The Republican News Network, which is believed to be managed by loyalists of exiled Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republicin Party has accused a German activist and a Baloch activist of joining hands with Moscow-based Dr Jumma Marri, leading to a war of words in Switzerland–thousands of miles away from Balochistan..
The accusations followed the Baloch Voice Foundation, which is led by Munir Mengal, holding successful side events at the Palace of Nations during the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The war of words started when the Republican News Network linked to Bugti’s BRP and affiliated Baloch Republican Army (BRA) published a news item Thrusday that said “Munir Mengal, Claudia Heidelberg, along with others, have joined the team of Jumma Marri.” tTe news item did not carry anything in the story itself, though the name of the Baloch and German activist were mentioned in the headline. A message to Brahumdagh Bugti and his lieutenant Sher Mohammed Bugti over the news item was still awaited by the time of filing of this report.
“I am highly informed about all,” Claudia Heidelberg who works with Richard Benkins of the US said. “Jumma (Marri) still wants the best for Balochs. He would change again if needed,” she stressed, while categorically denying she has joined Dr Marri’s organization named Overseas Pakistani Baloch Unity.
Dr Marri had tried a lot to get Indian help to counter Pakistan and his dad, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, a former guerrilla leader, had even gone to India and Dubai for that reason but had returned empty handed. Dr Marri joining the Pakistan camp is a huge dent in Indian public diplomacy.
She said Dr Marri tries now to solve problems of Balochs with Pakistan so “That they don’t get killed.” Dr Jumma Marri has vowed to fight the pro-liberation feudal lords of Balochistan at the international level and had accused India of hijacking the Baloch movemenet.
Ms Heidelberg said what so called freedom fighters are doing in Balochistan her government “sees it as terrorism and civil war.” She said Germany is reluctant to help the Baloch under such circumstances.
“These freedom fighters are responsible for the reaction of the state. My government wants peace there then other states will help. This status now harms a lot of Balochs. And US and India are refusing to back a free Balochistan.”
Heidelberg says Dr Marri has no bad intentions. “The time is not ripe now for independence. We had a lot of talk with Pashtuns and their leadership. They are united and organised and they don’t make the mistake to fight with violence against the state. They try it nonviolent. Maybe this is better as a beginning for becoming one day independent. If time will be ripe Pakistan will fail.”
Meanwhile, Munir Mengal described the news item against him as uncalled for. A news portal close to Mr Mengal said disrespecting and spreading negative and bogus news had been a usual trend in Baloch politics particularly by the dictatorial feudal lords and so-called royalty against the commoner politicians and leaders in Balochistan. “Now we have seen a piece of it here in Europe,” the SA Tribune reported.
“This is a completely fake and bogus news. Whenever I join any group, including that of Jumma Marri, I will announce it publicly. I do not need to get certification from any dubious group or person. I do not give the right to any person (to) try to defame,threaten and control us through his wishes and lies”. Mr. Mengal responded
The BVA president said “There are a few frustrated individuals who have been doing this sort of things for a longtime. They do not know the human values and European values of mutual respect and tolerance and try to control people through their totalitarian mindset.”
Both Mengal and his younger brother Dr Ali Akbar Mengal are first class professional activists, though many Baloch say they are not good at keeping their promises.