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Abdel Malik Rigi’s execution: Does it call for protests from BNF? – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi

We at LUBP have discussed the implications of not sentencing terrorists thoroughly in the recent past. Abdel Malik Rigi – the now  executed leader of Jundullah, was arrested in a daring, high altitude operation by the Iranian forces and a very swift justice was provided to him through trial and sentencing. Pakistan suffers from terrorism immensely, however, the lack of dispensation of justice to terror-mongers is a major stumbling block for the state and government and a matter of encouragement for the terrorists.

An interesting news has appeared in Jang today calling for a 3 days mourning on the execution of Abdel Malik Rigi. It also says that many Bar Associations in Balochistan have announced boycott of court proceedings to protest against the execution. This is very unfair on part of some elements in Balochistan. It also gives a wrong image of our country with a brother neighbor country which has time and again pointed towards Pakistan for supporting terrorists in Iran.

Might we suggest that the government takes action against such protests and the Pakistan Bar Council also consider some sort of action against uncalled for protests?

Protests against Abdel Malik Rigi’s execution news in Jang, June 22, 2010

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  • Will they protest with equal sincerity and passion against the target killings of hundreds of Punjabi teachers and other professionals who have been butchered by Baloch terrorists in the last few years.

    Target killing of Professor Nazima Talib Mehdi: Shame on BLA terrorists. Where are your Baloch traditions?

    The Scylla of violence: indiscriminate violence against the non-combatant settlers in Balochistan – by Dr Mohammad Taqi

    If half-a-million ethnic Punjabis flee Balochistan – by Jan Assakzai

    In defence of Punjabis: Stop target killing of Punjabi settlers in Balochistan – by Abdul Nishapuri

    The unholy nexus between Baloch rights activists (some of whom in fact deserve to be classified as terrorists) and sectarian terrorists is deplorable.

    Baloch rights activists are causing irreparable damage to their own cause.

  • PPP should stop being a Shia party, Abdul Rehman Reggi is fighting for sunni rights in iran, Iran regime is same as Taliban regime of Afghanistan as Shia Mullahs are ruling Iran like Sunni Mullahs in afghanistan.
    I urge the PPP leadership to stop portraying themselves as Shia party as this site is only working for shias, what about sunnis killed by shias militants?
    why this site never show the atrocities committed by ISO and Sipah e Muhammad ??
    Can administrator of this website tell the readers why sajid naqvi party is Banned in Pakistan ?
    If Sipah e Sahab is banned organization then Sajid Naqvi party is also and Sipah e Muhammad.
    If this continue to happen sunnis like me will stop supporting PPP, change the name to Pakistan Shia Peoples Party.


    Comment by LUBP Admin: The above comment was stuck in spam; we are happy to release the comment for our readers’ interest.

  • Dear Abu Bakr Solangi, we respect your views. The point we are making is not of shia/sunni. It’s about terrorism. I am by a sunni belonging to a conservative family, yet it pains me to see the brand of conservative islam being followed by the deobandi/wahabi school of thought.
    We would encourage you to write something about the the “shia atrocitied” that you are talking about.

  • @Abu Bakr Solangi

    Jundullah is a terrorist organisation. It represents neither Baloch nor Sunnis.

    Sajid Naqvi does not present Shias. Ludhianvi does not represent Sunnis.

    Any one who is involved in an act of violence, hate speech and terrorism deserves to be unconditionally condemned. It is misleading to malign a whole community for the acts of only a few violent individuals.

    All Taliban and terrorism apologists must keep on voting for Maududi’s party and Mullah Omar’s party. The PPP (and PML-N too) do not really need terrorism apologists’ votes (which are no more than a few dozen any way).

  • via Toey Zoey

    Editorial: How Much Support For Jundullah Is Too Much?


    Balochs living in Pakistan’s provinces of Balochistan and Sindh reacted very irritably towards the decision of the Iranian government to hang Abdul Malik Regi, the chief of banned organization Jundullah, by terming it as an act of repression by a regime that is bent upon crushing its Baloch population.
    All available forms of condemnation, such as issuance of newspaper statements, arrangement of press conferences, protest rallies and condolence references, were used to censure the hanging of a leader who fought for the rights of the Sunni Baloch minority population residing in Iranian Balochistan. The outpouring of condemnation was so overwhelming that even an impressed Jundullah spokesman went on to appreciate the Balochs living in Pakistan for their moral and political support offered to the Iranian Balochs at the critical juncture.

