By Ahmar Mustikhan
The hunting party of the same Qatari petroleum minister that came under attack two days ago was once again attacked by Baloch militants on Thursday evening.
“Four people were abducted and two of the vehicles, one double cabin and one land cruiser were taken away,” the Deputy Commissioner of Kech District, Abdul Hameed Abro , told this correspondent on phone from Turbat Thursday evening.
Abro confirmed that the hunting party belonged to Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah, Qatar’s petroleum minister.
This attack took place at Saeed check-post between Mand and Bal Niggur.
Mir Akram Dashti, former speaker of the Balochistan assembly, said all the four abducted persons were ethnic Baloch. “Mulla Toopan, an Iranian Baloch, is the main contact person for the Qatari team that was sent in advance to make sure no other hunting team spoils the gaming ground. The minister himself was expected to arrive after a month,” said Dashti.
Gulf Arab teams come to Balochistan in winters to hunt Houbara Bustard, injecting badly needed dollars in the local economy.
In the earlier attack Tuesday, The Express Tribune reported two vehicles and two Kalashnikovs were taken from the same hunting party’s camp in the Kech district, while one levies person, an ethnic Baloch was killed.
The Qatar sheikhs are said to have close relationship with Cardiff-based Baloch tribal leader the Khan of Kalat, Mir Suleman Daud Ahmadzai.
There are at least two Dubai-based Baloch leaders Mehran Baluch aka Zammuran Marri and Gazain Marri, who is a former home minister of Balochistan, who yield considerable influence with the militants as they are sons of the Godfather of Baloch separatism Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri.
However, the Marri brothers are not on good terms with Ahmadzai.
Though no group has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack, the Baloch Republican Army which is led by Swiss-based Nawabzada Brahumdagh Bugti -- a brother-in-law of Mehran Baluch -- is said to be active in the area.
According to official sources in Kech, the September 24 earthquake that measured 7.7 on the Richter scale whose epicenter was Awaran compounded by a Pakistan military offensive, have sent most of the Baloch militants to Kech, which used to be very peaceful a decade back.
©Mustikhan News Syndicate