US-Saudi Funded Terrorists Sowing Chaos in Pakistan

Fauzia Qurban
Photo: AP Pakistani sister Fauzia Qurban an ethnic Hazara, tries to hold back her tears as she talks about her brother Ali Raza Qurban, at her family home in Quetta, Pakistan.
Brutal sectarian bloodletting has killed hundreds of Shiite Muslims in Pakistan’s Balochistan province and fired a flourishing human smuggling business in the provincial capital of Quetta.

Balochistan, Pakistan – long target of Western geopolitical interests, terror wave coincides with Gwadar Port handover to China.




by Tony Cartalucci


Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwest Balochistan province, bordering both US-occupied Afghanistan as well as Iran, was the site of a grisly market bombing that has killed over 80 people. According to reports, the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Billed as a “Sunni extremist group,” it instead fits the pattern of global terrorism sponsored by the US, Israel, and their Arab partners Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Why Balochistan? Gwadar in the southwest serves as a Chinese port and the starting point for a logistical corridor through Pakistan and into Chinese territory. The Iranian-Pakistani-Indian pipeline would enter from the west, cross through Balochistan intersecting China’s proposed logistical route to the northern border, and continue on to India. Destabilizing Balochistan would effectively derail the geopolitical aspirations of four nations.

The terrorist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group was in fact created, according to the BBC, to counter Iran’s Islamic Revolution in the 1980′s, and is still active today. Considering the openly admitted US-Israeli-Saudi plot to use Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups across the Middle East to counter Iran’s influence, it begs the question whether these same interests are funding terrorism in Pakistan to not only counter Iranian-sympathetic Pakistani communities, but to undermine and destabilize Pakistan itself.


While the United States is close allies with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it is well established that the chief financier of extremist militant groups for the past three decades, including Al-Qaeda, are in fact Saudi Arabia and Qatar. While Qatari state-owned propaganda like Al Jazeera apply a veneer of progressive pro-democracy to its narratives, Qatar itself is involved in arming, funding, and even providing direct military support for sectarian extremists from northern Mali, to Libya, to Syria and beyond. (more…)


The spectre of the Baloch insurgency [3 of 3]

The Saindak project should have been in control of the provincial government since its inception. [Saindak constitutes a Copper-Gold project worth Rs 18 billion]. A little game was played to hand the project to the centre.
In the 80s, when the exploration contracts were being sanctioned, Saindak was leased to the federal government who then gave it to its Mining department, who sub-leased it to its own company, Saindak Metals Limited (SML), who then leased it to the Chinese Metallurgical Construction Company (MCC).
The SML and MCC are 50-50 stakeholders in the project, with provincial royalties coming at 2% of the sale price. Through manipulation of the lease, the centre has mercilessly deprived the Baloch of a constitutional right to the projects profits.



by Hashim bin Rashid


A critical point of dispute is the ‘siphoning off of Baloch resources by the Pakistani state.’

It would be useful to break down two existing projects, Saindak and Chamalang, before discussing the broader contours that shape disputes around future projects.

The Saindak project, as revealed by a Mines and Minerals department insider, should have been in control of the provincial government since its inception. Saindak constitutes a Copper-Gold project worth Rs 18 billion. A little game was played to hand the project to the centre.

In the 80s, when the exploration contracts were being sanctioned, Saindak was leased to the federal government who then gave it to its Mining department, who sub-leased it to its own company, Saindak Metals Limited (SML), who then leased it to the Chinese Metallurgical Construction Company (MCC). (more…)

The spectre of the Baloch insurgency [2 of 3]

With number of missing persons in Balochistan on the rise, support for rebels demanding independence has grown in recent years as many in the province feel neglected by the Pakistani state. [Image : Pakistani children with their mothers protest in Quetta, Balochistan raising slogans for peace in the province. Photo by Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images]



by Hashim bin Rashid


The first question is to understand the political backdrop to the current insurgency in Balochistan. The suggestion to the reader is to do some digging on 2005 themselves.

