Karzai admits Balochistan unrest emanating from Afghanistan, claims Malik

Published: March 4, 2012

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has admitted that some of the trouble in Balochistan is emanating from his country.

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has admitted that some of the trouble in Balochistan is emanating from his country.

“President Karzai has promised to stop infiltration of militants from Afghanistan into Pakistan,” Malik told reporters on Sunday, in a first instance of a senior Pakistani official saying on the record that the insurgency in Balochistan was being aggravated because of Afghanistan.

Last month, Pakistani officials complained to Karzai on the issue while he attended a trilateral summit hosted by Pakistan and attended by Afghanistan and Iran. Balochistan officials have also raised the issue of cross-border infiltration into the province. Last month, Afghan security forces, chasing militants, also intruded inside Qilla Saifullah and killed two men.

In response to Islamabad’s request, Kabul has formally given its assurance to stop the infiltration of militants from Kandahar to Balochistan’s border district Chaman.

But, on the other hand, Afghan security forces have also been blaming Islamabad for clandestine support to Taliban militants. Pakistani officials have accused Afghan security forces for supporting Quetta Shura – the top Taliban leadership council – for plotting terror incidents in the province.

Visas to American citizens

Pakistan will not extend visas of American citizens without any solid reasons, according to Malik. “No American citizen will be allowed to enter Pakistan without valid documents. They will only be allowed inside Pakistan if they seek proper permission from the interior and foreign ministries.”

Check on private security firms

Malik said that the interior ministry has kept a check on private security firms’ activities since he assumed charge in 2008. “Their no-objection certificates (NoCs) are being verified. Heads of these firms have been asked to renew their NoCs and licences as and when they expire.”

Reader Comments (9)

  • Jat
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:12PM

    Loose cannon back to his old tricks. Now wait for the inevitable denial from Karzai.

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  • Cautious
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:35PM

    I can’t think of anyone on the planet that has less credibility than Malik – not even Karzai who is a notorious liar. Further – Karzai can’t keep militants out of Kabul so how’s he going to do anything about the Pakistan/Afghan border?

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  • Hadi Ansari
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:40PM

    Ideal thing to do is to stop both way traffic.Pakistan and Afghanistan have given enough sacrifice.Now that USA and NATO will be leaving Afghanistan and Pakistan is in the process of re- adjustment of it’s foreign strategy(policy),It is more realistic for these neighbours to have very cordial relationships.
    Economic hardship for the next 30years will be preferable and acceptable to the people of both countries.They do not want any more bloodshed on one pretext or the other.Peace will enable people to channelise their energy toward productive purpose.

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  • Chacha
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:43PM

    As per Authour : “Pakistan will not extend visas of American citizens without any solid reasons, according to Malik. “No American citizen will be allowed to enter Pakistan without valid documents. They will only be allowed inside Pakistan if they seek proper permission from the interior and foreign ministries.””

    There is already a tit for tat on this from the Americans. Expect this to have an effect on foriegn trade – if this persists it should lead to a long term decline in exports as US is one of Pakistan’s largest trading partners and the main market for its textiles.Recommend

  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:33PM

    Wah Chacha , well said .

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  • Babloo
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:24PM

    Cn Mr Malik make up his mind if its India or Afganistan, thats causing dumped bodies of Baluch in Baluchistan, who otherwise are very happy with Pak rule ?

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  • Salma
    Mar 5, 2012 - 12:51AM

    seems etribune is confusing infiltration of taliban militants with baloch insurgency…in any case RM has lost all credibility.

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  • Pak Hindu
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:00AM

    @Babloo:
    I Guess R.M means India is behind it through it’s agents in Afghanistan. But now that the Kashmir issue is somewhat settling and America is backing out from U.S Congress meeting on Baluchistan. The U.S. now also realizes better options are available to Pak friendship, it now is convinced the Baluchistan problems can now be solved by the current democratic government who is friendlier to India and is pro-progress.

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  • Pashtun voice
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:20AM

    Karzai barely controls Kabul – how is he going to stop infiltration from the border areas.

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