    In Eastern Balochistan, the Baloch National Front (BNF) was on the forefront of all protest rallies held in the province to condemn the execution of 28-year Regi who was wanted by Teheran in more than seventy cases. The Front observed three days of mourning and organized a number of programs to vent its frustration of Iran’s behavior towards its Baloch population. Nonetheless, many people, including some components of the BNF, now realize that they went overboard in agitating on the Regi issue which could, at the end of the day, prove counterproductive and detrimental for the secular Baloch nationalist movement.

    A timely expression of this concern has been made by the Baloch National Movement (BNM) which has categorically refused to join the BNF in its announced schedule of anti-Iran protests to express solidarity with Jundullah and the Balochs of Iran. Condoling the murder of Regi and his brother, Abdu Hameed, the BNM central spokesman, however, said here on Monday that his party did not see eye-to-eye with the Jundullah manifesto which underlines religious and sectarian ambitions.

    The BNM believes that the Baloch issue has nothing to do with religion nor can it go an extra mile to join hands with ethnic Balochs living in Iran who do not recognize Baloch nationalism and solely talk of religious rights. BNM is equally disillusioned with BNF leadership for not taking it into confidence while unfolding its schedule of protests in support of Jundullah and said that it could not support a Sunni movement which did not keep in consideration the Baloch identity.

    This is a very crucial development. The BNM stance will surely alert the Balochs struggling in Iran on religious lines that their counterparts in Pakistani Balochistan do not concur with their ideology. The Baloch resistance movement in Pakistan, which is largely leftist, is not compatible with what Jundullah stands for i.e. Sunni rights. BNM has clarified its stance on the right time as the BNF response to Regi’s killing had already begun to raise many eyebrows about the ideological foundations of the Baloch resistance movement.

    By supporting Jundullah, the BNF, which always requests the international community to take notice of the plight of the Balochs, is further confusing the world. Does it mean that the Baloch nationalism has succumbed to religion and begun to endorse suicide bombings on the name of religion as was done by Jundullah inside Iran? If the answer to such a question is in affirmation then BNF will surely find itself in an indefensible position before the larger world which is currently battling the scourge of religious fundamentalism.

    On their part, the supporters of Jundullah do not easily digest the nationalists’ claim that Regi was a secular. For example, Hafiz Abu Ubaid, the acting vice president of Karachi-based Ittehad-e-Tuleba-wa-Sunna, has strongly condemned Abdul Wahab Baloch, chairman of Baloch Rights Council, for calling Regi a secular. The righwing has termed Wahab’s remarks and proposal that Jundullah should operate on nationalistic lines as highly offensive. They have sought an apology from Wahab Baloch for allegedly insulting Regi by calling him secular. This is another point of view which exists and has to be acknowledged, if not agreed with.

    Baloch nationalism and Islamic nationalism cannot comfortably go side by side. If the mere fact that Regi was a Baloch attracted BNF reaction then one wonders if similar reaction would be shown on the death of a Baloch who is a part of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), Pakistan People’s Party and Muslim League? BNF should not judge people merely on their Baloch ethnicity. It should support the people who share the same ideology that the BNF stands for.

    Baloch nationalism cannot live in isolation. No national movement can start and end with a simple demand for national liberation. The Baloch movement needs to have clearly defined answers of several crucial questions to satisfy the rest of the world about the structure of a proposed independent Balochistan. Such a roadmap should implicitly define the relationship between the state and religion; role of tribalism and the status of women and religious as well as ethnic minorities in an independent Balochistan, the ultimate goal for which parties like BNF are struggling right now.

    BNM has adopted a timely stance and rightly warned BNF not to compromise on Baloch nationalist ideology by backing religious fundamentalism. By supporting religious fundamentalists, Baloch nationalists would be compromising on their ideological foundations and make it more difficult for the international community to support the Baloch movement.

  • Baloch people reject Saudi-sponsored Jundullah terrorists

    Do not match Jondullah with Balochistan freedom movement – by Ahmar Mustikhan

    It does not matter if one was Baloch and the other is an Arab. They both represent the violent face of wahabi sunni Islam. The Baloch must be extremely careful and do not look upon Jondullah as a lesser evil simply because it is comprised of Balochi-speaking sunni wahabis, warns intellectual and poet Dr. Malek Towghi of East Lansing, Michigan.

    The Baloch cannot afford to see sunni wahabi’ism flourish, even if a foreign power might open bag loads of money in front of their faces. This is what is said to have happened in the case of Jondullah.

    The struggle for Baloch people has always been secular. One of the most famous Baloch leaders, former governor and statesman Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, 79, very aptly said what can the Baloch do with women and wine in heaven when neither has a “hole.”

    The Baloch political fabric is based on religious tolerance. At least one in every five Baloch is zikri who does not go to perform the annual pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, a global center of Muslim brainwashing.

