Baloch insurgency funded from abroad: PM

Published: March 1, 2011
Gilani says govt has credible evidence of hostile external elements fueling the insurgency in Balochistan.  PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Gilani says govt has credible evidence of hostile external elements fueling the insurgency in Balochistan. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani Monday said that the government had credible evidence of hostile external elements fueling the insurgency in Balochistan.

“Foreign forces are involved in deteriorating the situation in Balochistan and taking advantage of it,” Gilani told the National Assembly using rhetoric often employed by military and intelligence officials in the recent past.

In what was dubbed a policy statement, Gilani reiterated his government’s offer to hold talks with the political forces of the province to bring them into the mainstream of the national life.

A legislator from Balochistan, however, warned that time was running out and urged the administration to go beyond familiar rhetoric.

The kidnapping of two judges in Jaffarabad district of Balochistan on Sunday appeared to be the primary motivation for the prime minister’s strong words for the Baloch insurgents.

PML-N, PML-Q duel

Meeting for the first time since the PML-N last week expelled the PPP from the Punjab government, the National Assembly saw lawmakers from hostile Pakistan Muslim League factions bashing each other’s policies.

As the PPP members remained silent, legislators from the Nawaz and Quaid factions of the PML appeared to be blaming each other for playing ‘dirty’ power games in the past and now.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 1, 2011 - 10:57AM

    No Mr Prime Minister, the insurgency is locally funded and by the Federal Governments Revenue Distribution to Provincial Governments. Stop blaming the insurgency on foreign elements. Last week the SC asked the Federal Govt. to find out from the military how the insurgency was going on in Baluchistan as they felt that law and order had broken down. Is the SC BSing, or are you?/Recommend

  • Maria
    Mar 1, 2011 - 11:03AM

    We have known all along that foreign nations are involved in the terrorism in Pakistan. When did the PM find out!Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Situation is going to the way,
    leading to ”beyond the control”Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 12:40PM

    The baloch should be given the right to rule their own soil. The roylity of Gas petroluem and other natural resources must be given 100% the land owners ,ie baloch and Pushtoons of Balochistan.why the genrals and other rich people occupied the Gawader land in reap rates.these are some issues which are usual in pak-Establishment.

    In pakistan the big brother occupies the right of younger one. this remain our national problem. The same is repeated in Diamer Basha Dam where 100% land damage and area is of Gilgit-Baltistan and the royality goes to Khyber Pukhton khwa. even the area which KPK claims its terretory was 30 years ago part of Distt.Diamer of GB. this encroachment of resources and boundaries must be stopped to be called a mature nation among world comunity. and thus we would not face such problems.Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 1:13PM

    sooo trueRecommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 1, 2011 - 1:25PM

    Lemme guess…India, Israel and US?Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 1, 2011 - 1:57PM

    We have been hearing about this “credible evidence” from various people for the last 5 years. Why doesn’t the PM present the evidence for the world to see? What is stopping him?
    The Pakistani governments are responsible by ignoring the plight of the baloch for 63 years. Now they’re trying to deflect blame by making all and sundry responsible.Recommend

    Mar 1, 2011 - 2:47PM

    Unfortunately, Pak government does not believe in neither sharing credible evidence with India which it has been claiming to have found for the past so many years nor do they accept credible evidence given against Let chief. India is fed up and so are people of Pakistan. Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 1, 2011 - 3:04PM

    And what about the previous 4 baloch insurgenciesRecommend

  • Saba Baloch
    Mar 1, 2011 - 3:20PM

    Joke of the year :

    Serious discussion between gaddafi and gilani

    Gaddafi : You know what Osama Bin laden is behind this uprising. I am sure there are other foreign powers too, like, well where do i start from, US, Egypt, Iran, Israel. Maybe even India and China. You see they are Jealous.

    Gilani : Hey this is nothing. you have no idea, who’s behind the uprising in Balochistan.

    Gaddafi : So, who is it?

