MPs told Russia, India and UAE involved in Baloch insurgency

Details of an in-camera parliament session in October 2008 have been published in a cable released on WikiLeaks.


Saba Imtiaz December 03, 2010



A briefing given by the then director general of military operations, Ahmed Shuja Pasha, to parliamentarians has been characterised as being supportive of the US.

According to the WikiLeaks cable, a draft of a presentation shared with the US by National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani stated that Pakistan had not allowed the US to conduct cross-border operations. Parliamentarians were also told that India and Russia were involved in the insurgency in Balochistan. Pasha said India has established nine training camps along the Afghan border, where they are training members of the Baloch Liberation Army. He also claimed “India and the UAE (reportedly due to opposition to construction of the Gwadar port) were funding and arming the Baloch. Pasha also claimed that the Russian government was directly involved in funding/training/supporting the insurgency.”

Former president Pervez Musharraf had also raised the point with US officials in September 2007. According to a memo, he had asked the US to intervene on “the ‘deliberate’ attempt of Kabul and New Delhi to destabilise Balochistan.”

Musharraf told officials that Pakistan had proof that India and Afghanistan were “involved in efforts to provide weapons, training and funding for Baloch extremists through Brahamdagh Bugti and Baloch Marri, two Baloch nationalists, who were living in Kabul.”

“We have letters instructing who to give what weapons [and] to whom,” he said.

A source who had attended the in-camera session told the US, “Pasha’s briefing consisted mainly of videos and photos of Taliban and other terrorist organisation’s activities that demonstrated the militants were both inhumane and un-Islamic.”  According to the source, “At several points, female parliamentarians asked the army to stop showing disturbing footage, including a gory beheading.”

However, the memo notes,  Pasha did not mention the threat from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a drone strike in August 2009.

In a meeting with US Senators Joe Biden (now US vice president) and Lindsey Graham, Kayani said: “He was painfully aware that the army had to retake South Waziristan since 90 per cent of the suicide bombers came from Baitullah Mehsud.” “He has to be cut down to size,” he said.

Pasha briefed members on what he termed “United States government drone incursions and missile strikes.” The source told the embassy that Pasha praised the US for its support through these methods and showed statistics to parliamentarians that demonstrated the vast majority of those killed in these attacks were either foreign or Taliban fighters.

However, politicians believed that the briefing had not provided any new information. Details of a dinner which was attended by several political leaders in attendance noted that “Pasha, unsurprisingly, defended Pakistan’s sovereignty against US incursions.”

However, they “did not share details from the briefing about foreign fighters killed in the alleged US drone attacks.”

Leaked documents show support from Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for drone strikes, and that the Pakistan Army asked for US special operations elements to be deployed with the Frontier Corps.

Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) parliamentarians Shaukatullah and Munir Khan Orakzai and Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Farooq Sattar said at the dinner that they had pointed out during the question-and-answer session in parliament that “not all terrorists were tribals and that the government needed to address growing extremism in Punjab.”

Other details about the Inter-Services Intelligence have also emerged in the leaked documents.

According to an October 2009 memo, ISI director general Pasha had told the US ambassador that he had “followed up on threat information that an attack would be launched against India
between September-November. He had been in direct touch with the Israelis on possible threats against Israeli targets in India.” Pakistan does not recognise Israel as a country.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2010.

COMMENTS (96)

Sardar Alam Khan | 10 years ago | Reply @Bizenjo Baloch: I respect your arguments and definitely Pakistan has raised the basis for all these things. I would like you to join the page, "I am a responsible and civilized citizen of Pakistan" on facebook. Link is www.facebook.com/IAARACCOP. The page intends to generate diverse point of views.
Bizenjo Baloch | 10 years ago | Reply I completely reject this so called report of foreign hands involved in Balochistan.The insurgency in Balochistan is operating on a low scale i.e just by the funds and supports of some tribal Mir,Sardars and local people becz they r now sick of ISI and Pak army.Pakistani media is not hi-lighting any thing for example the ongoing killings of Baloch youth and the abduction by so called Pak Forces and then later receiving their tortured and bullet-riddled bodies. http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/pakistan-urged-investigate-murder-and-torture-baloch-activists-2010-10-26 Do check this amnesty international's report as well. don't think that m an anti-Pakistani or sumthing but this natural that if u were being ignored since past 60 years u will definitely starts to think the alternatives and so our annoyed Baloch brothers are thinking who have retreated to mountains to wage a guerrilla war. Most of the people in BLA or other Groups are the sons,brothers or relatives of these tortured and abducted persons. Take the example of Doctor Allah Nazar,38 He is heading BLF in makran district of Balochistan does any1 knows his history???Kindly search his biography in google He was a member of student org when security forces abducted him and tortured him and now he is waging a war against the state .. There are many more examples like of Dr Allah Nazar's in Balochistan. If Government of Pakistan has any evidence regarding foreign elements i request them on behalf of Baloch people to kindly bring them fwd to the people and to UN as well. This blame game is not new and the time is moving faster towards the POINT OF NO RETURN so i beg the people of Pakistan to stop calling us traitors and raise ur voice for us as this is the only way to see Pakistan in foreseeable future....
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