The other side of the story

International Women’s Day and state violence against Baloch women

vbmplongmarch-hyderabad Saturday, March 7th, 2015 01:27 pm 173 Reads

By Faiz M Baluch

The world is celebrating the International Women’s Day (IWD) to pay their homage to working women and to renew their pledge to continue striving for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The women in Balochistan are not only out in streets (in front of Press Clubs) demanding the release of their loved ones but they also continue to be targeted by Pakistani state and its military backed religious extremists.

Baloch women tolerate the greatest hardships in Balochistan. The pain of losing their children, brothers, fathers and husbands at …

The missing cause

Women Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 05:52 pm 139 Reads


It’s been a year since Baloch leader Mama Qadeer Baloch entered Islamabad after the 2,800 kilometre-long march from Quetta to Islamabad via Karachi for the safe release of abducted Baloch activists.

Under the aegis of the Voice of Missing Baloch Persons (VMBP), on October 27, 2013, Mama, accompanied by some 30 women, started from Quetta, Balochistan. Less than a month later, on November 23, they reached Karachi, where a large number of Sindhi nationalists and media persons welcomed them warmly. After a few days’ stay in Karachi, …

Is Britain complicit in human rights violations in Balochistan?

faiz_article Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 12:40 am 152 Reads

by Faiz M Baluch

Balochistan, bordering Iran to the West and Afghanistan to the North, was an independent country before the British attacked and invaded it in 1839. The Baloch ruler, at the time, Mir Mehrab Khan along with hundreds of Baloch fighters died while defending Balochistan.

Later the British draw two artificial lines (borders), the Goldsmith Line (1871) and the Durand Line (1895), dividing Balochistan into three pieces. Northern Balochistan and Western Balochistan were given to Persia and Afghanistan respectively, and Eastern Balochistan (Pakistan occupied Balochistan) remained independent and maintained …

2014: Land of impunity

vbmp-camp-karachi-press-club Sunday, January 11th, 2015 11:35 am 161 Reads

By Naziha Syed Ali

The very first day of 2014 brought with it a graphic reminder of the daunting challenges that bedevil Balochistan when a suicide bomber targeted a bus full of Shia Hazara pilgrims returning from a visit to Iran. One person was killed and 30 injured. As the year unfolded, the widening repercussions of short-sighted state policies followed since long began to manifest themselves.

After the two horrific, large-scale sectarian attacks against them in early 2013, the Hazara community had restricted itself mainly to two heavily secured Hazara-majority areas …

Pakistan’s “Other” Insurgents Face IS

Karlos-Zurutuza-FREELANCE Thursday, December 25th, 2014 01:28 pm 175 Reads
SARLAT MOUNTAINS, Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Dec 24 2014 (IPS) – The media tend to portray Balochistan as “troubled”, or “restive”, but it would be more accurate to say that there´s actually a war going on in this part of the world.


Balochistan is the land of the Baloch, who today see their land divided by the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is a vast swathe of land the size of France which boasts enormous deposits of gas, gold and copper, untapped sources …

Ah Balaach!

Balaach Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 11:30 pm 144 Reads

“The demise of nations comes not due to annihilation but capitulation,” an age-old Balochi maxim – almost forgotten by ordinary folks – invoked by him with full vigour in his last interview. Without a shred of doubt, Mir Balaach Marri held a firm belief in the essence of this ancient dictum till the last moment of his life.

The wounds inflicted by Punjab’s mercenary squad in Tratani were raw and fresh; the very forces of chaos, after only a short span of time, struck back in Sarlat, a …

Hyrbyair Marri: A dedicated leader of Baloch freedom struggle

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By Shahdad Baloch
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” I believe Hyrbyair Marri Baloch is among the one to whom greatness has been thrust upon.

Self-made men often have to overcome great obstacles to achieve their national objectives. He spent most of his early adolescence with his wretched people in Afghanistan where he experienced their pain and sufferings. During his school vocations instead of going elsewhere he preferred mostly to visit the Baloch refugees in Helmand (Afghanistan) where he witnessed the sufferings of …

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Baloch Martyrs Day...

Nado4Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 02:33 am

The Baloch nation at home and abroad observes on 13 November of every year as the National Remembrance Day (Baloch Martyrs Day) to commemorate the struggle and sacrifice of Khan…

The QDA land grabbing mafia brutalities in New Kahan...

QDA2Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 10:11 am

The Pakistan army, representatives of Pakistan at Balochistan assembly and the QDA (Quetta Development Authorities) mafia headed by GD Imran Zarkoon and wing commander Pakistan FC Usman have started demolishing…

Free Balochistan Movement week-long campaign...

fbm_protestSunday, October 23rd, 2016 01:25 pm

Balochistan is the homeland of the Baloch people and it is located in one of the most strategic locations in the world. The total area of Balochistan is about 560,000…