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Taking a leaf from China’s e book, Pakistan Army develops Xinjiang model indoctrination camps in Balochistan

New Delhi: The Pakistani Army is working two indoctrination camps constructed on the traces of Uyghurs re-education camps of China for Baloch fighters in a bid to manage the scenario in its restive southwestern province of Balochistan. Pakistan’s greatest province is coping with its native insurgency over Islamabad’s robust hand as locals say the assets are being drained the area.

The structure of the camps carefully aligns with these run by Chinese authorities in its westernmost province of Xinjiang. The fundamental goal of those clandestine camps is psychological, social and cultural conditioning of Baloch fighters and forcefully instil ‘values’ in them by “transforming them into law-abiding” residents, as per a doc seen by Zee Media on the camps said.

The doc lists Pakistani research, religious- patriotism and jihad as the important thing topics on the camps and focus is to take away any remnants of Balochi nationalism. The camps run by Pakistani Army extensively use of mullahs or spiritual preachers particularly these affiliated to Jamaat e Islami. Guests audio system are additionally invited to conduct visitor lectures which embrace politicians like Mubeen Khan Khilji and Nawabzada Gohram Bugti and Jamaat e Islami’s Maulana Abdul Haq Hashmi.

Xinjiang has been within the information as Chinese authorities attempt to rein within the largely Muslim native inhabitants in a forceful method by way of government-backed camps.

The concept of such indoctrination camps was steered by Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa former director-general of the media wing of the Pakistani Army. He was within the eye of the storm not too long ago as his title cropped up in shady monetary dealings. He is at the moment the Special Assistant to Pakistani PM Imran Khan on Information and Broadcasting and likewise the Chairman of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Remember General Bajwa has shut ties with the Chinese communist get together for a number of causes, one being CPEC.

The length of each the camps is round three months. The first batch was from December 17, 2018, to March 9, 2019, and consisted of fifty fighters, out of which 5 have been regional commanders and 45-foot troopers. The second batch from April 29, 2019, to July 27, 2019, had 128 fighters. The age group of a lot of the fighters are between 18 to 40 with most from Dera Bugti, adopted by Sibi and Kohlu districts.

Currently, the camps are being run by Major Gen Irfan Ahmad Malik of GOC 41 Division. He succeeded Major Gen Abid Latif Khan on October 19, 2019.

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