London :Baloch patriot leader Hrybyair Marri said, on Thursday, the criminal silence of Pakistani media, so-called civil society and international community on the ongoing military operations in Balochistan is deplorable.
Mr. Marri said that the Baloch media has been extensively reporting about the state’s preparations for military offensives in several regions of Balochistan including Kohistan Marri, Dera Bugti and Awaran. Now as the upcoming elections are nearing the enemy state is intensifying its atrocities. But it is of grave concern that all these atrocities are happening right before the eyes of everyone but humanitarian organizations, so called free media and every other section of Pakistani society are criminally silent on this grave issue.
“Those who continuously try to convince us that Pakistani judiciary and media are impartial about Baloch genocide; they should ask themselves, why they do not hear any voice from them [Pakistani media and judiciary] in protest against the state barbarism in Balochistan. No one expressed their anger on the killings of dozens of innocent women and children and the relentless state atrocities in Mashkay from past three day,” Mr Marri said.
The Baloch leader said, “This once again confirms our belief that Baloch are alone in their fight for their defence and national salvation. There are no sympathisers for Baloch in Pakistan and as long as the Baloch yearn for freedom the state will try to kill them silently and in isolation.” He further said, “We have no complaints against anyone. However, we want to put everything on record so that no one claims in future about the existence of free judiciary and civil society which raises voice for human rights or sympathisers of Baloch in Pakistan.”
Mr. Marri said that so-called Baloch nationalists [pro-parliament] parties are equally responsible for the criminal acts of Pakistan, because despite the destruction of Baloch houses and state atrocities they are still longing for Pakistani parliament. “We suspect as the elections get closer the pro-parliament Baloch parties will recommend the state to take more severe actions because they want to curtail the Baloch desire for freedom and pave their way to reach to the parliament.”
Expressing his grave concern on the silence of International powers, human rights organisations and the United Nations Mr Marri said, “If the world community is sincere about peace in region then they should abandon their double standards. They raise their voice against states’ atrocities in every corner of the world but they (world community) have given Pakistan full immunity to carry out genocide of Baloch nation.” He said the aid that Pakistan receives for welfare works, from international community, is being used against the secular and progressive Baloch people but despite that Pakistan is not being held accountable in accordance with international laws.
Hyrbyair Marri said, “We want to make it clear to the world the Baloch will not step an inch back from their rightful demand of Independence and formation of a secular and democratic Balochistan. A free Balochistan is not only essential for preservation of Baloch nation but it will also guarantee regional peace.”
“We appeal the international community to take strong notice of Pakistani state atrocities and immediately intervene to support Baloch freedom loving forces in the same fashion as they did in Libya, Syria and several other parts of world,” Mr Marri said.
The Baloch leader said, “I request from Baloch nation and in particular the pro-liberation parties to understand the gravity of situation and for the safeguard of the future generation bring unity in your ranks.” He said the occupying state under a pre-planned conspiracy is trying to create misunderstanding among freedom movement in an effort to sabotage the liberation struggle. He added, “The enemy can be defeated, forced to withdraw and countered under a clear strategy and unity.”
Ett antal explosioner i västra Pakistan har krävt över 110 dödsoffer.
Mer än hälften dödades när självmordsbombare, bara minuter från varandra, attackerade en fullproppad biljardhall.
Det var inne i den trånga klubben, där boende i Quetta i sydvästra Pakistan samlats för att spela biljard, som den första självmordsbombaren detonerade sin kraftiga sprängladdning. Polis, räddningsarbetare och medier skyndade till platsen och det var då, cirka tio minuter senare, som den andra bomben exploderade.
Minst 81 människor dödades i dåden och 121 skadades, uppgav polisen senare.
– Båda var självmordsattacker, det är nu bekräftat, säger polisen Mir Zubair Mehmood, som tillägger att sex poliser, en kameraman och flera hjälparbetare finns bland de dödade.
Ingen tog omedelbart på sig skulden för attackerna, men i området bor främst shiamuslimer.
Självmordsattackerna kom bara några timmar efter en separat explosion vid en livlig marknad i samma stad, som dödade elva människor. Quetta är huvudort i den oroliga Baluchistan-provinsen.
Längre norrut exploderade en sprängladdning under ett religiöst möte i Swat-dalen. 22 människor dödades och 80 skadades, enligt myndigheterna som beskriver det som ett avsiktligt dåd.
|"Bhutto told my brother-in-law to work on me. He said, 'get her vote.' He thought the weakest link was a woman. He'd never been to Ireland. In the end, Bhutto gave in. He never forgave me."|
This is Balochistan.
Balochistan is very far away from Ireland.
The Musa is not impressed by your puny conventional weapons.
These are the kinds of guys that came to her for help and advice.
|"I joined thinking I could do something for Baluchistan and something for women. But you can't liberate women until you liberate men. They expected a woman in a burka. So when I arrived, they were a bit surprised."|
Quetta :The ex-chairman of Baloch Student Organisation (Azad) Comrade Bashir Zaib Baloch said, on Friday, from the circles of BSO, initial political education and in the practical political field the belief that resistance is the most superlative form of Politics kept getting stronger. He said this with reference to current political situation in Balochistan.
He said, “Leaving BSO and new political affiliation are questions that hold no importance to me because independence struggle in the past phase and even today is based on three parts which are of importance. First phase is preservation of national identity, second is the formation of nation and third is to acquiring freedom itself.”
He said instead of getting in the debate regarding surface or underground politics for the achievement of this unclouded objective, he believed resistance to be the best form of politics. He further said it is because of the resistance that there has been positive progress in the salvation of Baloch national identity and transformation from tribalism to nationalism, and there has been visible progress towards acquisition of independence.
“This kind of progress is impossible without a well-structured organisation. In my opinion the credit for this in Baloch society goes to the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA). Due to the practical struggle of those friends involved in resistance, examination of every aspect of the national struggle and to counter occupying state’s policies and conspiracies every Baloch is well-convinced and conscious enough to sacrifice his life for the defence of his motherland,” said Mr Bashir Zaib.
Talking about Balochistan Liberation Charter Mr Zaib said, “Being a political activist I want to see the Charter of Liberation [Balochistan Liberation Charter] from a political perspective. Sangat Hyrbyair Marri and other friends have put efforts in this and for suggestions presented it to Baloch leaders and intellectuals, which is a positive and political method. This document is for freedom and it is the objective and portfolio of our struggle.
“One should view it irrespective of status and prejudice. The situation and time demand from all activists to unite on the point of independence. The only durable method for such a unity is to agree on a document. We (Pro-Independence) claim to be revolutionaries therefore the revolution demands equality amongst different sections of Baloch society based on their sacrifices and practical efforts, which means the liberation of Baloch, the independence and victory of Baloch nation and the Baloch state.”
Commenting on the debates in social media, the former BSO chairman said that with in the ethical space rational debate and reasoning is necessary on every aspect that relates to Baloch and Balochistan. He said shying away from rational debate is tantamount to maintain the status quo and stagnancy in Baloch society. This in itself is counter revolutionary approach. In a revolutionary struggle each layer of everything should be open [for debate]. “It is necessary that in interviews, political debates and writings we should abide by rationality, ideology and firm well, the importance of debate, especially in these circumstances of war, cannot be neglected.”
He said Pakistani parliamentary elections and complete revolution are two opposite things. Those who are preparing to contest elections are negating their own slogans and are becoming a hurdle in the way of revolutionary forces. “As I earlier said that some are attempting to maintain the status-quo and are scared of revolution and freedom,” Mr Zaib said.
He said using words like “retired members of BSO” for the activists of BSO was an inappropriate word because they are still actively taking part in Baloch politics. “I request those friends who have left student politics to affiliate with the freedom movement,” Bashir Zaib Baloch said.
Mr Zaib urged the Baloch diaspora to strengthen the hands of Hyrbyair Marri for diplomatic relations, and those inside Balochistan should support the resistance organisations.
He said, “The struggle for liberation will get strength with the new blood – the more energetic and resolute friends join the struggle the more we get closer our independence. The countless sacrifices and ceaseless efforts of Baloch activists have almost totally dismantled the institutions of the occupying state. Unnatural state and its false system cannot stand before those who want true freedom.”
Talking about state’s genocidal policies in Balochistan Mr Zaib said, “Recently in Mashky operation due to indiscriminate bombardment several innocent people including women and children were killed, which is part of Baloch genocide.”
He said the silence of International powers, human rights organisations and so called Baloch parliamentarians illustrates their silent partnership with the state. “Complaining from enemy and demand is opposite to ideology of freedom. Unity, sincerity, hard-work and sacrifices are the mediums of national salvation,” Beshair Zaib Baloch advised.
Quetta :The central vice chairman of BNM (Baloch National Movement), Saeed Yousaf Baloch, has resigned on Wednesday, saying that Party’s policies are unclear on several issues including Balochistan Liberation Charter and holding 13 November as the Baloch National Remembrance Day of martyrs of liberation.
He said in 2007 after retiring from Baloch Student Organisation, he agreed with the aim & objective of BNM and joined it under leadership of Shaheed Ghulam Mohammad Baloch. “As a humble worker of the party I fulfilled my responsibilities and during the seventh council session in Malir, Kulachi (old name of Karachi), I was elected as the Senior Joint Secretary. Under the inspiring leadership of Shaheed Ghulam Mohammad BNM was becoming a revolutionary and ideal political forum in Baloch masses. However, the state was suffering from psychological defeat because of GM Baloch’s revolutionary determination that is why the heart-breaking incident of Murgaab happened and the pioneer of party and our brave leader was physically separated from us – the murder of Shaheed Ghulam Mohammad and his two friends was big setback for the party.”
Apart from romanticism some friends insisted that after GM Baloch there were no crisis in the Party but the stark reality is crisis engulfed the party after murder of GM Baloch. Asa Zafar was unable to lead the party towards the right direction and on several occasions he went against the constitution of the party. That’s why dedicated workers and cadres have decided to reshuffle the party to make it more organised and active. Hence they decided it was important to hold the eighth (8th) council session of Party.
Mr Baloch said, “The eighth historical council session was held in Jhao, Balochistan where party activists had worked tirelessly to arrange the three-day session. Different agenda were brought forward during the session including national, regional and international situations, and political and economic policies were also discussed. After the successful eighth council session the Party was handed over the new leadership and I was given a heavy responsibility.”
He said the National Council of party along with passing other foreign policy matter has passed a resolution to recognise Hyrbyair Marri’s service to Baloch freedom movement abroad and declared him as the collective representative of Baloch freedom struggle on international level. It was apprised that Hyrbyair Marri is living in exile for national cause and he is not just an individual but the representative of national struggle. This decision was publish on media as well. However, later on some friends deliberately and in secrecy have sabotaged this unanimous decision and violated the principles of the national council by deleting this resolution.
He said some parties affiliated with BNF (Baloch National Front) praised this action of BNM whereas the secretary of information of BNF, Wahab Baloch, informed media about this decision due which a specific lobby has expelled Wahab Baloch from Baloch National Front without holding any formal meetings and decision of the BNF. Along with Wahab’s Baloch Rights Council the Baloch Watan Movement and Baloch Bar Council were also forcefully ousted from Baloch National Front.
He further said BNF was going through a provisional process which could turn into a single party in future but this process was curtailed and the only national institution for Baloch unity ‘BNF’ was divided. First time the Baloch were trying to work together on a single platform and efforts were being made via this platform to unite all Baloch political parties and armed groups under a Supreme Council. He said it was a hasty decision to expel the allied parties from BNF. The party’s Central Committee was not taken into confidence in this regard. According to Saeed Yousaf Baloch before taking any such decision this issue should have been raised in Central Committee meeting to save the BNF from breaking up.
Saeed Yousaf Baloch said, “I have informed the Party’s Secretary General about my point of view but my opinion was regarded as interfering in the affairs of Baloch National Front. In the next central community meeting the SG got a resolution passed from Central Committee which barred me from speaking to media about this issue. I was shocked that the CC too colluded with the SG and approved his agenda knowing that fact that it was against the Party’s constitution. As the senior vice chairman I remained silent and the reason for my silence was to avoid further internal division in Party.
BNM is the party of martyrs including: Shaheed Ghulam Mohammad, Lala Munir, Rasool Bux, Naku Faiz, Razzaq Gul Agha Abid shah, Samad Baloch, Comrade Qayum Baloch and Nasir Kamalan’s ideology and blood has enriched this party. Our several volunteer friends have sacrificed their lives from this party’s platform.”
He said personally he was against lobbying inside party or dividing the party and considers it a national crime, that he would not consciously be part of any such action which may harm party’s internal unity. “That’s why in my point of view resignation was the final resort because I could no longer perform my work freely under any lobby,” said Mr Baloch.
He said soon he will decide his future strategy and from a pro-freedom forum he will continue the philosophy and ideology of Shaheed GM Baloch and thousands of other Baloch martyrs, and to fight the case of enforced-disappeared Baloch activists.
Expressing his view on Balochistan Liberation Charter he said, “After reading the document of Liberation Charter, I have come to the conclusion that it is a plan for the attainment of an independent Baloch state. He said Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri has been representing the Baloch national cause in an effective way from past fifteen years on international level. He said he recognises his [Mr Marri] service and would continue to politically and morally support him on all forums.” he added, “When we feel one’s acts are strengthening Baloch freedom struggle, it is our moral responsibility to directly support such acts.”
A Salute to the Tiger of Balochistan
By Ahmar Mustikhan
We Salute you Shaheed-i-Balochistan, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti
You paid back with your blood whatever debts you owed
The Bhambore Hills is drenched in blood, silent, painted red
The Baloch cubs miss the roar of the Tiger of Balochistan
Dr Shazia mourns in London as rapist Captain Hammad dances, Allahu Akbar
Cluster bombs silenced the hero brave, despot Musharraf toasts GHQ
From Islamabad temples of darkness the death call comes, Allahu Akbar
Kill the Tigers of Balochistan they are agents of Hindus, Christians and Jews
Soldiers of darkness who chant the slogan of hate, Allahu Akbar
The battle cry of terror from Jerusalem, New York, Kashmir to Kohlu
Shame on you cowards, Islamist Terror Army of Pakistan;
Soldiers of Islam who believe Kill Jews, Christians, Hindus and Tigers of Balochistan
In the name of God, the Jihadists dream to rule the world, Allahu Akbar
Leave our country now, it belong to the Tigers of Balochistan
Where's my Tigress Indira, where's my Aurora? Butchers of Bengal have shifted base
The rapist Jihadi soldiers have forgotten the ignonimy of defeat in Dhaka
Not shed in vain, the blood of Bugti is now an ink of history
To cut the chain of slavery, to mark the end of night with dawn of freedomDon't cry my Baloch, the Tiger roared he wants to die with the spurs onLeaving behind tiger cubs, Barhamadagh, Balaach, and thousands more.
