Is Wadh becoming another Waziristan?

Wadh Balochistan 

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Considering it a huge threat to the security of upper Sindh, a law enforcement agency has urged upon the Sindh government to convince center and Balochistan for a massive crackdown against a ‘mix of different terrorist groups’ hiding in Wadh and Jhal Magsi areas of Balochistan, The Frontier Post has reliable learnt.

According to credible sources, Additional Inspector General of Police, Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), Sanaullah Abbasi, has written a letter to the provincial government of Sindh and other relevant quarters, in which they have been warned of more terrorist acts in upper Sindh from Balochistan areas of Wadh and Jhal Magsi in absence of decisive action them.

According to sources, the CTD after intelligence gathering has identified that a mix of separatist and religious terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, Sipaha-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and BLA, based in Wadh area of Balochistan is posing a great security threat to the upper districts of Sindh, which itself are very much vulnerable due to mushroom growth of madarasah of the same school of thoughts.

“In small villages, even those with around six houses, a madarasah has been established with ten to fifteen students studying therein,” an official told this scribe, adding that there was no record with local police regarding the number, identity of teachers and nature of curriculum being taught in these madarasah.

Even these religious seminaries, mostly established by persons having returned from Afghanistan’s trip for military training, are not registered with the Wifaq Ul Madaris Al Arabia Pakistan – the relevant Deobandi madarasah board, which keeps a check on the curriculum of registered seminaries, the official added.

The law enforcement agency has not only suggested a massive operation in Wadh and Jhal Magsi but also made it clear that without hitting Shafiq Mengal and Amanullah Zehri, who are gathering different groups at one place, no success can be achieved against the killers and terrorists.

“These groups after mixing uses expertise of each others,” an intelligence officer told, adding that hitting Mengal and Zehri to mandatory for peace.

Sources say that one wanted terrorist in Safoora Bus shooting case is also hiding in Wadh area of the Balochistan province. “Abdul Qadir aka Anwar aka Haji Baloch, a prime suspect in Safoora case, is nephew of Khalid Shaikh Muhammad, an accused of World Trade Center bombing on 9/11 and brother of Yousuf Ramzi,” a source told, adding that the Indian agent Kulbhushan Yadav has also admitted to have made contacts with Haji Baloch.

It’s pertinent to mention that at least 8 people, including two cops, were injured after police foiled two separate suicide blasts during Eid prayers in Shikarpur’s Khanpur Tehsil last month. One of the cops, namely Shafiq later succumbed to his wounds during treatment in hospital.

According to reports four suicide attackers infiltrated Khanpur during Eid prayers. One of them, namely Usman, was arrested; who revealed before the interrogators that he was a resident of Swat’s Qabal tehsil and had studied in Karachi’s Abu Huraira seminary.

Usman told that he had come from ‘Wadh’ area of the Balochistan.

Published in The Frontier Post



Waziristan IDPs against military operation

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: As the calls are being raised from different segments of society for yet another Waziristan military operation, especially in the aftermath of attack on Malala Yousufzai, the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path to Salvation) in South Waziristan on June 19, 2009, who are still homeless have expressed deep concern. Most of the IDPs are living in the slum areas of Karachi in miserable conditions. They sounded apprehensive about the news reports as they talked to Frontier Post.

Mahsud and Burki tribes were the most affected by the strife areas where operation was conducted. Almost 70 percent of the total IDPs, after getting registered at IDPs camps in Dera Ismail Khan, had come to Karachi for the obvious reason that many of them were expecting to  earn a living here. A vast majority of the IDPs are still living in Karachi. Unlike the previous operation in 2004, the whole area was evacuated in the Rah-e-Nijat operation in 2009.

“No one seems to be concerned about our miserable condition for the last three years after we were displaced during Pakistan army’s operation against terrorists,” told Mesri Khan Mehsud, an IDP from South Waziristan now residing in Iitehad Town at the western outskirt of Karachi. He said his family went back after operation but their house was no more there and they had nowhere to live.

The law and order situation in Karachi and a sharp decrease in the job opportunities has multiply their problems as many IDPs previously doing jobs of private security guards and laborer are jobless including Akber Mahsud living in the Sohrab Ghot area of Karachi.

While dreaming the peaceful past of his area the dejected Akber Mehsud is very depressed with the news of another operation in making. “Had these operations been remedy to the deteriorating Law and Order situations, we would have supported it but the previous operations have brought no good to us as during these operation the militants fled to other areas but the locals got displaced”, augured Akber while talking to Frontier Post.

“Instead of fighting against terrorism a war has been waged against terrorists. When a terrorist is eliminated three others are produced” said Munawar Burki, an IDP from South Waziristan and senior vice president of Burki Welfare organization, Karachi while showing another aspect of the operation.

“Waziristan was the most peaceful part of the region as complete peace was observed in the area despite no criminal justice system in place, the fact which may be unbelievable for the criminologists across the world”, said Burki, who, being a privileged and lucky one, has recently done his post graduation in criminology from the University of Karachi.

“We haven’t returned to our area as our house no more exists because it was destroyed during the operation” he said.

While citing a research study in UK, he said every third homeless commits a crime whereas every fifth jobless has criminal tendencies”.  He said the operation had made the people of the area both homeless and jobless, most of them now living in Karachi.

The IDPs of South Waziristan Operation came here without any help from both government and no governmental organizations and they resided in the slum areas of Karachi which are host to many problems. Every type of criminals can be found in these areas, he said.

IDPs who came to Karachi has no access to free rashon, free tents and camps as they were registered in the IDPs camps in DI Khan. They have no alternatives but to go to DI Khan to get their Rashon and other things which is very difficult if not an impossible job.

Published on Oct 20, 2012