such a vast natural wealth much of the population of the province lives below the poverty line. With limited or no access to education, jobs, electricity, roads and clean water. Barely 41% of the population is literate (the national average is 57%), unemployment rate is around 30% and just 7% have access to running water. And while Balochistan provides one-third of Pakistan's natural gas supply only a handful of towns are hooked up to the supply grid. For example, gas reserves were discovered in Sui which lies in the district of Dera Bughti in 1952, but the locals are still using wood as fuel. Other social indicators such as infant mortality rate and life expectancy are also low compared to national average.

Let’s talk about Balochistan’s history and how it merged with Pakistan. Following the end of British rule and the partition of India in 1947. The Khanate of Kalat, most prominent princely state that existed from 1666-1955 in the centre of modern day Pakistani Balochistan, was promised autonomy and briefly gained independence from August 1947 to March 1948. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s founding father and the country’s first Governor-General, proposed a merger of Kalat with the newly created Islamic republic of Pakistan. But both houses of the Baloch parliament outrightly rejected the incorporation. Then Pakistan decided to use military means to occupy this rebellious territory. So, less than a year later, Jinnah ordered the invasion of Balochistan and annexed it. The Pakistani state deposed the traditional tribal leadership and the historic Khanate of Kalat ceased to exist in the year 1955. Since then Islamabad has fought number of insurgencies in the province. Pakistani deep state has always labelled these insurgencies as handiwork of foreign intelligence agencies. But the truth is that forceful occupation and looting of vast natural resources has fuelled the call of Baloch nationalism. As a common Baloch fails to understand that why he is forced to live in abject poverty. While other provinces of Pakistan are benefitting from the natural resources of his homeland.

Now Baloch nationalism has taken a full fledge shape of a freedom struggle. Moreover, targeted killings of Baloch leaders and tribal chiefs has acted as a stimulant for separatists’ movement. Especially in August 2006 killing of 79-year-old Baloch veteran leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti who was widely respected in Balochistan across all the tribes. As violence has escalated in the province because of the new wave of insurgency which aims only for freedom. Pakistan military establishment is trying to deal with it through a very heavy hand. Hence authorities have launched a new campaign of forced disappearance a decade ago in which anyone who is even remotely connected to Baloch nationalist movement is targeted. This has resulted in the disappearance of a large number of separatist activists, students, suspected militants, protest leaders, and intellectuals. Amnesty International has described this campaign as a “Kill and Dump” policy. Pakistan’s notorious intelligence agency ISI, military intelligence, and the Frontier Corps (a federal paramilitary force) are running this campaign. They use the “Kill and Dump” policy as an instrument of state terror to break morale of Balochis. According to Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) an association representing family members of missing Baloch people. Over 20,000 Baloch have disappeared in the last decade. Even women, children and the elderly are not spared. Even Baloch activists are targeted overseas best example is of Rashid Baloch. His deportation was requested by Pakistan to UAE. Pakistan claimed he is wanted in connection with charges of terrorism. UAE in June, 2019 handed over Rashid Baloch to Pakistan. But since then there are no whereabouts of Rashid no one in Pakistani establishment is able to explain that what happened to Rashid Baloch. Even his family don’t know that weather Rashid was produced in court of law, rotting in a torture cell or has been killed and dumped.

But despite of this terror campaign of mighty Pakistan army. This struggle seems to have spread deeper into Baloch society than ever before. Anti-Pakistani sentiments has gripped the entire province. Baloch school children refuse to sing the national anthem or fly its flag, women, traditionally confined to home have joined the struggle. Universities have become hotbeds of nationalist sentiment. International community and institutions like- United Nation can’t be mute spectators of this brutality in which whole race is being targeted by the state. Baloch groups are knocking the doors of UN for long recently they set up a pavilion outside the UN Office of Geneva adjacent to iconic broken chair named as Save the Baloch. But still their voices are not being heard. The global community has to understand that the Baloch struggle for independence differs significantly from other conflicts in the greater Middle East, which are defined by religious intolerance and sectarian divisions. The Baloch are certainly not religious extremists. In fact, they are some of the most secular people in the region. At the heart of their struggle is the demand for national self-determination, not the desire to impose a rule of one religious sect. Hence it becomes a moral duty of civilized world to lend their support to Baloch people.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency ViewsAround can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com)

