China’s influence over Pakistan even extends to giving the army deadlines for sorting out the Baloch uprising. In a candid interview with the Bangladesh newspaper Daily Sun, Major General Ayman Bilal, the new inspector general of the Frontier Corps in Balochistan said, “China has deployed me here to crush the Baloch movement and has given me a six-month task. They (China) have paid me a salary and a large sum of money and officially posted me here for their regional interests to thwart Iran’s conspiracies against CPEC. It is a kind of investment in regional interests,” he added.
The General did not stop there. Calling Iran the “biggest enemy” of Pakistan, he said that Tehran was playing a big hand in encouraging the Baloch uprising and Pakistan – if the FATF threat was averted – was more than happy to take on Iran. “If the threat of FATF is averted, we will go inside Iran and take action. Iran is the biggest enemy of Pakistan which has a direct hand in the instability of Balochistan.”
The question now is whether Gen. Bilal will be hauled up for commenting on matters not germane to his responsibility including threatening war on a neighbouring country.