QUETTA (AFP) - Top paramilitary commander on Thursday accused an exiled Baloch nationalist leader in Afghanistan of masterminding this month's abduction of an American UN official. John Solecki, head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) office in Quetta, was snatched at gunpoint while travelling to work on February 2. His driver was killed during the abduction. A shadowy rebel group, the Balochistan Liberation United Front (BLUF), had claimed responsibility for kidnapping Solecki, demanding the release of Baloch women in government custody and information about 6,000 "missing" men. "Brahamdagh Bugti, who is living in Afghanistan, is involved in the abduction of John Solecki," Frontier Corps Chief Maj-Gen Saleem Nawaz told reporters in Quetta. Brahamdagh, who heads the rebel Balochistan Republican Party, is a grandson of nationalist leader Akbar Bugti, who was killed during a military operation in 2006. "Brahamdagh is also involved in other terrorist activities in Balochistan in collusion with a foreign hand," he said, hinting at India. "In fact, BLUF does not exist," Saleem Nawaz said. "Organisations like the Baloch Liberation Army, the Baloch Republican Party, the Baloch Republican Army are the same and the elements like Brahamdagh Bugti are behind these organisations." "Brahamdagh was involved in a series of kidnappings, targeted killings, sabotage and attacks on forces and installations in different parts of the province," the paramilitary chief said. The FC chief said he believed Solecki was "being kept somewhere in Balochistan" and described his abduction as an "attempt to defame Pakistan." "The police and Frontier Corps Balochistan are making efforts for the safe recovery of John Solecki," he said. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani also made a passionate appeal for the release of the UN official.