A Baloch commander has said the Balochistan freedom freedom fighters were against the Taliban and al Qaeda.
In a rare interview with BBC World Sertvice, a key leader of Balochistan’s guerilla struggle against Pakistan’s illegal occupation Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch said, “We believe in international law and honor international principles.”
Dr. Baloch, a medical doctor who was formerly chief of the Baloch Students Organization Azad, said 2,000 freedom fighters in Balochistan are under his command.
BBC World Service described him as the head of the Baloch Liberation Army.
The BLA was proscribed by London after former Pakistan coup leader General Pervez Musharraf blackmailed Britain that Pakistan would not cooperate with it oin the war on terror if it does not take action against Baloch organizations.
Two key Baloch freedom leaders Hyrbyair Marri and his aide Faiz Baluch were arrested and charged for terrorism in London under Musharraf’s pressure in 2007. The two were exonerated of the terrorism charges in spring 2009.
There are at least four major militant groups fighting for independence in Balochistan. These include the B.L.A., Baloch Liberation Front, Balochistan Republican Army and Baloch United Liberation Front.
Legendary Balochistan leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri is said to have inspired the freedom movement.
These organizations are engaged in hit-and-run against Pakistan military and Frontier Corps and out of frustraion Pakistani security and intelligence services have targeted Baloch political and civil rights activists, in stead.
In his interview, Dr. Baloch rejected the terrorism charge against the baloch freedom movement and regretted that Pakistan army is using U.S. aid against the peace-loving people of Balochistan.
It appears both the U.S. and U.K. are having a change of heart on Pakistan and are likely to throw their support behind the Baloch liberation struggle in the coming years.
The present armed struggle is the fifth in history since Pakistan invaded and annexed Balochistan in on March 27, 1948.