B r a s s T a c k s P o l i c y P a p e r s
M i s s i n g P e r s o n s o f B a l u c h i s t a n
remains that why would Pakistan’s own army, FC or any agency,kidnap the peaceful and patriotic Baluch peo-ple? No government instituation, including Supreme Courtknows the exact number of missing persons,whichleads to another basic question that how theSupreme Court of Pakistan established the exact number of missing persons? And a related and equally critical question rises on the criteria of Supreme Court, as well, todeclare a particular individual as ‘missing’.
The quest to answer these quries leads us toanalyze, along with other developments, theperformence, ef
-ciency and competancy of provincial and federal governments of PPP. The issue of missing persons would never get resolved by focusing on the apparent developments alone.Supreme Court will have to look beyond the obvious. There are multiple internal and external dynamics thathave shaped-up current strife-ridden environment in Baluchistan and understanding these aspects would helpus to analyze the possible implications of the interim order of the Supreme Court in overall national security perspective.
The province is in the grip of low level con-
icts, linguistic violence and sabotage due to foreign funded
terrorist and separatist movements like BLA and BRA. These
terrorists’ outts have training and logistical bases in Afghani
-stan supported by Indian RAW and CIA’s drug network. IGFCBaluchistan has also highlighted the role of foreign agencies
in Baluchistan unrest and this was endorsed by the judicial
commission. According to IGFC Baluchistan, more than 100training camps were actively training the Baluch militants outof which almost 30 camps were located inside Afghanistan.
Baluch separatists are now active in Karachi as well; supplying weapons and ammunition to the criminal gangs of Liyari. InMay 2012, the authorities apprehended 3 BLA activists fromSher Shah Colony of Karachi while they were proliferating weapons from Baluchistan into the city.
BLA has put a ban on Pakistan’s National Anthem in the schools of the province and have killed many patriotic Pakistanis on raising the National Flag and reading National Anthem in the schools.
2. Ethnic Strife:
The Provincial government does not have a clue as to how to overcome the daily law and order situation. Ethnic target killings, kidnapping, coercion and intimidation of non-Baluch settlers,
including Pushtun, Punjabi and Kashmiri, are common law and order incidents. The frequency of these
incidents is ever increasing. About 100,000 people (mostly non-Baluch) have migrated to other provincesdue to non-stop violence
. The Blame of missing persons that is put on FC might also be linked to thefact that most of the FC personnel are of Pushtun ethnicity. Resultantly, FC becomes victim of media andBaluch separatists’ propaganda in missing persons and kidnapping issues.
3. Sectarian Violence:
The sectarian violence has compounded the situation further particularly thekilling of Hazara Shia settlers in and around Quetta city. It has been proven now that foreign secret servic-es like CIA and Mossad are actively involved in sowing sectarian violence in order to recruit foot soldiersfor international sectarian terrorist organization like Jindullah to operate in Iran. It is noteworthy fact that
after Jindullah leadership was executed; due to joint efforts of Pakistani and Iranian intelligence agencies
last year; the sectarian violence within Baluchistan, particularly against Hazara Shia, has compounded.
4. Governance issue:
Today there is literary no government in Baluchistan. The FC was put under theChief Minister Baluchistan but most of the time, he remains absent from the province. Most of the min-
isters in the province have been involved in ling cases against each other for kidnapping and sabotage.
Former Interior Minister hinted during the missing case prosecution that the government would withdraw all the cases against the BLA founder Brahamdagh Bugti and the Balochistan Liberation Army leaderNawabzada Harbayar Marri.
This strengthened the perception that Islamabad is victimizing the local
University Students?3 captured BLA activists in KarachiSectarian violence – A serious challenge Testimony of good governance in the province