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2014: Land of impunity

vbmp-camp-karachi-press-club Sunday, January 11th, 2015 11:35 am 66 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 54 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 54 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

521c37f9-80cd-7dd6 Monday, July 21st, 2014 11:10 pm 60 Reads

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 …

A Turning Point in the Baloch Liberation Movement

521c37f9-b56f-69de Monday, June 23rd, 2014 11:08 pm 53 Reads

Dr Shahswar K
On 10 June 2014 the Baloch nation lost one of her most beloved sons, the veteran Baloch political leader, Khair Baksh Marri. He was born on 29 February 1928, the same year that Reza Khan Mir Panj the Persian military dictator invaded and occupied western Balochistan. Ironically, this can be seen as a contest between two antinomies in disguise. On one hand was the birth of a symbol of resistance and on another the birth of a parasite colonial state. Whilst the two events were unrelated …

The Essence and Necessity of Balochistan Liberation Charter

521c37f9-e90e-e1a1 Friday, April 4th, 2014 11:08 pm 69 Reads

By Dr Shahswar K
A nation is either free and sovereign or conquered and subjugated. It cannot be free and subjugated at the same time. Draconian punishments, savage repression and barbaric human rights abuse are the distinctive hallmarks of all colonial political structures. But all subjugators are not the same and they do not apply the same degree of cruelty against the nations under their domination. The degree of viciousness does not, however, alter the essential nature of illegal occupation. It does not act as a substitute for the …

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