    Gilani : Guess what? Even i dont know! But i am sure it is America, Israel and India.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 1, 2011 - 3:50PM

    We have a half a million standing army, capacity to manufacture drones but we don’t have the will/resources to keep the pipelines safe? The need of the day is to keep our gas supplies running and Taliban subdued. Then to concentrate in areas such as education, health, water scarcity.
    However our politicians are too busy in the play acting in the theater that is the national assembly or robbing us rather than addressing the issues the country faces.
    These resources belong to Pakistan as a whole, not to any one province. Doesn’t the whole of the country visit/use the educational institutes in Punjab and Sindh(Karachi)? Then how comes all of a sudden these tribal nit wits are claiming all the gas for themselves and then still benefitting from all of the facilities of the state!
    Next thing the debate will come down to which tribe owns the resources and them Baloch tribals will start to murder one another.Recommend

  • Balochiblood
    Mar 1, 2011 - 4:52PM

    Once we get freedom from Pakistan we can sell gas to Punjab and then the punjabis will know that natural resources belonging to some other country is not free. We cannot trust the racist punjabi army they treat us like 2nd class citizens we have so many of our young people missing some as young as 13 yrs old. How can they harm anyone and even if they are they should be returned back to their parents. What kind of justice can we expect from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2011 - 5:08PM


    U mentioned above that all these resources belong to whole country then why the NFC award is there?
    where each entity gets its royality of its resources. this is just simple that if ur borther or cousin have a comercial property then why he dose not share with u equally.
    Brother Hood and relations is something els where u cannot shares of ur relative of his property though u could be somehow benefitsRecommend

  • khan
    Mar 1, 2011 - 6:09PM

    Everything that goes wrong in Pakistan is always blamed on a foreign hand. No evidence is ever proffered ever afterwards in support of these ridiculous statements.

    If the situation in Balochistan had not been so serious I would be laughing myself silly. People are dying and going missing every day and all we repeatedly hear from the likes of Gillani, Rehman Malik, etc is that there is a foreign hand involved.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 1, 2011 - 6:41PM

    @zahidullah khan Gabari:
    Resources of the provinces belong to the state of Pakistan. Karachi pays a disproportionate amount of taxes for the country, and recieves relatively little back. People from Balochistan, Sindh etc send their children to be educated at the tax payers expense to universities in Punjab and Karachi. How many Balochis live and make their livings in other parts of Pakistan? All of a sudden when gas is found and it benefits the Balochis they say the gas is ours and we will continue to enjoy the benefits of beiing part of Pakistan.
    In the UK for example, much of the oil revenues generated are in Scottich waters but the revenues go to the government. In Russia the oil and natural resources are the property of the governement, the people of Siberia don’t see a cent. In US, oil flows from Alaska etc end up being used by mainland America. The Alaskans benefit by the investment in the area. What you are talking about is not autonomy but succession from Pakistan. Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 1, 2011 - 8:02PM

    @zahidullah khan Gabari:
    Also power generated by the Mangla dams and Tarbela dams is sold at a similar price throught out Paksitan. Their is no special dispensation for the provinces like KP and AJK where the power is generated to have cheap power. They pay the same price that you pay even though it’s their natural resource being exploited.The rules can’t be changed for a few opportunists. Recommend

  • LOL
    Mar 1, 2011 - 9:41PM

    Of course, all of Pakistan’s problems are due to India, Israel, and the U.S. If you always blame others, you don’t have to realize the problem is you. Recommend

  • anonymous
    Mar 1, 2011 - 10:58PM

    Not just Balochistan, the entire insurgency, Afghanistan, Waziristan, etc.. in this region is funded by foreigners. Those big Western corporations love power and money and the way to achieve that is to secretly fund different groups by taking advantage of their ethnic differences. Wasn’t Jundullah proven to be created and funded by America. Arrest of Davis proves that America has links with the militants TTP.

    I can never figure out that if Balochis so hate Punjabis, why are they doing business in Lahore, and sending their children to universities and colleges in Punjab and buying properties there. Have you ever heard of Punjabis carrying out anti-Baloch, anti-Sindhi, anti-Pushto demonstrations? We have so many of these peoples living in Punjab, like they are our brothers, which they are because in Islam there is no ethnic differences.. So many Punjabis are being murdered in Balochistan, where they have been living for over a hundred years. So many Pathans are being murdered in Karachi, but you don’t hear of Karachiites being murdered in Peshawar!

    Stop blaming one group or the other, and get together for the best interests of our Muslim brothers no matter what part of Pak they are from!
    Remember when we leave this world, our ethnicity will not be questioned by Allah, only what type of a Muslim we were.Recommend

  • baloch
    Mar 2, 2011 - 2:00AM

    stop fooling us punjabis and creating divisions. our children dont go to universities for free but our gas is given to PUNJAB without balochis getting any benefit what about missing people when will the punjabi army return them to their mothers there is no foreign hand in balochistan only punjabi army hand causing insurgency we gave enough time to punjabis to mend their ways but they just care about looting our wealth Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 2, 2011 - 3:04AM

    Political party are baking their food over baloch problem.

