Pakistan to seek extradition of top Baloch insurgents

Published: April 30, 2015
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Official says matter being taken up with UK, Switzerland, Iran, Afghanistan and India. PHOTO: REUTERS

Official says matter being taken up with UK, Switzerland, Iran, Afghanistan and India. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: 

The government is all set to approach five countries and the United Nations to seek extradition of top Baloch insurgents accused of fomenting unrest in Balochistan which has been in the throes of a low-profile separatist insurgency since 2006.

The security agencies have identified 161 training camps of Baloch insurgents, nearly two dozen of them are believed to be located in Afghanistan and two in Iran.

“We are taking up the issue of Baloch insurgents with five countries [India, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Iran and Afghanistan],” said a top security official, who did not want to be named in this report. Dr Allah Nazar, Hyrbyair Marri, Brahumdagh Bugti, Javed Mengal
and some other wanted insurgents are commanding their fighters in the province, he added.

Hyrbyair Marri, the head of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), has been living in self-exile in the United Kingdom where he has been granted political asylum. The BLA has been responsible for most violence in Balochistan.

Army chief General Raheel Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had taken up Marri’s issue with British officials and sought his repatriation to Pakistan, the security official said.

Brahumdagh Bugti, the founder of the Baloch Republican Army (BRA), has been living in Switzerland seeking political asylum. The BRA has been involved in attacks on security forces, national installations and civilians in Balochistan.

The security official said Islamabad through diplomatic channels was also in contact with Swiss authorities to bring Brahumdagh back to Pakistan. “The Afghan government has assured Pakistan its full support to stop Baloch insurgents from operating from its soil,” he added.

The government has requested Iran through its Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi to make maximum efforts to block the influence of some Baloch separatists operating from Iranian soil, he added. “Pakistan is considering taking up the issue of Indian involvement in Balochistan unrest at the United Nations,” he added.

Earlier this month, the government quietly expanded the scope of a targeted military operation in Balochistan with the consent of the provincial government in an effort to dismantle the training camps of insurgents, the security official said. “We have expanded the military operation in Balochistan.”

The paramilitary Frontier Corps is assisting the military in targeted operations against separatists. “IGFC Balochistan Maj Gen Sher Afgun had briefed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on such operations earlier this week,” he added.

The expansion of the operation came under the National Action Plan against terrorism, which is being executed by the armed forces across the country to wipe out militancy from the country, another senior official of the interior ministry told The Express Tribune.

The FC has been tasked to expedite operations against anti-state elements as well as to enhance border security, security of important places and state properties, said the official who is familiar with the meeting between the IGFC and Chaudhry Nisar.

The IGFC also floated the idea of bringing police from Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore under the federal government for the time being to restore peace in the country’s metropolitan cities, he added. “The IGFC also requested the interior minister for more funds to expand the scope of the operation.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 30th, 2015.

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  • Kalimullah
    Apr 30, 2015 - 10:25AM

    India will fight for the freedom of our Baloch brothers and sisters. Inshallah we will achieve our aims. Allah is with us on this noble quest.Recommend

  • samir
    Apr 30, 2015 - 10:30AM

    Excellent. Better late than never. Recommend

  • Pity
    Apr 30, 2015 - 11:54AM

    @Kalimullah:
    So finally you accept that India is interfering in Balochistan. Every Indian here on ET seems to be in denial mode.Recommend

  • and
    Apr 30, 2015 - 12:12PM

    pakistan will fight for the freedom of our kashmiri brothers and sisters. Inshallah we will achieve our aims. Allah is with us on this noble quest Recommend

  • Apr 30, 2015 - 12:44PM

    @Kalimullah:
    How about you use your real name..like Rahul, Gopal, Vishnu,
    Kumar, Gangaram, Somnath…Recommend

  • Agrippa - The Skeptic
    Apr 30, 2015 - 1:52PM

    Zahid Gishkori:

    ““Pakistan is considering taking up the issue of Indian involvement in Balochistan unrest at the United Nations,” …”

