Foreign intelligence agencies behind Balochistan situation: Justice Javed Iqbal

Published: June 9, 2012

Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal addressing a press conference in Quetta on Saturday. PHOTO: PPI

QUETTA: Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, head of judicial commission formed for the recovery of missing persons, on Saturday held foreign intelligence agencies responsible for the deteriorating situation of Balochistan, claiming that there was concrete evidence against them.

Addressing a news conference at the Civil Secretariat in Quetta, Justice Iqbal said that foreign intelligence agencies wanted to deteriorate the situation of Balochistan in order to destabilise Pakistan.

Justice Iqbal further regretted that the authorities have not been able to compile the complete details of those who were enlisted as missing persons. “There is a baseless propaganda about the actual figure of missing persons in the country.”

However, he said that according to the commission, the total number of missing persons stood at 460, including 18 from Islamabad, 117 from Punjab, 174 from Sindh, 170 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and 57 from Balochistan while 12 each from Azad Kashmir and Federally Administered Areas (FATA).

He said that 42 bodies of missing persons were found in Balochistan, and claimed that foreign intelligence agencies were involved in the crime.

It is pertinent to mention here that Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VFBMP), an organisation striving for the safe recovery of missing persons in Balochistan, has already boycotted the proceedings of the commission and has categorically stated that the commission is not in the mood of recovering the missing people.

The inquiry commission’s chief further said that the list also contained the names of those living abroad and also those who have been involved in terrorism-related cases.

Iqbal said that the chief minister of Balochistan had sent a list of 945 ‘missing’ persons to the commission, and added that the complete details of even 45 persons on the list had not been made available.

“We sent the list back to the ministry for correction but it never came back,” he pointed out.

The commission’s chief said that in the past week, 12 people who had been missing were recovered from Balochistan. He claimed that some of the missing persons were in Afghanistan and they could not be recovered because they were in US-controlled territory.

Responding to a query about the delay in proceedings, Justice Iqbal explained that he was engaged in the Abbottabad commission. “We have been doing our job in Islamabad. We will soon visit interior Balochistan including like Gwadar, Turbat and Khuzdar. The people who are on the list cannot be declared as missing persons until or unless their relatives turn up and show their identity cards or driving license.”

He added that the commission is still facing difficulties because the government organisations and other organisations who are working for missing persons did not give the exit list. However, he said that the federal and provincial governments and secret agencies are cooperating with the judicial commission.

Reader Comments (44)

  • Babloo
    Jun 9, 2012 - 9:49PM

    Conclusion : There are no missing persons in Baluchistan just as there was no Osama in Abottabad. Thank you.

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  • Monster
    Jun 9, 2012 - 9:49PM

    Now trolls will claim uber powerful agencies have forced Justice Iqbal to say this.

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  • Jibran
    Jun 9, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Why we needed the head of the “judicial” commission and a retired SC judge to make this statement? Weren’t the IG FC, DG MI, DG ISI, DG ISPR, and COAS sufficient for such propaganda?

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  • Rahim
    Jun 9, 2012 - 9:55PM

    Slap on the face of anyone still hold any hope in what so called Pakistan Justice.

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  • stradam
    Jun 9, 2012 - 10:17PM

    “foreign hand”

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  • Wonderful
    Jun 9, 2012 - 10:21PM

    @Monster:
    Yes . Yes we all know that. CIA/RAW/MOSSAD/Russia/China?Afghan and now also Mali. Have I left any? No need to force Justice Iqbal.

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  • Yayha Ali
    Jun 9, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Are we supposed to believe this lie? Even if foreign agencies are involved how can army not find even a single person. Lets not forget army is active all over Balochistan and people cannot go just missing. Either army is complacent or incapable.Either ways not helpful.

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  • Jun 9, 2012 - 10:29PM

    Foreign hand or leg – This justice suddenly woke up from sleep.