Pasni (Balochi: پسنی ) is a medium-sized town and a fishing port in Balochistan, Pakistan. It is located on the Makran coast on Arabian Sea about 300 km from Karachi. Administratively, Pasni is the headquarters of the Pasni sub-division of Gwadar district that includes Pasni and Ormara Tehsils as well as Astola Island which lies 40km ESE of Pasni, in the Arabian Sea. The city of Pasni is itself administratively subdivided into two Union Councils.
The topography of the area is marked by low jagged hills of the Makran Coastal Range, while flat land is more common towards the coast. Jabal Zarain is a small hill astride a promontory (Cape or Ras Jaddi) south of Pasni and marks the highest point (416' ASL) in the area. The unspoilt and pristine beaches of Pasni offer some of the most enchanting sceneries along the Arabian Sea. Shadi Kaur (river) fed by adjoining rain water streams, drains into the Arabian Sea just north of the town. Vegetation is sparse and consists mostly of hardy desert shrubs. Most of the non-marine edible products are brought in from Turbat as well as faraway Karachi.
Pasni town, like the rest of Makran Coast, is affected by a seismic fault line (Makran Accretionary Front) caused by the northward movement (40-50 mm/year) of the Arabian Plate against the Eurasian Plate. Tectonic activity emanating from this subduction zone in the Arabian Sea causes occasional, low intensity quakes. On 28 Nov, 1945, a tsunami, triggered by a submarine earthquake (7.8 Richter), completely destroyed Pasni town.
Various kinship groups exist side by side in Pasni. These include Rais, Khodai, Kalmati, Sangur, and Shahzada who belong to traditional ruling communities and currently, tend to dominate land ownership and the fishing industry.
Pasni also has some other cast such as Barr, Jadgaal, Wadaila people living in this small town, but the working classes have traditionally comprised Medh, Darzada, Push, Maqsoodi and Naqeeb, some of whom are groups that were historically slaves of the ruling families. People of East African ancestry commonly known as 'Sheedis' can also be found in Pasni in small numbers; this African lineage is found at low frequency in the rest of Makran, as well as Karachi. 'Sheedis' are mostly descended from female slaves brought in as concubines in the early 19th century, when slave trade flourished under Omani Sultans whose suzerainty extended over Gwadar till 1958.
The town houses a modern fish harbour and Port of Pasni, with fishing being the main occupation of the town dwellers. Frozen catch is also sent to Turbat and Karachi for sale in the larger markets.
A joint-user airfield is shared by Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Pakistan Navy and civil aviation. PAF as well as PN-Aviation operational facilities are housed nearby. Daily commercial flights link the town with Karachi.
In 2008, the government approved the construction of Shadi Kaur storage dam near Pasni, which is expected to alleviate some of the power deficiency of the region.
Other than being a small fishing village, the town does not figure much in history. Alexander the Great is said to have stopped at Pasni (called 'Cysa' in Arrian's treatise Indica) while unsuccessfully trying to rendezvous with his admiral, Nearchus, during a disastrous exodus via Makran after the Indian Campaign (325 BC).According to one theory, Admiral Nearchus' well-stocked fleet was supposed to have continuously provisioned Alexander's army as the latter marched West along the barren coast towards Persia. In the event, a major portion of Alexander's route through Makran (Bela-Averan-Hoshab-Turbat and then south to Pasni-Gwadar) turned out to be much further inland than expected, apparently due to faulty knowledge of the terrain.
An unexplored Harappan-era settlement known as Sokhta Koh is tucked away in the low hills, about 25 km north of Pasni. It is conjectured that this was an ancient Harappan outpost which traded luxury wares with Mesopotamia and Persian Gulf settlements.
Gwadar is located on the south-western coast of Pakistan, on the Arabian Sea. It is strategically located between three increasingly important regions: the oil-rich Middle East, heavily populated South Asia and the economically emerging and resource-laden region of Central Asia. The Gwadar Port is expected to generate billions of dollars in revenues and create at least two million jobs. In 2007, the government of Pakistan handed over port operations to PSA Singapore for 25 years, and gave it the status of a Tax Free Port for the following 40 years. The main investors in the project are Pakistani Government and People's Republic of China.
The Makran region surrounding Gwadar was occupied by an ancient Bronze age people which settled in the few oases. It later became the Gedrosia region of the Achaemenid Persian empire. It is believed to have been conquered by the founder of the Persian empire, Cyrus the Great. The capital of the satrapy of Gedrosia was Pura, which is thought to have been located near the modern Bampûr, in Iran. During the homeward march of Alexander the Great, his admiral, Nearchus, led a fleet along the modern-day Makran coast and recorded that the area was dry, mountainous, and inhabited by the Ichthyophagoi (or "fish eaters"), a Greek rendering of the ancient Persian phrase "Mahi khoran" (which has itself become the modern word "Makran"). After the collapse of Alexander's empire the area was ruled by Seleucus Nicator, one of Alexander’s generals. The region then came under "local rule" around about 303 BC.
The region remained on the sidelines of history for a millennium, until the Arab-Muslim army of Muhammad bin Qasim captured the town of Gwadar in 711 CE and over the intervening (and nearly equivalent) amount of time the area was contested by various powers, including the Mughals (from the east) and the Safavids (from the west). The Portuguese captured, sacked and burnt Gwadar in 1581 and this was then followed by almost two centuries of local rule by the various Balochi tribes. The city was visited by Ottoman Admiral Sidi Ali Reis in 1550s and mentioned in his book Mirat ul Memalik (The Mirror of Countries), 1557 CE. According to Sidi Ali Reis, the inhabitants of Gwadar were Baloch and their chief was Malik Jelaleddin, son of Malik Dinar. In 1783, the Khan of Kalat granted suzerainty over Gwadar to Taimur Sultan, the defeated ruler of Muscat. When the Sultan subsequently retook Muscat, he was to continue his rule in Gwadar by appointing a Wali (or "governor"). This Wali was then ordered to subjugate the nearby coastal town of Chah Bahar (in modern-day Iran). The Gwadar fort was built during Omani rule, whilst telegraph lines were later extended into the town courtesy of the British.
In 1947 Pakistan gained her independence from Britain and in 1958, the Gwadar enclave was transferred by Oman to Pakistan. It was then made part of the Balochistan province In 2002, the Gwadar Port project (of building a large, deep-sea port) was begun in the town. The government of Pakistan intends to develop the entire area in order to provide much needed employment to the local population . In addition to expanding port facilities, the Project aims to build industrial complexes in the area and to connect the town via a modern highway to the rest of Pakistan.
Gwadar's location and history have given it a unique blend of cultures. The Arabic influence upon Gwadar is strong as a consequence of the Omani era and the close proximity of other Arab-majority regions. The legacy of the Omani slave trade is observed in the population by the presence of residents which can trace their descent from the African slaves who were trafficked through the town. The area also has a remarkable religious diversity, being home to not only Sunni Muslims, but also to groups of Christians, Hindus, Parsis, and various minorities such as the Ahmadies.
Gwadar is located on the Gulf of Oman close to the entrance of the Persian Gulf, about 460 kilometres west of Karachi. In 1993, Pakistan started feasibility studies for the development of a major deepwater seaport at Gwadar. The port project commenced on 22 March 2002 with the first phase completed in December 2005.
The construction of the port has spurred other major infrastructure projects in the area. This includes the 700 km Makran Coastal Highway which is now complete. The road links Karachi with several ports along the coast including Ormara, Pasni, Gwadar and will be extended to the Iranian border in the future. The highway has reduced travel time to Karachi from 48 hours to only 7 hours. Other road projects include the Gwadar-Quetta-Chaman road which is due for completion in 2006 and a roadlink to the town of Khuzdar in eastern Balochistan. There are also plans for a terminal for passenger ships.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan has earmarked 3000 acres (12 km²) of land for Gwadar International Airport which will be built 26 km away to the northeast of the existing airport towards Pasni and is likely to cost between $200-250 million. The new airport will be given international status and operate under the open sky policy. In the meantime there are plans to improve facilities at the existing airport.
The government is focusing on laying the Havelian-Kashghar (China) and Quetta-Kandahar (Afghanistan) railway tracks . In 2006, Ministry of Railways announced that Gwadar will be connected to Pakistan Railways network at an expected cost of $ 1.25 billion (Rs. 75-billion).
Gwadar deep-sea port emerges as a place of great strategic value, enhancing Pakistan's importance in the whole region, extending from the Persian Gulf through the Indian Ocean to Southeast Asia and the Far East.
The construction of the Gwadar deep-sea port is just one component of a larger development plan which includes building a network of roads connecting Gwadar with the rest of Pakistan, such as the Gwadar-Turbat road (188 km). This network of roads connects with China through the Indus Highway. Pakistan, China, Kazakhistan, Kyrgizstan and Uzbekistan are developing extensive road and rail links from Central Asia and the Chinese province of Xinjiang to the Arabian Sea coast.
The Pakistani Government has initiated several projects, with majority financial and technical assistance from China, to develop Gwadar's strategic location as a goods transit and trade point. The primary project is the construction of a deep-sea port at Gwadar to enable high-volume cargo movement to and from the landlocked Central Asian states. The new port will also encompass conversion facilities to allow for the movement of natural gas as a part of plans for a termination point for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan natural gas pipeline.
The significance of Gwadar is great to both Pakistan and China. China is going to be the beneficiary of Gwadar's most accessible international trade routes to the Central Asian republics and Xinjiang. By extending its East-West Railway from the Chinese border city of Kashi to Peshawar in Pakistan's northwest, Beijing can receive cargo to and from Gwadar along the shortest route, from Karachi to Peshawar.
Oman has offered $100 million aid for the development of social and infrastructure facilities in Balochistan. Out of $100 million, Oman has provided $7 million for extending of runway at Gwadar Airport, construction of jetties, upgradation of Gwadar Hospital, provision of 100 engines to fishermen and construction of power house. Oman is also financing construction of Gwadar-Hoshab Road, water supply scheme in Gwadar area and construction of irrigation dams.
Pakistan and Oman have signed a number of agreements including Avoidance of Double Taxation, Promotion and Protection of Investment, Cultural, Technical and Educational Cooperation, Agreement on cooperation between Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry and FPCCI, Maritime Boundary Agreement and Agreement to establish Pak-Oman Joint Investment Company.
The proximity of Oman is an asset to Pakistan. Around 70,000 Pakistani citizens are participating in the development of Oman. Omani assistance for construction of Gwadar Port would go a long way in promoting economic relations between Pakistan and central Asian states.
A number of electric power generation projects are also being carried out in Gwadar and in its surroundings. The Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO), a subsidiary of the Wapda, has geared up the work for building the power transmission line. It is expected to be completed soon.
There is a need for the expansion of the airport and enlargement of its runway to facilitate the landing of wide body aero-planes.
There are other economic and political dimensions to this issue as well: I am using here some research done by Owais Mughal of Pakistaniat.com which goes in some detail to establish how important Gwadar is for Pakistan and the threat this project is causing in Iran and India.
“Pakistan inaugurated its third deep sea port in Gwadar in March 2005. It became operational in March 2008 when first the ship carrying 52000 tonnes of wheat from Canada berthed here. In my opinion a great news of development for Pakistan, especially as a project whose foundation stone was laid just three years ago on March 22, 2002 and its first phase got finished on time in March 2005. Phase I includes building of three multipurpose berths. Gwadar port operations are run by the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) under a 40-year agreement.
In my opinion this is a brilliantly planned project and a great strategic move by Pakistan. With Pakistan Motorway Project connecting Gwadar to Peshawar via Punjab, a World Class Coastal Highway (N10) connecting Gwadar to Karachi, it may very well become the trade hub for this century. But while Pakistan has played its best move, other regional and global powers are also not sitting silent and they are making their own moves making Gwadar port a project with multi-dimensonal consequences.
(1) Gwadar is located only 180 nautical miles from the Strait of Hormuz through which 40% of World’s Oil passes. Gwadar could thus emerge as the key shipping hub in the area providing mass trade to central asian republics as well as across Pakistan and China. A road from Gwadar to Saindak is completed. Saindak is already connected to the RCD Highway (N35) and through Quetta-Chaman it provides the shortest route for trade with Central Asian Republics.
(2) Pakistan also needed a deep sea port away from Karachi so that in times of hostilities Pakistan Navy doesn’t get blockaded. With all the navy ships concentrated at Karachi port, a blockade of Pakistan had been quite easy in the past. With Jinnah Naval Base at Ormara and Gwadar port, PN should be able to spread out its assets. For reference, Gwadar port is 450 km further away from Indian Border than Karachi Port.
(3) Gwadar port will directly and indirectly bring lots of wealth, trade and infrastructure advancement to the area which has been traditionally left behind in developement. Compare it to how Karachi port transformed a once sleepy fishing village to a megapolis.
Dimension Two: Chinese Interests in Reaching Blue Waters
(1) It is also widely claimed that there is a Chinese interest in reaching the blue waters of Arabian Sea. This is cited as a strategic move by Chinese as they funded US $198 million (out of total phase I cost of US $248 million) and also provided 450 Engineers on site to finish the project on time. It is said that China is trying to develop its Western regions at par with its Eastern regions to reduce the economic gap within China and to stop the internal migration of people from West to East. It is famously called their ‘Go West’ policy. To market products produced in Western China, ports of Shanghai or other eastern ports are almost 3000 km away from the western production centers where as Gwadar provides access to a port at just 1500 km.
(2) There is another dimension to this project where Gwadar port is considered as the naval outpost for the Chinese. It has been called part of ‘String of Pearls’ strategy of Chinese where they’ve got hold of strategic ports in Gwadar, Bangladesh, SriLanka, Burma, Thailand, Combodia, and South China Sea etc. On a world map, these ports form of string (of pearls) which may form as Chinese line of defense to control oil movement. 80% of oil used in China goes through shipping lines of Malacca Straits. This strategy of a series of ports along the oil shipment routes gives China a forward footing. It is said that China is also wary that US may cut off its oil supplies through Malacca straits in case of any increase of hostilities on Taiwan issue.
(3) China has however, always denied that Gwadar will ever be used by Chinese military. Publicly they have always called it a civilian port of Pakistan.
(1) Gwadar port is also making regional players nervous. Iran which is only 72 km away from Gwadar considers it as an economic threat taking business away from Iranian ports. So in competition to Gwadar, Iran has developed its own port called Chabahar with the help of India. Chabahar is located in Iranian Balochistan province of Seestan. India is also building 213 km long road to connect this Iranian port with Afghanistan. India is eyeing this Iranian port as its own shortest route to Central Asian markets and may be a counter balance to Chinese influence in Gwadar.
(2) India may also consider the Chinese influence in Gwadar as a move by China to encircle India, hence their interest in developing Iranian port of Chabahar.
Dimension Four: Baloch Nationalist Interests
(1) Now if you thought that was all, don’t forget the nationalist angle to Gwadar port. Baluchi people in whose province this port has been developed are not 100% behind the project. Their apprehensions are that other provinces will reap the real economic benefits of this development. There is also a resentment against the labour for the port coming from other provinces as well as the real estate boom that Gwadar is seeing is going to people from outside Balochistan. This has resulted in some violence in the area including some attacks even targeted against the Chinese engineers.
