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.
Learning history is so easy, but making history is so difficult. Let us make a history of our self and make others to learn it. Shaheed Haq Nawaz Bugti
Occupied Balochistan: Baloch Republican Army Commander Haq Nawaz Bugti was martyred in a fierce battle while fighting the Pakistani occupying forces in Noshki on Tuesday 13 November 2012.
According to details, Baloch Republican Army spokesperson, Sarbaz Baloch via satellite from an unknown location told the media that the freedom fighters of Baloch Republican Army clashed with the occupying forces of Pakistan in Noshki area of Balochistan. The occupying forces suffered heavy casualties and other damages. BRA senior Commander Haq Nawaz Bugti was martyred during the fight he said.
“Balochistan solution is ‘respect’ and ‘honour’, and that could come from giving the Baloch the rights they deserve.” Brahamdagh Bugti said.
by Ali K Chishti
Q: What do you think about Shahzain Bugti’s recent arrest?
Brahamdagh Bugti: That was a joke of the highest order. The Baloch are no fools that they would not understand that a person who is controlled by the agencies could be arrested. It was all orchestrated to, give some sort of legitimacy to Shahzain Bugti, who is in all reality a puppet of the Pakistani establishment and nothing more or less. He does not command any respect in Balochistan nor is welcome in Dera Bugti and lives in Punjab, not in Balochistan. He is Punjabi, not Baloch. He has been installed in Dera Bugti for a mission. Remember, he has no legitimacy between the Bugti’s and the Baloch.
Qurat ul ain Siddiqui
By Qurat ul ain Siddiqui
“The Pakistani government continues to allege Indian and Afghan involvement in fuelling separatist tensions inside Balochistan which BRA’s chief Brahmdagh Bugti denies. At the same time, the province’s Dera Bugti region is still practically a “no-go area” where journalists and human rights activists have been trying (so far unsuccessfully) to lead a fact-finding mission.”
Harried by the Taliban on one side and the State on the other, Balochis remain hunted in their own land, reports QURRATULAIN ZAMAN
IF YOU want to know what is happening in Pakistan’s troubled province of Balochistan, just go to Sariab Road, in its capital, Quetta. Most people who live on its 6-km stretch are Baloch. For the Hazaras, Punjabis and Pashtuns — the other groups in this multi-ethnic city — Sariab Road is ilaqaghair (a no-go area).
Force of arms A Baloch Marri tribesman carries a shell during clashes with Pakistani troops - PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
After crossing the railway tracks that separate Sariab Road and Quetta Cantonment — or “Pakistan”, as the Baloch nationalists call it — the first thing you notice is an army tank to welcome you, next to a chauki or fortified post. Nationalist slogans and the emblems of banned militant organisations such as the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) adorn the walls: “We want freedom from Pakistan!” “No to Gwadar port!” “Red salute to the martyrs of Balochistan!”
By Kuldip Nayar
Islamabad faces today practically the same situation in Baluchistan as it did in East Pakistan. The former is as increasingly getting alienated from Pakistan as was Bangladesh in the midst of liberating itself. The army was supreme then as it is today in Baluchistan. Zulfikhar Ali Bhutto, then heading the Pakistan People Party (PPP), was backing the shocking methods of the army, no different from the ones adopted against Bangladesh.
By: Bari Baloch
QUETTA Sept 5: At least 22 people including six police officials were wounded in a hand grenade attack on a police station in provincial capital on Saturday.
According to police sources, unidentified people hurled two hand grenades at City Police station located on the crowded Liaquat Bazaar where people were busy buying things for Eid. The hand grenades landed infront of police station and exploded with a big bang. As a result, 22 people including six police officials sustained injuries.