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Posted On: 1 March 2012 02:02 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

‘Qatar allowed opening of office’

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Islamabad—A diplomatic source in Islamabad denied a report that the State of Qatar has conceded, under Western pressure, to allow opening of an office of so-called “Free Balochistan”. A report circulating claimed on Wednesday that the “Balochistan” office will be opened by Baloch insurgents in Doha on March 2, 2012. A Pakistan official speaking to this scribe on condition of anonymity expressed his belief that the “State of Qatar will not allow any such move that can pose threat to Pakistan’s territorial integrity and promote the designs of Pakistan’s enemies.” A Baloch separatist leader, Harbyar Marri was quoted on Wednesday as saying that Qatar Government had allowed the opening of an office of “Free Balochistan”. He was also quoted as saying that several Baloch separatists had already reached Boha, Qatar. Marri also claimed that earlier the United States and Qatar had opposed the opening of an office but now they have allowed it. The official also recalled excellent relationship between Pakistan and the State of Qatar and increased relationship following the visit of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in early February and termed the report as part of psychological warfare against Pakistan. Meanwhile, several Baloch leaders are criticizing the withdrawal of cases against some Baloch insurgents who have openly accepted responsibly of terrorist acts which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people in Balochistan. Demanding filing of a case of the murder of Justice Mohammad Nawaz Marri against Harbyar Marri, the Baloch Youth Council in London also claimed recently that a senior Indian diplomat had recently organised a meeting between Harbyar Marri and Barahamdagh Bugti to remove their misunderstanding. Addressing a gathering the Central Council of Baloch Youth in London early last week Chairman Waja Mir Hazar Khan Baloch also claimed that during the meeting, Barahmdagh Bugti alleged that the person behind taking his grand-father, late Nawab Akbar Bugti, to the cave was Balach Marri, brother of Harbyar Marri. He said the cave came down due to a blast by remote control and Balach Marri was standing just outside the cave at the time. Baloch claimed that an officer of Indian intelligence agency RAW was also present in the meeting between the two rebel leaders. He said the Indian diplomat and the intelligence officer persuaded both Baloch leaders to reach an understanding for a bigger cause and according to their information, Harbyar wanted full independence to form a government in exile to which Baramdagh did not agree, because he claimed that he was an international leader. Pakistan Observer