The attacks against the Chinese also gives rise to the speculation that our friendly neighbours may be inciting Balochi nationalism for their own economic agenda but there has to be some truth that Baluchis deserve more share in their province’s resources.
I really hope our political leadership use their acumen to pacify feelings of alienation among Balochis otherwise Pakistan will see the benefits from Gwadar port scaling down to none.”
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|13th Governor of Balochistan|
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QUETTA: Unidentified armed assailants shot dead a settler in Nushki district some 160 Kilometers on Southwest of Quetta on Thursday, police said.
Some unknown men armed with sophisticated weapons barged into the house of Ishfaq Ahmed in Killi Qadirabad 3 kilometers away from Nushki town and opened indiscriminate firing on him.
Resultantly, he received critical bullet wounds and succumbed to his injuries before reaching Civil Hospital Nushki. The assailants easily managed to escape the scene after committing crime.
Police after completing legal formalities handed over body to heirs.
Police sources said investigations into the incident are underway to ascertain motive behind the killing and it would be premature to term it “target killing”.
Ishfaq, 40, was basically belonged to Punjab but he had settled in Nushki and had got married in a Baloch family. He was running a PCO.
However, no group has claimed the responsibility for the killing of Ishafa Ahmed.
London: The first representative of Balochistan in the United Nations, Mr Mehran Baloch has strongly condemned the suspension of the Interfaith International, an NGO that had accredited Mr Mehran Baloch since 2001. He said that Pakistan’s Intelligence agencies are trying their utmost to silence Baloch voices on International level; few days ago a Pakistani delegation headed by Mr Mohammad Bhutt has accused the NGO (Interfaith International) of damaging Pakistan’s image on international forums. Whereas the only fault this Organisation was that it had been raising the issue of human right violations against Balochistan. “This Organisation was exposing the real face of Pakistan to the international community and Pakistan wants to cover up its atrocities in Balochistan” charged Mr Baluch.
Mehran Baluch said that few years back the same Pakistani representative Mr Bhutt had threaten the NGO head Mr Charles Graves to stop supporting the Baloch otherwise his organisation will face the consequences of what it had been doing. Mehran Baluch said Pakistan’s master China and OIC counties like Egypt and Turkey not only supported the suspension but demanded the withdrawal of the NGO from the UN Economic and Social Council. However Pakistan could not convince the United States of America, United Kingdom and Switzerland and thus failed in her efforts to completely withdraw the NGO’s status.
Mehran Baloch appealed the Baloch Nation to continue to raise their voice on all fronts and expose Pakistan’s atrocities against the people of Balochistan. He requested the Baloch youth that if they see the Pakistani forces committing any inhuman act or see anyone being beaten or arrested – try to make their video footage (mobile phone footage) and send it to all International Human Right Organisation and International media.
QUETTA - A gas pipeline has been blown up near Mach town, some 60 kilometers away from the provincial capital, on Monday night.
According to sources, unidentified persons had planted explosive device with a gas pipeline that went off with huge explosion badly damaging the pipeline and suspending gas supply to the town.
In another incident, a gas pipeline on western bypass area of the provincial capital was blown up on the night between Sunday and Monday, said police.Unidentified attackers had placed explosives under the pipeline that exploded with a big bang, causing partial damage to the pipeline.
Meanwhile, another explosive device placed outside a house in Mach town exploded and rocked the area. However, no loss of life was reported. The police started investigation after reaching blast site.
separately unknown person open fire on the guest of Gwader Tortho road construction company workers in Tehsil Karakh in Khuzdar. Nobody was hurt but the firing incident created panic among the workers and other people in the surrounding areas.
Quetta: Mother of Shah Nawaz Marri believes that her son has been abducted by Pakistani intelligence agencies at gun point. In a news statement she said that Shah Nawaz is the only bread earner of the family and after his arrest the family is going through a tough time. Further explaining about her son she said, that he is a tractor (water tanker) driver, he used to bring water for residents of New Kahan and other people in the area to help the family.
On 2 February 2010 he received a call from a resident of Killi Raisani who wanted a tanker of water. Shah Nawaz along with another youth Umer khan were on their way to the aforementioned place when they were stopped by four armed men who drove a car without number plat. They held a gun on Marri’s head and asked him to get into their car. “The intelligence agencies of Pakistan have arrested my son because several other people have been abducted from New Khan already. New Khan Kahan has been under siege of Pakistani security forces from past many years now” she charged.
QUETTA: The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has categorically rejected reports attributed to it for threatening a private school in Gwadar against imparting co-education.
News Network International (NNI), a leading Pakistani news agency, on Saturday quoted Mirak Baloch, a spokesman of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), an underground armed group striving for an independent Balochistan, disassociating his organization from a news report that a private school in Gwadar had been threatened to stop co-education.
The director of the private school complained that he was continuously receiving letters identifying the senders as the representatives of some Baloch armed groups who wanted him to stop imparting co-education among its students.
The BLA spokesman said there was no denying the significance of women working with men side by side. There is a need to impart contemporary education among the Balochs to develop them socially, politically and economically. The spokesman urged the Baloch women to actively participate in the Baloch resistance movement and acknowledged their significant role in the national development. He regretted that the current class-based education system enforced in Pakistan was unlikely to end the educational backwardness of Balochs.
Quetta: Three persons including two police men sustained injuries one serious in an explosion here Friday. In another explosion has been reported near Hazarganji National Park in Mian Ghundi area no damage was reported. According to details, Police stopped a rickshaw for routine search near Pod Gulli Chowk on the outskirts of Metropolis. During search, a bomb planted with the leg of Rickshaw driver exploded. Due to explosion said rickshaw driver and two policemen Jahanzeb, Javaid and Abdul Ghani sustained injuries. Condition of Jahanzeb was stated to be serious and he was shifted to hospital for treatment. (The frontier post report
While Urdu news papers report suggest that three person including two policemen were injured while they step over a landmine planted on Sabzal road area by some unknown militants. As a result of the explosion police officials Jhanzeb, Javid Maindad and a passerby Anwar zaeb sustained injuries. Jhanzeb is said to be serious condition.
A man identifying himself as Basham Baloch, a spokesman for armed Baloch group BLF (Baloch Liberation Front) has accepted the responsibility for attacking the police team on Sabzal Road Quetta.
Another bomb exploded in Mian Ghundi area along Quetta-Mastung road near Hazarganji National Park here on Friday. Police said that a locally made bomb was planted alongside the road in Mian Ghundi which went off causing explosion, but there was no damage or injury to anybody.
Grenade hurled on house in Quetta: Unidentified men hurled hand grenade on a house located in Almo Chowke in Quetta on Thursday night, but no loss of life or injury was reported in the attack, sources said.
The grenade went off with huge explosion which could be audible from far and wide places while the shock also shattered windowpanes of nearby buildings but luckily no loss of life was reported in the incident, sources said.
A settler killed and three injured in Gwader: Unknown armed motorcyclists open fire on a group of non-Baloch settlers in Gwadar here on Friday. As a result of the firing one settler was killed and three others were injured. The attackers managed to flee after the attack.
QUETTA: Complete shutter down strike observed in Makran division over the call of Baloch National Front (BNF) against Frontier Corp check posts and not releasing Baloch detained persons.
According to details, Baloch National Front gave protest call against the decision to establish check posts at the hills of Makran division and non release of prisoners. After their call complete shutter down strike was observed in Turbat, Mand, Baleda, Hoshab, Timp, Dasht, Goran and other areas.
Owing to this strike all the business centers remained closed. During the strike, strict security arrangements were ensured to avoid any unpleasant
Quetta: A spokesman of BLF (Baloch Liberation Front) has once again warned the Arab hunters to limit their activities. He said Baloch are at war with the state of Pakistan and Pakistani forces are committing atrocities against the Baloch people almost everywhere in Balochistan. The Baloch resistance organisation can attack Pakistani forces whenever and wherever they see the opportunity. That is why “We ask the Arab hunters to limit their activities. Baloch have old ties with the Arab countries and Arab people and we do not want to sabotage these friendly, political and social relations between the Arabs and the Baloch” Mr Basham Baloch said.
Meanwhile he also claimed that BLF fighters attacked an FC camp in Mand Town of Balochistan on Thursday evening. He said that the FC has suffered heavy loss of property and physical casualties.
It must be noted that earlier this month the Balochistan Student Organisation (azaad) had also issue a statement accusing the Arab hunters of sabotaging the Baloch traditions. They BSO statement had said that the Arab hunters should not disrespect or violate the Baloch code of honour in the name of hunting.
Quetta: In separate press statements the relatives of Attaullah Baloch, Qabeer Baloch, Mushtaq Baloch, Ali Asghar Bangulzai Baloch and Zakir Majeed Baloch have expressed grave fear that their loved one might have been harmed “physically eliminated” by the Pakistani intelligence agencies (MI and ISI). Relatives of Qabeer, Attaullah, and Mushtaq Baloch have said that these young men have been abducted from Khuzdar on 25 August 2009 and were still missing. Their families have tried all peaceful and democratic ways of protest for their release but all in vain.
The 20 year old son of Ali Asghar Bangulzai Baloch said in a press conference that his father has been abducted on 18 October 2001 from in front of Balochistan Degree College. Ali Asghar Bangulzai is a tailor by profession and belongs to a middle-class family. His son Mr Ghulam Farooq Baloch, like the relatives of other forced-disappeared Baloch, blames the Pakistani intelligence agencies (ISI and MI) for his father’s disappearance. They submitted an application in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2007 against Ali’s illegal abduction and detention, but the court has failed two pressurise the agencies all these years. Only recently, (8 years after his disappearance) on 30 January 2010 an FIR (First Information Report) No =21/2010 has been registered in Quetta’s Saryab Road police station. (Press coverage)
Ghulam Farooq Baloch also revealed that he had contacted the local police station soon after his father’s abduction but the police refused to co-operate with them. Disappointed by the police Farooq then appealed Balochistan High Court to help him recover his father, the court ordered registration of an FIR but the then SHO Mr Rauw Wraich has refused to register an FIR and said that because Ali is in the custody of Intelligence agencies that is why police cannot register any case against them.
Zakir Majeed Baloch the senior vice chairman of BSO – Azaad has been abducted on 8 June 2009 from Mastung Town in Balochistan. His fate like other thousands of Baloch forced disappeared persons remains unknown. Zakir’s brother Waheed Baloch fears that his brother might have harmed by the agencies and that is why they are denying his arrest and whereabouts. He strongly rejected the report of National crisis Management Cell that his brother has arrived home on 22 January 2009. He believes this is adding salt to injuries of the already grieved family.
It must be noted that Pakistani government had announced to release all Baloch forced-disappeared person as part of the so called “Aghaaz-e-Haqooq-e Balochistan” package. However, none of the Baloch abducted person has been released. In fact several other Baloch students and ordinary daily wages workers have been abducted from Quetta, Noshki, Dera Bugti and other areas of Balochistan. The latest victim of the persistent forced disappearances is Sahah Nawaz Marri Baloch who has been abducted from New Kahan Quetta on 3, February 2010. Shah Nawaz Marri is a driver and he used to bring water for the residents of New Kahan.
More than 168 children have disappeared from Balochistan, a war crime tribunal should be constituted
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
PAKISTAN: More than 168 children have disappeared from Balochistan, a war crime tribunal should be constituted
Among the lists of disappeared persons from Balochistan province are the names of 168 children and 148 women. Two lists of disappeared persons were released separately, one by Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an NGO which works to document the cases of missing persons from the area and the other by the Provincial Interior Ministry of Balochistan. The missing people have allegedly been taken by Pakistani intelligence agencies for interrogation over their alleged link to Balochistan separatists and other militant groups in the country.
Karachi: Veteran politician Sardar Sherbaz Khan Mazari has said that the Baloch have reached the point of no return and had he been younger he would have joined the Baloch struggle in the mountains.
In an exclusive interview with The News, Mazari said that Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti’s assassination had created a wide gap between the federation and the Baloch which was difficult to bridge.
“Akbar Khan [Bugti] called me via satellite phone weeks before his assassination. He wanted to say goodbye to me because he knew he would be killed sooner or later. I told him that I wanted to (fight) along with him, but he replied in his characteristic style: ‘No Sherbaz, you are too old to fight with me’. The fact is that he was older than me,” said the 79-year-old politician-cum-intellectual.
Mazari was particularly harsh about General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. “He is a very lowly and cheap person. I first saw him at a gathering where he was invited out of my knowledge. He came to me and said ‘I’m a commando’. I said, ‘So what if you are a commando!’” Mazari was of the view that Musharraf should be punished for his crimes against the Baloch.
A Harvard University graduate, Sherbaz Mazari started his political career by supporting Fatima Jinnah against Ayub Khan in the 1964 presidential polls. He became a member of the National Assembly in 1970 and since then he has seen the ups and downs of Pakistan politics as a very close observer.
He said that when he had visited Shaikh Mujeebur Rahman for negotiations, he was told by some Bengali leaders that the Baloch would be the next victims of the establishment after Bengalis. “I had not realised this at that time, but history has proved that they were right,” he said.
On the Balochistan package, the seasoned politician said that he would not support any package until it is accepted by the Baloch nation. “The genuine grievances of the Baloch could only be addressed with honest efforts,” he said, adding that the operation in Balochistan should be stopped immediately.
Pakistan, Mazari said, was a multi-national state and all nations inhabiting the country should be given their due cultural, political and financial rights. “If Baloch, Sindhis, Seraikis, Pakhtuns and others want the demarcation of provinces on the basis of nationalities, no one should have any objection to it. Personally, I believe that the question of nationalities should be solved within the federation of Pakistan,” he said.
He supported the Supreme Court’s verdict on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). “Despite being a Chaudhry, the chief justice seems to be an honest person. As a Baloch, I will support anyone who fights for justice,” Mazari said, adding however that Aitzaz Ahsan was “playing his cards” to get hold of a public office.
Once a close friend of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) founder and former prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Mazari has not forgiven Bhutto for the 1970s military operation in Balochistan. “Benazir used to call me uncle. I told her, ‘Yes, I’m your uncle, but not from your father’s side’. Bhutto wronged the Baloch,” Mazari maintained.
Karachi: Intelligence agencies in Pakistan are using drugs to extract information from political activists, while doctors on the payroll of the state are believed to be playing a role in this unethical practice, The News has learnt.
Abdul Wahab, a 55-year-old Baloch activist, told The News that he was injected with a drug by intelligence agencies after he was picked up on May 28, 2008 from near Zainab Market, Karachi.
“We held a demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club on May 28, 2008 to condemn the creation of an atom bomb. After the rally, I was going back to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan office situated nearby, when I was stopped by two plain-clothed men near Zainab Market. These men put a revolver on my temple, pushed me in a white car and put a chador over me,” Wahab told The News.
Wahab said that the car reached some place after nearly half an hour, a gate was opened and he was blindfolded. His hands were also tied from behind, and he was taken to a room. “While I was blindfolded, I was beaten so severely that I became unconscious,” he said.
