Posted by: Editor | October 6, 2011

Former IG Police Balochistan on Hazara Killings and LeJ Hideouts

Former IG Police in Balochistan Tariq Khosa wrote an op-ed on the News on October 06. Below are excerpts.

With a heavy heart and great sorrow, I am constrained to warn the present policy makers that Balochistan is fast slipping into chaos and turmoil that may result in disintegration of the State of Pakistan.

Being the first and only Baloch Inspector General of Balochistan Police in 2007, I do not want this to happen as the vast majority of the Baloch sub-nation does not want their province to be embroiled in the new great game being played in the region. What really bothers me is the lack of political will and wisdom to set things right. The security establishment has a barrel vision as its current strategy is perpetuating tit for tat killings and violence.

Rule of law and the writ of the State are the biggest casualties despite a strong message being given by the High Court of Balochistan to all the relevant stakeholders to come up with a strategy to foil the designs of the terrorists and insurgents. Recent spate of targeted killings of Shia community is a case in point. The State seems to be helpless or groping in the dark to take on proscribed militant organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The Government of Balochistan has not come up with a concerted strategy after detailed review and consultation with the chief secretary, home secretary, inspector general police, DG Levies, IG Frontier Corps, IB, ISI, Special Branch, and CID. A few meetings to pay lip service will not do.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Hideouts Near Mastung in Kabo and other Ferrari camps…

Everyone knows that after the escape of a hardcore LJ terrorist from the high security prison in Quetta, the LJ has regrouped and developed a nexus with BLA and other militant outfits in the province to cause systematic mayhem. It is not a secret that such forces have their hideouts near Mastung in Kabo and other Ferrari camps. These camps are located in the B Areas, which are out of the reach of Balochistan Police, thanks to power-hungry politicians and bureaucrats who have handed over 95% of the province to the rag-tag militias, called the Levies. A turf battle has been won by narrow-minded bureaucrats against the police. Consequently, there is no rule of law and peace in the entire province.

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