The premier pro-independence American Friends of Balochistan has condemned Pakistan’s unprovoked attacks on Afghanistan’s bordering areas.
In a prompt statement early Sunday, the A.F.B. said “Pakistan’s bombing shows it has gone berserk since the revelation of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen that the Haqqani terror network is a veritable arm of the Inter-Services Intelligence.”
Reuters news agency reports about 500 rockets and shells have been fired since Wednesday into eastern Kunar from a base in Pakistan territory, destroying six homes, two mosques and displacing more than 100 people in the province’s Dangam district, provincial governor Fazlullah Wahidi.
“I strongly condemn this senseless act by the Pakistan army and it must immediately be stopped,” Wahidi told Reuters.
The A.F.B. said like the people of Afghanistan, the Baloch people in Occupied Balochistan have been facing a war imposed upon them by 200,000-plus soldiers and officials of Pakistan army, Military Intelligence, Inter-Services Intelligence and Frontier Corps.
The A.F.B. demanded immediate grant of visas to Balochistan leaders Hyrbyair Marri, former chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Balochistan Republican Party chief Brahumdagh Bugti, the Khan of Kalat Mir Suleiman Daud, and freedom leader Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch so they can travel to Washington DC and discuss the regional situation in detail.
“Playing the Balochistan card and balkanization of Pakistan are a surefire way of countering Pakistan’s terrorism and blackmail in Afghanistan and final victory in the 10-year-old Operation Enduring Freedom,” the A.F.B. said.
Admiral Mullen appeared at the Capitol Hill along with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who was formerly chief of the C.I.A.
ABC world news reported that when Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked whether the United States and Pakistan are on a collision course if something doesn’t change, Panetta said, “it has to change, we can’t continue the situation that’s there now.”
On his part, Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani called a meeting of the military top brass Sunday after meeting CENTCOM chief General James N. Mattis.
From Geneva, Balochistan representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council Mehran Baluch welcomed the statements of Mullen and Panetta and said their latest views offer a silver lining in the horizon for the bloodied Balochistan and Afpak regions.
The A.F.B. urged the U.S. State Department and Pentagon to open talks with the Balochistan leadership without further delay.