Thursday, April 16, 2015

Zarb-e-Azb may extend to Balochistan to fight insurgents: sources

By Muhammad Zafar / Abdul Mana

April 15, 2015

QUETTA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday to discuss national security and the law and order situation of Quetta, Express News reported.

Sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune that Operation Zarb-e-Azb might be expanded to Balochistan to fight against Baloch insurgents as well.

The army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants in North Waziristan in June 2014.

“COAS and PM apart from this issue also discussed visiting top level delegation led by Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif in Saudi Arabia,” the sources further added.

During his visit, the army chief presided over a law and order meeting at the Frontier Crops Balochistan Headquarters office.

The meeting came days after a sickening orgy of bloodshed played out in a remote town of southern Balochistan on April 11 when 20 construction workers were methodically massacred in a predawn attack on their camp near Turbat city in Kech district of Balochistan.

Inspector General Frontier Crops (IGFC) Sher Afghan, Balcohistan home secretary, IG Police and other high officials are present during the meeting.

Further, briefing on the army chief’s visit DG ISPR Asim Bajwa tweeted:

Major-General Sher Afghan briefed the army chief regarding the law and order situation in the province and search operations being carried out in Turbat and its outskirts.

Upon arrival, the army chief was received by Commander of Southern Command Lt General Nasir Khan Janjua.

Acting on a tip-off, the Frontier Corps on April 13 shot dead at least 13 suspected militants, including assailants accused of killing 20 labourers in Turbat.

Read: 13 suspected militants killed, including those involved in Turbat massacre

“Security forces with the help of secret agencies have launched the massive search operation in and around Turbat,” spokesperson for FC Balochistan told The Express Tribune.

1 comment:

  1. The Baloch Council of North America - BCNA strongly oppose the idea of extending Zarb-e-Azb to Balochistan and ask the ruler to avid any such adventure that further alienate the already alienated Baloch citizens and open the door for the international meddling and intervention.

    Those who are talking about extending Zarb-e-Azb to Balochistan are ignorant of Balochistan' situation and are totally unrealistic. Balochistan doesn't need any Zarb-e-Azb but a healing and soothing touch over the deep festering bleeding wounds of Baloch citizens and the recognition of their genuine rights and their due share and their accommodation within the federation amicably. whoever are advocating of such adventures, as Zarb-e-Azb, are not Patriotic Pakistani but are playing in the hands of foreign enemies to invite more foreign meddling and intervention in Balochistan to break up the country again.

    Any Zarb-e-Azb in Balochistan will open the door of foreign meddling and intervention that will be detrimental to Pakistan's national unity and integrity as it will not only further alienate the already alienated Baloch citizens but will close all the doors of reconciliation and negotiation. Instead, Zarb-e-Azb like misadventures, the ruler should put in place the confidence and trust building measures and the policy of Baloch alienation, discrimination and marginalization must be replaced with recognition, respecting and honoring the Baloch genuine rights and Baloch accommodation so that they can feel counted citizens of the country.

    The use of force is not a solution in any conflict but the negotiations and dialogue are the only away out. BCNA ask the FC to exercise restraint and avoid using force at all cost as it will not help to solve the situation in Balochistan but will aggravate it.

    The policy of conquering the Baloch people should be replaced with love and respect and recognition and honoring of their genuine rights.

    Balochistan's problem is a political one and can be solved politically if rulers are sincere and willing to do so. There is no any conflict in the world that can not be solved by dialogue. If there is a sincere will then there is a way out.

    BCNA also asks the Baloch youths to shun the path of militancy and violence and join hands with the democratic forces to secure the Baloch genuine rights within the federation through peaceful and non-violent means of struggle.