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INTERVIEW WITH LT GENERAL (RTD) ABDUL QADIR BALOCH

  • Muhammad Shahzad
  • Dec, 2017
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  • Interview

Lt. General (Rtd) Abdul Qadir Baloch is a soldier having prestigious as well as impressive personality. He stepped up the ladder of success gradually during his professional career in Pakistan Army. He joined Pakistan Army in 1967. Major part of his service was spent at LOC, Azad Kashmir. He was awarded Sitara e Imtiaz because of his valour and courage. He also rendered his services as Corps Commander Quetta and Gujranwala for some time. After retirement, he was appointed Governor, Balochistan in 2001. However he stayed in Governor’s office for six months only. He was asked to resign by General Pervaiz Musharraf. After resignation, he stepped in the national politics. He participated in 2002 election and won his seat. His political affiliation is with Muslim League (N).  In 2013, General Elections took place and he won his national assembly seat. Now he holds portfolio of Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE US A BRIEF OF YOUR LIFE HISTORY?

I did my graduation in 1966. I moved to Karachi after doing my M.A. However, I was in M.A Economics final with a strong desire tor join Army. I joined Army in 1967 and got commission in Baloch Regiment. Besides M.A Economics, I acquired degrees of M.A Political Science and LLB during Army service. In Army, I had to work very hard since I was to compete the people who had acquired education from the best institutions of our country including Government College Lahore and F.C. College, Lahore. I studied in a traditional school. Several officers had their education from abroad. It was not an easy task to compete with them. Getting promotion in Army is also an uphill task. With the blessing of Almighty, I touched the peak of promotion in Army. Chief of Army Staff was the next rank for me. I completed all the courses in Army. I served as Inspector in Military Academy. Most part of my service was in Azad Kashmir where I served in Unit, Division and Brigade. I got Sitara-e-Basalat which is equal to Sitara-e- Jurrat. I got an opportunity to work as D.G. Rangers in Karachi for three years (from 1998 to 2001). Prior to my posting, the law and order situation was deteriorating. 15 to 20 people were killed everyday. I controlled the situation and helped improve the law and order situation.  

AFTER GENERAL NASIR ULLAH BABAR’S OPERATION, ALL THE TERRORISTS DISAPPEARED FROM THE SCENE, BUT WAS THE PEACE IN THE CITY RESTORED?

No. it is not true. After operation, they were more active. You cannot wipe out such factors through operation. Until you make your way through hearts, you cannot succeed. During my period in rangers, we did not involve in violent activities. We respected the people and tried to solve their problems. In this way we gained their confidence. That’s the reason, they changed their demand to show way out to the rangers. We used to raid the houses of the people in wanted list. I had advised to raiding team to knock the door first and seek permission for search out. My staff people would make a phone call to the raiding place to enquire about the excessiveness by the rangers, if there was any. In the same way, vehicle checking on the road was also our duty.  I had advised them to salute to the driver of the car and seek permission for checking. This behavior laid a very positive effect upon the people.

IT IS SAID THAT ARMY BACKED AND CREATED MQM AND THEN ARMY LAUNCHED OPERATION AGAINST MQM TWICE IN THE KARACHI.

It pains me a lot when people blame the whole Army due to misdoings of some people. Marital Law is imposed by some persons including Chief of Army Staff and some officers while the whole army comprises more than 500,000 people. The soldiers are hundreds of thousands in numbers. They have no role in imposition of Martial Law. Furthermore officer category include Second Lieutenant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lt. Colonel , Brigadier and General . How can we level allegations on the whole army because of some persons’ misadventure.  

DID YOU HAVE FRIENDSHIP WITH GENERAL MUSHARRAF?

I did not have friendship with General Musharraf. You can say that I was a good junior commander under him. I was in his good book during my days in uniform. As soon as, I  got retirement, I was reviled by him. I was not included in his friends’ list. I did not partner in his decisions. I was a professional soldier. That’s the reason he respected me. There was no role of General Musharraf in my promotion. I had become General prior to his promotion as Army Chief. No doubt he gave me premature retirement from Army and made me Governor Balochistan. It showed his confidence in me. He thought that I could take hold upon the entangled matters in Balochistan. I believed that the Balochi People...

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