“Those people were abusing Baloch leader Akhter Mengal, and asked me where we are getting our ammunition from, who was funding us, who were the people involved in the bomb blast at Hub (Balochistan), where was our headquarter, who was the chief of the Watan Brigade, how many members it has, and so on,” he said.
“After beating me up severely for a day, I was shifted to another place and pushed on a stretcher-like thing. Somebody shot an injection in my forearm, and I felt as if my entire body had become numb. However, my brain was still active,” he recalled. “I started speaking voluntarily, but I don’t remember what I said. When I regained consciousness, I had a severe headache and my mouth was dry.”
Wahab asked for some water and tea from his captors, a request that was granted, along with two tablets. When he told his captors that he wanted to go to the bathroom, his blindfold was temporarily removed from his eyes, and he found himself in some sort of a lock-up, but not that of a police station.
He was blindfolded again after he had used the bathroom urinated, and then taken to another, cooler room – indicating that the room had an air conditioner. Somebody then began asking him questions, albeit politely. Wahab informed him that he was a human rights’ activist, and helped the families of “missing” people. He was told that “missing” persons were “terrorists,” and helping them was a crime. After five days of confinement, the entirety of which were spent blindfolded, Wahab was released near the Finance and Trade Centre (FTC) on Sharea Faisal, and asked not to look back; otherwise, he would be shot dead. “Since then, I have been receiving abusive calls on my cell phone during the middle of the night. I have changed my cell phone many a times, but it is always traced,” he said.
Doctors fear that in all probability, Wahab was injected with a drug that has been nicknamed ‘Truth Serum.’ After taking the Truth Serum, a person is said to become highly talkative, and shares his/her thoughts without hesitation. The Dorlands’ Illustrated Medical Dictionary describes the Truth Serum as “an ultra-short-acting barbiturate (drug) to produce general anaesthesia, and for narcoanalysis in psychiatric disorders.”
The proper name for this drug is thiopental sodium, eminent psychiatrist Prof. S. Haroon Ahmed told The News, explaining that the drug is also called Sodium Pentothal. “There are various kinds of methods used to extract information from people suspected of anti-social or so-called anti-state activities. Besides physical torture, psychological methods are keeping a person in incognito and keeping him awake for a long time and altering all normal expectations.
“There are, however, other methods in which doctors are involved, such as administering injections of tripentina sodium (Truth Serum). The effect of the injection is that the person become uninhibited, and frequently pours out facts that he/she would otherwise not disclose. The involvement of medical community in any act of torture or forced extraction of information has been banned by the international medical community. This has also been endorsed by the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA),” he said.
Dr Shershah Syed, former general secretary of the PMA, said: “Doctors should not get involved in any kind of activity causing physical, psychological and emotional torture in collaboration with government or non-government agencies.”
Baloch Bar boycotts courts in several districts of Balochistan
QUETTA Jan 30: On the joint appeal of Baloch Bar Association, Gwadar Bar Association and Mekran Bar, lawyers boycotted courts proceedings against Pakistani security forces’ raids at the residences of the Organiser of Baloch Bar Association Sadiq Raisani and Haji Anwar Adil Advocate (Panjgur), violation of sanctity of [chadar and char deevari] and against the killing of innocent Baloch students in Khuzdar here on Saturday. No lawyer appeared in any court in Quetta, Mastung, Kalat, Surab, Khuzdar, Lasbella, Pasni, Gwadar, Turbat, Panjgur, Kharan, Noshki, Sibi, Nasirabad and Dera Allah Yar.
A Spokesman of Baloch Bar said that Baloch lawyers were not agreed to expose Baloch problem and they would continue to struggle for their motherland. Spokesman expressed regret over the sudden death of Amir Bakhsh Lango Advocate and said that he had reserved his life for Independent Baloch land. He said that his death would cause negative impacts on Baloch national Movement. We pay tribute to his bravery and bold national services. Spokesman expressed grief over the killing of Malik Khuda Bakhsh Shaikh Hussaini and said that Baloch leaders were being killed one by one. He strongly condemned his murder and expressed sympathy with the members of bereaved family.
BRP, Marri Itehad and BSO (Azaad) paid glowing tributes to Shaheed Amir Bux Baloch
Quetta: Baloch Republican Party, BSO (azaad) and Injuman-e-Itehad-e Marri paid rich tributes to “Sagaar e Baloch” Shaheed Amir Bux’s Langove Baloch. Sagaar e Baloch had died in a traffic accident near Mastung on Thursday. Baloch Republican Party leader Brahumdagh Bugti and central spokesman of BRP Sher Mohammad Bugti said that Mir Ameer Bux Baloch’s sudden loss left a vacuum [in Baloch struggle] that cannot be filled in centuries. The BRP statement further said that Shaheed’s life and his practical struggle is a source of inspiration for the Baloch youth. They appealed to the Baloch youth to follow the path and ideology of the “Sagaar e Baloch” and continue the struggle for Independence. “BRP will do their utmost to complete the mission of Shaheed Amir Bux Baloch. Baloch Nation and BRP pay glowing tributes to the one who spent his whole life struggling for the liberation of motherland”.
Marri Itehad said in a statement that Shaheed Amir Bux belong to a household that has given tremendous sacrifices for the sake of Balochistan, they have raised the head of Baloch Nations with pride and dignity. “Amir Bux was not only the hero of his family but his sacrifices and practical work for the liberation of Balochistan has made him a Baloch National hero. Today many Baloch youth have joined the Karavan of Baloch freedom struggle because of hard working and honest friends like “Sagaar e Baloch” Shaheed Amir Bux Langove Baloch”.
Meanwhile BSO (azaad) also paid their respects and tributes to the Sagaar e Baloch and said that because of the sacrifices of Baloch martyrs of liberation today Baloch are more aware of their right to Independence and the Baloch youth have rejected the Pakistani ideology. The statement further said that Amir Bux Langove followed the ideology and path of his brother Shaheed Majeed Baloch and sacrificed his life in defense of motherland Balochistan.
“We have not carried out Sohbat Pur blast”: BRA
Separately BRA, Baloch resistance Organisation has said that they have no connection with the blast in Suhbat Pur in Jafaraba districts of Balochistan, in which three innocent Baloch had died and many sustained injuries. Sarbaz Baloch said that BRA strongly condemns the attack on innocent people. He made it clear that BRA fighters only target government officials/occupation forces, Spies/traitors [those who work for govt against Baloch cause], government installation and buildings. He appealed the Baloch people to stay away from Pakistani government installations, official’s places and ceremonies and vehicles because Baloch fighters can target them any time.
Sarbaaz Baloch also paid tributes to Shaheed Amir Bux Langove on behalf of his Organisation (BRA) and appealed the Baloch youth to follow the ideology of the Sagaar e Baloch.
Untimely demise of Amir Bux is not less than a national tragedy: Hyrbyair Marri
*Shaheed Amir Bux will always be remembered as a National Hero: BNM
Quetta/London: Baloch patriot leader Hyrbyair Marri has said that he was sad and shocked by the news of the untimely death of one the brave and patriot sons of soil. He said that Shaheed Amir Bux Baloch was a determined and courageous friend who spent his life defending the Baloch land and Balochistan. His sudden demise is not less than a national tragedy for Baloch National struggle. “Baloch Nation and the youth will always remember their martyred friend as a hero, who had practically struggled and defended the motherland”.
The Baloch will always need the services of an honest, competent and experienced friend like Shaheed Amir Bux Langove. He and his family have raised the heads of Baloch people with pride and dignity for their devotion to Balochistan, realistic struggle and sacrifices. Amir Bux followed the path and ideology of his brother Shaheed Majeed Baloch and paid the ultimate price for liberation. He said that Mr Langove’s family is very fortunate to have brought up such brave sons, and if Baloch youth want to be remembered as heroes they should follow the path of Shaheed Amir Bux and his brother Shaheed Majeed Baloch. “Every Baloch should be proud of Shaheed Amir Bux and his family and learn lessons for their sacrifices. I knew Amir from very well, his practical struggle, experience and ideology was remarkable. I’m sad by the untimely physical departure of such a brave and honest friend. His loss is a National tragedy and these are moments of mourning” the Baloch leader said.
Meanwhile General Secretary of BNM Mr Khalil Baloch has said that Shaheed Amir Baloch’s name will always live on and he will be remembered as a hero of Nation. He said that Amir Bux followed the path of his martyred brother and other Baloch martyrs who sacrificed their precious lives for the liberation of Balochistan.
He said although Amir Bux’s sudden death is great loss for Baloch people, especially for Baloch freedom movement but his mission will be completed by the Baloch youth. There are thousands of Baloch who follow the ideology of Baloch martyrs and the ideological friends of the Shaheed will continue to work for the completion of the mission of Baloch martyrs.
“The entire Baloch Nation is shocked at his early demise but at the same time they are proud of their brave soldier and pay rich tributes to him” said Mr Khalil Baloch.
Great Baloch resistance leader martyred in road accident
Quetta: BalochWarna has just received the sad news of the untimely bereavement of one the great Baloch resistance leaders, Mir Amir Bux Langove Baloch. BalochWarna sources from Balochistan has reported that the Sarmachaar (Freedom Fighter) has received martyrdom during an accident in early hours of Thursday morning (28/01/2010), hence adding another name in the golden pages of the book of Baloch martyrs of liberation struggle.
Mir Amir Bux Baloch was brother of Shaheed Majeed Baloch and was a lawyer by profession. He had been with the Baloch liberation seeking forces since his young age and had always struggled to defend Baloch land and Baloch people against the occupation forces. Baloch Nation, especially Baloch youth will always remember him as one of the greatest patriot Baloch resistance leaders. His lose is irreplaceable but his name lives on throughout the history of Baloch Nation and he will always been remembered as one of the patriot and loyal sons of motherland (Balochistan).
4 people including a top police official wounded in Jafarabad blast
Dera Aallah Yar – A roadside bomb injured a senior police chief and three other people Tuesday in Pakistan’s south-western province of Balochistan, police said.
Fareed Shah, chief of the Jaffarabad district, was en route to his office in his police car when the explosion occurred in the Dera Allah Yar area.
‘The bomb was planted on a motorbike and triggered through a remote control,’ local police officer Abdul Latif Bajwa said.
Shah received minor injuries in the explosion, which also wounded one of his security guards and two pedestrians.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Baloch nationalist rebels have been waging a low-key insurgency for years, seeking greater provincial autonomy and a higher share of the profits from natural resources tapped in the region.
The insurgents have targeted several government officials and people from other ethnic communities in recent months.
Blast in Panjgur kills eight security personals, BLF claimed responsibility
QUETTA: One security personnel member has been killed and six others injured after a remote controlled bomb exploded in the Panjgur district of Balochistan.
The District Police Officer of Panjgur, Jamil Ahmed, told DawnNews that the blast occurred after a road side bomb went off near a security forces vehicle.
He said that the injured were immediately rushed to the hospital after the incident.
Two of the injured were security personnel members. An investigation into the explosion is underway.
Meanwhile the spokesman of BLF (Baloch Liberation Front) has phoned the NNI and informed the news agency that fighter from BLF has blown up the FC vehicle in Panjgur. He claimed that Eight (8) security personal were killed in this attack.
Further more he said that few days back members of his Organisation have killed a spy named Shahzad in Mand town. He claimed the responsibility for the attack on security forces vehicle and the killing of the spy. He also alleged that after the attack FC has started indiscriminate fire on unarmed civilians which resulted injuries to at least four people. He said that BLF along with other resistance Organisations (freedom seeking Organisations) will continue their struggle till Independence of Balochistan.
BSO president to sit on strike against FC occupation of Degree College
QUETTA, Jan 24: President Baloch Student Organization BSO (Azad) Shaal, Shah Zaib Baloch has announced to organize a rally and stage a sit-in on Feb 2, against deployment of Frontier Corps (FC) in Government Degree College Quetta.
He made this announcement while addressing a press conference, in Quetta Press Club flanked by other officer bearer’s of BSO here on Sunday.
He alleged that dozens of activists of BSO and students had been allegedly picked up by security forces including Zakir Majeed, Sami Baloch, Mushtaq Baloch, Naseer Baloch, Doctor Din Muhammad and others.
“A large number of Baloch political workers have been detained in torture cells, established in Degree College”, he alleged.
Shah Zaib alleged that more than four thousand students were getting education in the college but for the last six months security forces have occupied college.
He said that presence of security forces in the college was badly affecting the education of students while teachers were also being maltreated by security forces.
He claimed that they had learnt that over two hundred Balochs have been confined in the torture cells of Degree College and demanded of humanitarian organizations for taking immediate notice of it.
Responding to a question, he said that organizing rally and staging a sit-in at in front of college was aimed at to get the attention of high ups towards alleged excesses of security forces.
Firing by Iranian forces damages three vehicles
QUETTA, Jan 24: At least three vehicles of local people at Pak-Iran border area were reportedly damaged when Iranian border security forces allegedly opened firing on them on Sunday.
According to reports reaching here, vehicles were carrying goods and passengers when the Iranian security forces allegedly targeted them at Woshab area. Resultantly, firing damaged vehicles and smashed their windscreen. Luckily, no body was hurt in the attack.
Sources said that vehicles were moving inside Pakistani territory when security forces of neighbouring country allegedly attacked them.
“We were driving inside Pakistani territory when our vehicles were attacked”, said a driver Malik Habib.
The firing incident spread panic and fear amongst the people of the area.
Expressing their serious concern people of the area demanded of the Chief Minister Balochistan for conducting a probe into the incident and lodge a protest with the Iranian authorities.
It may be mentioned that Iranian authorities have taken strict security measures at Pak-Iran border area and have closed all informal business with Pakistan after a suicide attack in Pishin town of Iran last year.
Muslim League (N) student wing attacked Baloch Student in Punjab
Sahiwal: Online Balochi language Radio has reported that Baloch students who are studying in Punjab’s Sahiwal district have been attacked by the student wring of Muslim League (N), the MSF. Talking to Gwank one of the injured students said that they have been approached by the MSF member and asked to join their Organisations but on refusal they have been fired upon and badly beaten up. “We told them that we have nothing in common with Punjab and we don’t want to be a part of any political parties including Muslim League and MSF, for this refusal first we have been threaten and finally attacked” he complained.
He further said that they were on their way to the town when they have been fired upon by the members of MSF, Muslim League (N) student wing and after they have been arrested and beaten up badly. He said some of his friends were critically injured and have been shifted to Hospital for treatment. The injured students have been named as Balaach Baloch, Faiz Baloch, Wahid Baloch and Ishfaq Baloch.
Meanwhile BSO (azaad) Karachi zone have announced to protest against the attack on Balochistan students in Punjab. They strongly condemned the attack and said that innocent Baloch students have been attacked for refusing to join the student wing of Muslim League (N). They said that BSO (A) will stand by Baloch people and Baloch students wherever and whenever they are in any kind of difficulty.
