One of the main founders of the Baloch Liberation Front, who has launched his own separate militant group, has expressed his dismay over the political degeneration of the Balochistan liberation struggle.
Sattar Baloch, who faced third-degree torture at the hands of Pakistani intelligence services during the military regime of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, told this scribe from his mountain hideout in Mekran, "Any one who wants to settle blood disputes is now joining the Baloch Liberation Front to carry out a killing."
Though Sattar Baloch was one of the main founders of the B.L.F., he along with Saleem Baloch opposed the B.L.F. policy of targeting unarmed civilians. The duo along with their comrades later launched the Baloch National Liberation Front.
Sattar Baloch said, "What started as a struggle against the state has degenerated into a war against the common Baloch people." He added, "There is so much dirt now. The situation is getting worse by the day and we see no chance of betterment."
He said in Mekran, the Frontier Corps has killed 500 Baloch people, while the Baloch Liberation Front has killed upwards of 300 local Baloch and the Baloch Republican Army has killed six Baloch people.
"Even common Baloch picnickers and hunters are not being spared.They are being beaten up and humiliated and their hunting guns snatched," he deplored.
He condemned the abduction in Tump of Fazul Baloch, 18, a young son of well-known Baloch poet Bashir Bedaar. "The young man was badly beaten up by the B.L.F. militants," Sattar Baloch said, adding, "Decent people belonging to the trading class are being humiliated on a daily basis."
He said Mekran was facing economic and educational ruin because of the wrong actions of the militants.
"The building of a college and a 50-bed hospital in Tump was stopped by militants belonging to the Baloch Republican Army," he said. Sattar Baloch said the B.R.A. logic for the action was that the building of the college and hospital would ensure smooth supplies of ration for a Frontier Corps camp nearby.
He said one month ago Naseeb Baloch, 22, was target killed by the B.R.A. outside Turbat city on a charge that he was an informer in the abduction case of Sher Mohammed Baloch, Ghulam Mohammed Baloch and Lala Munir Baloch.
The three leaders were abducted from the chamber of their lawyer Kachkol Ali Advocate by the Pakistani security forces, tortured and their bodies dumped in the first week of April 2009.
"All three were doing open politics and roaming freely. Who would need to spy on them? They do not even know what accusations to cook up," Sattar Baloch said.
He said the main leaders based in the West do not seem to have any grip on the local militants.
The B.R.A. is led by Geneva based Brahumdagh Bugti, 32, who is a grandson of slain governor and chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. The B.R.A. operations from Geneva is allegedly being directed by Brahumdagh Bugti, along with his right-hand man Sher Mohammed Bugti.
Observers in Geneva say the Swiss government has strict laws against terrorism and the Swiss authorities are likely to ask Brahumdah Bugti to quit militancy or leave their peaceful, scenic country.
(Please see video of Sattar Baloch torture story here)