Bombdåd dödade 110 i Pakistan

Publicerad 2013-01-16 07:23:16 i Allmänt


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.


Jennifer Musa

Publicerad 2013-01-06 02:01:30 i Allmänt

"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."

Jennifer Musa was a seriously tough old lady.  This Irish battleaxe of a woman not only looks she could have been Clint Eastwood's grandmother, it's entirely believable that she was also the sort of person who might have flipped over a card table and beaten you to death with a broken-off chair leg if she'd thought for a second that you were cheating during your weekly bridge game.  While the above image alone might be enough to warrant a mutter of "damn that lady looks pretty badass", what's even more hardcore than her ferocious, imposing stare is the fact that this take-no-bullshit old lady was well-known throughout the lawless deserts of Central Asia as "The Irish Queen of Balochistan", and earned a name for herself by making sure everybody in Central Asia knew that she was the toughest motherfucker in town.  Now there's a hell of a title.
The Future Queen of Balochistan was inauspiciously born in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1911.  Like any good Irish Catholic worthy of her rosary, this young farmgirl was one of about a hundred kids, though life in a packed-out farmhouse wasn't exactly what she had in mind for a career path.  Instead, she moved to Oxford, where she trained to be a nurse.  This is where things take an interesting turn.
While living in Oxford, Jennifer met and fell in love with a Philosophy student named Qasi Musi.  Qasi's father, incidentally, just so happened to be a pretty badass Afghan war leader who had led a successful cavalry charge against the British during the Battle of Maiwand in 1880.  After the Second Anglo-Afghan War, the Brits decided they didn't like the idea of this saber-swinging maniac busting English asses all over Central Asia, so they expelled him from his tribal homeland in Kandahar.  Qasi's dad moved across the mountains to a region called Balochistan, which sounds like a made-up place, but is actually a province in present-day Pakistan.  As a proven badass, is was easy for this guy to establish himself as a local tribal authority.

This is Balochistan.

Jennifer and Qasi got married, and in 1948 (just a few months after Pakistan earned its independence from Britain), they moved to Balochistan, bought a 110 year-old mud hut in the town of Pishin, and immediately started decorating it with badass shit like giant-ass swords and pelts from white tigers they had presumably killed with the afore-mentioned giant-ass swords.
Right off the bat, Jennifer Musa's arrival in Pishin was kind of like a kick in the teeth to the local population.  Here was this ancient tribal culture that believed pretty strongly in Purdah, the religious belief that women were not allowed to be seen by men in public, and then their entire system was curbstomped by the arrival of this hot-tempered mouthy Irish broad who refused to wear the burka, pounded shots of Bailey's Irish Cream, and didn't take shit from anyone.  Nobody knew what the hell to think. It was so weird that there came a rumor around town was that Jennifer was a British Princess who had been given to Qasi as a gift by the British Royal Family as a reward for the Balochistanian prince killing a wild tiger with his bare hands.  This was not the case.

Balochistan is very far away from Ireland.

Jennifer's husband died in an automobile accident in 1956, which is tragic but also kind of morbidly humorous when you consider that the Telegraph article I link to below makes a point of mentioning that Jennifer and Qasi owned the only car in the entire town.  With her husband dead and a young child to care for, 39 year-old Jennifer had two options – return home to Ireland, or stay in Balochistan.  She opted to stay so that the couple's son could remain with his extended family. And presumably also because being a tribal leader in Balochistan is pretty sweet.
But shit was just getting started for Jennifer Musa.  After her husband died, this tough broad stepped in and started kicking metaphorical asses all over the place, getting involved in both local and national politics and ferociously battling to protect the Baloch people she loved and the rights of women who had been oppressed by unfair laws for generations.  She joined the Pakistani National Freedom Party, and got elected to the only Balochistanian seat when Pakistan formed its first Parliament in 1970.  When President (and noted world leader) Zulfikar Ali Bhutto tried to bully her into ratifying a constitution that Jennifer felt didn't provide enough safeguards for Balochistan to preserve its regional autonomy, she told him he could bite her pasty ass and light up the constitution while doing so.  Bhutto was so adamant about wanting the ratification to be unanimous that he even tried to get Jennifer's own brother-in-law to pressure her to sign, but when the Constitution was signed in 1973 Jennifer held the distinction of being the only member of Parliament not to deposit ink onto it.  Fuck it – if she didn't agree with that bullshit, she wasn't going to just bow down and go along with it because the leader of her country told her to.  That's just how this chick rolled – nothng could break her iron will.

The Musa is not impressed by your puny conventional weapons.

In 1977 a coup by the Pakistani Army overthrew Democracy and dissolved the Parliament, so the now-former-MP returned home to her beloved Balochistan.  By this point, everybody in Balochistan had gotten over their cheauve-tastic preconceptions about what women were capable of, and they all pretty much unanimously understood that "Mummy Jennifer" was the Sherriff in town.
Now, I've never really been to rural Pakistan, but I kind of picture this region going down like Fallout with camels. It's miles of hot desert, incredibly poor, ruled by tribal warlords, and even the shepherds out there are packing full-auto assault rifles. Still, despite this harsh, only-the-strong-survive environment, Jennifer Musa proved that she was the woman in charge – local people from farmers to warlords would come to her to help arbitrate disputes and settle arguments, and what she said went. She also continued her work on women's rights, establishing literacy among the local female population, and when men weren't treating their women right she bullied them into acting a little more civilized by cracking them with sticks. The Telegraph piece I referenced earlier mentions an interview with the local police chief, who mentioned that he was scared of her growing up because when he would fuck up she'd drag him around town by his ear until he apologized. By the time that guy was thirty years old and running the police department, you can be damn sure he had nothing but respect for Mummy Jennifer. This mini-fiefdom is even more awesome, when you read that she didn't even really speak the language very well – according to her, "I speak a little Pashto and Urdu, but when I get really angry I go down to English and they understand me." It's like anything else I suppose – badassitude transcends the language barrier.