Two soldiers shot dead, two injured in Khuzdar
Quetta:At least two army personnel were killed and two others were injured after unidentified motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire on a group of soldiers in Khuzdar bazaar on Saturday.
According to the official sources, two recruits of the security forces were gunned down by unknown attackers who assaulted a group of soldiers in Khuzdar by shooting at them. Nazir Kurd, the local police chief said, a group of around ten soldiers had come from Khuzdar Cantonment area to Khuzdar bazaar to do some shopping and do visit a local bank for transaction of money. They had parked their vehicle at Police Lane and were walking towards the bank located inside the market when around four people riding two motorcycle opened indiscriminate fire and killed two personnel and injured two more.
Sources identified the killed personnel as Mohammad Sharif and Mohammad Rasool. They belonged to Attock and Kohat respectively.
Report on Political Prisoners Sentenced to Death in Baluchistan
The identities of six of political prisoners sentenced to death in the province Baluchistan have been announced by the Coalition of Human Rights Activists in this province.
There is no accurate information on the number and identities of the tens of Baluchi political prisoners in southeastern Iran. As a result of the tight grip maintained by Intelligence services on this region and the absence of civil rights institutions, this region is among a number of areas which is suffering from a lack of surveillance by human rights organizations.
There are no accurate statistics on the number of political prisoners who have been sentenced to die or are in the verge of being sentenced in this part of the country, but according to available information and claims made by authorities, a large number of prisoners charged with political- or intelligence-related offenses in this region have been sentenced to death.
The identities of six political prisoners who are sentenced to die are as follows:
1. Abdulrahman Narouei, son of Khaleghdad
2. Abeh-Gahram Zehi
3. Abdulhamid Riggi, son of Azad Riggi
4. Abduljalil Riggi, son of Jan-Mohammad
5. Naser Shah-Bakhsh
6. Mahmoud Riggi, son of Nazar
Most of the individuals stated above are being held in a detention center managed by the Ministry of Intelligence in the city of Zahedan, and the accused are being denied basic rights such as visitations with their family members and the right to hire a lawyer. The conditions of political prisoners in Baluchistan, in the absence of a civil rights movement and human rights advocates, are bleak.
Two FC officials kidnapped, two injured in Nasirabad district
QUETTA: Two personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) were injured and two others were kidnapped by unidentified persons who attacked a check post in Nasirabad district on Thursday.
Murtaza Baig, a spokesman of the Frontier Corps (FC), confirmed with the Baloch Hal that the FC check post had come under attack in Mir Hassan Police Station area of Nasirabad district in the early hours of Thursday. The attackers used automatic weapons to attack the check post. As a result, two personnel of the Frontier Corps, who were identified as Mohammad Imran and Mohammad Sharif, were injured and two others, Jamil Ahmed and Khan Ahmed, were supposedly kidnapped by the attackers and taken to an unknown location.
“The injured FC personnel are currently under treatment while a search operation has begun for the recovery of the kidnapped personnel,” said the FC spokesman.
It was learnt the four FC personnel had been deployed to guard a gas pipeline that passed from the area in order to protect it from the attack of Baloch nationalists fighting for maximum autonomy and control on resources of Balochistan.
The FC spokesman said that forces had defused a landmine at RD418 locality which had been laid on the road. “It could cause huge damage to human lives if FC had not defused the mine on the right time as it had been laid at a public place,” said the spokesman.
No group has accepted responsibility for the attack on the FC check post and kidnapping the recruits of the federal paramilitary force. Last year, the Baloch Republican Army (BRA), a shadowy organization, had kidnapped 22 policemen from the same area. All of them were killed by their captors.
When asked about the recent statement of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani that the Frontier Corps had established a parallel government in Balochistan against the provincial government, the spokesman refused the impression. He said that the FC had been deployed on the request of the provincial government. It was unreasonable on the part of the chief minister to publicly speak against the FC even though an understanding had been reached between the provincial government and the FC for the maintenance of law and order in Quetta city.
“The FC will pull out the next day if the chief minister makes such an announcement that we are no longer required,” said the spokesman.
BNP organizes day long hunger strike camps
QUETTA: Balochistan National Party (BNP) organized hunger strike camps in front of all press clubs in the province Wednesday against the killing of two Baloch students at the hands of security forces in Khuzdar Wednesday last..
Similar camps were also setup in Noshki, Mastung, Khanra, Kalat, Surab and other parts.
Secretary General BNP Habib Jalib Baloch and others joined the camp in front of Quetta Press Club.
Speaking on the occasion Habib Jalib termed the Khuzdar incident as state terrorism. He said forces shed the blood of innocent youth and Baloch would never forget it.
He said government has set security forces particularly Frontier Corps escort free. Whenever they want they kill any body or commit violence at gun point. No one can ask them.
He said we Baloch tribal are struggling in larger interest of self determination and state has got frustrated due to over movement.
Balochistan: Attacks on police officer,s house and police station, three injured in Suhbatpur blast
DERA MURAD JAMALI: Three men sustained injuries in bomb blast occurred near a car stand in Suhbatpur ‘a tehsil of district Jafarabad’ on Tuesday. According to police, unidentified person had planted a bomb in a bicycle and parked it near a car stand.
Later, the remote-controlled bomb went off, injuring three men. They were identified as Muhammad Hyat, Abdur Rehman and Ghulam Sarwar. The injured mean were rushed to nearby hospital.
KALAT: A huge blast which rocked the Kalat town Tuesday evening shattered the windowpanes of police stations. According to the local police, the explosion took place behind the building where both Saddar and City Police Stations are housed.
It is yet to be ascertained whether the blast was caused by a hand grenade or any explosive device placed near the building. The blast caused panic among the residents of the city and the law enforcement agencies.
KHUZDAR: Unknown attackers hurled a hand grenade at the residence of SHO Khuzdar Police Tuesday evening, officials said.
The grenade exploded outside the house and partially damaged the building and its main entry door. Windowpanes of nearby buildings were also shattered. The occupants of the house remained unhurt.
Explosions rocked Khuzdar, Gwader and Quetta
KHUZDAR: Police said the explosive device, planted near boundary wall of the building, exploded with a loud bang and heard in almost all parts of the district. No one was hurt. However, the blast shattered the windowpanes of the building.
GWADAR: An explosion occurred along airport road here Monday. The explosion occurred at a vacant plot behind Habib Bank situated along Airport road here today. There was no report of any damage or injury to anybody.
HUB: Unknown persons killed a barber here Monday night. According to details unknown persons riding a motorcycle opened fire on a barber shop situated at Sakran Road, as a result one man named as Ghulam Mustafa sustained serious injuries. He was shifted to civil hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
QUETTA: I hand grenade was hurled into the house of a man identified as Shafkat in GRO colony in Quetta. The blast damaged the windowpanes and the doors of the house; however the occupants of the house remained unhurt. The police has cordoned off the area and starting a search for the attackers.
UK: Protest against the killing of Baloch in Karachi and Khuzdar
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London: A large number of Baloch, Sindhi and other human rights activists have gather in front of British parliament to condemn the target killing of Baloch in Karachi, Para-military operation in Lyari and the killing of Baloch students in Khuzdar. BHRC (Baloch Human Rights Council) had given the call for protest.
The protesters were holding placards and banners inscribed against Pakistan and Iran, demand of withdrawal of Pakistani military from Balochistan and urged the Western powers to stop supporting pro-Taliban Pakistan. The participants of the protest chanted slogans against MQM, Pakistan, Iran and Pakistani and Iranian current leaders including Ahamdinejad, Rehman Malik and the leader of MQM Altaf Hussain. Some of the slogans were; “Baloch Want Freedom, Stop killing Baloch in Karachi, Pakistan sanctuary of Taliban, West stop supporting Pakistan and stop killing Baloch and Sindhi people”.
Addressing the rally Dr Abul Doshaki read a poem which literally meant that Baloch in the UK are with the people of Lyari (Karachi) and the people of Balochistan at these difficult times.
Whwheel jam, shutter down observed against Khuzdar incident
Baloch in the UK are protesting against Khuzdar and Karachi killings today in front of British Parliament!
complete shutter-down and wheel jam was observed in Khuzdar whereas protest rallies and demonstrations were held in other districts of Balochistan to protest against the unprovoked firing of Pakistani FC on the peaceful rally in Khuzdar. Saddam Baloch and Ali Dost Baloch were killed in this incident where four other Baloch were seriously injured. One of the injured Mr Liaqat Baloch has been admitted to Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi. It has been reported that doctors cut off one of his leg.
Meanwhile different Baloch political parties and student organisation strongly condemn the attack on the peaceful rally. They urged that the responsible official should be immediately arrested and punished.
Reports reaching from Turbat say that BSO (azaad) and BRP have took out a rally against the killings in Karachi, Khuzdar incident and against the forced-disappearances. It is has been reported that thousands of people took part in the protest rally and demanded that all Baloch missing person should be released unconditionally and immediately and culprits of Khuzdar and Karachi killings must be arrest. The rally also urged the International Community and International Human Rights Organisations to take notice of ongoing atrocities against the people of Balochistan.
Baloch in the UK are protesting today (17-01-2010) against the killings of Baloch people in Karachi and the Khuzdar incident. They have appealed all freedom loving people to join the protest to show their solidarity with the oppressed Baloch Nation.
Baloch Bar boycotts courts
QUETTA: On the appeal of Baloch Bar Association court proceedings were boycotted on Saturday and no lawyer of this association appeared before any court in Quetta, Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, Lasbella.
Baloch Bar leaders said here today that Khuzdar incident is not a new incident for Baloch people. Such incidents have occurred. Controlling is not possible for government. Baloch would not be cowed down by negative tactics.
They said that from firing on peaceful rally it was clear writ of secret agencies existed in Balochistan. Forces were frustrating owing to complete shutter down and wheel jam. After kidnapping like arrest secret agencies were now resorted to target killing of Baloch students. They said so called democratic government has broken all record of previous government.
Four Punjabi settlers killed in Balochistan
By Malik Siraj Akbar
QUETTA: Four non-Baloch individuals were killed in different parts of Balochistan on Saturday in an apparent backlash of Friday’s killings of two Baloch nationalists. Three of the murders have been confirmed as target killings.
According to details, two Punjabi settlers were killed in Ghosiabad police precincts, in the Satellite Town area of the provincial capital. The victims were standing on a road when unidentified armed motorcyclists opened fire at them. As a result, Malik Ifthakar died on the spot, while Malik Tahir died while being treated at the Quetta Civil Hospital.
Meanwhile, a Punjabi settler was gunned down in Khuzdar district. Mohammad Iqbal – originally of Sailkot – was gunned down by unidentified armed assailants at Umar Farooq Chowk. Iqbal also died during treatment.
Khuzdar police said they had registered a case against unidentified assailants and launched an investigation.
Meerak Baloch, a spokesman for the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) called the offices of various newspapers and accepted responsibility for killing the three Punjabi settlers. Also, a man was killed in Mastung district on Saturday in a similar target-killing incident. According to local police, Mohammad Ismail was returning home after closing shop when unidentified armed men ambushed him.
No one has claimed responsibility for Ismail’s murder so far. Local police say they are investigating.
Editorial: Killing of democrats in Khuzdar
In what appeared to be a provocative incident of firing on unarmed democratic activists, security forces killed two young students-cum-political activists in Khuzdar district on Friday. The victims, along with several others who received injuries in the arrogant demonstration of brute force by the security forces, were peacefully protesting against the targeted killing of Balochs in Karachi. It was in fact a democratic display of anger over flawed government policies which had failed to guard the lives and property of the Balochs living in Karachi. Every citizen as well as political party has the constitutional right to freely express their dissent and mobilize on issues of mutual interest……..Read full story
Hyrbyair Marri interview with geo crisis cell -Part 1
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KHUZDAR: Media sources reported that the Pakistani FC (frontier Corps) have open indiscriminate fire on a peaceful rally of Baloch National Front (BNF) as a result two BSO (Aazaad) members have been killed and several others seriously injured. The seriously injured Baloch activists Liqat Baloch, Zafar Baloch, Inayat Baloch and Farid Baloch have been shifted to hospital for immediate treatment. The Martyred Baloch students have been named as Alid Dost Baloch and Sadam Baloch (who is said be only 14 years old) . The Baloch students were protesting against the killings of innocent Baloch in Karachi. BNF had given the call for wheel jam and shutter down strike on 15 January (Today).
Junior Vice Chairperson of BSO (azaad) Banok Karima Baloch strongly condemned the attack on Baloch students’ rally. She announced that shutter-down and wheel jam protest will be observed in Balochistan on Saturday against Kuhzdar incident.
It, however, must be noted that Baloch people have long complained the behavior of FC, most of the killings that took place during peaceful protests FC has always been involved in such incidents. In a recent interview with a Pakistani TV channel Hyrbyair Marri has also said that the FC (and the mini dictator, Salim Nawaz) were assigned to further deteriorate the situation in Balochistan.
Strike in Balochistan over Karachi target killings
QUETTA: A shutter down and wheel jam strike was being observed in a number of districts in Balochistan on Friday against the target killings of Baloch people in Karachi. The strike call had been given by the Baloch National Front.
According to reports reaching from different parts of the province, the strike was being observed in the Mastung, Noshki, Kharan, Panjgur, Gwadar, Turbat, Kalat, Awaran, Sibi and Quetta districts.
All the main bazaars and markets were closed while roads also wore a deserted look in these districts.
Law enforcement agencies took strict security measures for the occasion. No untoward incident was so far reported from any of these districts except the one in Quetta in which unknown persons pelted stones on vehicles and torched two of them on Brewery Road. — DawnNews
گوادر میں بیگناہ بلوچوں پر کوسٹ گارڈ کی وحشیانہ فائرنگ
Families of missing Baloch protest outside BHC
Quetta: Relatives of Mir Ghaffar Langov held a protest rally outside Balochistan High Court and demanded his immediate release. According to reports the participants of the rally blocked the main road in front of BHC and some of the angry women protesters lobbed stoned at the vehicles when they tried to break the blockage.
The family member of Mir Gharraf Langov said that there were no charges against him and he has been abducted by the personal of Pakistan’s Intelligence agencies, last year. They feared that if Mr Langov is not recovered in time he might suffer the same fate as Shaheed Ghulam Mohammed Baloch and his friends. [GM Baloch and his friends were abducted in broad day light from their lawyers’ office and murdered in cold-blood, in April last year.
Shaheed Mir Dost Mohammed Baranzai
British should extradite Altaf Hussain to where he belongs: Zafar Baloch
Toronto, January 13 – Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) has declared the recent killings of the indigenous Baloch populace in Karachi as a wider plan of the MQM to assert its administrative control over the city. The hegemonic and expansionist designs of MQM supported by the state policies are the root cause to all ethnic and sectarian strife and violence in Karachi. The goals sanctioned by the MQM’s reign of terror against lawyers in the past, looting and burning of two thousand shops, target killing of indigenous social activists who resisted land grabbing, and the indiscriminate killings of innocent Baloch and Sindhis in Karachi – is to decapitate Sindh’s capital from its historical and cultural roots and run it mafia-like as the Hong Kong of South Asia.
