Tell America to Stop
Backing Terrorist Attacks on Iran
smells an American rat in our mineral-rich and strategically-important
Balochistan Province. … Islamabad must fork over to Tehran every shred of
incriminating evidence about Jundallah’s presence on our soil and confront the
Tehran charges that the
horrific suicide bombing in their Sistan and Baluchestan Province on Sunday was
planned and launched from Pakistan. Foreign Office spokesmen have denied the
charge, but the question is - why is the hierarchy in Islamabad burning its fingers
just for the sake of our scheming, unreliable American allies?
For quite some time, Iranians
have been complaining that the Americans have cloned Iran's Baloch terrorist outfit
Jundallah with dissidents and based it in our
Balochistan Province. From there, they've been staging assaults on Sistan and
Baluchestan Province in Iran to destabilize the country. Tehran has
persistently asked Islamabad to shut down this proxy shop of America on our
We aren't told what the
response of Islamabad has been to these Iranian demands. But one smells an American
rat in our mineral-rich and strategically-important Balochistan Province. One
recalls the intriguing and suspicious killings of Chinese engineers helping to
build Gwadar Port, who
were killed in a terrorist shootout. And after it was completed, as it turns
out, the port was without explanation handed over to the state-run port
authority of U.S. ally Singapore - and at such throwaway terms that it would be
any investor's dream.
Only the Islamabad hierarchy's
eyes and ears know how much credence to give Iran's accusation. But there is
little question that Balochistan has become a hotbed of alien agencies based in
Afghanistan. And Afghanistan is the regional hub of America’s CIA, on its own
or in collusion with other friendly spy agencies, such as Kabul’s own State
Information Agency (KHAD) and
India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
It's an open secret that right
under the noses of the Americans, RAW has made Afghanistan a launching pad for
training, arming, bankrolling and infiltrating our Balochistan Province with insurgents
to wage a separatist rebellion.
Right now, our domestic
security czar, Rehman Malik, is often heard blaring about how the government has
asked America to intervene and stop India's mischief in Balochistan. Could
there be a funnier joke? Does he really think the Americans didn't already know?
Hasn't it occurred to him that what the Indians are doing, they do with the
full concurrence of Afghanistan's American sultans? Does he really need to be
told that it is with full U.S. acquiescence that Baramdagh Bugti is
nestled in a safe haven in Afghanistan, going to and fro between Kabul and New
Delhi to receive the instructions of his Indian patrons?
Why complain to the Americans
about the Indians? Are we not people with a state, or just toddlers whining
before our American nanny? Shouldn’t we tell the Indians straight out to end
their wickedness? When will the hierarchs in Islamabad bother to grasp that
after ousting the Taliban, the Bush Administration handed Afghanistan to the
CIA to govern in an alliance with non-Pashtun warlords, only to rush off to its
And what was the first thing the
CIA did? It warmly embraced RAW, shunned Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence
and along with the Afghan KHAD and Israeli Mossad, began playing games in the
region, despicably choosing Pakistan’s tribal region, especially Balochistan.
That collusion triggered some queer events, with mountains of money, weapons, communications
equipment and fleets of mountain vehicles clandestinely making their way into
both the tribal region and Balochistan. Worrisome alignments suddenly and inexplicably
Naik Mohammad, former
militant commander of Waziristan, played frequent host to Jundallah’s senior
leaders, including his frequent honored guest, Jundallah chief Abdolmalek Rigi. Naik
Mohammad’s own fabulous riches - both in wealth and weapons - were all the
rage, and tribal people who were in the know pointed fingers at his bonanza’s
source - the armory and treasury of the CIA. Mohammad's chumminess with Jundallah
was terminated when he was killed in a telling CIA drone strike soon after he
signed a peace accord with the Pakistan army, pledging never to attack it and
to expel foreign fighters from his domain.
Why is Islamabad burning bridges
to its neighbors for a friend who is really a wolf in sheep’s clothing? It
isn't only Iran which is angry at Islamabad. Our time-tested and all-weather
friends the Chinese are also unhappy. They're miffed at Pakistan for letting
America use our tribal belt for training dissidents for the [Uyghur] insurgency in
their Xinjiang Province.
The Americans - make no
mistake about it - will leave without even shaking a hand once their objectives
in the region are met. But we have to live here as a neighbor of Iran and
China. Hence, Islamabad must fork over to Tehran every shred of incriminating
evidence about Jundallah’s presence on our soil and confront the Americans, sternly
demanding that they roll back this terrorist outfit, hook, line and sinker.
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