New Revelation: Bugti’s Shell Backfired
By BRASSTACKS & AhmedQuraishi.com
Monday, 4 May 2009.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Akbar Bugti, a politician-turned-terrorist and a smalltime village thug who was taking India’s and Karzai’s help to raise a separatist insurgency inside Pakistan, was not killed by the Pakistani military. Instead he died when a rocket he fired went wrong, in what could also be suicide to evade capture, according to a close aide of Bugti who made this information public for the first time.
This revelation is a major breakthrough because the terror insurgency recruited young Pakistani Baloch men using a fake version of the story alleging that the Pakistani military killed the 80-year-old Bugti in cold blood.
Several news outlets, including BRASSTACKS, a Pakistani security analysis think tank, did explain the circumstances of Bugti’s death. But this is the first time that one of Bugti’s close aides has confirmed the real version.
Akbar Bugti, known as ‘little Saddam’ in his area of Dera Bugti, surprised all Pakistanis when, one fine morning in January 2005, he declared war against Pakistan after receiving guarantees from foreign powers based in Afghanistan that he will be given support to declare resource-rich Balochistan an independent country where he will be appointed an absolute ruler along the lines of the rich Gulf emirates. The federal Pakistani government discovered the plan and demanded Bugti’s surrender. His foreign backers and supporters failed to come to his rescue when security forces surrounded him in a mountain cave on Aug. 26, 2006, where Bugti apparently fired a shell at senior security officers who came to arrest him. As a result, the cave collapsed.
Wadera Muhammad Murad Bugti told a Pakistani TV news channel earlier this week, “When security forces entered the cave where (Bugti) was hiding, he attempted to fend them off by firing a shell. This caused a massive explosion, which resulted in the cave-in that led to the death of Bugti, one colonel, two majors and three commandoes.”
Another terrorist and associate of Akbar Bugti, Mir Balaach Marri, was killed on Nov. 20, 2007, inside Afghanistan as he tried to re-enter Pakistan after meeting his foreign supporters and backers.
Wadera Muhammad Bugti’s statement is a second major blow to the terrorists and their sponsors inside Afghanistan. In April this year, another plank of their propaganda fell apart when U.N. officials negotiating the release of a kidnapped U.N. official discovered that Bugti’s terror network based in Afghanistan was not only involved in the kidnapping but that its demand – the release of Pakistani Baloch women allegedly jailed for their political beliefs – was a hoax.
After the death of Bugti and Marri, Brahamdagh Bugti is now heading the terrorist insurgency and its only major group, the Balochsitan Liberation Army [BLA]. Brahamdagh is based in Kabul where he is sheltered in safe houses. BLA was the name that the former KGB and the Indian intelligence gave to Pakistani communist recruits who were paid to destabilize Pakistan during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, when the Soviet Union controlled Afghanistan. The BLA died with the end of the Cold War and the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. Its revival under a U.S.-controlled Afghanistan is a surprise to Pakistanis.
The militant campaign for ‘Independent Balochistan’ appears to have at least tacit support from U.S. occupation forces in Afghanistan and is part of a wave of multiple insurgencies originating from Afghanistan and targeting the entire western Pakistani belt adjoining Afghanistan. All of these insurgencies did not exist before the year 2005, and certainly not before the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan in late 2001 and early 2002.
It is thought that elements in the U.S. intelligence community are cooperating with the Indians and Karzai’s intelligence to punish Pakistan for its refusal to give up interest in Afghanistan and Indian occupied Kashmir.
Washington is also trying to keep China, which has heavy investments in Balochistan, outside the region. Additionally, routes from Balochistan and Karachi all the way to Afghanistan need to be secured if U.S. is to maintain a long term military presence in Central Asia.
Brahamdagh Bugti and his supporters in Kabul and New Delhi have built an infrastructure of support for the anti-Pakistan terrorist movement that hides in the garb of a separatist movement seeking an independent Balochistan, carved out of Pakistani territories.
Indian experts in classic Urdu, Pakistan’s official language, help Brahamdagh’s people by writing high-standard Urdu-language press releases and emailing them en masse to Pakistani news outlets. One thrust of this propaganda was that Pakistani security agencies have arrested a large number of Pakistani women from Balochistan who are being abused in secret prisons for the crime of supporting Brahamdagh’s insurgency.
This lie was exposed when Brahamdagh and his so-called Balochistan Liberation Army kidnapped in February a U.N. official who happened to be a U.S. citizen. Brahamdagh demanded the release of the allegedly imprisoned women in exchange for the American’s release. Pakistani officials, U.S. officials, and FBI agents from the U.S. all scoured Pakistan’s prisons and checked with all Pakistani security officials and it was ascertained beyond doubt that not a single Pakistani woman from Balochistan was incarcerated anywhere in the country not were there any registered cases of such ‘missing’ women by their relatives