Pakistan’s Frontier Corps paramilitary soldiers raided the home of a political group's leader, closely allied with a Baloch militant organization, and allegedly abducted at least nine people, after manhandling his wife and 10-year-old son.
Frontier Corps soldiers conducted a pre-Eid swoop in Mashkay on the home of Dr. Mannan Baloch, secretary general of the Balochistan National Movement, which is considered to be the political arm of the Baloch Liberation Front.
Dr. Mannan Baloch was a peer of Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch the B.L.F. chief at the Bolan Medical College in capital Quetta and both share Mashkay as their hometown. He came to the forefront after more mature moderates within the B.N.M. were purged from the group three years ago.
The Balochistan government, that had conferred policing powers to the FC just a day earlier, neither denied nor confirmed the incident.
“The wife was beaten up and they left the 10-year-old son of Dr. Baloch badly wounded,” Kachkol Ali Advocate, a former Balochistan fisheries minister told this correspondent on phone from Oslo, Norway . Ali Advocate, who is now in self-exile, recently joined the pro-militant group.
Most of the B.N.M. leaders and cadres haven been killed in the “kill-and-dump policy” that the Pakistani security forces put into effect in Balochistan three years ago.
Dr. Mannan Baloch was said to be at home at the time of the raid, but managed to flee leaving his family behind.
The identity of those abducted could not be immediately ascertained but Pakistani security forces suspect they were involved in attacks on the troops doing relief work in Awaran, where a September 24 earthquake that measured 7.7 on the Richter scale left 400 dead, more than 1,000 injured and thousands of homes demolished.
At least two Pakistani soldiers, who were busy providing relief in the earthquake-hit area, were killed by the militants. Also, the convoy of Balochistan chief minister Dr. Malik Baloch came under rocket attack of the B.L.F.
Ali Advocate, who was formerly with the National Party, shamed his former colleagues who now lead the ruling colaition in Balochistan and asked them what good were they if they could not stop the excesses of the state on the people of Balochistan in contravention of international laws.
Two of the main founders of the B.N.M., Ghulam Mohammed Baloch and Lala Munir Baloch, were kidnapped from the chambers of Ali Advocate, who was then in Pakistan, in the town of Turbat by the Pakistani security services April 2009. Later their badly tortured bodies were dumped.
The fate of the nine abducted people was not known, but there are chances they may be freed if Ali Advocate personally contacts his former comrades who are now in the provincial government -- unless those abducted by the FC were involved in killing Pakistan troops.
Meanwhile, a former senior bureaucrat from Balochistan who is on a private visit of the US, Tuesday expressed his concern over the lack of tolerance in Pakistan. “Today the political culture is you are either with me or my enemy,” Hakim Baloch, former additional chief secretary of Balochistan, who is also a writer and columnist said. He blamed the state machinery for the violence in society.