Pakistan Army Establishes F.M. Stations to Counter Baloch Nationalists
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army has lunched an F.M radio project in Balochistan under what it calls the “Community Project” in order to promote army’s propaganda and counter the ongoing Baloch nationalist movement under the disguise of entertainment, it has been learned.
According to the BBC Urdu Service, Aqeel Malik, a serving colonel affiliated with the army’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), is supervising the project. In Balochistan, the F.M radio stations can be heard in Quetta, Khuzdar and Panjgur districts, all of which are considered as the hub of the ongoing insurgency.
The BBC quoted Colonel Malik admitting that the radio project was unlikely to receive any advertisements from the conflict-stricken regions, giving credence to the impression that the army would manipulate the project to propagate against the Balcoh nationalist movement and gain support for the military from the Baloch districts.
According to Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, a renowned defense analyst whose popular book Military Inc. exposed Pakistani military’s economic assets, the army is attempting to establish a parallel institution against the civilians-led Radio Pakistan through the Community Project.
Published in The Baloch Hal on July 4th, 2012