American kidnapping is ISI dirty game
Wire stories attributed to Pakistan's Online news services have said Baluch nationalists fighting for independence have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of John Solecki, an American who heads the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Quetta, Baluchistan.
"This is purely an ISI game to slander the Baluch nationalist movement," said Mohammed Ali Baloch, a presiding council member of the DC-based American Friends of Baluchistan.
Baloch, who was in Pakistan a leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party in the coastal Mekran division in Baluchistan and used to host slain Premier Benazir Bhutto during her visits there, said the infamous spy agency was also involved in the slaying of Benazir Bhutto.
"The ISI is an extremely dirty and devious agency," Baloch said. "Baluch all over the world are anguished over this propaganda against their movement."
Kamber Baluch, originally from Oman, said the very fact that Solecki was kidnapped and his driver killed in an area with a highlevel of security shows Pakistani state involvement.
Solecki himself did not trust the Pakistani security agencies.
"We have abducted John Solecki. We have taken this step to seek the world's attention towards the excesses being inflicted on (the) Baluch Nation," a spokesman for the Baluch Liberation Front said in a call to the local Online news agency.
Baluch nationalists are unanimous the kidnapping is an ISI ploy to discredit them in international eyes. [See related rerport on www.mustikhan1.blogspot.com]
Solecki's kidnapping coincided with the seventh death anniversary of Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl. ISI was involved in that slaying as well.
Slain premier Benzir Bhutto in one of her last interviews had accused Brig. Ejaz Shah, an ISI officer, of being involved in the murder of Pearl. By a slip of tongue, she said Shah had used Omar Sheikh to kill Osama bin Laden, though she meant Daniel Pearl.