By I Baloch/World News Report Exclusive
One thing that the Pakistan Army and its controllers in the ISI- Pakistan’s dreaded intelligence agency know best is – how to fudge facts and dress up events to create a perception far removed from the reality.
This in nutshell is what is happening in Balochistan which future is eclipsed by Pakistan’s dirty present.
Balochistan is a troubled area. It has been witnessing an undeclared war for the last 67 years ago.
The common man, freedom fighters and political workers all want Balochistan’s liberation from Pakistan’s occupation. The Baloch would like to cast away all shackles of Pakistan’s slavery.
But for Pakistan it is a prestige issue. It already lost Bangladesh in 1971 and would like to retain its grip on Balochistan. But the methods it is adopting are having just the opposite impact.
Pakistan Army and paramilitary forces have been conducting military operations against Baloch civilians and political workers for last 67 years.
Readers may recall World News Report story on a high level meeting attended by Balochistan Provincial Chief minister Dr Malik Baloch, interior minister Sarfraz Bugti and senior Army officials in which it was decided to launch a massive Military operation in the Markand and Turbat districts.
A few hours later a brutal military operation started. More than eight thousands army soldiers, at least ten helicopter gunships, armoured vehicles and other aircraft were deployed in the Gebun area of Kech, Turbat.
Paramilitary forces cordoned off the area, and carried out a series of door to door search and seizure operations. All communication from the area was cut off. Army and paramilitary personnel lined up residents for summarily execution by Pakistani firing squads. At least 13 people are reported to have been killed on the spot in this manner.
Curiously one of the victims killed in the Pakistan Army operations was identified as Hayat Baloch. Pakistani Army took pains to claim that he was a commander of the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) armedpro-freedom group founded by Jumma Khan Marri which played an important role in the 1968-1980 insurgencies. Pakistani Army alleged that Hayat Baloch –directly responsible for the recent killing of 20 FWO laborers was killed in a gunfight with the security forces near a dam construction site.
However contrary to Pakistan’s claims; Hayat Bewas Baloch had long been disabled. He was paralyzed due to a spinal injury and was confined to a wheelchair.
He could not even move due to broken backbone….He couldn’t possibly have been a freedom fighter as claimed. Still the Pakistani forces shot him.
Similarly 13 people killed during the military operation In Turbat pointed towards a big cover-up. A number of bodies of people claimed to have been killed in Turbat military operations actually belong to Baloch freedom fighter who had been abducted and were missing. One of the victims was identified as Yaya Baloch who was abducted by the Pakistani Forces from Gwadar, Zero Point on January 22, 2014. Pakistani army’s strategy behind dumping dead bodies of ‘missing’ and abducted Baloch tribals is to camouflage its own misdeeds and human right violations in Balochistan.
Two ISI officials are also reported to have been killed in an exchange of fire between the Pakistani army and Baloch Sarmachars (Freedom Fighters) in the Gebun area that lasted over 30 minutes.
Meanwhile the Baloch separatist Organization Baloch Libration Front (BLF) spokesperson Ghowarm Baloch was quoted as saying, “Pakistani paramilitary force Frontier Corps (FC) killed 13 people and are labelling them as Baloch Freedom Fighters. We strictly reject the FC statemen. None of the 13 people killed (in Gebun) were affiliated with us.”
“They have killed innocent Baloch civilian. The (Pakistani) forces are hiding the truth from the world. They have killed innocent people but want to project then to the world as separatist commanders. The truth is that (Pakistani) forces have always killed innocent people, bombarded civilian’s house, harassed female children and looted their belongings, ” he added.
Stop Press: According to last minute reports the military operation was still going on. Dozens of houses have been destroyed in the indiscriminately firing and bombardment by Pakistani Army and the mercenary elements supporting it in the Paroom area of Panjgor and the Pakistani Army resorted to heavy artillery shelling in Kech.