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A ray of hope? or Akhtar Jan Mengal’s capitulation?

A ray of hope? — Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

There is no denying that Sardar Akhtar Mengal has influence but his capitulation has alienated many Baloch people and his powerbase will erode rapidly

Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s unexpected capitulation and appearance before the Supreme Court (SC) has pleased a few but angered a majority of the Baloch. He has climbed down from his position of demanding an independent Balochistan. In the Daily Times of May 8, 2009, its then Quetta correspondent Malik Siraj Akbar reported Akhtar Mengal’s speech from the western Panjgur district bordering Iran. Mengal said that the ultimate goal of his party (BNP-M) was to seek Balochistan’s independence from Pakistan, for which the party was striving to prepare the ground and ensure unity among all Baloch nationalist political groups. The BNP-M chief said the Baloch had become tired of the unabated military operations and the excessive exploitation of their natural resources by the federal government, and now the BNP-M wanted the separation of Balochistan from Pakistan. Such climbdowns certainly have good reasons, the good reason here being a shot at the lucrative chief ministerial post. A bad bargain for sure, because Baloch rights would be bartered for a pittance. Wading through Baloch blood to this coveted position is insincerity personified.

Mengal’s six points, not akin to Sheikh Mujib’s six points, are certainly not the demands that the Baloch have fought and shed blood for, but are his spin on his capitulation in preparation for participation in the elections in the hope to once again adorn the post of chief minister that the Baloch label the ‘Cheap Minister’ seat. He has called for measures for the alleviation of symptoms but, unfortunately, has conveniently forgotten the disease that caused these symptoms in the first place. He has forsaken the Baloch sacrifices on the altar of uncertain personal gains and has tried to sabotage the Baloch demand for their inalienable rights. His submission to the wishes of the Pakistani state and going along with the SC charade of recovering the missing persons will simply lend legitimacy to all the past, present and future atrocities and excesses against the Baloch. He has thrown in his lot with the very establishment directly responsible for the disappearance of his brother, Asadullah Mengal, and Ahmed Shah in 1976.

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“No, No, We Killed Jalib”: Al-Ansar-ul-Islam

QUETTA: The investigation in Habib Jalib murder case has taken a dramatic twist after two underground and unknown armed groups have simultaneously claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s killing of top Baloch nationalist leader. Both the groups accuse each other of “taking credit away from us” for the killing.

While a spokesman for Baloch Musla Defai Tanzeem, Mir Jhang Khan, had called Noshki Press Clubs hours after the killing of senior Baloch leader to accept responsibility for the killing, another organization, Al-Ansar-ul-Islam, which is the least known but the newest outfit to join the rank of ever-increasing mysterious armed groups operating in Balochistan, said it had killed Mr. Jalib.

Abu Hamza, the self-proclaimed spokesman of the organization which seems to have Islamic inclination, contradicted the claim of Baloch Musla Defai Tanzeem and said it had killed Jalib because he was a socialist who did not believe in Islam.

“We have ample evidence that Jalib spoke against Allah and Rasool (Prophet Mohammad P.B.U.H). He was punished for his blasphemous remarks about Islam. We will provide all evidence of his anti-Islam remarks on our website,” said the spokesman, warning that anybody who spoke against Allah (God) and his Rasool (Prophet P.B.U.H) would meet a fate similar to Habib Jalib.

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