BHRC strongly condemns the PPP-MQM Sindh Government policies of discrimination and use of force against the innocent Baloch under the disguise of ‘operation-clean-up’ to rein in gangs and criminal elements. Ironically, in 1983, military operation against the Sindhis in the rural areas originally meant to crush the strong opposition to military rule was conducted under the similar pretext of “killing dacoits” in which thousands of innocent people lost their lives or were imprisoned.
BHRC demands immediate resignations of Governor Sindh, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, Sindh Interior Minister Zulfiqar Mirza, and Interior Minister Rahman Malik. It should be noted that a Canadian court has already given a ruling against MQM and has declared it a terrorist group and it is about time that the British should take measures and extradite its leader, Altaf Hussain to where he belongs. In order to bring peace and ethnic harmony in Karachi, it is imperative to end the mafia-like hegemonic control of MQM and its thugs over the city’s residents, commerce, trade, and law enforcing institutions. Karachi is the inseparable capital of Sindh and should be respected as such in terms of being a political centre and a promoter of the Sufi culture of the Indus Valley Civilization.
Black day’ in Larkana against Karachi killings , protest in hyderabad & Malir
LARKANA: The Sindh National Party, District Larkana Chapter, on Tuesday observed a black day and token hunger strike against the target killings in Karachi.
Addressing the protesters, Nasarullah Abro, Manzoor Abbasi, and Aslam Shaikh said people were being killed on the pretext of target killings. A Karachi-based ethnic party was involved in the killings of innocent people whereas the government was carrying out an operation against the Baloch in Lyari, they claimed.
Dr Qadir Magsi said a Karachi-based party was involved in target killings due to which its activists were also being killed. Meanwhile, Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, Chairman, Sindh National Front, said the Pakistan Peopleís Party and the MQM would not separate from each other. “The MQM enjoys the government’s support and residents of interior Sindh and of Karachi are facing double torture,” said the former chief minister.
London: Baloch and Sindhi community to protest against Lyari operation
Join in the protest against the target killing of innocent Baloch and Sindhi People by Fascistic Forces!
• The MQM Fascists are let loose to kill and commit atrocities against innocent Balochs and Sindhis
• With the active collaboration of the terrorist organization the paramilitary forces are harassing, insulting and arresting the innocent women, children and elderly in Karachi.
Join us to request international community’s urgent intervention to save lives and dignity of Baloch and Sindhi people
Venue: In front of the UK Parliament Square
17 Jan, 2-4pm
Nearest tube station: West Minister Tube Station
Baloch Human Rights Council (UK)
World Sindhi Congress
For further information Contacts:
Samad Baloch 07825087032
Abdullah Baloch 07737141325,
Manzoor Mangi 07535648886
“When Hitler killed communists, I did not raise voice because I was not a communist. When Hitler killed socialists, I did not raise voice because I was not a socialist. When Hitler killed Jews, I did not raise voice because I was not a Jew. When Hitler killed trade unionists, I did not raise voice because I was not a trade unionist. When Hitler came after me nobody was left to raise their voice for me.”
Western Balochistan: Several Baloch political activists reportedly sentence to death
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Committee of Balochistan Human Rights Activists in [Iran] has reported that A number of political prisoners sentenced to death in Balochistan. The group said that the accurate number of people sentence to death is not available but it is believed that dozens Baloch have been awarded sentences.
Due to ban/restrictions on Human Rights observers and lack of civil institutions in the areas the exact number of political prisoners sentenced to death or at risk in the region, is not clear, but sources and families of the Baloch political prisoners have revealed that many prisoners have been awarded death sentenced, including the following
- Abdul Rahman Naruee S/O Khalqdad
- Abed Gwahramzahi
- Abdul Hamid Regi S/O Azaad Regi
- Abduljalil Regi S/O Jan Mohammad Regi
- Nasser S/O Shahbaksh
- Mahmoud Regi S/O Nazar
Identity of the above six Baloch political prisoners has been established who have been sentenced to death. It should be mentioned that most people are being held in Zahedan Intelligence Agency detention. Basic rights such as contact with family, having a lawyer and to have a fair trial have been denied to these political prisoners. Human Rights defenders have shown grave concerned about the conditions of the political prisoners in Balochistan (Iranian occupied).
Protests in Balochistan against the massacre of Baloch in Karachi
Quetta/Karachi: Baloch political parties and student Organisations have strongly protested against the ongoing attacks on Baloch people in Karachi. The leading Baloch student Organisation BSO (azaad) and other parties organised protest rallies and demonstration almost all over Balochistan including Karachi, Hub, Khuzdar, Kalat, Punjgur, Turbat, Pasni,Ormara, Jeavni, Mastung and Quetta. The angry protester chanted slogans against PPP and MQM and held banners inscribed against these two parties who they believed are behind the Baloch massacre in Karachi Baloch populated areas. The protesters said that the police and Rangers were giving full protection to MQM armed terrorists whereas Baloch villages were being attacked even by the Rangers and the Police.
There are also reports that a Baloch young man has been killed in custody and the police threw his body in Gadren area of Karachi. Most Baloch political parties are of the view that PPP and MQM are equally responsible for the “what is described as genocide” of the Baloch residents in Karachi.
Karachi violence claimed another 11 innocent lives, over 50 Baloch arrested
Karachi: media sources reported that at least 11 people have been killed in the continuous violent attacks in Karachi. Most of the deceased are believed to be Baloch.Unknown assailants have shot dead at least 11 persons in last 36 hours in separate parts of Karachi while according to police calculation, the death toll by target killings in Karachi has risen to 22 persons, Geo news Thursday reported.Target killings tally touches 22 in Karachi:
The areas witnessed the target shootings included Lyari, Garden, Kharadar, Aaram Bagh and Eid Gah localities in metropolis city as 3 persons, identified as Aamir Baloch, Shakir Baloch and Nawaz Baloch, were lately gunned down in Lyari.
Najmi Alam, president PPP Karachi division told Geo news, three latest victims belonged to PPP city area and called on government for arrest of responsible assailants.
Police also claimed presence of rising tension in many parts of Karachi that include Lyari, Garden, Kharadar, Aagra Taaj and Usmanabad.
ٹارگٹ کلنگ کے مجرموں کو تین روز میں گرفتار نہ کیا گیا تو امن وامان کی گارنٹی نہیں دی جاسکتی، لیاری امن کمیٹی
کراچی ، لیاری میں مختلف مقامات پر جمعرات کی شب فائرنگ کرکے ٹارگٹ کلنگ کا نشانہ بناتے ہوئے خاتون سمیت 8 افراد کو قتل کرنے والے تین روز میں گرفتار نہ کئے گئے تو کراچی کے امن کے برقرار رہنے کی گارنٹی نہیں دی جاسکتی۔ پولیس اور رینجرز شہر میں امن قائم کرنے میں ناکام ہوگئی ہے چنانچہ فوج کو طلب کرکے کراچی میں گھر گھر تلاشی لے کر ناجائز اسلحہ برآمد کیا جائے۔ یہ مطالبات واقعات میں ہلاک ہونے والوں کی لاشیں لے کر وزیر اعلیٰ ہاﺅس پہنچنے کے بعد مظاہرین کی قیادت کرنے والے رہنماﺅں نے کئے۔
Eight Baloch killed in Karachi shoot out, locals say MQM behind the carnage
Karachi: Eight Baloch have been killed in an indiscriminate firing incident in Hassan Lashkari Village (a Baloch populated area) in Karachi. Family members of the murdered men encircled the Sindh CM house and demanded the immediate arrest of culprits; the locals believe that the murderers belong to a Refugee Organisation (MQM).
BBC Urdu and other sources reported that the incident occurred after the dead body of Amir (believed to be an activist of MQM) was found in Osmanabad area. Following this incident MQM armed men attacked the Hassan Lashkari village in Karachi.
Eye witnesses reported that the armed terrorists opened indiscriminate fire on a group of Baloch people who were sat outside their house and killed six men on the spot, the victims have been identified as Yunas Baloch, Osman Baloch, Shakir Baloch, Babul Baloch and Nadir Baloch where as another two victims a male and a female could not be named immediately. More than a dozen people are reported injured in this unprovoked attack. The relative of the victims alleged that passersby have also been shot dead by the MQM armed men.
Drug-sellers attacked in Bolida
QUETTA, Jan 6: Unidentified people hurled a hand grenade at a place where drugs and narcotics were being sold in Bolida area of Balochistan on Wednesday.
According to reports reaching here, unidentified people riding on a motorbike lobbed a hand grenade where some people were selling drugs and narcotics. The hand grenade went off with a big bang, however, causing no loss of life and damage to property. The attackers escaped from the site after lobbing grenade.
Police registered a case and started investigation.
It may be mentioned that defunct Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) and defunct Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) some days back had warned the drug mafia to stop its activities in Balochistan or be prepare for punitive action.
Families of Baloch missing person besieged Balochistan Assembly
Quetta: The families of forced disappeared Baloch person have taken out a rally that marched from Quetta press club (Where the Voice for Missing Baloch Person’s hunger protest enter fifth day) to Balcohistan Assembly. The participants of the rally chanted slogans against the current PPP government, Balochistan Provincial government and Pakistan’s intelligence agencies.
The Voice for Missing Blaoch Person and family members have besieged the Balochistan Assembly. When the Home Minister Mr Zafar Zehri and Information Minister Younas Mollahzai tried to talk to the organisers of the rally, they refused to speak to the Ministers and strongly protested against while chanting slogans against the intelligence agenices, who they believed were responsible for disappearing thousands of Baloch. They demanded the unconditional and immediate release of the abducted Baloch. While addressing the rally the leaders of (VBMP) have said that Balochistan provincial government was equally responsible for violating the Human Rights of forced-disappeared Baloch and their families.
“Despite the promises to release the Baloch activists, new people are being arrested from all over Balochistan and the government is doing nothing to recover the already abducted Baloch” they remarked. They said that today’s protest was to remind the Pakistani government and other Human Rights Organisation about the ongoing gross human rights violations in Balochistan. The government has failed to produce the missing Baloch.
The VBMP said that they’re trying to contact different tribes & families of all abducted Baloch activists in orders to start an effective campaign for the release of Baloch missing persons. Later on the rally dispersed peacefully and went back to the hunger strike camp. The VBMP’s hunger strike protest entered the sixth day today.
Meanwhile Daily Tawar reported that BRP & BRSO have set a protest hunger strike camp in Noshki and BSO (M) has set up a hunger strike camp in Mastung town in Balochistan for the recovery of force-disappeared Baloch political activists and students.
Courtesy Dailytawar & Daily Intekhab
US Intelligence has announced the partition of Pakistan
Third Martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Asad Marri observed
Quetta: BSO (azaad) Lasbela zone has held the third martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Asad Marri here on Tuesday. One minute silence has been observed in the memory of Baloch martyrs and Baloch National anthem was played to began the proceedings of the memorial gathering. Newly elected president of BSO azaad Lasbela zone Masood Baloch, secretary general Zahid Baloch and CC members Jawwad Baloch and Qadeer Baloch paid rich tributes of the young Baloch martyr. while speaking at the occasion they said that Asad Baloch at his very young tender age has sacrificed his life for the liberation of Baloch land and his martyrdom was a source of inspiration for the Baloch youth.
The speakers has said that Asad Marri has followed the footprints of his bother [Wahid Marri] and his family, due to sacrifices of such young Baloch heroes and thier families sacrifices today thousands of Baloch have joined the caravan of liberty. The leaders of BSO said that the sacrifices of the Baloch martyrs have proved that ideology was the most powerful weapon. “Balochistan belongs to the Baloch people. Iran and Pakistan are foreigners and occupiers. No matter how hard Iran and Pakistan try to stop the Baloch liberation movement but Balochistan will soon become Independence” vowed the Baloch leaders.
The Baloch has become aware of their [they know the importance of freedom] some anti- independence parties and collaborators cannot stop the way of Balochistan National liberation struggle.
Additional info: Shaheed Asad alias Mohammad Qarim Marri was shot dead by Pakistani intelligence agencies in New Kahan Quetta. His brother Wahid and his cousin Sobdar alias Mohammad Khiar Marri were shot dead by Pakistani FC on 6 January 2001 in Qalat Balochistan.
Gillani and shutter down strike meet in Gwadar
Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani visited the Baloch port town of Gwadar on Tuesday. In his two-day visit, the primer would inaugurate an international airport in Gwadar and many other “development projects”. It was the first visit of the head of the federal government to Balochistan after the unveiling of the much-hyped Balochistan package. Another important aspect of this visit of the prime minister to Gwadar is a meeting of the federal cabinet and the signing of the National Finance Commission (NFC) award on which consensus was recently developed among all four provinces and the federal government following exhaustive consultations in all four provinces.
As the Prime Minister visited Gwadar, a complete shutter down strike was observed in the very city that was flooded with the VVIPs of the country. People stayed inside their homes and did not come out to cheer the visiting VVIPs or those who gave them the Balochistan Package. Perhaps, the deprived and backward people of Gwadar have become habitual of seeing the motorcade of VVIPs passing in front of their homes since the days of General Pervez Musharraf.
Balochs mark Premier Gillani’s Balochistan visit with widespread protests
QUETTA: Families of Baloch missing persons staged a protest rally on Tuesday to agitate on the disappearance of their relatives on the eve of Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani’s two-day long visit to Balochistan’s coastal town of Gwadar.
A protest rally was taken out by the relatives of the Baloch missing persons in front of the Quetta Press Club. Members of around two dozen missing persons attended the protest rally which was organized by an organization called Voice for the Missing Baloch Persons (VMBP).The protestors were carrying the photographs of the missing persons and banners which called for the immediate recovery of those citizens who have allegedly been whisked away by the state-controlled intelligence agencies. They chanted slogans against the federal and provincial governments, chief justices of the supreme court and the Balochistan High Court, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, President Asif Ali Zardari, Governor of Balochistan and Chief Minister of the province.
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Exclusive Interview of Mehran Baluch with TNS
Living in Britain for over 20 years now, Mehran was thrown into spotlight in March 2007 when it emerged that the Pervez Musharraf-led government of Pakistan wanted to trade Mehran against Rashid Rauf, a British terrorist suspect from Birmingham, who was in the custody of Pakistan at the time and wanted in Britain on a number of terrorism charges.
When the details were published, it became known that the Pakistani establishment was attaching a huge price tag to the extradition of the young Marri.
He fled from London, awakened to the rude reality that British intelligence was monitoring him round-the-clock on Pervez Musharraf’s personal request.
Sister of Abdul Hayee Bangulzai demands early recovery of her brother
QUETTA, Dec 26: The sister of Abdul Hayee Bangulzai has demanded the chief justice of Balochistan High Court and other humanitarian organisations to play their role for the early recover of her brother and other missing Baloch persons allegedly picked up by government agencies.
