Pakistan responsible for killing, says Khan of Kalat


LONDON, JULY 17: The De Jure Ruler of Baluchistan, the Khan of Kalat Mir Suleman Daud Ahmedzai, has blamed the Pakistani establishment for killing his close relative at his hometown of Kalat on Tuesday in the smokescreen of aerial firing

Ahmedzai, who is now in exile in the United Kingdom, said Pakistani Press had incorrectly reported that his close relative Agha Nauroz Khan, son of prominent Baluch nationalist Prince Musa Jan, was killed accidentally when he was hit by stray bullet while people were observing Baluchistan Martyrs Day in Kalat and firing in the air. "This was a targetted killing by the Pakistan establishment and its cronies," Ahmedzai told the the Online News service on phone from London. He said the Pakistani establishment has lost its nerves after failing to crush the Baluch movement and was now using brutal tactics to bully the Baluch struggle by targeting children of national leaders. "I warn the establishment and its lynch pins, including the provincial ministers, that they too have children and they should be ready for a natural retaliation." Ahmedzai, who is the highest Baluch official ever to seek exile and is revered by the Baluch all over the world, is knocking at the doors of the International Court of Justice to expose the injustices meted out to his people since the forced annexation of Baluchistan by Pakistan in March 1948. Baluchistan became a free country when the British departed from India in 1948. "The Baluch are paying a price for the defence of their motherland. The killing of Agha Nauroz Khan is part of a sequence that saw the earlier assassination of Nawab Nauroz Khan Zarakzai, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and Nawabzada Bala'ach Marri." Ahmedzai said the killing of Agha Nauroz Khan will give a further boost to the Baluch national struggle by strengthening the resolve of the Baluch freedom lovers. Baluch people have religiously observed July 15 as Baluchistan Martyrs Day since the hanging of seven sons and nephews of Nawab Nauroz Khan Zarakzai in 1960 by the Pakistan military under General Ayub Khan. Nawab Zarakzai had risen up in an armed revolt after Pakistan army attacked Kalat, destroyed a mosque there, and jailed the then Khan of Kalat, Mir Ahmedyar Khan, grandfather of the present Khan of Kalat. After a deceptive ceasefire, Zarakzai was offered amnesty on a promise of safety on the Muslim bible, called Quran, but when he gave himself up all his seven sons and nephews were hanged by the miltary junta. Meanwhile, Baluch living in the United States have roundly condemned the slaying of Agha Nauroz Khan. "We are with the Khan family and the rest of Baluchistan at this sad moment in our national history," said Dr. Wahid Baloch, president of the Baloch Society of North America. "The world must condemn this killing in cold blood in the strongest possible terms," he said. Baloch blamed Pakistan's spy agencies, including Inter Services Intelligence, for the barbaric act of killing young Agha Nauroz Khan. "If they think by targetting a young member of his family they can weaken the Khan of Kalat's determination to approach the International Court of Justice at the Hague, they are sadly mistaken." Baloch recalled that the Khan of Kalat was implicated in a fabricated case of being involved in a bomb blast soon after he convened a historic jirga in Kalat to take stock of the continued injustices towards Baluch people in the wake of the killing of former governor and chief minister of Baluchistan, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, in August 2006. Nearly 100 powerful tribal chieftains and 400 notables gathered in Kalat on Ahmedzai's call and agreed to seek international justice for Baluchistan. Ahmar Mustikhan, founder of American Friends of Baluchistan, in his condemnation of the assassination said, "Since March 1948, the Pakistani establishment has done its best to target the Khan family. Over the decades, they have suffered the most at the hands of the Punjabi-Mohajir ruling clique. Killing of Agha Nauroz Khan is but a crude attempt to silence the present Khan of Kalat, who is thankfully out of harms way in London. " Mustikhan said he is fully confident the Khan of Kalat's case at the International Court of Justice will be a stunning success and will help bring peace to southwest Asia.

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