EXCLUSIVE: Pakistan Plans to Help Al Khalifa Suppress Bahraini People
TEHRAN (FNA)- Informed sources disclosed that Islamabad has agreed to send mercenaries to help the Bahraini riot police force crack down on dissidents on the Persian Gulf tiny island.
“Pakistan has agreed with dispatching a group of its nationals to Bahrain to help the Manama regime with repressing people’s peaceful protests,” informed Bahraini sources told FNA in Manama on Tuesday.
The sources said that Bahrain intends to reinforce its forces by deploying the Pakistani police forces, and added, “Riyadh has played an important role in coordinating and mediating the agreement between Islamabad and Manama.”
Bahrain recruited over 2,500 former Pakistani soldiers three years ago for its national guard.
Earlier this month, a Bahraini revolutionary and political activist disclosed that the Al Khalifa regime’s security forces have raided the people’s houses with poisonous gases to intimidate them.
“The mercenaries of Al Khalifa regime and the Saudi occupying forces have closed the ways leading to Bani Jamareh village and targeted people’s homes with tear and poisonous gases,” Jassem al-Ashari told FNA.
He noted that different Bahraini provinces have become scenes of anti-government protests to slam a jail sentence recently handed down to prominent opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman.
The protesters carrying placards chant anti-regime slogans, he continued.
Since mid-February 2011, anti-regime protesters have been holding demonstrations on the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa family to relinquish power. Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others wounded as a result of the ongoing violent crackdown on peaceful rallies in Bahrain.