    Ask yourself, Pakistan is going to talk to UK, Switzerland, Iran and Afghanistan and take the so called issue of Indian involvement to the United Nations – why?
    Why isn’t Pakistan talking to the Indian Government about it?
    And, please do not say – India does not respond to the dossier given to India.
    One has heard a lot of talk about the so called dossier – starting in Sharm al Sheikh – but funnily it has never seen the light of the day.
    United Nations will end up clucking about it.
    It certainly won’t add to Pakistan’s reputation but then that shouldn’t be – as you folks might end up saying – one of my concerns.Recommend

  • ZahidKakar
    Apr 30, 2015 - 4:07PM

    Instead of using force and all the above mentioned tactics, why Federal Government is not ready to accept the legal rights of people of Balochistan under the constitution. Why Dominant Punjab is looting the resources of other provinces. The recent proposed change in CPEC Route is glaring example of all the misiries played by Punjab with country. Countries cannot be made with force. Please accept the rights of Pashtun and Baloch and give them the same status of living as people of Punjab. Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Apr 30, 2015 - 4:43PM

    @ zahid Kakar.Have you even gone through the map.or you are another indian using this name and going through indian maps.Its a free land you can use your indian name .No one is going to say you anything for being a hindu.Recommend

  • Singh
    Apr 30, 2015 - 5:25PM

    I am Sikh and I support Baloch for their freedom. I don’t hide my identity. We can make you run for your money when time come. Remember Sikh rule in Pakistan Punjab.Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Apr 30, 2015 - 7:52PM

    @Pity:
    Most Indians wish India to support Baloch separatists as a response to Pakistan’s support to anti India terrorist organizations but there is no visible sign of it happening. Pakistan has not disclosed any proof- similar to what India has been furnishing of Pakistan’s involvement in terrorist activities against India.
    Indian government denies these accusations & has a policy of not supporting terrorist secessionist organizations. While India supported East Pakistan separatists in exceptional circumstances where half the population of Pakistan wanted to separate, India also sent its forces to fight LTTE of Srilanka. India openly sheltered Tibetans fighting for autonomy but never allowed any terrorist action by them against China.
    All countries (US, China, India, Pakistan included) use funds in foreign countries to maintain their assets, collect information, influence policies to protect their strategic interests. However sheltering international terrorists like OBL, Hafiz Saeed & fugitives (like Dawood Ibrahim) & running terrorist training camps, happens in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Baalach
    Apr 30, 2015 - 8:24PM

    @Singh:
    Thank you. I am a Baloch and I fully support an Azad Khalistan comprising Indian-held Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Our wishes go with oppressed but proud Khalsas.Recommend

  • woody
    May 1, 2015 - 7:15PM

    Pakistan doesn’t have extradition treaties with any of those countries – may not have extradition treaties with any country. Maybe you should fix that before making statements calling for extradition.Recommend

  • waseem
    May 2, 2015 - 2:37AM

    @woody:
    to begin with your education on the subject, Pakistan has extradition treaty with USARecommend

  • Kam
    May 2, 2015 - 6:19PM

    @ Kalimullah

    india is not coming as china has entered Gwader and Baloch insurgency will be against china which will in turn support naxals.Tables are turned Pakistani fake Taliban almost finished, MQM apologizing on daily basis, Iran has to pay back for not sending troops to Saudia and Karzai long gone. India and BLA have nowhere to go now. Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    May 2, 2015 - 7:11PM

    @waseem:
    I think, Woody is referring to the countries mentioned in this article- India, Iran, Afghanistan.. who are accused of sheltering Baloch Rebels. Pakistan may not be keen to have such a treaty with India for obvious reasons.
    USA & China are exceptions. They can get things done with Pakistan. India cant.Recommend

  • Lord of the Ring
    May 2, 2015 - 8:54PM

    NGOs like Sabeen’s would be on the forefront of defending these terrorists as usual

    These pseudo human rights activists did not utter a single word of condemnation

    against the massacre of innocent people in Balochistan by their favorite

    terrorists who they lovingly call insurgents Recommend

  • Sep 15, 2015 - 11:31PM

    we should not give any evidence to the indian government….who tf in this world would give evidence of terrorism to a terrorist??? we should give evidence of indian sponsored state terrorism to all friendly countries……india is a terrorist and afghanistan is a psycho….terrorist using a psycho and psycho seeking help from a terrorist…both india and afghanistan sponsor terrorism in pakistan….Recommend

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