ملي امنیت: د داعش ډلې سویلي اسیا څانګې مشر مو نیولی

د افغانستان د ملي امنیت اداره وايي، ځانګړو ځواکونو یې د سویلي آسیا لپاره د داعش ډلې مشر ضیاالحق چې په شېخ ابو عمر الخراساني مشهور دی، نیولی دی. د ملي امنیت خبرپاڼه کې راغلي چې ځانګړو ځواکونو او د پولیسو ځانګړې قطعې په ګډه دا عملیات ترسره کړي دي.

یادې ادارې د دې عملیاتو په اړه ډېر څه نه دي ویلي او دا هم تائيد شوې نه ده چې چېرې ترسره شوي، خو یوې معتبرې سرچینې ویلي، دا عملیات په مرکزي زون کې ترسره شوي دي.

د ملي امنیت خبرپاڼه زیاتوي، دا عملیات د هغو ۴ داعش وسلوالو د اعتراف پر بنسټ ترسره شوي چې د ملي امنیت له لوري پخوا نیول شوي وو.

په دې عملیاتو کې د سویلي اسیا لپاره د داعش ډلې د عامه اړیکو رییس او د استخباراتو مسؤل ابوعلي هم نیول شوی دی.

یوې امنیتې سرچینې بي بي سي ته ویلي، د داعش دا ټول نیول شوي غړي افغانان دي.د تېرې اپرېل میاشتې په پیل کې د افغانستان ملي امنيت اعلان وکړ چې د داعش ډلې د خراسان څانګې مشر عبدالله اورکزی چې په اسلم فاروقي مشهور دی، یې هم نيولی دی.

ملي امنيت هغه مهال ویلي وو چې عبدالله اورکزی له ۱۹ تنو ملګرو سره يو ځای د ځانګړو ځواکونو له خوا نيول شوی، خو د نيول کېدو د ځای په اړه يې جزئیات نه وو ورکړي.

د خبرپاڼې له مخې اسلم فاروقي د خيبرپښتونخوا د اورکزيو سيمې اوسېدونکی دی چې د دغه ډلې د خراسان برخې مشري يې پر غاړه لرله.

د اسلامي دولت نومې ډلې (داعش) د خراسان څانګې په کابل کې د وروستيو څو خونړيو بریدونو مسووليت منلی و.

د دغې ډلې وروستي بريد کې چې دوی يې پړه پر غاړه اخيستې وه يوه ځانمرګي بريدګر د سيکانو عبادت ځای کې چاودنه کړې وه او لږ ترلږه ۲۶ تنه یې په کې وژلي او ۸ نور ټپيان کړي وو.

يو غر ونړيد، جنتونه دې يې نصيب شي

يو غر ونړيد، جنتونه دې يې نصيب شي.
زموږ د سيمي ټوله بدمرغي په همدې کې ده چې سياسي ستونزې د خبرو د لارې نه حلوو، سياست مو همېشه له تاوتريخوالي سره يو ځای وي. د حیوان او انسان ستر توپیر په خبرو کولو کې دی، انسان ناطق حيوان دی، که موږ خپله ستونزه د خبرو له لارې حل نه کړو نو زموږ بیا د ناطق صفت له منځه ځي، ځکه بیا په موږ کې يوازې حيوانیت پاتې کيږي لکه چې اوس هم همدا پاتې دی.
او دا د پرمختللو او وروسته پاتې ټولنې يو مهم فرق دی، هغوی که هرڅومره سیاسي ستونزه ولري، هيڅکله يې خبره وژلو او ترور ته نه رسيږي. همدا تاوتريخوالی د دې سبب کيږي چې که یو لوری ډیر هم نرم او سوله غوښتونکی وي مجبورېږي په خپل لاره د سره فکر وکړي، جګړې ته مخه کړي او يا داسې لار غوره کړي چې بیا خبرو کولو ته په کې څه نه پاتې کېږي.
په دې هيله چې يوه ورځ د دې سيمي د وګړو او چارواکو انساني شعور دومره لوړ شي چې سياسي مخالفين پرته له کومه ډاره خپل نظر وويلی شي.