That Bugti became an avowed state-enemy and died a martyr to the Baloch cause was not so fated if his history of collusion be gazed. It is an irony of fate that his grandson now is acting spearhead of one of the leading Baloch insurgent groups.

The current Baloch insurgency has centred itself around three figureheads: Dr Allah Nazar Baloch, Harbiyar Marri and Brahamdagh Bugti.

This Baloch insurgency itself also challenges traditional notions of Balochi resistance as sardar driven. The 1973 struggle had a Marxist-Leninist dimension. The current struggle has outreach into the Baloch educated middle class. The figure of Dr Allah Nazar Baloch remains omnipresent. The Bolan Medical College hostels in Quetta , where Allah Nazar graduated, are painted with BSO (Asad) slogans. Their library adorns Allah Nazar’s photos and tributes.

The political core of the movement has been led by the Baloch National Front, a conglomeration of eight organizations, which has opposed parliamentary political participation in Pakistan and has stood by the call for revolutionary politics. The BNF, however, does not include any of the groups directly waging the armed struggle. While sympathies cut across, the BNF is the political front of the current struggle.

Outside the struggle, but part of the voices for provincial autonomy, the National Party and the Baloch National Party (Mengal) are the two Baloch parties that still believe in a working arrangement within the Pakistan. (more…)

The spectre of the Baloch insurgency [1 of 3]

Our geography books introduce us to Balochistan as, the poorest province. A second idea is added to that: we are told the people are tribal and the population is little. However, it has rich resources which can aid Pakistan’s development, we are made to further absorb. 
This simple three line understanding of Balochistan constitutes the founding justification of what the Baloch consider as the Pakistani colonization of their land.
What is the correct understanding? How do we define Balochistan in 2013? A definition that may allow us to re-evaluate our relationship to the Baloch and perhaps save it: 
“Balochistan, is the province with the poorest people with the richest resource base.”




by Hashim bin Rashid


More than a year ago, this write up appeared on the pages of  A Voice Amidst SilenceIts contents are, however, as valid today as they were then. This article which is spread over three pages, has slightly been moderated to render it relevant in concurrent circumstances.” [Nayyar]


The Baloch youth burn the national flag for money. They are targetted by state agencies for it. Rather the army must restore the confidence of those who burn the Pakistani flag.”


– General Javed Zia
Former Head of the Southern Command, Pakistan Army
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My name is Khan and I am the brother of Baloch

By propagating prehistoric policies of governance in Balochistan the ruling elite are not only responsible for the prevalent chaotic state of the province, but must also be held responsible for the alienation of the people therein. Prior to launching a conflict resolution programme, either minor or massive, the root cause ought to be unearthed so that a clear roadmap may be outlined.



by  Fateh Ullah Khan Kundi  


Pakistan since its inception has faced many separatist movements with demands of Pakhtunistan, Bangladesh, Greater Balochistan and Sindhudesh.

Balochistan issue is a hot debate these days, particularly after the controversial bill presented in the American House of Representatives by a US Congressman from California Dana Rohrabacher calling for the right of self determination to oppressed people of Balochistan. On one side this bill spoiled all the efforts taken by the US for the resumption of once cordial relations that existed between Pakistan and the US, but on the other hand it also accentuated the graveness of Balochistan issue in the eyes of many especially television anchor persons.

The Balochistan conflict first surfaced soon after the inception of Pakistan in 1947 when Pak army troops were deployed to subdue insurgents based in Kalat who rejected the Khan of Kalat’s decision to accede to Pakistan.

A subsequent Baloch separatist movement gained momentum during the 1960s, and amid consistent political disorder and instability at the federal level, the government ordered a military operation into the region in 1973, assisted by Iran, and inflicted heavy casualties on the separatists. Insurgency, however, again gained strength in the 1990s and 2000s. (more…)

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