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  • ayesha_khan
    Jun 9, 2012 - 10:29PM

    When 26/11 happened (we believe with ISI suport), Indians held home minister of India responsible for intelligence failure and he lost his job. They held Chief Minister of Maharashtra responsible for the poor response to the terror attack and he lost his job too. Assuming it IS foreign intelligence agencies who are responsible, Will Pakistanis not hold someone responsible within Pakistan?

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  • Imran Con
    Jun 9, 2012 - 10:30PM

    If there is concrete evidence then you shouldn’t hold back on naming names. But , while saying that I have to force myself to forget there hasn’t been a competent and truthful investigative commission in the history of Pakistan.

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  • stradam
    Jun 9, 2012 - 10:59PM

    “foreign hand” what I meant to say was that finally Pakistanis have started believing in a phenomenon what they have always denied.All these years they continued to foster trouble in India/Afganistan ..so no one is going to feel sorry for pakistan even if foreign agencies are involved.Recommend

  • Nadir
    Jun 9, 2012 - 11:00PM

    Isnt he the same guy who was still serving as a SC judge said that the ISI is a national asset and they will not be investigated in the missing persons case?

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  • Zaikam
    Jun 9, 2012 - 11:07PM

    What you sick people need to hear? Army is doing every evil thing itself? Get some life. Waisay, our beloved neighbours have found a good platform here to spread their hate speech.

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  • Monster
    Jun 9, 2012 - 11:09PM

    @Babloo, “However, he said that according to the commission, the total number of missing persons stood at 460………57 from Balochistan”. Try to troll harder next time.

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  • abc
    Jun 9, 2012 - 11:11PM

    well said

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  • Monster
    Jun 9, 2012 - 11:14PM

    @Wonderful, You’re wonderful at trolling, you really are.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 9, 2012 - 11:33PM

    Justice Iqbal claims that there is concrete evidence against foreign intelligence agencies. If he has such evidence, why is he not presenting it to the Azad Adiliya as Pakistan keeps advising others repeatedly. Even Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, head of judicial commission does not have confidence in the Azad Adiliya ?

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  • Jun 9, 2012 - 11:37PM

    The same assertion was made in the SC by someone and the CJ asked why these foreign agencies being allowed to operate freely in the country. I rest my case.

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  • Wonderful
    Jun 9, 2012 - 11:52PM

    @Monster: Thank you, my dear.

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  • Mohammad Asif
    Jun 9, 2012 - 11:57PM

    Justice, you need to spell it out. Who are these agencies? The evidence against them should be presented in from of the people of Pakistan.
    Indian trolls, take your poison some place else. Do you understand the words shameless interloper ?
    @Ayesha_khan : Yes you belong to a better country and we are a failed experiment. Now go away and try to convince the Chinese of your delusions. As far as I am concerned, docile, confused and angry Indian Muslims are in a purgatory and they know it. If it makes feel better by croaking about your sense of self on pakistani pages, i guess you are saving money on anti-depressants. But really take a break and play in your own sand-box.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:23AM

    In 1971 when 1/2 the nation as lost and the army had surrendered , the situation was explaimned by a brief statement issued by the army that said “local commanders in East Pakistan have agreed to a cease-fire”.

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  • Maria
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:27AM

    @Babloo: Instead of trolling, you Indians instead should stop state terrorism against Pakistan and occupied Kashmir. We have known all along that Afghanistan is used a staging ground for Indian criminals and agents.

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  • Umer
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:45AM

    Foreign intelligence agencies behind
    Balochistan situation: Justice Javed
    Iqbal

    Who are those agencies and where is the evidence, if this is really true?

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  • Char Latan
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:46AM

    How come you guys are unable to locate missing persons but never fail to come up with irrefutable proof of foreign involvement? Secondly, if you can find foreign involvement time after time, how come you can’t eliminate it? Finally, isn’t it a bit naive to fall for explanations like this again and again?