ډاکټر محمد فرید بزګر

fredag, maj 08, 2020

Taliban, the free Pakistani army in Afghanistan to meet US Afghan envoy in Qatar

Zalmay Khalilzad will press Taliban, India and Pakistan to support a reduction in violence amid surging Taliban attacks.

The US special envoy to Afghanistan is on a mission to press Taliban negotiators in Doha and officials in India and Pakistan to support a reduction in violence, acceleration of intra-Afghan peace talks and cooperation on handling the coronavirus pandemic, the US Department of State said on Wednesday.

Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad's trip comes amid concerns that surging Taliban attacks and the coronavirus pandemic could deal potentially fatal blows to his stalled efforts to end decades of strife in Afghanistan.

At each stop, Khalilzad "will urge support for an immediate reduction in violence, accelerated timeline for the start of intra-Afghan negotiations, and cooperation among all sides in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan," the State Department said.

The statement did not disclose the exact schedule of Khalilzad's trip, which began on Tuesday.

It is the second trip he has made since April 12 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to salvage a February 29 accord that he and the Taliban's second in command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, signed for a phased withdrawal of US troops from the US's longest war.

A successful initiative could help US President Donald Trump as he seeks re-election in November.

Khalilzad, the State Department said, would press Taliban officials "for full implementation" of the February 29 agreement.

In New Delhi, a key supporter of the Afghan government, Khalilzad will discuss India's role in sustaining peace, and he will hold talks on the peace process in Islamabad, according to the State Department.

Pakistan has provided sanctuary and other support to the Taliban for decades as part of a strategy to blunt the influence in Kabul of India, Islamabad's longtime foe, according to US officials. Pakistan denies backing the armed groups.

The US-Taliban deal called for the Taliban to release up to 1,000 government prisoners and Kabul to free up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners before peace talks that were to begin on March 10.

But a dispute over the pace and scale of the releases between the armed group and the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, which was not a party to the deal, delayed the talks.

The negotiations also have been stalled by a feud between Ghani and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, who both claimed victory in a disputed September election, and by escalating Taliban attacks.

The Taliban have mounted more than 4,500 attacks since signing the February 29 deal, according to data seen by Reuters. The provinces hardest hit are also the ones that have the most cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The armed group blames Kabul and the US for the surge in violence.


torsdag, maj 07, 2020

International Federation For Human Rights requests your urgent intervention in Arif Wazirs death

PAK 002 / 0420 / OBS 048
Killing / Attack
Judicial harassment /
Arbitrary detention
May 6, 2020

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Pakistan.

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the killing of Mr. Arif Wazir, a leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) [1] in Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan.

According to the information received, on May 1, 2020, Mr. Arif Wazir was attacked by unidentified armed men while he was travelling in a car near his house in Ghwakhwa village in Wanna, the largest city of South Waziristan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. He was hit by three bullets and was subsequently transported to a local hospital before being transferred to Dera Ismail Khan, and then to Islamabad’s Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). Mr. Arif Wazir died of his injuries at PIMS on May 2, 2020.

A First information report (FIR) was lodged against “unknown people” on May 1, 2020, by police in Wanna.

On April 17, 2020, Mr. Arif Wazir had been arrested by police in Wanna for alleged “anti-Pakistan speech” that he would have made during a visit to Afghanistan the previous month. During his speech in Afghanistan, Mr. Wazir spoke about the impact of war on the lives of Pashtuns in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the need for unity among Pashtuns. The Observatory notes that the accusation of "anti-Pakistan speech" is an expedient label used by Pakistani authorities to target human rights defenders, particularly those associated with the PTM.

On April 27, 2020, four days before he was fatally attacked, the Tank District Court, South Waziristan, had released Mr. Arif Wazir on bail.

