Militants should not be called ‘estranged Baloch’, says IGFC Balochistan

Militants should not be called ‘estranged Baloch’, says IGFC Balochistan

bloISLAMABAD: Inspector General Frontier Corps (IGFC) Balochistan Major General Muhammad Aijaz Shahid said that militants, who attack on the forces, should not be called as “estranged Baloch”, adding this is tantamount to demoralize the forces. He said that the FC has not stopped Shahzain Bugti from entering Dera Bugti but FC wants registration of the people accompanying Shahzain. He said Gohram Bugti is present in Kashmor and has also contacts with Brahamdagh Bugti.

Meanwhile Chairman of the Senate Committee on Interior Talha Mehood said that the RAW is involved in unrest of Balochistan, adding that most parts of Balochistan are under control of BLA. On the other hand the committee has recommended the government to provide new helicopter to IGFC Balochsitan. The committee also recommended to immediately filling the 699 vacant posts in FC. The committee also recommended the government to not cut the 30 percent budget of FC.

The meeting of the Committee was chaired by Senator Talha Mehmood.

Briefing the Committee IGFC said that the attackers on the forces are not estranged Balochs but militants.

“Local administration and politicians are with us in the day and are with the militants in the night”, he said.

He said that as many as 360 security forces’ personnel were martyred during the last few years. He said overall 3806 security personnel were martyred in Balochistan from 2008 till date.

The IGFC lamented over the situation of the forces, saying they are serving the country in very horrible conditions and the government is cutting their budget and does not compensate with the families whose sons die for the country.

He further added that the forces recovered one and half tone explosive material from politicians and arrested them but they get themselves freed from the courts. He said nine persons out 10 were released by the courts.

He said Shahzain’s brother Gohram Bugti maintains contacts with Brahamdagh Bugti who sponsors anti-state elements of Farari camps in Balochistan. IG FC Ajaz Shahid said FC cannot allow such elements to return to Dera Bugti. Aijaz Shahid said FC wants to register people returning to the area to avoid any law and order situation in future. He said due to Shahzain Bugti’s disagreement with security agencies, things are at a stand still. He said the provincial government is dealing with this situation. He said this is political problem.

Aijaz Shahid said substantial reduction is evident in crimes and anti-state activities in 2013 than 2012. He said 6,809 illegal immigrants were arrested and most of them were Afghans. He said there is no room with FC to keep these people.

On missing person’s question, the IG clarified that FC is not involved in any enforced disappearances. He said FC was accused for 19 missing persons’ by the Supreme Court out of total eighty-seven cases. Eighteen cases have been cleared and detailed report was submitted in the court. IG FC said neither his father nor his grandfather appeared before courts, adding he himself appeared before Supreme Court in missing persons case.

Regarding overall situation of the province, he said total 1,520 crimes were registered in whole province in 2013 in various categories including small arms, abductions and IEDs. He expressed the resolve to further reduce the figure this year.

He said that the people of administration stay with FC in day and night time they are used to provide funding to the banned organizations. IG FC said the 1983 model helicopter has been provided to him by government, adding the permission of interior ministry is also required for this use. He said any untoward situation could be faced at any time. He said that the FC arrests the criminals but the courts release these criminals. He said that the flags of Pakistan has been hoisted in schools of Balochistan but the national anthem still not played in the schools of province.

Minister of State for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman remarked that enraged Baloch are a fact and our government will continue playing its role in bringing them into national streamline through a combination of measures.

He said situation in Balochistan went awful due to wrong policies of former President Pervez Musharraf, however, in recent five months, circumstances have significantly improved.

Regarding unregistered SIMs, the minister said the government has done substantial work with the help of concerned stakeholders and around 1.5 million such SIMs were blocked. He said the government has successfully introduced biometric system for the SIMs registration in Karachi and soon it will be implemented in rest of the country.

Chairman of the committee said that ‘Raw’ is involved in the worst conditions of Balochistan. He further said that the forces need our support to improve the conditions in the province.

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