of Pak lies, Baluch rejoinder to Haqqani interview
WASHINGTON DC — Founder member of the American
Friends of Baluchistan has taken umbrage to the
utterances of Pakistan 's new ambassador to the
United States at a meeting with Associated Press
editors and reporters.
“This is a clear attempt to mislead the U.S
and world public,” Ahmar Mustikhan said in a
rebuttal to Ambassador Husain Haqqani's interview
with AP newsmen on Friday.
He said the world is
fast losing patience with Pakistan 's military
support of the Taliba'an. “It's
time for Pakistan to cough up A.Q. Khan, Mullah
Omar and Osama bin Laden,” Mustikhan said.
“The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is making
peace with the Taliba'an at the expense of the
world. This must be condemned,” Mustikhan thundered. “In
trying to blame Pashtun tribes along the Pakistani-Afghan
border, Mr. Haqqani is negating what he wrote
in his book “ Pakistan : Between Mosque and Military.” Does
anyone from Pakistan has the slightest intellectual
honesty?” he asked.
Mustikhan said Pakistan generals are engaged
in the business of blood and human bodies in
Baluchistan and Afghanistan and this must stop.
“ Pakistan 's so-called strategic and security interests are not more sacrosanct
than the interests of world peace,” he said.
“Abdul Qadeer Khan, had publicly acknowledged
in 2004 of being a member of a smuggling network
that provided nuclear weapons technology to Iran
, North Korea and Libya . Like the rest of the
world, A.Q. Khan is looked upon as a terrorist
by the people of Baluchistan but the establishment
and mullahs in Pakistan project him as if he
is a national hero. The U.S. and the world must
insist this is unacceptable,” Mustikhan said.
“The reason why A.Q. Khan's is not being handed
over to the U.S. is that he will expose the role
of the Pakistan army G.H.Q. in the underworld
nuclear weapons bazaar,” Mustikhan said.
Mustikhan said on May 28 on the 10th anniversary of Pakistan's nuclear tests
the Baluch registered protest in many cities in Baluchistan and Karachi, Washington
DC, Toronto and Vancouver as they consider Pakistan's nuclear bomb as the single
most dangerous threat to humanity because it's religion-specific.
“One of the protesters, Abdul Wahab Baloch,
was abducted by Pakistan 's secret services and
tortured for five days. Mr. Haqqani knows very
well about it,” Mustikhan said.
“ Pakistan conducted its nuclear tests in Occupied
Baluchistan in spite of Baluch opposition. Baluchistan
was annexed by Pakistan against the wishes of
the Baluch people in March 1948 and a move is
afoot to approach the International Court of
Justice at the Hague ,” Mustikhan said.
Mustikhan said most of the arms that Pakistan
got for the fight in the war on terror is being
used against the secular nationalists in Baluchistan,
a Texas-sized region divided among Pakistan ,
Iran and Afghanistan.
A former governor and chief
minister of Baluchistan , Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti,
and provincial assembly member Nawabzada Bala'ach
Marri were killed in miltary operation but no
such operation was ever carried out against the
Taliba'an, he said. "The
only 'crime' of Bugti and Marri was that they
said Baluch resources belong to Baluchistan ,” Mustikhan
said. He regretted Haqqani publicly admitted
about the Taliba'an by saying that, "These
are our own people."
Mustikhan said it was regrettable that against
diplomatic protocol the intelligence services
publicly embarrassed U.S. ambassador to Pakistan
Anne Paterson when a small Punjabi boy refused
to receive an award from her to protest the Afghan
and International Security Assistance Force action
against the Frontier Corps militia who were providing
tactical support to the Taliba'an.
“Do the army generals in Rawalpindi realize
the Baluch, the Afghans and the soldiers of the
I.S.A.F. who are trying to make this world safer,
all have little boys and girls at their homes,” Mustikhan
“Right to self-rule to the people of Baluchistan
and direct Afghan and U.S action against terrorist
bases in Pakistan are the only long-term solution
to the unending violence in Afghanistan ,” he
“If action against terrorists would infuriate
the mullahs, so be it,” Mustikhan added, wondering
if Haqqani still nurtured a soft corner for the
Islamists as he launched his political career
on the platform of the Islami Jamiat Tulaba,
allied with Pakistan's Islamic Brotherhood called
Mustikhan condemned the building of the $15
billion new GHQ in Islamabad from unpaid Baluch
gas royalties and asked why the issue was not
taken up by Pakistan 's national assembly under
the so-called fledgling democracy.
“Is this the standard of Pakistan's so-called
fledgling democracy,” Mustikhan asked and provided
a copy of a video that showed the present Pakistani
prime minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani
inappropriately touching a sitting minister Sherry
Rahman at a public rally just before the Pakistan
People's Party came into power:
“I can not comment any further,” Mustikhan concluded.
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