The Observatory recalls that Mr. Arif Wazir Wazir, as a PTM leader, was detained six times and intermittently spent more than 13 months in detention. In the past years, PTM members have been regularly targeted by police, which have filed cases against them on charges of committing sedition through their speeches. In 2019, the Observatory reported the following attacks against PTM members and their relatives: the killing of Mr. Ibrahim Arman Loni [2], a PTM core committee member in Balochistan Province; the arbitrary detention of 18 PTM members, including Pashtun and women’s rights defender Ms. Gulalai Ismail; [3] the judicial harassment of Ms. Gulalai Ismail’s family members [4]; the arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of Mr. Mohsin Dawar and Mr. Ali Wazir, both elected Members of the National Assembly and affiliated with the PTM; and the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Alamgir Wazir, a PTM supporter in Lahore. In January 2020, the leader of PTM, Mr. Manzoor Pashteen was arrested along with 23 other human rights defenders, including PTM members and supporters who were protesting against his arrest, before being released on February 15, 2020. [5]

The Observatory firmly condemns the killing of Mr. Arif Wazir and calls on the Pakistani authorities to immediately carry out a transparent, impartial, and thorough investigation into his killing in order to identify all those responsible, bring them before an independent tribunal, and punish them as provided by the law.

Actions requested:

Please write to the authorities in Pakistan, urging them to:
i. Carry out a transparent, impartial, immediate and thorough investigation into the killing of Mr. Arif Wazir in order to identify all those responsible, bring them before an independent tribunal, and punish them as provided by the law;

ii. Guarantee, in all circumstances, the physical integrity and psychological well-being of all human rights defenders in Pakistan;

iii. Put an end to all acts of harassment, including at the judicial level, against all the human rights defenders in Pakistan, and ensure that they are able to carry out their legitimate activities without any hindrance and fear of reprisals in all circumstances;
iv. Conform to the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 9, 1998, in particular with Articles 1 and 12.2;
v. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Pakistan.


• Mr. Arif Alvi, President of Pakistan; Fax: +92 51 920 8479; Email: secretary@president.gov.pk
• Mr. Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Minister in Charge for Interior and Narcotics Control; Fax: +92 51 922 04 04; Email: info@pmo.gov.pk
• Mr. Ijaz Shah, Minister of State for Interior, Fax: +92 51 920 2624, Email: interior.complaintcell@gmail.com
• Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland; Fax:022 734 80 85; Email: mission.pakistan@ties.itu.int

Please also write to the diplomatic mission or embassy of Pakistan located in your country.

Paris-Geneva, May 6, 2020

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this appeal in your reply.

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (the Observatory) was created in 1997 by FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT). The objective of this programme is to prevent or remedy situations of repression against human rights defenders. FIDH and OMCT are both members of ProtectDefenders.eu, the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism implemented by international civil society.

To contact the Observatory, call the emergency line:
• E-mail: Appeals@fidh-omct.org
• Tel and fax FIDH: + 33 (0) 1 43 55 25 18 / +33 1 43 55 18 80
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[1] PTM is an alliance that calls for the de-mining of the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas, greater freedom of movement in these areas, an end to extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions, and for the accountability of perpetrators of such acts within a truth and reconciliation framework.
[2] See Observatory Urgent Appeal PAK001 / 0219 / OBS 015, published on February 14, 2019.
[3] Idem.
[4] See Observatory Urgent Appeal PAK 002 / 0719 / OBS 062, published on July 16, 2019, and PAK 002 / 0719 / OBS 62.2, published on October 25, 2019.
[5] See Observatory Urgent Appeal PAK 001 / 0120 / OBS 006, published on January 31, 2020.

tisdag, maj 05, 2020

Afghanistan Investigating Claims Migrants Were Killed by Iranian Guards

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About 50 Afghan migrants crossing into Iran illegally were beaten and thrown into a river, local news media, and witnesses say. As many as half did not survive, they said.

KABUL, Afghanistan — The foreign ministry of Afghanistan on Saturday said it was investigating claims that dozens of Afghan migrants detained in Iran were tortured by that country’s border guards and thrown into a river, where many of them drowned.

Afghan news media reported that about 50 migrants being illegally smuggled into Iran — a frequent destination for Afghans escaping the war to seek work — were caught by Iranian border guards, beaten and thrown into a river that flows between the two countries.

Those reports included grainy cellphone footage showing a half-dozen corpses. Details were conflicting, but several reports suggested that as many as half the men had drowned or were unaccounted for.

