A prominent Baloch activist who runs a campaign against missing persons in Balochistan has accused Pakistan of running “a terror factory”.
“Pakistan runs factories to produce terrorists. It provides them training to use against others, including the Baloch. Pakistan forcefully occupied Balochistan on March 27, 1948. Since then, the Pakistan Army and secret agencies are committing atrocities. They abduct, kill and throw mutilated bodies of Baloch on roads so they cannot speak for the freedom of Balochistan,” said Mama Qadeer, the Vice Chairman of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons.
Mama Qadeer said Pakistan’s intelligence agency has paid huge sums of money to Mullah Omar to “kidnap Kulbushan Jadhav”, an Indian businessman from Iran.
He also says, “Pakistan has produced Hafiz Saeed, (Syed) Salahuddin and Mullah Omar, an Iranian Baloch, who is behind the arrest of Indian national Kulbushan Jadhav from Chabahar in Iran.”
Mullah Omar accepted the deal as Pakistan and Iran shares border and both sides of the border has Baloch population. Mullah Omar and his associates blindfolded Jadhav and brought him from Chabahar to Mashkey in Balochistan and handed over to Pakistan Army.
Mama Qadeer added that Jadhav was later brought to Quetta and then to army headquarters in Islamabad where he was tortured and his statement was forcefully recorded. Jadhav was having no role in spreading violence in Balochistan and anywhere in Pakistan.
Mama Qadeer questions Pakistan Army’s claim of Jadhav’s arrest from Balochistan and calls it a malicious attempt to blackmail India. He said, “In Balochistan, where the so-called CPEC is under construction, the local residents are not able to roam freely as they have to cross at least four check-posts maintained by Frontier Corps, ISI, Military Intelligence and the army. How can outsider enter into Balochistan and work freely.”
He blames the Pakistan Army and secret agencies for the deteriorating human rights situation in Balochistan. He said, “We have been raising our voices against missing persons in Balochistan. Pakistan’s agencies (ISI, MI and FC) are behind the enforced disappearances and the killings of Baloch. They also back radicals to whom they pay money to kidnap and kill the Baloch”. He accused the Pakistan Army and its secret agencies of being the real producers of terrorists.
At present, 45,000 Baloch people are missing. In 2004, when Balochistan home minister Aftab Sherpao came to Gwadar, he declared to have kidnapped 4,000 Baloch people. This statement was on the record. In 2014-15, home secretary Akbar Durrani made a statement that they have arrested 13,000 people. Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti also confessed to have abducted some 9,000 people.
Pakistan’s ill-treatment faced by Jadhav and his family:
Pakistan had arranged a meeting for Jadhav, and his mother and wife on 25th of December 2017. The meeting went on for about 40 minutes through a glass panel – at the Foreign Office in Islamabad but did not allow a private discussion between them.
In a meeting described as a “grand gesture” by the Pakistan government on the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Jadhav- whom Islamabad claims is an Indian spy came face to face with his 70-year-old mother Avanti and wife Chetankul after a gap of 22 months.
Jadhav, 47, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April last year, following which India moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May. India has said that Jadhav is innocent and has maintained that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had gone for handling his businesses after superannuation from the Indian Navy. Despite the death verdict, Pakistan in December reiterated that he was not under threat of an immediate execution as his mercy petitions were still pending.