These are the kinds of guys that came to her for help and advice.

While it's pretty obvious that you didn't fuck with this lady, the Irish Queen of Balochistan also went out of her way to help people whenever she could.  During the Baloch revolt in the late 1970s, when local freedom fighters were battling the Pakistani government, she worked with both sides to restore peace in the region.  When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in the 1980s, she not only took in refugees fleeing the destruction, but used her own money to build an ice factory so that she could produce cold water for the refugees and reliable refrigeration for a region that didn't have much in the way of electricity.  Even this guy came to her on one occasion asking for help and advice.  Jennifer told Akbar to compromise and work together for a peacible solution, but he decided to revolt anyways, and got blown up for it.
Jennifer remained in Belochistan for six decades, refusing to leave even when the neighboring Afghan province of Khandahar was overrun by Taliban insurgents.  She raised her son to become a diplomat (he was served a Pakistan's Ambassador to both the United States and Russia) and fight for what he believed in, and when she died in 2008 at the age of 90, her entire village came out to pay their respects to the Irish Queen of Belochistan.

"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."

Pakistan accused of army massacre in Balochistan

Publicerad 2013-01-05 05:48:47 i Allmänt


Pictures of Pakistanis that went missing from Balochistan are displayed at a camp set up by their families in Islamabad, Pakistan in April 2012 (© AP Photo, Anjum Naveed)
Pakistan has been conducting a violent campaign against one of its indigenous ethnic populations, says human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell 
Since Christmas Eve, Pakistan has launched a savage new military crackdown in annexed and occupied Balochistan.
Jet aircraft and helicopter gunships have bombarded pro-nationalist villages, resulting in the reported destruction of nearly 200 houses and the deaths of 50 civilians, including women and children.
The main military sweep took place in the Awaran, Panjur and Makran districts of Balochistan. It included a 70-truck convoy of army soldiers and Frontier Corps. Hundreds of villagers were rounded up and interrogated. Many have since disappeared. Some were later found dead, with their mutilated bodies showing signs of torture. 
Throughout the operational area, the military have laid siege to villages and imposed a 24/7 curfew, which prevents families leaving their homes to collect food and water and to tend their crops and livestock.
Full details cannot yet be verified because the Pakistani security forces are refusing to allow anyone to leave or enter the area. In particular, human rights investigators, aid workers and journalists are barred. Doctors who attempted to treat the injured were turned away by Pakistani soldiers.
Information about the massacre comes from the Asian Human Rights Commission and the Baloch Human Rights Council (UK).
Freedom or insurgency?
Zaffar Baloch, President of the Baloch Human Rights Council in Canada, condemned the army's operation, saying it is “part of a broader plan of action to curtail the freedom struggle of the Baloch nation... and inflict a slow-motion genocide on the Baloch people."
Pakistan's military justifies the attacks by claiming they were hunting for the Baloch liberation guerrilla leader, Dr Allah Nazar, who they allege was hiding in local villages. They say the dead are insurgents from the Balochistan Liberation Front. This is disputed by human rights defenders, who point to children aged one, two and four who were among those killed.  
International humanitarian law prohibits indiscriminate, disproportionate military attacks that are likely to endanger innocent civilians; making the army’s action a war crime under the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
'Dirty secret war'
Balochistan has been torn apart by a six-decades-long insurgency, which rejects forcible incorporation into Pakistan in 1948 and demands self-rule.
Guardian reporter Declan Walsh has described the conflict as “Pakistan’s dirty secret war”.
In protest at the Christmas massacre and other long-standing human rights abuses by the Pakistani security forces, the President of the Balochistan National Party, Akhtar Mengal, has written to Senator John Kerry, nominated by President Obama as the new US Secretary of State, urging the suspension of American aid to Pakistan.
In his letter, Mengal, a former Chief Minister of Balochistan, advises Kerry: "It is very clear that Pakistan's civilian government has lost 'effective control and oversight' over a military that is committing widespread atrocities and war crimes inside Balochistan."
Human rights abuses
The current killings are merely the latest of many indiscriminate attacks and violent human rights abuses against the Baloch people by the security forces of Pakistan. They have taken place with the de facto collusion of the government in Islamabad.
Amnesty International has previously condemned what it calls the ‘kill and dump’ terror methods of the Pakistani security forces.
These on-going abuses are corroborated by Human Rights Watch.
The US administration is accused of complicity. It supplies Pakistan with F-16 fighter jets and Cobra attack helicopters that were designated for the fight against the Taliban but which are frequently diverted for use in military operations in Balochistan.
Critics accuse government and military chiefs in Islamabad of giving the Taliban free rein in Balochistan. allowing them to act as a proxy second force against the more moderate, secular Baloch national movement.
Armed resistance to Pakistan’s 'neo-colonial' rule has widespread and growing popular support. Nationalists say that 64 years of military occupation and human rights abuses has strengthened the desire for the restoration of full independence.

Balocistan News 2113

Publicerad 2013-01-05 05:46:41 i Balochistan News.

  1. Killing of innocent women and children in Mashkay shows the extreme phase of state brutalities: Hyrbyair Marri 

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    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.”
  2. Balochistan Liberation Charter is document of freedom, resistance is the effective form struggle: Bashir Zaib Baloch 

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    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. 
  3. Vice chairman of Baloch National Movement resigns 

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    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.”


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