December 21, 2009

Iran, Pakistan and Rigi question

Reza Hossein Borr - 12/21/2009

Pakistan fell in a trap that Iran had planted for her when Pakistani government handed over 14 alleged members of Jondollah. Under pressure by Iran, the Pakistan government extradited Abdul Hamid Rigi, the brother of Abdul Malik Rigi, the leader of Jondollah. The Iranian governments forced Abdul Hamid Rigi to confess and used his forced confessions as true documents. Among different confessions, one is the claim that Abdul Malik Rigi lives in Pakistan under the protection of the security agents. Pakistan has rejected this claim as well as Abdul Malik Rigi. Since then, the Iranian governments have used his confessions as true documents to pressurize Pakistan to give in to its different requests.

The government of Iran claimed that it found a new document which proves that Rigi is in Pakistan but again, the Iranian officials claimed that the document was based on confessions of Abdul Hamid Rigi who has been extradited to Iran two years ago. It is not clear how Abdul Hamid has found a new document regarding the whereabouts of Abdul Hamid Rigi when he has been in prison for two years.

Jondollah claims that Abdul Hamid Rigi was expelled from Jondollah a long-time ago before he was arrested in Pakistan because of disobedience. The leader of Jondollah claims that his organization is a very much disciplined organization and Abdul Hamid could not carry out all the disciplinary procedures that were required of all members and therefore he was expelled. When he was expelled from the group, he began his own military operations against the Iranian regime. In one occasion when he kidnapped a few Iranian officials, and transported them to Pakistan, he was arrested.

His actions did not have any relationships with Jondollah and its leaders but as the brother of Abdul Malik Rigi, he had some information about his family and his movements.

He passed his information to the Iranian regime. After extracting different kinds of confessions that were suitable for Iranian regime, the government of Iran announced that he has been condemned to death along with 13 other Baloch. When the executions were carried out, Abdul Hamid was not among them. The Iranian officials announced that he has not been executed because he has been a very important source of information. Before and after that, Abdul Hamid was shown on Iranian televisions and conference halls where he confessed to many crimes that he had allegedly committed or Jondollah had allegedly committed. Among these confessions, was the allegation that Jondollah had relationships with Pakistani intelligence agencies, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

Also he alleged that Jondollah had close relationships with Alqaedah and Taleban. These contradictory confessions showed that Jondollah has been able to acquire the support of many intelligence agencies in many countries at the time that he had close relationships with Alqaedah and Taleban. Nobody believed them. An organization that has close relationships with Alqaedah and Taleban logically cannot have any close relationships with the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. Yet, Abdul Hamid Rigi expressed his confessions in many televisions and even some conference halls where Baloch leaders attended. Again nobody believed them.

All these countries rejected the claims as well as Jondollah. Abdul Malik Rigi claimed that his organization and its members are all located in Iran. He also rejected the claims of any kind of connection with these countries, Alqaedah and Taleban .It seems that there is some truth in what Rigi has claimed as Jondollah changed its tactic from guerrilla war to suicide bombing. He said this tactic allowed his members to live and work in Iran as before and carry out one military operation once every few months. Suicide bombing missions do not need team work and participation of many people at the same time. People can work individually and separately without knowing each other. Using this strategy, it carried out successfully three missions which caused immense embarrassment and casualty to Iranian government.

Whenever a mission is carried out, Iranian government which is not able to arrest the members of Jondollah in Iran exerts pressure on Pakistan to arrest and extradite Rigi to Iran. Pakistan has always rejected these claims.

The 13 Baluch that were extradited to Iran were executed in Iran and this was clear from the beginning. According to different conventions and human rights organizations, the extradition of those people who are likely to be hanged or executed is banned and yet, the Pakistani government extradited them to Iran and they were executed.

It must be noted that Iran is extremely skilful in aggressive lobbying and pressurising other countries. Sometimes the scale of lobbying is so much intense that countries like Pakistan cannot bear the weight and give in even if they do not find any member of Jondollah in Pakistan. They can arrest ordinary Baluch people and accuse them of such allegations and extradite them to Iran. And when they get extradited to Iran, the officials extract confessions from them under tortures and use confessions as true documents and accuse Pakistan of harbouring terrorism and demand the extradition of more terrorists.

The extradition of Hamid Rigi and 13 other innocent Baluch and also the recent arrest and extradition of another Norwegian Baluch has given Iran more tools to embarrass Pakistan. It is not know why Pakistan is generating all these problems for itself.

Reza Hossein Borr is a leadership consultant and the creator of 150 CDs and 14 Change management models. He is also the author of Manual Success, Manual of Coaching and Mentoring, Motivational Stories that Can Change Your Life, and a New Vision for the Islamic World. He can be contacted by email:

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