One is considered to be his righthand man and the other the lefthand man of the tribal notable as per Balochistan tribal customs.
But now the tribal leader, Khan of Kalat Suleiman Daud, has gambled his tribal status by calling upon two of his erstwhile confidantes Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, who is called the chief of Sarawan, and Balochistan local government minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, who is the chief of Jhalawan, to resign from the Balochistan government in protest over the extra judiciall killing of pro-independence Baloch youth.
Pakistan’s Frontier Corps, Military Intelligence and Inter Sevices Intelligence have turned Balochistan into a killing field of Baloch freedom loving activists. These activists are mostly members of organizations that are in a pro-independence coalition called the Baloch National Front.
Since July, Pakistan security and intelligence services have illegally abducted and killed upwards of 80 Baloch youths and students and dumped their bodies in desolate places. According to Balochistan agriculture minister Asadullah Baloch more than 370 Baloch youths have been killed in this manner.
Other than Raisani and Zehri, Daud also asked Balochistan governor Nawab Zulfikar Ali Magsi to resign.
Magsi is married to a cousin-aunt of Daud.
“If Magsi, Raisani and Zehri are too powerless to stop the bloodbath of the Baloch sons then they should resign,” Baloch Hal webzine quoted the Khan of Kalat as saying. “Whatever is happening in Balochistan today does not bode well for the tribal status of these notables. They are gradually becoming ‘national criminals’ by keeping silence over the massacre of the Baloch citizens.”
According to Baloch Hal, many of Daud’s close relatives are part of the government machinery. His brother Prince Faisal Daud, who was with the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam and minister in Balochistan, switched his party loyalty to support the former dictator General Pervez Musharraf.
Faisal Daud, who visited Suleiman Daud in Cardiff, U.K., was also allegedly involved in attacks on Hindus, including women, in Kalat in the backlash to the Babri Mosque incidents in India in fall 1992.
The Khan of Kalat used to draw his tribal power as the chiefs of Sarawan and Jhalawans traditionally followed his instructions. Now his tribal status has been put in jeopardy because of his instructions to Raisani and Zehri to resign: if they do not pay heed to his call, no one else will in Balochistan.
Suleiman Daud gained prominence after calling a tribal jirga of pro-government tribal leaders who asked him to approach the International Court of Justice. That jirga was attended by Raisani, Zehri and Magsi.
Khan of Kalat is said to have lost his respect among Baloch eyes for befriending Jumma Marri, son of a Baloch hero-turned-traitor Mir Hazar Khan Ramkhani and alleged publisher of Baloch Sardar Watch, and also insisting that he be addressed as “His Highness” in an age and day when pro-democarcy movements are sweeping across the Middle East.
Though nominally they are Muslims, the highly secular and fiercely independence minded Baloch are not even willing to address God as His Highness. According to Baloch tribal folklore, once a Baloch was asked to fear God, and his response was why should I fear God when I have my mountains.