Talking to Baloch Hal on Saturday, she said her brother Abdul Hayee Bangulzai was a dispenser and receiving training at Civil Hospital. On August 29, he was on his way home when security forces allegedly picked him up along with his official motorbike at Polytechnic Girls College on Sariab Road.
“We are completely unaware of his whereabouts since his alleged kidnapping,” she said, adding that her brother was innocent and had no links with any political or religious party.
She said if Abdul Hayee had committed any crime or was involved in any unlawful activity, he should be produced before a court of law so he could prove his innocence, instead of putting him in a “torture cell”.
Shutter down in Turbat and Khuzdar
QUETTA, Dec 25: Shutter down strike was observed in Turbat and Khuzdar districts on Friday against the alleged illegal arrest and detention of central leaders of Baloch Students Organization (BSO- Muheudin) including Ghaffar Langav, Saeedullah Baloch and Kabir Baloch.
The strike call was given by BSO-M which was also supported by other Baloch parties and student organizations.
According to reports reaching here, all shops and business activities remained standstill in Turbat and Khuzdar as business community give a positive response to the strike call.
Strict security measures had been made in Turbat and Khuzdar to avoid any unpleasant incident.
However, no incident were reported during strike.
Shaheed Babo Nowroz Jan
“Dear Nowroz Jan, I wish we could pay you back for what you did for this Baloch Nation. You are the Greatest Hero to me and I LOVE YOU. I swear of every drop of your blood that I will not rest in peace until all your murderers are defeated and hanged as they did to your sons, Nephews and your followers. I put my hand on your grave and I swear that I’ll follow your path and will not compromise in any way with the killers and I will not spare anything in my life to fulfill your dream of an Independent Great Balochistan.” (A Baloch)
Brother of provincial minister open fire upon students rally
Quetta: Students of Government School Gumazai in Kech Balochistan were taking out a
peaceful protest rally against the shortage of teachers at their school, when Shahbaz Rind brother of a provincial minister Mir Asghar Rind allegedly opened fire on them. As a result two students identified as Yasir, and Salam sustained injuries. The injured were shifted to hospital for treatment where condition of Yasir is stated to be serious.
Eyewitnesses reported that Yasir Baloch has been shot in the leg and Salam suffered injuries on his head when he was hit but butt of a gun. The security force also baton charged rest of the protest, the baton charge on school kids has allegedly been ordered by the aforementioned provincial minister.
Meanwhile, BSO-Azad strongly condemned the incident of firing upon school children and has announced shutter down strike and boycott of classes on Thursday (today) in Kech district against the incident.
The spokesman of BSO-Azad said that students were holding a peaceful rally against shortage of teachers in their school.
KARACHI: Baloch Youths Victim of MQM Terrorism
Armed men prevent hoisting of Pakistani flag in Pasni
PASNI: Unknown masked armed men stopped on gunpoint the peon of a local school to hoist the Pakistani flag in the coastal town of Pasni.
According to the details, armed men stormed into Government Higher Secondary School Pasni and brandished a gun to Mohammad Tariq, the school peon, and stopped him from raising the school flag. They warned that anyone who dared to raise the Pakistani flag on a building in Pasni would be punished and would be responsible himself for such extreme measures.
The two masked men took away the flag and vanished in thin air.
Disillusioned young Balochs have stopped singing the national anthem or raising the Pakistani flag in the Baloch-dominated areas of the Balochistan after the killing of three Baloch leaders, Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, Lala Munir Ahmed Baloch and Sher Mohammad Baloch. The killing of these three leaders sparked a massive wave of resistance and anguish among the Baloch youth.
BLA threatens to dismantle drug mafia’s networks
QUETTA: The underground Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has warned the drug mafia to stop its activities in Balochistan or prepare for punitive action.
The warning was issued on Thursday in a circular disseminated in Shaeed Khalil Sumalani Press Club Mach in Bolan district.
According to the fresh warning, the BLA has accused the drug mafia of destroying the younger generation of the Balochs by pushing them into drug addiction in order to make more money. The militant shadowy organization said if the drug business was not stopped at once in Bolan region, elements responsible for drug business would be attacked and punished.
The banned organization, which has been working for the independence of Balochistan through an armed struggle for the past many years, asked the drug smugglers to take a leaf out of BLA actions against the drug traffickers in Mekran region where they were attacked and forced to give up the business.
“If action is not taken to stop the drug business in Balochistan, BLA will punish all those responsible for promoting a drug culture in Balochistan,” warned the circular.
Earlier, similar threats had been issued by the BLA in Mekran region against the drug mafia and some attacks had also taken place on the people allegedly involved in drug business.
Talk of Balochistan ‘too much’ for Pakistani envoy
New Delhi: “It is too much!” remarked Pakistani High Commissioner Shahid Malik after an Indian speaker blasted Islamabad over the crisis in Balochistan.
And much to the diplomat’s discomfort, another speaker, this time from Pakistan, compared Islamabad with Kabul in terms of security concerns and terror threats.
An exasperated Malik was prompted to say: “It is too much.”
The event was the launch of an autography of the late Baloch leader Mir Ghaus Baksh Bizenjo (”In Search of Solutions”). A panel discussion followed the book release, organised by Policy and Planning Group (PPG).
Missing Baloch journalist found in police custody
By Malik Siraj Akbar
QUETTA: Police said on Tuesday they had arrested a Bolan-based journalist under the Explosives Act.
Rehmatullah Shaheen, a correspondent of a Balochistan national newspaper, Daily Tawar, “went missing” on December 8. The newspaper is believed to be reporting on Baloch freedom struggle. Shaheen’s family and journalist bodies protested across Balochistan against his disappearance. Bolan District Police Officer Junaid Arshad confirmed that the missing journalist was ‘now’ in police custody. The police registered a case against the 25-year-old man – known for his anti-government reporting.
Requesting anonymity, an official said: “The case was registered on December 14, but the journalist was missing since December 8.” He said Shaheen, also a Balochistan Students Organisation-Azad member, had also been interrogated in Quetta for his alleged “anti-state activities”. Police seized a grenade from his house in Mach and arrested his brother Mohammad Ali, cousin Muhammad Hassan and a guest, Jan Muhammad.
A friend told Daily Times that the journalist, also a government employee, was serving in the Mach grid station. “Before his arrest, he informed a friend by the phone that the area police chief has summoned him. His family contacted police when he did not return home, but police expressed their ignorance about his whereabouts,” said another friend.
Complete shutter down, wheel jam strike in Khuzdar over arrest of Baloch leaders
Khuzdar: A shutter down and wheel- jam strike was observed in Khuzdar District on Monday against the arrest of Baloch political leaders and workers including Mir Ghaffar Langove, Sangat Sana Baloch, Zakir Majeed and others.
The strike call was given by Baloch National Front (BNF), an alliance of nine Baloch political groups.
All main business centers, banks and medical stores remained closed in Khuzdar town while attendance in government offices and educational institutions was thin as compared to normal days.
Due to wheel jam strike, passengers faced great difficulties to reach their destinations.
Strict security measures had been taken to thwart any untoward incidents and the personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) kept patrolling on different areas including National Highway. However, some unknown people set two (bread-baker) shops on fire in near Chandni chowk of the town.
The leaders of BNF thanked the people and business community for extending positive response to the strike call and said that Baloch nation would continue its struggle against alleged excesses of rulers.
Meanwhile a protest demonstration was also held in Hub Chowki Balochistan against the forced-disappearances of Baloch political activists and students. The participants of the protest demand the immediate release of abducted Baloch and vowed to continue protests until all Baloch abducted person are released and reunited with their families.
Jamil Bugti slaps Mubashar Luqman at Lahore Airport.
Lahore: Jamil Akbar Bugti, Son of Nawab Akbar Bugti slapped famous TV anchor and host of a show on Express News Mubashar Luqman, at Lahore Airport after the anchor used abusive language against Jamil Akbar bugti and Balochistan.
While talking to media Jamil Bugti said that “I was standing in the line to get my boarding pass at Lahore Airport, when I reached at the reception, I requested the officer to give me a comfortable seat on plane , the anchor Mubashar Luqman, was standing behind me at that time, he started criticizing me by saying “they take PIA on contract”.
Jamil Bugti said that he ignored the anchor’s remarks but he did not stop and start using abusing language against me and Balochs and showed his hatred against us which he cannot bear and to shut his mouth he slapped the anchor.
Jamil Bugti said that the producer of Mubashar Luqman’s programme has invited him in his programme a few days back but he refused to go because he do not go to those programmes whose anchors’ are agents of agencies.
|Baloch separatists unmoved by package, talks offer|
|By Mumtaz Alvi
Islamabad: Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri is neither interested in Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s negotiations offer nor in the recently announced package for Balochistan, a close aide of Nawab Marri said on Saturday.
The octogenarian Baloch nationalist leader, who no more believes in talks with Islamabad, lives in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority.
“He has made no comments at all on the developments, regarding Balochistan, particularly on the Balochistan package and the premier’s dialogue offer, which he made while winding up the debate on the package in a joint sitting of the Parliament,” said the close aide, who did not want to be identified
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Baloch Club Bahrain organized a Balochi cultural programme in Hamad town Bahrain.
11,12 December 2009
The Baloch Club was invited by the Ministry of Social Development to participate in the Third Festival of Bahrain National Day and the Tenth Anniversary of His Majesty the King’s Crowning of Throne, which were organized by the Ministry under the patronage of HE Dr. Fatima Mohammed Al Balushi, Minister of Social Development. These two events were jointly held on 11th and 12th December 2009.
The Baloch Club participated with two activities: 1) Demonstration of Baloch Culture and Heritage; 2) Balochi Traditional Dance. These activities have been much praised and appreciated by the Ministry as well as by the audience.
|Balochistan Human Rights Activists Association: Appeal to free Ebrahim Mehrnehad|
|Mr Ebrahim Mehrnehad is the younger brother of late Mr Ya’qoub Mehrnehad a well known Baloch journalist, blogger and human rights activist who was executed on 2008. Ebrahim Mehrnehad was arrested in March 2008 when he was 16, since last twenty months Ebrahim Mehrnehad has been held in Zahedan Central jail the province of Balochistan, Iran and in Kerman jail without access to lawyers or his family. Ebrahim was arrested because he continued in the same path as his brother to high light human right situation in balochistan.
He was sentenced to 5 years of prison in a secret and unfair trial conducted by Iranian authorities in Zahedan city on charges of acting against national security and spreading so called anti-government propaganda. The same charges were used to convict his brother, Ya’qoub Mehrnehad to death, who was later executed.
|Comrade Abdul Ghafar Langou Baloch abducted from Karachi|
|Karachi: Balochwarna has learnt that Comrade Abdul Ghaffar Langou Baloch has been abducted from a hospital in Karachi. Sources close to Mr Langou said that he was in Karachi for his wife’s treatment. Earlier today (11-12-2009) the personal of Pakistani intelligence agencies have abducted him from the hospital & and shifted towards unknown location. His wife has been left stranded in hospital as at the time of abduction Ghaffar Baloch was the only person with her.
It must be noted that Comrade Ghaffar was first arrested in 2000. He was rearrested in 2006 in Mongochar area; Both times he suffered severe mental and physical torture at the hand of Pakistani Military Intelligence and Intelligence agencies. Comrade Mir Ghaffar Langov was released on Friday 8 May 2009, after years of illegal detention. Now he has been abducted again for the third time.
|Cases against 89 including Akhtar, Brahamdagh, Jamil withdrawn|
| By Malik Siraj Akbar
* Several Baloch leaders reject govt’s initiative
QUETTA: In an effort to reconcile with annoyed leaders of Balochistan, the provincial government on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of 89 cases against various nationalist leaders, including Brahamdagh Bugti, Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Jamil Bugti.
Official sources said Chief Minister Aslam Raisani directed the authorities concerned to comply with the directives issued by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani during his speech in the National Assembly, where he said all politically-motivated cases against Baloch leaders would be withdrawn. The government has also agreed to withdraw cases against Brahamdagh Bugti, chief of the Balochistan Republican Party (BRP), which Islamabad accuses of having taken shelter in Afghanistan and operating with the alleged support of India.
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|Makran Coastal Highway, Hanna Lake, Mud volcano in Hingol National Park, Urak Valley,Gawadar city, Quetta city|
Balochistan (Urdu: بلوچستان), is one of the four provinces of Pakistan. It is the largest province by area, constituting approximately 44% of its total land mass, and smallest in terms of population. Balochistan is bordered by Afghanistan to the north and northwest, Iran to the southwest, Punjaband Sindh to the east, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas to the northeast. The Arabian Sea borders it to the south. The largest city, Quetta, serves as its capital.
The main ethnic groups in the province are Baloch, Pashtuns and Brahuis, and there are relatively smaller communities of Iranians, Hazarajats,Kurds, Sindhis, plus other settlers, including Punjabis, Uzbeks, Turkmens, Sikhs and Hindus. The name Balochistan means the "land of the Baloch" in many regional languages.
Balochistan in Pashto is known as Godar which was hellenised by the Greeks in to Gedrosia due to the fact that the Greeks derived the names of these Iranian lands from the Bactrian language. The Balochi people referred to their own land as Moka or Maka, a word which later becameMakran, following the decline of the nearby Harappa-Mohenjo-daro civilisation to the east.
Forming the eastern portion of the Iranian Plateau, the area of Balochistan is the site of the earliest known farming settlements in the pre-Indus Valley Civilization era, the earliest of which was Mehrgarh dated at 7000 BC. Balochistan, then famous for its lakes, was one of the first placesZoroaster travelled to from Bactria in order to seek converts to his religion. Some of the first proselytes of his religion lived here before its spread into western portions of the Iranian plateau.
The Baloch have Persian and Kurdish origins, all of whom populate portions of the Iranian plateau. They are considered to be an Iranic group that has absorbed some Dravidian genes and cultural traits, primarily from Brahui people. The northern point of Balochistan known in Pashto as Dzaranga was known as Drangiana to the Greeks and came to be known to the Persians as Saka. The Persian epic of Shahnamadoes record the Baloch in the Qazvin-Zanjan region of old Iran in the 6th century AD, when they were engaged in battle by the Persian kingChosroes I Anoshirvan, The Shahnama also records its heroes, Rustom and Sohrab, as being Saka (and not Persians) making Sistan (or the old Sakistan) their origin. With time, Baloch tribes linguistically absorbed all the local people in Makran, southern Sistan and the Brahui country, becoming a sizeable group to rival in size the other Iranic group in the region .