“They kept hitting us with pipes and saying, ‘Don’t come back to our country,’ and kept pushing us into the river,” one of the survivors, Abdul Wahed, 20, said in a phone interview.

Mohammed Hanif Atmar, Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister, has assigned a delegation to look into the reports, the foreign ministry’s statement said.

Iranian diplomats in Afghanistan rejected the claims based on the initial information, but promised to investigate further, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

Afghanistan shares more than 500 miles of border with Iran. About three million Afghans — a mix of refugees and illegal migrants — live in Iran, a large number of them having arrived after their country plunged into conflict in the 1980s.

Young Afghans constantly flow across the border to seek work, many of them smuggled through dangerous deserts, often traveling for a week at a time packed into the back of pick-up trucks.

In recent months, as the coronavirus gutted Iran’s economy, the flow was reversed. Between January and April, about 240,000 Afghans had returned from Iran.

But Iran has started slowly reopening its economy, and Afghanistan remains in deep poverty. An estimated 80 percent of the Afghan population lives on $1.25 a day, a flimsy margin above the poverty line of $1. So the migration to Iran has started anew.

Mr. Wahed, the survivor, said a group of 50 young men — including eight from his home district of Rabat e Sangi in the western Afghan province of Herat — were set upon by Iranian guards after entering Iran late last week. They were detained and beaten repeatedly by the guards, some of whom said, “We have no sleep because of you.”

“They put us face down and stomped on us and kicked us and kept asking, ‘Why are you coming to our country?’” Mr. Wahed said. “And we kept saying, ‘We are only coming to your country because of our own misery.’”

The men were packed into a bus and brought to the banks of the Harirod river late on Friday afternoon, Mr. Wahed said when they were forced into the water. He said he saw only 12 men come out alive, and he helped retrieve the bodies of seven others, including those of five people who had traveled with him from his district.

“The water brought me downstream, where I clung to a tree and then Baluch swimmers came to my rescue,” Mr. Wahed said, referring to a local ethnic group. “I think 30 are still missing — I don’t know where they are, probably they died.”

Mujib Mashal reported from Kabul, and Asadullah Timory from Herat, Afghanistan.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/02/world/asia/afghanistan-iran-migrants-drown.html

måndag, maj 04, 2020

Pakistan intelligence kills Pashtun leaders via "good Taliban"

Arif Wazir, who died at the hands of terrorists, was one of the prominent leaders of the Pashtun resistance in Pakistan / Photo from Ali Wazir's Twitter account.

