A session of National Assembly was held in Federal Capital of Pakistan, Oct 5, 2012 which was presided over by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Faisal Kareem Kundi where Parliamentary Secretary Khurram Jahangir Watto informed the parliamentarian that a parliamentary committee of National Assembly is in the process of negotiations with the Baloch leadership including Brahamdagh Bugti and Mir Suleman Daud.
The question has been raised by many in Balochistan, and all the more regretfully after disgruntled Baloch leader Akthar Mengal’s arrival in Islamabad: instead of knowing how unstable Pakistan is and how dangerous it would be for disgruntle Baloch leadership, why did Mengal return to Pakistan? Instead of Baloch people counting insurgents warnings and request to politicians, including former Chief minister Sardar Akthar Mengal, to avoid politics of agitation and election under the constitution of Pakistan as they see Balochistan an occupied territory by Pakistani establishment then why still Brahamdug Bugti, Akthar Mengal and Suleman Daud are willing for negotiation with Pakistan?
It is better the exiled Baloch leadership, including Akthar Mengal, who is trying to follow politics of agitation, should remain away from it and focus on Baloch national moment so the freedom could be achieved in a peaceful and stronger manner.
Mr. Mengal was jailed himself, 20 months after overage politician Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was ruthlessly crushed, after a military offensive in Dera Bugti “Brahamdug Khan Bugti’s closed ones too spent some of years in solitary imprisonment in Baluchistan. Pakistani establishment also tried to weaken Bugti, Marri and Mengal, sick from headaches and fainting spells during 1970.
After Bugti’s assassination both Baloch leaders Akthar Jan and Brahamdug Bugti took a judiciously worked out decision by leaving the country recuperating their political career in international community, returning in the confusion again in Pakistan can overthrow their political grip nationally as well as internationally. Never forget Benazir Bhutto who turned out hundreds of thousands of people in Karachi to greet her, the biggest rally probably in the history of the country but how she was killed never ever imagined by anyone.
Remember return in Pakistan, and standing shoulder by shoulder with Pakistani establishment it too is accompanied by chaos, History has noted, and a “headstrong denial of reality” that history bears testimony. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif are keynote example.
The ordinary Baloch living in Baluchistan see these mega development projects, packages and dialogue offer as eyewash and an attempt to invade their land is a sure shot future domination of the non-Baloch on jobs and other resources.
If really Brahamdug Bugti, Suleman Dawood and Akthar Mengal are engaged in back door diplomacy with Pakistani establishment then they should without any hesitation get prepared for their rest. In 1948, the Baloch had seen Prince Abdul Karim Khan, the brother of the Khan of Kalat, being lured to return to Pakistan from his exile in Afghanistan under an oath on the Holy Quran by the security establishment. Nevertheless, such oaths are not binding when it comes to ‘national interest’. In clear violation of the promise, Prince Karim was arrested and put in prison for the next 10 years.
The second betrayal of this nature was seen when General Tikka Khan took an oath, again, on the Quran promising amnesty and security of life to Nawab Nauroz Khan, a respected leader among the Baloch who was fighting Balochistan’s independence movement from the mountains. In 1959, when he came down from the mountains, he was arrested and put in jail in violation of all the promises and oath on the Quran. Not only were those, his sons along with other Baloch leaders hanged in Hyderabad in 1960. The octogenarian Baloch leader died of shock three years later. With such audacious display of ‘keeping promises’, do these three leaders really trust Pakistani establishment? If; then they should without any hesitation get prepared for their rest.
The duplicity of Pakistan’s establishment is manifest this time too. While the Minister of the Interior including other keynote parliamentarian making these offers to the Baloch exiled leaders and claim for negotiating with disgruntle leadership, on the other hand the security forces deemed it fit to arrest Baloch political workers, throw their tortured bodies and carry bloody operation in Balochistan.
Exiled Baloch leadership should remember this the rulers started talking about negotiation because of the sock of the tabling of a resolution in the US Congress calling for Balochistan’s independence and UN working group interference in Balochistan on forced disappearance.
I don’t understand what Bugti, Mengal and Suleman Dawood hope to sit with Pakistani establishment when the killing of missing persons, military operations, enforced disappearances of common Baloch are continuing and no step had been taken by Federal government to prevent such action.
Baloch people living in Balochistan have legitimate concerns about security of exiled Baloch leadership if they return Pakistan.
Baloch has concerned that arrival of disgruntle Baloch political leaderships in Pakistan could create disturbance in Baloch national moment as well as there are security risks and alarm bells have been rung it could endanger their lives. Cautious steps must be taken before sitting on table with Pakistani establishment.