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Monday, March 14, 2011

CIA, Xe Behind Baloch Insurgency, Terror Hits

Jam Sajjad Hussain [The Nation, Pakistan]

LAHORE - Blackwater, the CIA’s deadliest sidekick, has launched a massive operation to promote insurgency in Balochistan, especially in the coastal areas, as part of its efforts to destablise the country, it is learnt.

The CIA and Blackwater (now Xe Services) operating from the USA have two major designs in Pakistan – to control the entire business of the Gwadar port and to carry out colossal suicide attacks across central Punjab and north-western areas of the country to tell the world that the first atomic Islamic power is ungovernable.

“They wish to have complete control over the entire Balochistan, especially the Gwadar port, and seize the nuclear assets of Pakistan,” said former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Punjab chief Brigadier (r) Mohammad Aslam Ghuman.

He said the insurgents in Balochistan are Indians operating in connivance with Blackwater. “Pervez Musharraf provided safe passage to the Indian intelligence agency RAW, which has established dozens of consulates in Afghanistan along the border with Balochistan,” he added. The former ISI Punjab chief further said days after the Russian federation collapsed, CIA, RAW and Mossad carried out a comprehensive analysis and recommended launching a major operation inside Pakistan, especially Balochistan, to shake the state.

“Yes, the CIA in connivance with RAW and Blackwater is operating in Balochistan and other parts of the country. They cannot absorb any Islamic atomic state,” he remarked.

He urged the politicians especially President Zardari and PM Gilani to shun their silence and “show sincerity to the country”, adding that like in other countries, in Pakistan Blackwater has multiplied its network honeycombed with the CIA, the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Pentagon and the State Department in conducting a variety of terror operations in the country.
Jeremy Scahill, author of a book ‘Blackwater’, in his article ‘The Secret US War in Pakistan’ has already stated: “At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, snatch and grabs of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan.” 

Reportedly, about 180 US Cobras recently been landed in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, while over 6000 Xe personnel have been positioned in Balochistan especially in Quetta. There are also reports that about 650 US nationals, including 200 US Marines have arrived already on multiple entry visas granted by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington. The reports say the notorious agency, based in the US state of North Carolina, trains more than 40,000 people a year, mostly from the US or foreign military and police services. 

Brigadier (r) Yasub Ali Dogar said Blackwater, which is against the interest of Pakistan, has been actively involved in assassinating pro-government Maliks, clerics and notables in FATA, religious scholars in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, political figures, and target killings in Quetta and in Karachi. He said it provides surveillance and support to terrorist groups such as BLA and BRA in Balochistan and Tehrik-e-Taliban-Pakistan in FATA and Swat.

Sources in the Foreign Ministry said the US Embassy in Islamabad is being expanded as $115 million have been earmarked, which include $5 million for Marines quarters, $53.5 million for housing infrastructure, $18 million for general services and office area, $36 million for temporary duty quarters and community staff facilities. As many as $800 million have been allocated for the protection of enlarged and fortified Embassy through private security contractor DynCorp, sources added. 

Sources said the US has also purchased a large chunk of land in Sihala and has seemingly established a secret military training camp adjacent to the Police Academy a few kilometers from Islamabad and Kahuta. “In 2006, the US acquired land near Tarbela with a view to build a military base,” they added. 

Reportedly, the US opened a JSOC unit in Balochistan where Marines are coming in via Islamabad. Marines as well as heavy contingents of Blackwater operatives (total 11,000) have been spotted in Balochistan. They, in collaboration with BLA and BRA, are mostly carrying out target killings. Four airbases in Balochistan were leased to the US military in September 2001 and these bases at Jacobabad, Pasni, Dalbaldin and Shamsi are still in their use. It is now an open secret that Shamsi airbase is under use by US drones where Blackwater was hired for loading hellfire missiles and 500lbs laser guided bombs on Predators. Similar job is being performed at Jalalabad airbase to strike targets in Pakistan.

Moreover, Blackwater has hired seven private houses in defence area and acquired hundreds of acres of land near Pataro in Sindh to launch an agricultural research institute. There are reports of secret construction of operational facilities in Gharo in Sindh to serve as a base for 200 Marines and that a sizeable number of American armoured carriers had arrived at Port Qasim, with 3,000 Humvees awaiting dispatch.

According to a defense analyst, there have already been 700 Blackwater personnel in various offices established in Islamabad, Peshawar and Karachi. They have also rented 228 homes for the accommodation of these mercenary soldiers of Blackwater in which 37 are in F-6 sector, 40 in G-6 sector, 47 in sector F-7, 48 in F-8, 20 in F-10, 25 in F-11 and 9 houses in I-8 sector. Most alarming is that two of these houses are located near the residence of Dr AQ Khan in E-7 sector of Islamabad, the analyst said. 

Unfortunately, the analyst said, the Afghan government has fallen to RAW policies by providing shelter to Brahamdag Bugti and allowing RAW to operate in Balochistan in connivance with newly-established Afghan intelligence agency RAAM (earlier name KHAD). RAW has organised a network of training schools/centres throughout Afghanistan, including in Kabul, Jalalabad, Khawaja Ghar (Takhar Province), Khost, Paktia, Urgun, Khandar, Spin Boldak and Dranj (Badakhshan Province), according to the analyst.

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