Islamabad is trying to prevent its opponents from quarantine

In Pakistan, one of the leaders of the Pashtun national movement Arif Wazir was killed. His comrades-in-arms do not doubt that the Pakistani secret services and the Taliban militants associated with this crime (the organization is banned in the Russian Federation) are behind this crime. Pashtun politicians accuse Islamabad of supporting the practice of political killings and state terrorism.
Arif Wazir, 35, one of the leaders of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), a social, political, national and human rights movement of Pakistani Pashtuns, died in a medical clinic in Islamabad yesterday. On the evening of May 1, in the city of Van (the administrative center of the South Waziristan district of the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), while walking after Iftar (an evening meal at Ramadan), Arif Wazir was seriously injured by unknown criminals.
“Arif Wazir and his relative left the house on the street, where armed terrorists were waiting for him in a dark-parked car,” an informed source close to the Tahafuz movement told NG. - The militants opened fire from a Kalashnikov assault rifle, as a result of which Arif Wazir received three serious injuries - in the neck, shoulder and head. The criminals fled, Arif Wazir was taken to the city hospital "Dera Ismail Khan". The condition of the Pashtun politician was so difficult that he had to be urgently transported to a clinic in Islamabad. Arif Wazir lost a lot of blood, a brain injury was seriously injured as a result of a bullet wound, he died on May 2 in an Islamabad hospital during an operation. ”
Arif Wazir was a relative of another leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz movement, a well-known politician, deputy of the Pakistani parliament Ali Wazir. “This is a very famous Pashtun family, many of its members were activists of the national movement and suffered for this,” a source in Peshawar related to PTM said in an interview with NG. “Arif's father and brother were killed by terrorists last year.” Then the criminals, like this time, managed to escape, the authorities did not bother too much with their searches. Because it is obvious - the Pakistani special services are the customers of the murders of Arif, his father and brother, and the perpetrators are the so-called “good Taliban,” that is, militants controlled by Pakistani intelligence. ”
Arif Wazir’s death caused widespread outrage among the Pashtun political and social leaders. The leaders of the reputable Pashtun National People’s Party Avami, which is closely associated with the Pashtun Tahafuz movement, condemned the political assassination: several functionaries of the Avami party have also recently been the victims of attacks by the “good Taliban” terrorists.
According to Sardar Hussein Babak, general secretary of the Avami party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, contract killings have long been carried out by “good Taliban” in Waziristan, Mardan, Buner, Swat, Dir and other Pashtun areas of Pakistan: “Last month they one of the regional leaders of the Avami party was killed. Unfortunately, the state knows about this, but does nothing to stop the crimes. ” “There is a big game on the lands of Pashtuns,” Sardar Hussein Babak emphasized. - Everywhere there are active cells (militants) that carry out contract killings, and the state does not stop it, it does not interfere with terrorists. The state is not interested in peace in this region. And this proves that the state supports such actions. ”
One of the leaders of the Pashtun Tahafuz movement, a deputy of the Pakistani national assembly (parliament) Mohsin Javid Davar, commenting on the attempt on his ally, wrote on Twitter that “Arif Wazir was killed by the state and the“ good Taliban ”and promised to fight against the“ masters of terrorists ” - Pakistan state machine.
The famous Pashtun politician, public figure and scientist Dr. Afrasiab Khattak called the murder of Arif Wazir "a crime against the Pashtuns in Pakistan", which "is part of a project that is directed against the Pashtuns / Afghans on both sides of the Durand line (Afghan-Pakistani border -" NG "). “The Pashtuns will not silence terror,” says Dr. Afrasiab Hattak.
“State-sponsored terrorists killed yet another brave son of the Pashtun homeland who opposed the politics of terrorism and extremism on the part of the Pakistani state,” commented the famous Pashtun politician and public figure, one of the Pashtun Tahafuz movement leaders, Sana Ijaz. “A policy based on terrorism never ends.” The murder of Arif Wazir shows that the state is again in the mode of playing its deadly chess in the homeland of the Pashtuns. We see the next phase of bloodshed and death of our people. "
According to Sana Ijaz, it is no coincidence that the murder of Arif Wazir was organized during the coronavirus epidemic, when the attention of the whole world was diverted to threats from COVID-19, and in Pakistan there was a ban on mass political actions: “The assassination of Arif Wazir happened at that a time when the world was faced with a pandemic so that it could not see how the Pakistani state and the terrorist fighters sponsored by it kill peaceful Pashtun political activists ... The world does not see how their terrorism devours us all. ”
“We Pashtuns condemn this barbaric crime,” Muhammad Navid, director of the Pushtun cultural and business center of Pashtun, said in an interview with NG, commenting on the murder of Arif Wazir. - Those responsible for this tragedy must be found and punished. What is happening is nothing but the genocide of the Pashtuns. We want peace and justice in our land. ” According to Muhammad Navid, Pakistan regularly kills and kidnaps Pashtuns: “This state of affairs cannot go on. It is necessary that people on the lands of Pashtun begin to feel safe, that jobs appear, human rights begin to be respected, conditions for the development of the Pashtun language and culture are created. ”
