Pakistan Christian Congress chief Dr. Nazir Bhatti has asked the Baloch political organizations and sarmachars or freedom fighters to reach an understanding to prevent Balochistan from turning into a second Afghanistan.
In a statement Wednesday to express his concern over the recent killing of Baloch political activists in Balochistan, Dr. Bhatti, said, “I am deeply anguished over the killing of Dr. Lal Bakhsh of the National Party in Turbat area. The most disturbing aspect of the killing is it is happening at a time when the Pakistan military brutalities are at its height in Balochistan and no Baloch, neither men nor women, is safe.”
Bhatti, who is also editor of the Pakistan Christian Post, deplored that more than 250 Baloch political and freedom activists have been killed since July last year.
“At this critical juncture, the Baloch can not afford to fight one another. Pakistani authorities are trying their level best to foment a civil war in Balochistan and turn it into a second Afghanistan,” he warned.
“Pakistani authorities are trying to give a bad name to the Baloch movement internationally,” he added.
Pakistan got the militant outfit Baloch Liberation Army outlawed in the U.K. and fears run high among Baloch in the U.S. if the Baloch Liberation Front does not stop killing Baloch civilians, the U.S. may follow suit.
Bhatti said he was also shocked to hear about the cold-blooded murder of Mohammad Hussain, a cousin of Rashid Baloch of the American Friends of Balochistan.
The B.L.F. had owned Hussain’s Taliban-style killing in which Rs. 5,000 cash and a cell phone were also stolen from the dead man’s pocket. B.L.F. also owned the killing of Dr. Lal Bakhsh.
Bhatti said he feels pained to see the Baloch political movement is fractured and fragmented and one brother is not talking with the other brother, creating bad blood.
“It would be a big tragedy if Balochistan is plunged into chaos and civil war because of infighting among the Baloch,” he said.
He urged Baloch leaders Brahumdagh Bugti, Senator Hasil Bizenjo, Gazain Marri, Hyrbyair Marri, Dr. Jumma Marri, former chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Senator Malik Baloch, Kachkol Ali, freedom hero Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch, and other stakeholders, specially the Khan of Kalat Mir Suleiman Daud to sit together to foil the web of conspiracies being hatched against the Baloch people and Balochistan.
“Jesus loves Baloch, may God bless Balochistan.”