“I do not want to send out a wrong message about this meeting because the Khan of Kalat is a respectable citizen of the country and
we will welcome him wholeheartedly when he returns,” Maj-Gen Khattak told a news conference at the FC headquarters. “We have
initiated a process of reaching out to estranged (Baloch) leaders for negotiations,” he added.
The Khan of Kalat is living in self-exile in London – as do a number of other disgruntled Baloch leaders, including Balochistan
Republican Party chief Barhamdagh Bugti and Hyrbyair Marri, who head outfits blamed for most violence in Balochistan.
In a clear reference to these leaders, Maj-Gen Khattak said, “Leaders spending a luxurious life in Europe cannot struggle for
the rights of the people.”
Authorities had organised a ‘Balochistan Festival’ in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations on March 23 in Quetta. The
Khan of Kalat’s son was seen hoisting the country’s flag at the function along with top civil and military officials.
Maj-Gen Khattak claimed that a large number of Baloch leaders turned up at the function, which shows that a majority of Baloch people
The Khan of Kalat, however, disassociated himself from his son’s participation in the Festival. “I’ve no contact with my son for last two
years,” Mir Suleman Daud told journalists in Quetta by phone from London.
Mir Daudzai dispelled the impression that Prince Agha represented him at the festival. “Nobody represents me nor do I have any
mouthpiece or spokesperson,” he said. “It’s an open secret that my son is under the supervision of pro-government Nawab Mir Aali
Bugti,” the Khan of Kalat said.
Asked about Maj-Gen Khattak’s claim that the Khan of Kalat wants to return to Pakistan, Mir Daudzai said, “I will not say anything except
that the ‘grapes are sour’.”
In an effort to play down the deadly insurgency, the FC chief said that the problem was not political. “The issue of Balochistan is not
political but it is related to unemployment, under-development and a lack of facilities for better education,” he added. “Civil and military
institutions are jointly working for the betterment of the people of Balochistan,” he said.
Asked about the criticism of his force by a number of quarters, Maj-Gen Khattak said it was regrettable that they did not appreciate
institutions struggling for restoring order in the province. “However, I believe a majority of those who criticise the FC are not (in favour
of peace),” he added.
The FC chief admitted that the situation in Balochistan is quite precarious and that the security forces alone cannot restore peace to
the volatile province.
“Intellectuals, opinion makers, media and political leaders have to play their role; there are several examples of other countries where
these quarters (are doing so),” he said.
Maj-Gen Khattak also provided a synopsis of the fluid security situation in the province over the last three months. According to him, at
least 107 people, including 87 civilians and 20 security personnel, have been killed in incidents of terrorism. Gas pipelines were
attacked 66 times during the year.
He added that security forces had also recovered a large range of arms, ammunitions, explosive materials, mines, detonators and
Improvised Explosive Devices.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2012.
Family intervention?: ‘Khan of Kalat’s son
wants to bring back exiled father’
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Barkat Ali <Barkat_ali@yahoo.com> wrote:
Once Khan Kalat's grandfahter was asked, Why did you join (an independent State of Kalat) with Pakistan? "I saw Prophet Muhamamd
Sallallahu Alieh Wassalam in my dream, he ordered me to join Pakistan," Khan of Kalat replied.
Faiz Baluch <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Khan Kalat has no support among Baloch people, both inside Balochistan and outside among Baloch Diaspora. The only two person who are supporting
him among Baloch diaspora is Dr. Wahid Baloch and Mehrab Sarjov. Mehrab Sarjov is an Iranian Baloch and according to Malik Towghi, a Baloch scholar
and liaison of Baloch human right International, Mehrab Sarjov is working for Iranian intelligence. I heard Dr. Wahid left him over his differences on the
appointment of Hossinbor, a Jundullah associate and supporter, to testify at the hearing instead of him. Before that, Tariq Baloch, a Baloch political activist in
UK, also left Khan Kalat and called him a stunt man.
Many people in Balochistan don't like Khan Kalat and his family because of his grand father signing the document of accession with Pakistan against the
Baloch will. Many of his family members, who are staunch supporters of Taliban, are still minister in Balochistan Government and enjoying full Pakistan's ISI
and military support and protection. Khan Kalat, like his grandfather, is very religious. According to Waleed Gorbani, a well known Baloch activist in UK, Khan
Kalat and his family members have called to eliminate Zikiris, a small religious minority group of Balochs in Makarn, unless they convert to Islam.
INSTRUMENT OF ACCESSION OF KALAT STATE ( Document of Slavery)
QUETTA: April 1, 2012The head of the paramilitary force has said that the son of a self-exiled Baloch
leader has told him that he wants to bring his father back to Pakistan.
Maj-Gen Ubaidullah Khan Khattak, the inspector general of the Frontier Corps, said that Prince
Agha Muhammad Ahmedzai, the son of Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Daud, expressed this desire in
a recent meeting with him.
|Khan Kalat's son
Agha Muhammad Ahmedzai,