Political experts familiar with the situation believe that the murder of Arif Wazir is a multi-way combination, the purpose of which is to split and provoke a conflict within the leadership of the Pashtun Tahafuz movement. “This movement has existed for about two years and continues to gain popularity, especially among young Pashtuns,” one observer noted in an interview with NG. - PTM shares are gathering hundreds of thousands of people, they are becoming more powerful, cause growing interest, strengthen solidarity between the Pashtuns living in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is alarming among official Islamabad and the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies. The coronavirus pandemic reduced PTM activity for several months, as it became impossible to conduct massive street political events due to quarantine.But the threat of COVID-19 will sooner or later pass and then the Pashtun Tahafuz protest political potential will spill onto the streets of Pakistani cities, dragging other ethnic and social groups of Pakistani society, dissatisfied with the state of affairs in the country. The assassination of Arif Wazir and other terrorist acts against PTM leaders and activists today is an attempt to prevent the Pashtun national movement from rapidly entering the political scene in the post-coronavirus period. ”The assassination of Arif Wazir and other terrorist acts against PTM leaders and activists today is an attempt to prevent the Pashtun national movement from rapidly entering the political scene in the post-coronavirus period. ”The assassination of Arif Wazir and other terrorist acts against PTM leaders and activists today is an attempt to prevent the Pashtun national movement from rapidly entering the political scene in the post-coronavirus period. ”
In this regard, it is worth recalling that the Pashtun Tahafuz movement participated in the big Pashtun Loya Jirga (a meeting of political, tribal and religious leaders) in early 2020. Then it was decided to combine various political parties and Pashtun organizations to counter the state policy of genocide and terror. The second jirga was supposed to take place in March, however, it had to be postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and quarantine measures. “The postponement of the new jirga does not mean its cancellation,” a source familiar with the situation said in an interview with NG. - The new meeting of the Pashtun leaders will still take place in a few months, and a general strategy of political actions will be developed at it. Obviously, the Pakistani military-political establishment is most afraid of this today.Therefore, acts of political terror against leaders of the Pashtun national movement, as well as attempts to split it, became more frequent. ”
It is noteworthy that media activists associated with official Islamabad, Pakistani intelligence and the Taliban tried to give several of their very conflicting interpretations of the reasons for the murder of Arif Wazir. Thus, representatives of the team of the governor of the Pakistani province of Punjab hastened to declare that the assassination attempt on one of the leaders of Pashtun Tahafuz was allegedly organized by Afghan intelligence. The absurdity of this assumption is obvious - the Afghan government actively advocates for the rights and interests of Pashtuns living in Pakistani territory, encouraging the desire of Pashtun politicians to join forces. By the way, according to another PTM leader Manzur Pashtun, “today in Punjab there are real celebrations on the occasion of the tragic death of Arif Wazir,” and these celebrations are unlikely to be organized without the participation of the local administration.
Taliban media activist Ahmad Fayez tried on Twitter to accuse Arif Wazir of his relative, Ali Wazir, of relatives, alluding to the alleged “illegal relationship” between the killed Pashtun leader and Ali Wazir’s wife, Saira Nawab. Competent sources of NG note that it was this version of the “family conflict” that Pakistani intelligence officers authorized for distribution on social networks and the media: “The purpose of this dirty interpretation is obvious - playing on strict ethical standards of Pashtun public opinion, provoke conflicts in the surroundings of Ali Wazir "discredit himself and his family, ultimately, weaken the leadership of PTM."
The blogger Shahzeb Khan, judging by his posts on social networks, actively popularizing the actions of the Pakistani military-political establishment, did try to divert the search for customers of the murder of Arif Wazir into the sphere of tribal conflict between the Wazir and Dotani tribes, actively denying the involvement of the Taliban in the crime.
However, the orchestra of Pakistani intelligence bloggers, commenting on the social networks the murder of Arif Wazir, gave out not only fake notes these days. So, a certain Bakhtavar Shah, calling himself a “Pakistani patriot”, at the same time as the attempt on the leader of the “Pashtun Tahafuz”, reported the assassination of Sajid Hussein Baloch, an immigrant from Pakistan, killed by unknown persons in Sweden. “This shard was a fugitive who sat in Sweden and lied against Pakistan. In Sweden, the “missing person” was found dead, ”Bakhtavar Shah happily told his readers, adding that“ the process of sending enemies on a pilgrimage is in full swing ”:“ Wherever you go, you will find death! ”.
The Pakistani secret services, at the hands of Taliban militants and other terrorist organizations, seem to have stepped up their struggle with political opponents of Islamabad today. The murder of Arif Wazir may well be not the last. According to NG experts who are familiar with the situation, a real threat to life exists for leaders and activists of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, the Avami party and other Pashtun political associations. Recall that in August 2019, NG wrote about the preparation of the killings of Pashtun politicians by the Taliban . Judging by the May Day tragedy in the city of Wana, this forecast, unfortunately, comes true.
Source: http://www.ng.ru/world/2020-05-03/100_pakistan03052020.html
By: Andrey Serenko NG

