Baluchisatn/Balochistan: Backdoor To Iran
Posted by bosskitty on June 10, 2007
Unrest simmers in Pakistan province By Kamal Hyder in Quetta, Baluchistan
Pakistan’s sprawling Baluchistan region is one of the world’s most remote areas and its hot, mostly barren, land encompasses the borders of three countries: Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The area has enormous reserves of natural resources – resources that the people of Baluchistan say are not being shared fairly with them.
The landscape is vast and rugged. If it’s not desert, it’s mountains. A troubled region, foreigners are rarely welcome.
Beneath the mountains lie rich reserves of gas and copper. The people who live here want their share of the wealth, and some want to be free of Pakistan’s control.
Balach Marri, an elected member of the provincial assembly, leads the Baluch separatists. He is a secretive man – now in hiding from (Pakistani) government forces. Marri says: “In my opinion, the situation for the struggle of an independent Baluchistan is going ahead very well.”
Owais Ghani, governor of Baluchistan, said: “I’ll clearly state here that there was a foreign factor at work in which these tribal militants were receiving a lot of heavy armament. And we’re not talking about Kalashnikovs and all that, that does not worry us.
“Heavy armament in the form of anti-tank mines, anti-tank recoilless rifles, long range rockets, 107[mm] Russian rockets, even longer-range 20 kilometre rockets.”
Balochistan: The Neglected Insurgency [2007-06-08 03:43:39]
More pressing developments elsewhere in Pakistan have tended to overshadow the Baloch insurgency in the recent past, but Islamabad is finding it increasingly difficult to crush the rebellion in the province. “We have been Baloch for more than 7000 years. We became Muslim some 1400 years ago, and have been Pakistanis for just 60 years.” — Unnamed tribal chief in Balochistan, cited in Himal South Asian, May 2007…
Why does this event concern us? Musarraf of course. He is facing a coming election and has his military scattered around his country, putting out fires. The unrest in Balochistan, Religious extremists, Taliban and Al Qaeda influences have his resources stretched thin. There is speculation that America has a finger in the separatist activity …
According to government sources, the Marri militants are being financed by neighbouring Iran, some Gulf states and probably the United States who want to sabotage the Chinese involvement and influence in the building of the deep sea port in Gwadar.
A second item of concern is growing concerning are bombings in Iran associated with American and British interests.
Is the Bush administration behind the bombings in Iran? Using local tribesmen and separatists …
There are questions about the activities of the US military and CIA inside Iran as the Bush administration intensifies its preparations for war (in Iran). According to provincial police chief Brigadier General Mohammad Ghafari: “A video seized from the rebels confirms their attachment to opposition groups, such as the Jundullah, and some countries’ intelligence services such as America and Britain.”
Quote BossKitty: Covert disruptions have quite a track record of deniability but seldom achieves the end that sired it …
Quote CHILDREN OF DUNE: Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating argument. Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity. It is self-perpetuating upon itself — a barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred.