Unrest in Balochistan: India, Afghanistan involved in religious terrorism, says IGP

Published: August 3, 2015
IGP says CTD has started working in Quetta; will be extended across the province. PHOTO: FILE

IGP says CTD has started working in Quetta; will be extended across the province. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: The Balochistan police chief has accused India and Afghanistan of fuelling religious terrorism in the province through their intelligence networks. Iran is also involved in a few such incidents, according to Inspector General Muhammad Amlish.

“[Afghanistan’s] NDS and [Indian] RAW are involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan while Iran’s involvement is also reported in a few incidents,” he said, adding that no solid evidence of Tehran’s involvement had been found.

In an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune, IGP Amlish said that cooperation between military authorities and Balochistan police was at its optimal level. Such cooperation has never existed in his 30-year career in the force,  he said.

The police chief made a distinction between religious terrorism and separatist insurgency. “The case of religious terrorism is different as many foreign hands are involved in destabilising the country,” he said.

He said terrorism was the major challenge in Balochistan. “All other problems are interlinked as the same terrorists are involved in robberies, highway holdups, kidnappings and targeted killings of police officers,” he added.

Huge vacuum of senior officers

IGP Amlish said the policing structure in Balochistan was running at 50 per cent strength as Police Services of Pakistan (PSP) officers, who were forced to serve the province by former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, have started leaving the province.

“As many as 18 senior police officers have so far been posted outside Balochistan this year while merely six came to the province,” he said.

He said the issue was taken up with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. “It really makes a huge difference if CSP officers are deputed because they work professionally.”

Counter Terrorism Department

Commenting on the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), the IGP said it has started working in Quetta with 130 trained personnel and will be extended across the province.

“The lack of trained officers and personnel is a big challenge. However, the issue has been properly taken up,” he said. “The target is to recruit 2,000 more soldiers in the CTD while a separate force will be set up for the coastal belt.”

‘Replace B-Area s with A-Areas’

“Around 95 per cent areas of Balochistan are once again declared B-Areas which come under the jurisdiction of the Levies Force, while merely five per cent area is classified A-Area, which comes under police’s domain,” he said.

He criticised the perception that the Balochistan Levies Force is a local and indigenous force aware of the dimensions and culture of the area. “I do not think the force can work capably. We will have to replace all the B-areas into A-areas and hand over the whole province to the police,” he said.

Troubled spots

The IGP said Quetta and Mastung are the most troubled areas in Balochistan. “Sectarian violence and religious terrorism take place primarily in Quetta and Mastung districts while Makran division is disturbed by a nationalist movement,” he said.

The outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (Lej) and Jaish-ul Islam are behind sectarian killings and attacks on polio workers. “Some target killers of police officers, polio workers and Hazara community were arrested recently which has helped control such killings,” he said.

524 police officials slain

IGP Amlish said as many as 524 police officers have so far been killed in targeted attacks in Balochistan since 2006. “It is very sad that all the police officers who went after terrorists were targeted,” he said. “Many officers were investigating cases of terrorism.” However, he said police also arrested or killed the majority of the killers.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (10)

  • bretboy
    Aug 3, 2015 - 10:06AM

    in that news that officer never mentioned any of the country name but tribune playing game on public good funny storyRecommend

  • don
    Aug 3, 2015 - 10:41AM

    seems everybody involve other than pakistan .Recommend

  • James
    Aug 3, 2015 - 11:55AM

    Why miss USA, UK, NATO, etc…..Recommend

  • Tepper
    Aug 3, 2015 - 12:32PM

    India is instigating unrest in Balochistan, just like Pakistan is flaming passions in Kashmir and sheltering enemies of Northern Alliance in KP. Obviously, Pakistan’s destiny changed post 9/11, when india got an entry into Balochistan through Afghanistan. Trying to squeeze a power that is many times powerful than you has its own risks. Pakistan has been an supporter of chaos in Kashmir and India sensed and grabbed the opportunity to do the same post 9/11 in Balochistan. It would be sensible for Pakistan to back out for now, they can’t go on spending money to fund the insurgency in kashmir and fight the same in Balochistan. The Arabs & the Americans haven’t been very kind of late with the donations. Recommend

  • Lol
    Aug 3, 2015 - 1:42PM

    Breaking news!!!
    Mars, Neptune and Saturn also involved!!Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 3, 2015 - 2:32PM

    @Lol: No, just India.Recommend

  • bretboy
    Aug 3, 2015 - 3:22PM

    @Usman: if that is india means? how u know? u seen? u have any proof? or what else? everyone in pak only reading this news reports , then they are believing what ever they wrote read full article even a single word he never say a country name? then how u can mention this is india or afghanistan and all? think twice before pointing some oneRecommend

  • Aug 3, 2015 - 4:54PM

    Idiot, useless, carroupt, Nawaz sharif send more fresh mangos for modi,,, and also put these mangos in ur mouth and in……….. Remain silent on Indian aggression Recommend

  • Seriously u believe this ??
    Aug 3, 2015 - 6:14PM

    You don’t need external forces to destroy you…Your media and your government is making sure Pakistanis continue to be in denial mode by not questioning what is reported in media and not being able to see through how the government uses every opportunity to point fingers at India, Afghanistan, Iran etc as smoke screens to hide inabilities to solve basic problems.Recommend

  • jatt da puttar
    Aug 3, 2015 - 6:56PM

    i find it really funny when endians come to pakistani news websites and hope for praises for endia .. come on guys face the reality we do not like you one bit . stay out of our affairs we are not bangladesh opr bhutan or nepal . get a life endiansRecommend

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