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Indian role in Baluchistan unrest?

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has hit out at Indian Intelligence agencies saying that the RAW or Research and Analysis Wing is inciting violence in the Balochistan province of South-West Pakistan and is actively trying to foster anti-Pakistan sentiments in Afghanistan.

Musharraf, currently living in self-exile in Britain, repeated his claims that the involvement of India and Afghanistan in Balochistan is creating unrest in the Pakistani province. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has levelled similar allegations against India in the past but has never backed up his claims with proof.

Musharraf said Aug 26, 2006 military operation against 79-year-old tribal leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in Balochistan was justified as he had been creating trouble in the province. The operation resulted in the death of Bugti and several of his aides.

He alleged that Bugtis men of firing rockets on Sui, of occupying the hill features and firing rockets and weapons on the Frontier Corps. He also alleged that Bugtis men are blowing up the gas pipeline, the electric pylon, the railway line. Bugti’s grandson, Bramdagh Bugti, is currently living in Kabul and is received by agents of Indian intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, when he goes to India. Indians finance him, give him weapons to create trouble.

India’s conduct on Balochistan was like an open book and that Pakistan had never provided any evidence on preposterous allegations. Sources also claimed that India desired peaceful & cordial relations with Pakistan all throughout.

Sources:      NDTV         Economictimes

Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan

A Pakistani court has sentenced a Christian mother of five to death for blasphemy, the first such conviction for a woman, sparking protests from rights groups yesterday. Asia Bibi, 45, pictured, was condemned on Monday by a court in Nankana, a city in Punjab about 75 kilometres west of Lahore. Pakistan has yet to execute anyone for blasphemy, but the case spotlights its controversial laws on the subject, which rights activists say encourage Islamist extremism in a nation wracked by Taliban attacks. Ms. Asia’s case dates back to June 2009, when she was asked to fetch water while working in the fields. But a group of Muslim women labourers objected, saying as a non-Muslim, she should not touch the water bowl. A few days later , the women told a local cleric Ms. Asia made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad. The cleric went to police, who opened an investigation. Sentencing her to hang, Judge Naveed Iqbal “totally ruled out” any chance Ms. Asia was falsely implicated and said there were “no mitigating circumstances.”

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