Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s Myopic Political Vision

Sardar Akhtar Mengal along with Sanaullah Baloch et al.. came to Pakistan with the help of ISI to sign the deal to counter and contain Baloch National Movement for independence in exchange for a cheap minister-ship seat in a weak and powerless coalition Government through fraudulent and bogus votes. We all know very well that elections in Balochistan are jokes and ISI control their conducting and decides their results. It is impossible for some one to win without the blessing and green light form ISI, so why Akhtar Mengal and his team are shy to admit this a fact and confess that they are being a part of a deal against Baloch Nation for personal gain. We all know his coming to Islamabad was to show the world that Baloch problem is Pakistan’s internal problem and that the world community should refrain from sticking their nose in it and stay away. This is exactly what Pakistan want and that’s why Pakistani media gave him a rousing welcome and full coverage.

If Akhtra Mengal was sincere with Balochistan and Baloch people, he would this opportunity to make the history in the Pakistani supreme court by declaring loud and clearly, without any fear, in a fiery speech that "Balochistan is an occupied land, illegally occupied by Pakistan’s terrorist army and that we demand Pakistani army to leave Balochistan without any further blood shed and that we will not accept anything less than the independence of out country" and that would make him a hero in the eyes of Baloch Nation, but he failed to articulate and present the Balochistan’s case and Baloch aspirations to the rulers and occupiers. Instead he and his BNP team kissed the balls of Punjabis in Islamabad to help Pakistan contain and counter the Baloch national movement for freedom and then took off.

From: Borhaan Arifee <borhaan_arifee>
Subject: [balochi_culture] Mengal’s Myopic Political Vision
To: "Balochi Culture" <balochi_culture>
Cc: "Akhtar Mengal" <akhtarmengal>
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9:59 AM

Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s Myopic Political Vision

By Adenag Baloch

The dilemma with Balochistan National Party (Mengal) has always been that it has never had a crystal clear approach to Baloch nationalism. The party has failed to define the border of its vision of Baloch nationalism. It has always adopted a shuffling stand regarding its demand of “right to self-determination”. The surprise came recently when Akhtar Mengal ended his self-imposed exile to return to Pakistan to help the Supreme Court of Pakistan in tracing out all enforced-disappeared persons. The act came at a time when a UN WGIED delegation ended a fact finding visit in Pakistan and Balochistan.

However the real purpose of Mr Mengal’s visit is much more than just to assist the court [of occupying state]. Perhaps the case of enforced-disappeared person was used as an excuse to provide a reason to come back and to start campaign for Pakistan coming elections. Since the start of the fifth War of liberation, the Baloch people have demanded from its leadership to abandon Pakistani Parliament and join the liberation struggle. Even National Party, alleged to be an apple of eyes of Pakistani secret agencies, could not dare to take part in 2008 elections and boycotted it to save their faces.

Mengal’s return to Pakistan is aimed at paving the way for BNP to cut a deal with Pakistani establishment to rule Balochistan for a term of four years in Balochistan Assembly. Mengal knows very well that a powerless Supreme Court cannot end the miseries of Baloch people. Even the Court revealed in the very session which Mengal appeared that “the court had issued 60 orders during the 68 hearings on the cases but no practical steps were taken.” Despite the courts confession of being powerless Akhtar’s returning to Pakistan has motives to start campaigning for upcoming elections. The BNP’s senior leaderships had been pushing Akhtar Mengal to return to the parliamentary politics and he eventually seems to have caved in. He confessed that his party had not abandoned parliamentary politics.

Mengal’s expression of hope to solve Balochistan issue within parameters of Pakistani states has been met with several criticisms from all corner of Baloch society. Malik Siraj Akbar, The editor in chief of Balochal, an online newspaper alleged to have pro-BNP stance, even criticised the visit as Mengal’s visit by calling it a “Political Blunder” in an editorial. The editorial also terms his returning back as harmful to Baloch cause. “With such a dramatic decision, one is compelled to doubt the depth and clarity of B.N.P.’s political vision for Balochistan. The B.N.P. had previously asked for provincial autonomy for Balochistan but subsequently hardened its stance and began to ask for the right to self-determination. People seek the right to self-determination when they fully lose confidence in a state. Expression of trust in the Pakistani Supreme Court completely disqualifies B.N.P.’s plea for international intervention in Balochistan.” The editorial further harshly goes on stating that “We agree with the Baloch Students Organization (BSO-Azad) that Sardar Mengal’s action amounts to joining hands with those who are responsible for killing the Baloch people.”

Almost all nationalist parties in Balochistan and Baloch political leaders in exile have also criticised his decision harshly. Some of them even said that Mengal broke a deal with ISI before returning to Pakistan.
Baloch activists on twitter have poured scorn upon him. They term his expression for hope in Pakistani Supreme Court as “selling of Baloch blood”. Sohaib Mengal, a Baloch student activist in London tweeted that “Akhter Mengal has sold the blood of Baloch sons very cheap.” BNM in a statement also adopted a similar approach. BSO Azad, a student organisation, harshly criticised the visit as selling the blood of Baloch martyrs. It seems that Mengal’s rating as a nationalist leader has greatly dropped among Baloch intelligentsia who have always expected that BNP might take a huge turn in its policy of boycotting Pakistani parliament. The turn has come. BNP is campaigning for the next elections. It aims at taking control of the government in Quetta which is derided as a puppet in the hands of the military and the intelligence agencies.

It is pertinent to mention here that political landscape in Balochistan has greatly changed in recent years. BNP and NP, once powerful parties in Baloch affairs, now have no say in the Baloch politics. The Pakistani establishment is well aware of this fact. These parties will only be used to double cross the international community that reconciliation has been achieved with Baloch leadership. Pakistani state wants mislead the civilised world that nationalists rule the province. They should know that real power vested in the Baloch people who have decided continue the struggle for national liberation until the last drop of their blood. The pro-establishment parties no longer represent the genuine aspirations of the Baloch people. Baloch demand nothing less than an independent Baloch state.

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