In the 7th century, the region was divided into two parts; the south was made part of the Kermān Province of the Persian Empire and the north became part of the Persian province Sistan. In early 644, the Islamic Caliph, Umar, sent Suhail ibn Adi from Busra to conquer the Kerman region of Iran. He was then made governor of that region. From Kerman, he conquered the western Balochistan region, near the Persian frontiers.South-western Balochistan was conquered during the campaign in Sistan the same year. During the reign of Caliph Uthman in 652, Balochistan was reconquered during the counter-revolt in Kerman, under the command of Majasha Ibn Masood. This was the first time western Balochistan became directly controlled by the Caliphate and paid taxes on agriculture. In those days western Balochistan was included in the dominion of Kerman. In 654, Abdulrehman ibn Samrah, governor of Sistan, sent an Islamic army to crush a revolt in Zaranj, which is now in southernAfghanistan. After conquering Zaranj, a column of the army pushed north, conquering Kabul and Ghazni, in the Hindu Kush mountain range, while another column moved through North-western Balochistan and conquered the area up to the ancient city of Dawar and Qandabil (Bolan). By 654, the whole of what is now the Balochistan province of Pakistan was controlled by the Rashidun Caliphate, except for the well-defended mountain town of QaiQan which is now Kalat. However, this town was later conquered during the reign of Caliph Ali. Abdulrehman ibn Samrah made Zaranj his provincial capital and remained governor of these conquered areas from 654 to 656, until Uthman was murdered.
During the Caliphate of Ali, a region of Balochistan, Makran, again revolted. Due to civil war in the Islamic empire, Ali was unable to deal with these areas until 660, when he sent a large force, under the command of Haris ibn Marah Abdi, towards Makran and Sind. Haris ibn Marah Abdi arrived in Makran and conquered it by force, and then moved northward to north-eastern Balochistan and reconquered Qandabil (Bolan). Finally, he moved south and conquered Kalat after a fierce battle. In 663, during the reign of Umayyad Caliph Muawiyah I, Muslims lost control of North-easternBalochistan and Kalat when Haris ibn Marah and large part of his army died in battle against a revolt in Kalat. Muslim forces later regained control of the area during Umayyad reign. It also remained a part of the Abbasid Caliphate.
In the 15th century, Mir Chakar Khan Rind became the first king of Balochistan. Subsequently, Balochistan was dominated by the Timurids, who controlled all of Persia and Afghanistan. The Mughal Empire also controlled some parts of the area. When Nadir Shah won the allegiance of the rulers of Balochistan, he ceded Kalhora, one of the Sindh territories of Sibi-Kachi to the Khan of Kalat. The successor of Nadir Shah and founder of the Afghan Empire, Ahmad Shah Durrani, also won the allegiance of that area's rulers. Most of the area would eventually revert to local Baloch control.
During the period of the British Raj, there were four Princely States in Balochistan: Makran, Kharan, Las Bela and Kalat. In 1876, Sir Robert Sandeman made a treaty with the Khan of Kalat and brought his territories (including Kharan, Makran, and Las Bela) under British suzerainty. After the Second Afghan War was ended by the Treaty of Gandamak in May 1879, the Afghan Emir ceded the districts of Quetta, Pishin, Harnai, Sibi andThal Chotiali to the British. In 1883, the British took control of the Bolan Pass, southeast of Quetta, from the Khan of Kalat. In 1887, some of the areas of Balochistan were declared British territory. In 1893, Sir Mortimer Durand negotiated an agreement with the Amir of Afghanistan, Abdur Rahman Khan, to fix the Durand Line running from Chitral to Balochistan as the boundary between the Emirate of Afghanistan and the British. Two devastating earthquakes occurred in Balochistan during the British colonial rule: The 1935 Balochistan Earthquake, which devastated Quetta, and the 1945 Balochistan Earthquake with its epicentre in the Makran region.
In 1947-48, the Khan of Kalat reportedly tried to accede to the dominion of India. But his accession papers were returned by Jawaharlal Nehru, thePrime Minister of India obviously not wanting to extend India's dominion areas that were separated by Pakistan, so as to be able to concentrate on the local development work.  As a result, Kalat joined Pakistan on the agreement that defence, currency, foreign office and finance will be controlled by the federal govt but that the rest the province will control by itself. However, after death of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, formation of one unit changed this situation and Kalat along with other princely states of Baluchistan were merged into Pakistan as elsewhere in the South Asian sub continent.
Since Pakistan's independence, a small group of Baloch nationalist, groups and Provincial governments have been in conflict with the Federal Government.
Balochistan is situated on the southwest of Pakistan and covers an area of 347,190 square kilometres (134,050 sq mi), constituting 44% of Pakistan's total land mass and making it Pakistan's largest province by area. The province is bordered by Afghanistan to the north and northwest, Iran to the southwest, Punjab and Sindh to the east, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas to the northeast. To the south lies theArabian Sea. Balochistan is located on the south-eastern part of the Iranian plateau. It borders the geopolitical regions of the Middle East and Southwest Asia, Central Asia and South Asia. Besides sitting at the mouth of Hormuz Straits it can provide the shortest route from port to Central Asia. These facts have placed the otherwise desolate region constantly it in the scopes of competing global interests like Afghanistan for all of recorded history.
The capital, Quetta, is located in a densely populated portion of the mountainous northeast. It is situated in a river valley near the Bolan Pass which has been used as the route of choice from the coast to Central Asia, entering through Afghanistan's Kandahar region. The British and countless other historic empires have crossed the region to invade Afghanistan by this route. The Sulaiman Mountains are located in Balochistan's northeast area. Local inhabitants have chosen to live in towns and rely on sustainable water sources for thousands of years.
Balochistan is rich in exhaustible and renewable resources; it is the second major supplier of natural gas in Pakistan, however its renewable and human resource potential has not been systematically measured nor exploited due to pressures from within and without Pakistan.
Very cold winters and hot summers characterise the climate of the upper highlands. Winters of the lower highlands vary from extremely cold in Ziarat,Quetta, Kalat, Muslim Baagh and Khanozai the northern districts to mild conditions closer to the Makran coast. Summers are hot and dry, especially the arid zones of Chaghai and Kharan districts. The plain areas are also very hot in summer with temperatures rising as high as 50 °C (122 °F).The highest record breaking temperature of 53 °C (127 °F) has been recorded in Sibi, it was on 26 May 2010. Previously, 52 °C (126 °F) was recorded in Sibi. Other hot areas includes, Turbat, and Dalbandin. Winters are mild on the plains with the temperature never falling below the freezing point. The desert climate is characterised by hot and very arid conditions. Occasionally strong windstorms make these areas very inhospitable.
The economy of Balochistan is largely based upon the production of natural gas, coal, and minerals. Other important economic sectors include fisheries, mining, manufacturing industries, trade and other services being rendered by public and private sector organizations in the province. Tourism remains limited but has increased due to the exotic appeal of the province. Limited farming in the east as well as fishing along the Arabian Seacoastline are other forms of income and sustenance for the local populations. Due to the tribal lifestyle of many Baloch and Brahui, animal husbandry is important, as are trading bazaars found throughout the province.
Though the province remains largely underdeveloped, several major development projects are in progress in Balochistan including the construction of a new deep sea port at the strategically important town of Gwadar. The port is projected to be the hub of an energy and trade corridor to and from China and the Central Asian republics. Mirani Dam on Dasht River, 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of Turbat in the Makran Division, is being built to provide water to expand agricultural land use by 35,000 km2 (14,000 sq mi) where it would otherwise be unsustainable.
Reliance on exhaustible natural resource extraction
Balochistan's share of the national income has historically ranged between 3.7% to 4.9%. Since 1972, Balochistan's gross income has grown in size by 2.7 times. Outside Quetta, the resource extraction infrastructure of the province is gradually developing but still lags far behind other parts of Pakistan.
There is also Chinese involvement in the nearby Saindak gold and copper mining project where large gold and copper deposits exist in the Chagai District in Reko Diq area. The main license is held jointly by the Government of Balochistan (25%) the rest is held by foreign interests Antofagasta Minerals (37.5%) and Barrick Gold (37.5%). These deposits are comparable in size to nationally-controlled deposits Sarcheshmeh in Iran and Escondida in Chile (which are the second and the third largest proven deposits of copper in the world). Foreign multinationals BHP Billiton and Tethyan entered into a joint venture with the Balochistan government to develop these deposits. The potential annual copper production has been estimated to be 900,000 to 2.2 million tons. The deposits seem to be largely of porphyry rock nature. The agreements for royalty rights and ownership of these immense exhaustible resources were reached during a period of unprecedented natural disasters, economic, social, political, and cultural unrest in the country. The negotiations were widely considered to be insufficiently transparent.
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|Provincial tree||Date Palm|
|Provincial flower||Ephedra distachya|
In common with the other provinces of Pakistan, Balochistan has a parliamentary form of government. The ceremonial head of the province is theGovernor, who is appointed by the President of Pakistan on the advice of the provincial Chief Minister. The chief executive of the province is the Chief Minister who is normally the leader of the largest party or alliance in the provincial assembly.
The unicameral Provincial Assembly of Balochistan comprises 65 seats of which 4% are reserved for non-Muslims and 16% for women only. The judicial branch of government is carried out by the Balochistan High Court, based in Quetta, and headed by a Chief Justice. For administrative purposes, the province is subdivided into 30 districts:
The population reached some 13,162,222, not including 3 districts of Khuzdar, Kech and Panjgur in 2012 Census preliminary figures, far more than 5,501,164 in 1998. The population density is very low due to the mountainous terrain and scarcity of water. As of the 1998 census, Balochistan had a population of 8 million inhabitants, representing approximately 5% of the Pakistani population. Official estimates of Balochistan's population grew from approximately 7.45 million in 2003 to 7.8 million in 2005.
According to the 2008 Pakistan Statistical Year Book, households whose primary language is Balochi represent 10% of the population, Pashto is also spoken by around 30% of the population, and 4% of households speak Brahui. It makes Balochi and Pashto the two dominant languages in the region. Other languages include Hazaragi (Persian), Sindhi, Punjabi and Saraiki. Balochi-speaking people are concentrated in the sparsely populated west, east, south and southeast; Brahui speakers dominate in the centre of the province, while the Pashtuns are the majority in the north.
The Kalat and Mastung areas speak Brahui. Quetta, the capital of the province, is largely populated with Pashtun people. While the Hazara have a sizeable presence in Mahrabad and Hazara town neighbourhood of Quetta and speak the Hazaragi language. They are mostly engaged in trade, coal mining and govt jobs. The present MNA from Quetta Sayd Nasir Ali Shah and Jan Ali Changazi MPA belong to Hazara tribe.
In the Lasbela District, the majority of the population speaks Balochi, or Lasi (Sindhi). Jamot tribes of Sibi Naseerabad and Kachhi region widely speak Sindhi. In addition, the coastal region of Makran is home to communities such as the Siddi and Med, who speak Balochi but have distinct ethnic identies.
The Lori, a gypsy people are found throughout Balochistan. A large number of approximately over 4 million Afghan refugees moved to Quetta and other cities of Balochistan after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Near the Kalat region and other parts of the province there are significant numbers of Baloch Brahui speakers. Along the coast there are various Makrani Balochi speakers who predominates. A large number of Afghan refugees can also be found in the province, including Pashtun, but also Uzbeks, Tajiks and Hazara.
The large district and tribe of Belijan/Beluchan still exist in northwest Zagros, stretching from just east of Sivas, south toward Aleppo. The current inhabitants and the tribe identify themselves asKurds.
The main languages in the province are Balochi spoken (in the very sparsely populated west, east, south and southeast), Pashto (in the north and northwest) and Brahui (in the center). In areas bordering Central western Punjab Seraiki is the local dialect, additionally, there is also a small number of speakers of Hazaragi Persian Urdu and Punjabi, (in the capital Quetta) Farsi Persianisalso spoken Sindhi is spoken (in some parts of the southeast).
Society and culture
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Balochistani culture is primarily tribal, deeply patriarchal and conservative. Baloch society is dominated by tribal chieftains called Mirs, Sardars and Nawabs, who are the ruling elite of Balochistan and have been criticised for blocking the educational development and empowerment of the common baloch people, while their children get educated in best foreign Universities
- M. Longworth Dames, Balochi Folklore, Folklore, Vol. 13, No. 3 (29 Sep. 1902), pp. 252–274
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|Blast outside DIG office kills two in Quetta|
|Quetta (Balochistan), Nov.17 (ANI): At least two persons were killed and six others, including Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations (OPS) received injuries when a powerful bomb blast ripped through the Spinny road area of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, on Tuesday morning.
|Rumblings of Nisar Baloch’s murder echo in session|
|By By Ahmed Yusuf: Members of the opposition in the City Council rallied on Monday around the issue of the assassination of social activist Nisar Baloch, claiming that the “land mafia,” backed by the city government, was involved in killing him. Baloch was murdered in broad daylight on November 7.|
|No compromise on Independence, Pakistan army must withdraw|
|Oxford: A seminar titled “The Conflict in Balochistan – Why has it happened and what is its future?” was held at the University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations.Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri spoke as the special guest, whereas Dr Yunas Samad ‘Director, Ethnicity and Social Policy Research Centre, University of Bradford and Dr Faisal Devji ‘Department of History, University of Oxford spoke about the different aspects of Baloch peoples’ struggle for liberation and the grievances of the Balochistan. Dr Sarmila Bose ‘Department of Politics and International Relations’ University of Oxford chaired and moderated the Seminar.
|Mr. Shafi Baloch was allegedly abducted by intelligence agents|
|Central Joint Secretary of Baloch Students Organization Azad Mr. Shafi Baloch was allegedly abducted by intelligence agents on June 07 Nov, 2009 from Shall (Quetta) After Public Gathering in Bolan Medical College|
|کراچی میں نامعلوم مسلح افراد نے معروف سماجی رہنماء نثار بلوچ کو گولیاں مار کر ہلاک کر دیا ہے۔ بی بی سی اردو|
|سولجر بازار تھانہ کے انسپکٹر میاں خان نے بی بی سی کو بتایا ہے کہ دو موٹر سائیکل سواروں نے پاک کالونی کے قریب نثار بلوچ پر فائرنگ کی اور اس دوران ان کے سر میں دو گولیاں لگیں اور وہ موقع پر ہی دم توڑ گئے. ۔|
|Quetta explosion wounds three|
|QUETTA: Two teachers and a student were injured Saturday when suspected militants hurled a hand grenade at a girls’ school in insurgency-hit southwestern Pakistan, police said.The militants lobbed the grenade at a state-run junior school in Quetta, the capital of oil- and gas-rich Balochistan province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, senior police officer Khalid Manzoor said.|
|Balochistan University professor shot dead in Quetta|
|QUETTA: Unidentified men shot and killed a University of Balochistan (UoB) professor outside his residence in the provincial capital late on Thursday, police said.According to local police, Professor Khurshid Ansari, former chairman of the Library Sciences Department at the university, was killed outside his Kasi Road house.|
|Panel assembled for Baluch international moot|
|A number of international activists, scholars and human rights practitioners will be participating in the first-ever Baluchistan International Conference in Washington DC on Nov. 21-22.The American Friends of Baluchistan, an organization that supports the independence movement, has organized the conference.The conference has been organized to highlight the Baluch issues in Eastern and Western Baluchistan — now under Pakistani and Iranian occupation — and to pay tributes to slain Baluch freedom fighter Nawabzada Balaach Marri, 41, an elected member of the Baluchistan state assembly and son of legendary Baluch leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri.|