ISI kills three anti-Al Qaeda leaders
Ahmar Mustikhan | April 9, 2009 at 07:43 amby
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The United Nations expressed its shock over the killings.
Press reports Wednesday from Quetta identified the activists killed as Ghulam Mohammed Baloch, central president of the Balochistan National Movement; Lala Munir Baloch, a central leader of the Balochistan National Movement; and Sher Mohammed Baloch, deputy general secretary of of the Balochistan Republican Party.
All three victims wanted an independent Balochistan in southwest Asia.
The three activists were abducted by the ISI soon after they had met their lawyer, Kachkol Ali Advocate, in Mekran town of Turbat on Friday.
According to Press reports the three leaders were summarily executed by a military firing squad and their mutilated bodies were found in Pidraak in the outskirts of Turbat Wednesday.
It appears their execution was done to endanger a fourth life, that of US national John Solecki, UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Quetta. Luckily, Solecki was freed on Saturday after more than two months of captivity.
"The United Nations notes with serious concern the killing of three Pakistani Baloch leaders today.," a spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said Thursday.
"They were members of the Balochistan Quam Dost Committee that was recently formed by the Government of Pakistan to investigate the case of missing persons in the province of Balochistan," Farhan Haq, said in his reaction to this scribe.
The United Nations called on the Government of Pakistan to immediately investigate these murders and to ensure that the Balochistan Quam Dost Committee continues its important work.
The United Nations extends its condolences to the families of the deceased.
Observers from Balochistan said the three held a promise to become foot soldiers against the upcoming war against Al Qaeda and the Taliba'an in Balochistan.
The American Friends of Balochistan condemned the killing.
In a statement, three leaders of the A.F.B. said, "Their physical annihilation by the Pakistan secret services clearly shows the malafide intentions of of the Pakistan army and its secret services, notably the I.S.I. and Military Intelligence."
Texas-sized Balochistan was not a part of Pakistan when the British departed from India in August 1947. Balochistan was annexed by force in March 1948. Since that time, Pakistan's jihadist army launched four military operations that has left thousands of Baloch killed.
People of Balochistan are totally secular and want the Pakistani soldiers out of their homeland, falling victim to state terrorism and genocide at the hands of Pakistan army.
Three presiding council mebers of the A.F.B., Nabi Baloch, Rasheed baloch and Nabi Baloch, said the Baloch would welcome the US-led International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan to replace Pakistan army and Frontier Corps in Balochistan.
They said the Baloch would readily take up arms against the Al Qaeda and this was the reason Pakistan army was targeting them.
The A.F.B. called for stationing of U.S. troops in Balochistan.
In Quetta, capital of Balochistan, Mir Hasil Bizenjo, central general secretary of the National Party called for registering murder cases against chiefs of the Inter Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence.
"The Baloch are being left with no option, but to take up arms," he said.
The London-based Balochi Human Rights Council (BHRC) strongly condemned the cold blooded murders of Baloch political activists.
In a statement Samad Baloch, general secretary of the BHRC, said the three slain leaders were in the forefront of the political mobilization for the genuine rights of the Baloch people.
Baloch said it is believed that they were thrown from a military helicopter after being tortured to death in Peedark hills next day 20 miles away from Turbat.
Balochistan is under a brutal military operation for the last five years in which a large number of prominent social, intellectual and political figures have been targeted and eliminated by the state security agencies of Pakistan.
"This is high time for the international human rights organisations and the international community to take serious notice of the crimes against humanity being committed by the Pakistani state in Balochistan," Samad Baloch said
The A.F.B. said Pakistan has no right to claim sovereignty over Balochistan and the Baloch would welcome the US presence in their midst. "The Baloch would welcome their American brothers and sisters with open arms," the three leaders said.
Prominent tribal and national leaders of Balochistan say they are keenly interested in a strategic alliance with the US to win the war against the Taliba'an as they do not want to see Balochistan plunge into the dark ages.
They urged the U.S. additional benefit of a relationship with Balochistan is that it is one of the "sexiest lands" when it comes to its strategic location on the Straits of Hormuz, with a 900-mile coastline and that their country is extremely rich in mineral and energy resources.
They said Pakistan is hell bent on Talibanization of Balochistan and it would be a great loss not only to the US but also to humanity if these designs of the Pakistani defense establishment succeed.
They accused U.S. lawmakers of not being serious about the threats emanating from Pakistan and cautioned them this course of action will be suicidal for U.S. mission of peace and security in the world.
"The policy of Pakistan army generals is to see the U.S. and I.S.A.F. mission defeated in Afghanistan," they said, adding, "Had Pakistan army been sincere in its declaration of being an ally in the war on terror, the Taliba'an and Al Qaeda would not have taken over Swat and Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Islamabad took more than $10 billion of US taxpayers monies since the 911 terror attacks," they regretted.
We urge you to impose both military and economic sanctions against Pakistan as the rogue army and I.S.I. are not answerable to any civilian authority to this day.
The Baloch say had Pakistan army been sincere in its commitment to the war against terrorism, it would not have been providing a safe haven to more than 10,000 global terrorists. "
"We like to call this criminal negligence on the part of U.S. lawmakers as this endangers the lives of U.S. soldiers – young American girls and boys – our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters," the three Baloch leaders said.
They pointed out in the eyes of the A.F.B. even the life of an ant is extremely important, 'but it would not be good karma if the beasts like the Taliba'an and Al Qaeda are allowed to flourish under the wings of Pakistan's rogue army, the fourth largest in the world and one armed with nuclear weapons."
The A.F.B. said the killing of the three Baloch activists, who were secular in their world outlook, should be a cause of concern for the U.S. government and all related institutions.
The A.F.B. is also pressing Indian opposition leader Sree L.K. Advani to include the liberation of Balochistan in his election manifesto.
One of the victims,Ghulam Mohammed Baloch, was on the negotiating team for the release of Solecki.
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