    PPP supports baloch,Nawaz sharif supports them on the other hand,ISI and army kills the innocent baloch.Why not give them more autonomy and power to decide their future.
    On one side,we are fighting for kashmir which has made our nation bankrupt due to unlimited amount of defence expenditure.Are we really a nation?
    See our neighbor which has been progressing so fast.Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2011 - 5:11AM

    Hopefully this – and CIA operative Raymond Davis’ arrest – will draw attention to this tragic issue. The Pentagon/CIA makes no secret of their desire to see energy and mineral rich Balochistan secede from Pakistan to become a US client state – just like energy and mineral rich Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the other former Soviet republics. Especially with massive Chinese investment in the area (for example, the Chinese-built Gwadar Port created as a transit route for Iranian oil and natural gas destined for China). So, once again US taxpayers are funding both sides of the so-called War on Terror.

    I blog about this at

  • Rohit
    Mar 2, 2011 - 6:42AM

    Typical Pak rhetoric. Always blaming others for their own inept & incompetent attitude. You lot will become loners (international pariah) if you don’t get your house in order. Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 2, 2011 - 4:42PM

    Balochis don’t live and work in Karachi? Use the infrastructure,schools,hospittals there?
    Likewise Punjab? You don’t draw power from the grid of Pakistan? The schools and other infrastructure in Balochistan are paid for by whom?
    Balochis will only loose if they choose this path. The gas reserves are limited. We can buy the gas from Iran dirt cheap. Don’t believe the hype about Reqo Dir, that’s all pie in the sky. Who even knows if it’s economical to exploit these resources. In the future if provinces keep their own revenues, only Punjab and Sindh will benefit.The main economical centers like Lahore, Karachi, are carrying the rest of the country. Recommend

  • Khaliullah
    Mar 3, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Free Balochistan we r a separate country under ocuupation of pakistan.World community must support us for freedomRecommend

  • Anoop
    Mar 5, 2011 - 2:28AM

    Why cant Pakistan grant plebiscite and fix this issue once and for all? Then the world will know if Balochis really do want independence or its a minority emotion. After all Pakistani think holding plebiscite is so easy when it comes to Kashmir, they should try this in Balochistan to show Indians how its done and what patriotism is.Recommend

  • Malik
    Mar 6, 2011 - 11:59PM

    finally you know it too …. so what do we do about it?Recommend

  • Mar 9, 2011 - 8:40AM

    @anoop and Khaliullah,

    Balochistan is part of Pakistan and we being pakistani have discussions how we would be better to solve the issues internally.
    we realize that decenterlization of power could excellerate our development.this differences of ideas doesnt mean we want to break our pakistan.
    ironically some of our leaders and pak-establishment could not understand the philosphy of decentrlization of power . coz they are ignorant.Recommend

  • Shamir Baloch
    Mar 10, 2011 - 3:05PM

    @zahidullah khan Gabari:
    Keep dreaming! Talk about your punjab, Balochistan is an Independent nation and can think for itself. No advice needed from outside, least of all a punjabi beggar.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Mar 10, 2011 - 9:21PM

    @zahidullah khan Gabari,

    I guess you got an answer to your post from a Balochi..

    If what you say IS true then why not act on my proposal and prove that it is indeed true?

    I bet there will never be action on it.Recommend

  • Mar 12, 2011 - 8:29AM

    @ Shamir baloch and Anoop,

    for ur kind knowledge I m not a punjabi u should understand this which is vivid in my name. neither I m baloch but what ever i have said in my first post u can read.
    u indians have nothing in mind just “Pakistan ka Boot sawar hay” find ways how could u destabilize pakistan. U had better do ur own business. in india there are dozens of libration movements and a poor and beneath low level life of ur ordaniry men besides all that u r having “khurak” virus to think about pakistan. keep in mind one thing.
    history repeats itself. again we (muslims) will be ruling india soon. if u dont believe this check the predictions of Naimaullah shah wali.Recommend

  • Hamza Baloch
    Mar 12, 2011 - 11:37AM

    @zahidullah khan Gabari:

    Nice try but the way you try and wish away the independence of Baluchistan, it is quite evident that you are nothing but a punjabi.

    And you may say as much as you want about your punjab, or your foes afghanistan, india, israel or your Owners America but you have no right to say anything about our country, The Independent Sovereign Republic of Baluchistan.

    We love it when you go round and round in your confused conspiracy theories. You dont know whether Afghanistan and India are your friends or foe. You dont know whether to Beg the Americans or Revolt against them. All you know is cook up stories and then keep jumping around desperately trying to defend one story after another.

    Keep jumping around, it makes for good entertainment for us and the rest of the world.

    Balochistan Zindabad!Recommend

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