    If Taliban and al Qaeda get military logistic supplies from the Inter-Services Intelligence, the monies came from the Saudis not the Punjabi Muslim general s who to this day dream of returning to power in New Delhi. These generals are of the considered opinion that the Hindus are cowards.

    In the case of Jondullah too, the monies came from Saudi Arabia, the world’s most decadent kingdom, according to highly placed U.S. sources.

    The Jondullah is responsible for committing crimes against humanity. The U.S. Department of State has very correctly identified it as a terrorist outfit. But the U.S. known for its love for “quickies” even in international politics did so rather belatedly.

    The sight of a young Baloch like Regi in the captivity of the Iranian pasdarans was an ugly, painful sight. It made them feel uneasy but then the video of Regi raising Allah O Akbar slogans and slaughtering his own brother-in-law in front of a camera flashed in their mind.

    Regi got what you deserved just like bin Laden. There is little tolerance for ideas that can have lasting impact on the secular politics in Baloch society.

    Dr. Malek Towghi, who has been involved in Baloch international activism, recalls an incident when the Jondullah was in its formative phase.

    He said two Baloch from western Balochistan, Dr. M. Hosseinbor and Hakim Saeed of the Pen Foundation, wanted him to go for a protest in New York against Mahmoud Ahmedinijad.

    “I said yes I will come there, but in my one hand I will carry a placard that says ‘Down with Iran’ and in the second hand another placard that says ‘Down with Pakistan’.”

    But he said they told him, “If you mention Pakistan, they will not give us money.”

    Towghi who is a simple American Baloch deplores the mixing of business and politics.

    “Our Western (iran) Baloch are addicted to money,” says Towghi.

    London-based Tariq Baloch, who recently defected from the camp of Baloch tribal leader Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Daud Ahmadzai concurs with this view. “Even in Lyari the drug culture was introduced by the Baloch from Iran,” he said in an email.

    In contrast in Eastern (Pakistan-occupied) Balochistan, there is stress on ideology and politics rather than money.

    When Abdolamalek Regi was killed some Baloch groups organized protests. But the large and mainstream political parties, including the Baloch National Movement, were unwilling to join in protest against the terrorist’s death. “The BNM believes that the Baloch issue has nothing to do with religion nor can it go an extra mile to join hands with ethnic Balochs living in Iran who do not recognize Baloch nationalism and solely talk of religious rights,” Malik Siraj Akbar wrote in an editorial in The Baloch Hal. The U.S. official policy towards Iran has not been confrontrational, notwithstanding the rhetoric.

    “American official agencies like the C.I.A. and Pentagon are behaving responsibly when it comes to Balochistan,” says Dr. Towghi.

    A strange aspect of Hosseinbor’s presentation to the Oversight and Investigations sub-committee was almost half of his paper was devoted to Iranian Balochistan, with a stress on Shia and Sunni differences.

    “But there are shias among the Baloch as well,” says Towghi. In addition one in every five Baloch belongs to the zikri sect that does not follow wahabi Islam and in stead offer their annual pilgrimmage or hajj in Mekran.

    In an article in Foreign Policy journalist Mark Perry said Israel’s Mossad duped Baloch exiles in London that they are agents of the C.I.A. as they wroked with Jondullah to carry out attacks against Iran.

    Towghi believes that in spite of his sympathy for Israel, the Baloch should never became pawns or mercenaries for foreign interests. “This will be a disaster. The Baloch will be crushed,” he warns.

    Towghi is all praise for the correct stand of Baloch freedom leader Brahumdagh Bugti “who has been trained well by Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. ”

    Brahumdagh Bugti is grandson of Balochistan governor and chief minister, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, 79, who was killed August 26, 2006 on the orders of Pakistan military, Bugti’s killing destroyied any hopes, of there were any in the first place, for Balochistan’s existence in a federal Pakistan.

    The young Brahumdagh Bugti, 31, came out against any fight against Iran at the same time the Baloch in Eastern Balochistan are engaged in a David-and-Goliath struggle against Pakistan rmy, the fourth largest in the world. Bugti insists the Baloch should first get freedom from Pakistan rather than open two fronts.

    “The National Party is very clear on these issues,” Towghi said about a middle class party that has more than 70,000 members.

    Bugti’s brother-in-law Mehran Baluch, who is Balochistan’s unofficial representative at the U.N. Human Rights Council and youngest and most loved son of veteran Baloch leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, 92, concurs with this view.

    “I don’t want the Baloch to suffer,” Towghi said. “They simply want to use us as fodder,” Towghi who converted to Christianity and likes to uphold the truth said.

    He said he can take a vow in any court of law that Hosseinbor is one of the main facilitators of Jondullah. “In fact I would love to do it,” he said. “Seymour Hersh could be another witness.”

    Source: Pakistan Christian Post