Rogue elements can't hijack movement, say Canada Baloch
Two well-known Baloch activists in Canada have aired their views on the failed Bangkok conference hosted by Paris businessman, Munir Mengal, and said it was an attempt to hijack the nationalist movement internationally by elements who do not have any roots in Baloch politics.
The three-day controversial "Balochistan Yesterday Today and Tomorrow" concluded in Bangkok Wednesday.
Two people who have been described as rogue elements in the Baloch nationalist movement -- Dr. Jumma Marri of Moscow and Dr. Wahid Baloch of Jacksonville, Fla. -- were invited to the conference, inviting the ire of the resistance forces.
The diaspora says the host Munir Mengal himself has a shadowy past and is infamous for cooking up stories.
Toronto-based Baloch intellectual and poet, Zaffar Baloch said, "I believe that the whole debate on the so-called Baloch conference in Bangkok has nothing to do with the conference itself and how things will unfold in the coming days shall prove it that it never was. The representatives of the ‘non-existent’ in the Baloch nationalist movement today, out of fear of becoming irrelevant, feel the need to establish an international club to prove their worth."
He said the need for a separate identity by this vested interest group on the international scene is being felt for the simple reason that they cannot market the Baloch resistance for their personal gains much longer. "What they could not control through their websites, they attacked maliciously with slander to reconstruct a murky view for the outsider about the movement and its leaders," Zaffar Baloch said..
He thought the other important point to note is that they want to create confusion, distrust, and division amongst the Baloch Diaspora, which for the first time in history is emerging as an organized voice representing the Baloch struggle in the western democracies.
"If it simply were a matter of difference of opinion, as some of us might think, then there would have been a serious representation of political behavior and thought. The forces of resistance and its leadership were blatantly attacked with a campaign of disinformation while they were being handed invitations for the conference," he said alluding to a web site that went up on the internet alongside word the conference will be taking place in Bangkok.
Russia based Baloch intellectual Hafeez Hassanabadi said the front organizer, Munir Mengal, was hoodwinking people in the Gulf countries by telling them on the phone that the main ideologue of the liberation movement, Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, will also be attending the conference. "People were stunned that Nawab Marri is now 80 and barely leaves his home, but Munir Mengal insisted oh yes he is coming to Bangkok," Hassanabadi said.
"This is not a matter of ‘oops’, ‘sorry’, ‘made a mistake’ and ‘lets be brothers again’ – this is an ongoing calculated move by this group that is here to stay. So lets get used to it. And decide where you stand," Zaffar Baloch said, adding "You must have noticed by now that I am not naming names. They don’t matter and should not be given any more importance than they have already sanctioned for themselves."
Zaffar Baloch said the level of political awareness amongst the Diasporas today is capable of sensing and successfully stopping such a conspiracy in its tracks.
"Nevertheless, due to its parasitic nature, the group would want to exploit the good name and offices of Khan of Kalat to raise their stature for marketing purposes in the international forums," he said.
He said for his own sake and the [for the sake of] future of Balochistan, I hope that His Excellency’s wisdom shall prevail and the petty interests of the group will be exposed and defeated.
Fellow activist in Toronto Imtiaz Baloch said he rarely partakes in web discussions, "But this time I am not going to stop myself short. And I will say my share of words,"
"History is very cruel in exposing people. But again the onus lies upon us the Baloch, how we treat these people in the future. Either treat them as poodle or leave them behind and continue on with our struggle," he said.
He said unity is not an abstract idea, it is very practical approach to get the job done, adding one can only be united to another when the goal and the strategy to achieve the specific goal are the same.
"Unity can't be with poodles and those who indulge in bad mouthing the leaders and martyrs of a nation," Imtiaz Baloch said about Wahid Baloch and Jumma Marri publishers of two web sites, www.bso-na.org and www.balochunity.com.
"Today, the Baloch are deeply entrenched in the struggle for freedom from Pakistan and Iran. Political rallies, marches and protests, together with armed struggle are the reality," Imtiaz Baloch said, adding those who are engaged in a web of conspiracies through web sites should have no place in international conferences.
He thought the movement in Balochistan is on a high speed and the Diaspora have fallen way behind in the struggle. Merely, launching of websites is not enough to free Balochistan from its miseries.
"Such intriguing acts in isolation had very little effect on the progress of Baloch movement. Baloch on their land well know, how to get to the path of freedom, they are not waiting for a line from some Tom, Dick and Harry to guide them through from Diaspora," Imtiaz Baloch concluded.
The comments of the two Baloch activists followed a statement of Wahid Baloch in which he defended the non-existent Government of Balochistan in exile in a small discussion group.
"They say in Balochi that if you Spit at the MOON, the spit land right back on your face," he said about Jumma Marri, son of a former guerilla leader who has now become a tout of the military in the sensitive Marri tribal area, and Wahid Baloch who have been viciously attacking the symbol of the Baloch nationalist movement Nawab Marri through anonymous emails in web discussions group.
The duo are suspected of introducing a culture of third-rate abuse in in these groups.
There are at least three popular discussion groups: email@example.com, managed by Moscow-based Jumma Marri; firstname.lastname@example.org managed by Vancouver-based Aziz Baloch; and email@example.com managed by U.A.E.-based Saeed Ameeri.
A new one "firstname.lastname@example.org" that will include only those who believe the Baloch National Front is the vanguard of the political movement for the liberation of Balochistan has also come up.