“Baloch Nelson Mandela” Sardar Akhtar Mengal has called upon U.S. Senator John F. Kerry, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the new secretary of state, to suspend all U.S. aid to Pakistan in the backdrop of Pakistani killings of innocent civilians in Mashkay.
Mengal, who is former chief minister of Balochistan, congratulated Kerry on his nomination in the Obama cabinet, and drew his attention to the bloody Balochistan conflict in Pakistan as the co-author of the “Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009.”
The act also called Kerry-Lugar Bill ties all U.S. aid to Pakistan on Islamabad’s progress on upholding human rights.
“Pakistani Security Forces on Christmas Day have launched a scorched earth policy, attacking the town of Mashkay and destroying the nearby tiny hamlet of Mehi in district Awaran,” Mengal said in his letter.
Concerning the decade long human rights violations by the pro-Taliban Frontier Corps, I.S.I. (Inter-Services Intelligence) and M.I. (Military Intelligence) against unarmed Baloch civilians and human rights defenders, I would like to draw your attention to article 15, section 302 of the “Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009” which is being violated and disrespected.”
He said as documented by reputable human rights organizations such as Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, it is very clear that Pakistan’s civilian government has lost “effective control and oversight” over a military that is committing widespread atrocities and war crimes inside Balochistan.
Mengal requested attention to take notice of these endless atrocities and recommend strong action including;
a)- Freeze all U.S. Aid to the government of Pakistan and the Pakistan Armed Forces,
b)- Put pressure to halt all overt and covert operations against moderate Baloch,
c)- Investigate human rights violation and systematic killings of moderate political leaders, and
d)- Take notice of massive Taliban presence in Balochistan.
Mengal said he was confident that Kerry’s “vast knowledge and experience in Asia, both in peace and conflicts will prove to be a gain for the people around the globe.”
However, Mengal’s appeal may fall on deaf ears as Kerry is believed to be ultra-soft on Pakistan, unlike some of his longstanding colleagues in the Senate, including Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, like many others on the senate foreign and armed services committees, were believed to be critical of Pakistan for endangering American lives.
Minorities in Pakistan say Kerry enjoys strong contacts in the ruling establishment in Pakistan.
There are reports in the U.S. that I.S.I. uses front offices to put campaign contributions into the pockets of U.S. senators to curry favor for Islamabad.