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  • Iqbal
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:48AM

    @Monster:
    I was born in Pakistan but have spent most of my life in the West. What Javed Iqbal is saying is what the West has been saying for many years – that it cannot keep its own house in order. It always has to find someone to blame for its internally created problems.
    Remember that Pakistan is ranked among “failed” or “failing” nations. That was not done by CIA/MOSSAD/RAW or MI5. You guys dug your own hole and it is time you came out of it. Recommend

  • Umer
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:51AM

    @Nadir:

    Isnt he the same guy who was still
    serving as a SC judge said that the
    ISI is a national asset and they will
    not be investigated in the missing
    persons case?

    He is also the same guy who jumped to become CJ of SC when Musharaff ousted the Iftikhar Chaudhary court. It’s not surprising that his commission has downplayed military’s role and have tried to place blame elsewhere.

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  • Jun 10, 2012 - 12:54AM

    The actual number of missing person is wrong and foreign agencies responsible for it…. both in the same statement… lol… who are you trying to fool?
    Foreign agencies will come and abduct Baloch people? Why?

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  • Sandip
    Jun 10, 2012 - 1:11AM

    @Yayha Ali: You are being unfair on the army. If they could not find OBL right under their noses in Abbottabad, isn’t finding foreign agents spread across the whole of Balochistan, asking for too much? It’s like finding a needle in a haystack – never easy.

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  • Pinky
    Jun 10, 2012 - 1:31AM

    i have officially lost hope for Balochistan now :(

    perhaps those foreign agents are infecting us with demoralizing bugs..

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  • Hari Karnani
    Jun 10, 2012 - 2:26AM

    Well, I can understand that Pakistan did not protect an uninvited guest like OBL from foreign raider but it is obliged to defend its own citizens. So the conclusion based on Justice Iqbal’s report is that ISI and Pak security forces are not able to protect Pak citizens from foreign agencies inside their own territory.

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  • HH
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:41AM

    Seriously? Hard to have any faith in the judiciary when they make senseless statements like this?

    There are intelligence agencies behind the Balochistan situation. They’re all local!

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Jun 10, 2012 - 4:01AM

    Foreign hands are running interior, finance and many other ministries in Pakistan, May be same hands are responsible for missing persons and many other things in Pakistan. There is a difference between foreign hands and foreign governments.

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  • Ali
    Jun 10, 2012 - 4:18AM

    We should name these damn foreign intelligence agencies, if they are involved.Recommend

  • Freeman
    Jun 10, 2012 - 5:12AM

    @Wonderful: This is not a joke. I think Justice Javed Iqbal is right. If he says there is a concreat evidence then he must have analysed that evidence then gave these comments.

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  • Freeman
    Jun 10, 2012 - 5:13AM

    @Babloo: You have a Negative approach as always.

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  • Freeman
    Jun 10, 2012 - 5:16AM

    @Yayha Ali: I can see you are very competent????? Doubt.

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  • Jun 10, 2012 - 5:26AM

    @Jibran: Dear Jibran, The case of the the son of the chief justice has brought the judiciary in full support of the establishment. That is why an ex CJ is repeating what the establishment has been saying so far.Here goes the case of all missing persons. Recommend

  • John B
    Jun 10, 2012 - 5:33AM

    When Rehman Malik said the same thing no one in PAK believed him. So now, it is official. ISI, judicial and interior minister are all saying the same thing. Chapter closed. Please do not ask which foreign agency is involved. The evidence will be presented at the appropriate time, okay?

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  • Tony Singh
    Jun 10, 2012 - 11:38AM

    @Maria:
    Ouch! it hurts when paid in same coin. Isn’t it?

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  • Suraj
    Jun 10, 2012 - 2:33PM

    People lose confidence even in judicial commissions, if they go on giving such kind of reports..

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  • Awais Kazmi
    Jun 11, 2012 - 2:45AM

    Is this something we didn’t knew?

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  • Nisa
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:16AM

    either we are giving Visas to them or our borders are not secure, in both situations we are stupid

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  • mahmud
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:33PM

    @Rahim: what do you call justice then? Not convicting a single terrorist in last 3 years?

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  • asif muneer
    Jun 22, 2012 - 11:06AM

    i wants to join pakistan intelligencies agencies

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