BALOCHISTAN: A complete shutter-down strike was observed in parts of Balochistan on Tuesday in response to a strike called by the Baloch National Front (BNF) protesting the military operation in Kalat district.
A BNF spokesperson said that security forces had launched the operation against locals after suffering a defeat ‘at the hands of the BLA in Kalat and Naushki districts’. Business and trade activities in Kech, Gwadar, Kharan, Kalat, Panjgur, Awaran, Khuzdar and Naushki districts came to a standstill as all shops, markets and restaurants remained closed for the day.
So few friends asked me If I knew of this guy ‘Nauroz Baloch’, apparently a famous Baloch social worker, an activist killed by BLA. And I was told It was today’s top twitter trend. I asked them to show the picture but the face was blurred.
I was busy in work, could not get to it. The friends asked me two three times again that who is the guy as he seems most famous. I contacted few of my Baloch activist friends, journalist friends, searched/googled any such name but did not get even a sign of any such name or character. Even they showed their complete unawareness of any person of this name killed by BLA. (Btw BLA always claims the responsibility of their actions). This time no such claim was heard by BLA too.
From Social Media:
Dr Allah Nazar is Balochistan’s most popular middle-class nationalist leader. Belonging from a modest family in Balochistan’s town of Mashkay, he started his political career from Baloch Students Organization (BSO). He founded his own faction of BSO in February 2002 that openly advocated an armed struggle for liberating Balochistan. In 2003, he went underground to organize his own militant group. His Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) made headlines when it claimed responsibility for killing three Chinese engineers in Gwadar on May 2, 2004.
BALOCHISTAN: According to media reports unknown armed men Tuesday killed 15 people, including two security officers, after stopping two Balochistan-Punjab bound buses.
The attack happened in the Mach area of Bolan district, 70 kilometres (44 miles) southeast of the provincial capital Quetta.
Europe, July 01: The destruction of Ziarat Residency, the last resting place for Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, by the Balochistan Liberation Army or BLA on June 15 is a clear reflection of the fact that anti-Pakistan sentiments are growing among the Baloch. The BLA even managed to remove the national flag at the Ziarat Residency and replace it with their own ensign.
The declared eye for an eye response against the Baloch is absolutely misleading because it signifies a justified response, while in fact the repression of the Baloch has always been without excuses
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali’s response to the burning of the Ziarat Residency by the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) in a nutshell was ‘an eye for an eye’, while the Lashkar-e-Jhangavi’s (LeJ) criminal carnage in Quetta at Sardar Bahadur Khan University and Bolan Medical Complex were not considered grave enough to evoke an equally venomous response. I really was not surprised that so much more smoke was emitted by the media and social media than the actual conflagration at Ziarat; it was even termed Pakistan’s 9/11. All this just proved that the plight of the Baloch who have been at the receiving end of state atrocities for decades will never evoke sympathy from people under the spell of the establishment-projected narrative, which squarely blames the Baloch for resisting injustices and consequently getting killed.
BALOCHISTAN: Quaid-e-Azam Residency at Ziarat, a Pakistani national monument in Balochistan, was attacked and destroyed by Baloch freedom fighters (Sarmachars) today.
Accounting to media report, Baloch militants on Saturday blasted a 121-year-old building used by Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah at Ziarat and raked it with gunfire, triggering a fire that blazed for four hours, destroying furniture and memorabilia. A policeman was killed in the shooting.
For Baloch nationalists, the province was made to join Pakistan at gunpoint. Now, it appears, after a sixth decade long insurgency, it will be made to enter elections at gunpoint. The consequences, it must be said with regret, are fated.
By:Hashim bin Rashid
On May 1, 2013, 22,000 troops and 50,000 ‘law enforcers’ entered 12 districts of Balochistan to “conduct a free-and-fair election”. The existing number of troops in the areas shall not be revealed to us, nor the fact that de facto these areas had been no-go areas for the military since the current Baloch insurgency started in 2005. With the entry of troops, the possibility of free-and-fair elections in the province has ended. Rather the Baloch people shall have elections shoved down their throats with a gun to their head.