fredag, maj 01, 2020

Journalisten Sajid Hussain död – hittades utanför Uppsala - Pakistans ISI bakom mordet

Det har nu visat sig att den döde journalisten Sajid Hussain som var en frihetskämpe för Baluchistan självstyre. Han rapporterade aktivt om ISI's (Pakistans säkerhetstjänst) övergrepp på befolkningen i Baluchistan.
Aftonbladet skriver idag i en artikel att man nu hittat kroppen och att Sajid Hussain hade mycket att se framemot då han väntade att få hem sin familj från Pakistan. Frågan är nu hur Sverige och SÄPO kommer nu att agera för att kräva förklaring från ISI?

The Local skriver följande:
Because his articles crossed the line of what Pakistan's military deems acceptable, it could not be ruled out that the Pakistani intelligence services had been involved, said RSF. The Balochistan Times has reported on human rights abuses as well as some of the active rebel groups in Balochistan. There have been previous cases where exiled Pakistani journalists residing in Europe have been harassed and threatened over their reporting.In February, blogger Ahmad Waqass Goraya was attacked and threatened outside his Rotterdam home by two men speaking Urdu. RSF said that according to confidential information it had obtained, Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, keeps a list of exiled reporters. Hussain is a well-known journalist in Balochistan and his work has largely focused on drug trafficking, forced disappearances and the Balochistan insurgency.Hussain originally left Pakistan for Oman and then moved to Sweden in 2017, where according to police he received asylum in 2019.

Acts of Desperation

Army with terrorist leader.

The government of Pakistan with its military junta thought that by imprisoning the leadership of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement, they are going to crush the movement and undermine the Pashtuns basic rights of living and existence, human rights, stability, and progress.

In its desperate action Pakistan imprisoned two prominent members of PTM, Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, who were also members of Parliament in Pakistan National Assembly. Baseless charges of terrorism were brought against them. The facts showed to the world that the Pakistani military committed acts of terrorism against a peaceful gathering in Khar Kamar(خړ کمر).

The imprisonment of Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar gave more strength to the movement. After a short period of reorganization and reconsideration of policies, PTM launches peaceful meetings and gatherings and demanded the release of Ali Wazir, Mohsin Dawar and other PTM members. This strength and support was not local. The Afghans/Pashtuns throughout the world were united in PTM's voice and demands.

After many months of torture and atrocities, the Pakistani government and military junta had no choice but to release them, because all allegations were baseless and the Pakistani torture machinery was not able to force Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar to admit to something they no association with.
Now the Pakistani government and military junta show another act of desperation. It has imprisoned the leader of PTM. Manzoor Pashteen is not only a leader of PTM, but a leader of the Pashtuns around the world. Manzoor Pashteen has announced that on 2 February 2020 all Afghans/Pashtuns around the world will remember the killing of Professor Arman Loni. On this day Professor Loni was killed by Pakistani police, while he was he was sitting with his friends. The Pakistani government is afraid that the remembrance of Professor Arman Loni will show once again the real face of Pakistani government and armed forces.

Freshly brainwashed terrorist trained by Pakistan army

The Pakistani government and military junta think, by imprisoning Manzoor Pashteen, the are going to either break Manzoor Pashteen or weaken the movement. History has proven the opposite. Every time the Pakistani government has imprisoned Pacha Khan, he became stronger and more determined and the Khudaee Khedamtgar Movement gained more strengths.

Now the same will happen again. Manzoor Pashteen will become stronger and the movement will gain more strength. We live in 2020, not in 1940s and 1950s. Our voices cannot be silenced in jails. They were not even silenced then. Our time is not up. Our time has just started. How many of us will you imprison? How many of us will you kill? How many of us will you torture? How many of us will you make disappear? It is time that your atrocities and injustice should come to an end. We will show your true face, you acts of terrorism, and your acts of atrocities and genocide to the world. Your time is up.

By: Abdul Qayum Mohmand, PhD


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