Monthly Archives: December 2009
Quetta: BSO (azaad) Lasbela zone has held the third martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Asad Marri here on Tuesday. One minute silence has been observed in the memory of Baloch martyrs and Baloch National anthem was played to began the proceedings of the memorial gathering. Newly elected president of BSO azaad Lasbela zone Masood Baloch, secretary general Zahid Baloch and CC members Jawwad Baloch and Qadeer Baloch paid rich tributes of the young Baloch martyr. while speaking at the occasion they said that Asad Baloch at his very young tender age has sacrificed his life for the liberation of Baloch land and his martyrdom was a source of inspiration for the Baloch youth.
An Interview with Ahmar Mustikhan
By STEWART J. LAWRENCE
US news reports about the widening war in the “Af-Pak” region have made increasing reference to the presence of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Baluchistan, a Texas-sized swath of territory located in southern Pakistan. Yet Americans remain surprisingly unaware that Baluchistan is home to an insurgent movement that is not aligned with either Al-Qaeda or the Taliban and that has fought for national independence from Pakistan for more than 60 years. In this exclusive interview conducted on December 27, noted Pakistani Baluch journalist, Ahmar Mustikhan, founder and director of the American Friends of Baluchistan, spoke with me about the current regional conflict and about Baluchistan’s appeal to the West for military and diplomatic support for its struggle.
QUETTA – Families of Baloch missing persons staged a protest rally on Tuesday to agitate on the disappearance of their relatives on the eve of Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani’s two-day long visit to Balochistan’s coastal town of Gwadar.
By Murtaza Ali Shah
TNS: What is Baloch movement for you? How do you define it?
Mehran Baloch: It’s a retrospective movement. The new generation has revived the origins of the Balochistan movement. There was a time when the occupation and forceful assimilation of Balochistan by Pakistan was accepted by many, but my generation with the guidance of leaders like my father, have been successful in reviving the cause with the aim of achieving a permanent long-term solution. This generation cannot be misled by packages and privileges such as the one recently announced by the Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. I have full faith in the new generation and I believe the new generation is more aware of their rights and are firmly committed to achieve the goals set by our great leaders. Speculating on day-to-day political matters is not an option for us.
By Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
The problem of missing persons and torture is not a new phenomenon here. It has been practiced against dissidents the establishment felt threatened by, with varying degrees of brutality and gruesomeness. Balochistan has had more than a fair share of disappeared persons
“Speech is silver but silence is golden” is an adage that Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani, the chief minister of Balochistan and chief of Sarawan, either never heard of or decided to ignore. A few days back in a press-talk at Khuzdar he came up with an outrageously insensitive and preposterous statement that most of the missing persons had “deliberately gone underground to malign the country’s intelligence agencies”.