It is little surprise that Baloch nationalist leaders have rejected the latest peace package proposed by Islamabad
By Peter Tatchell
A series of massacres of peaceful protesters by Pakistani security forces look set to sink hopes of a settlement deal between the government in Islamabad and Baloch nationalists who are campaigning for self-rule. There are fears that the sinister, shadowy Pakistani military and intelligence agencies are behind these killings, in a deliberate attempt to sabotage the reconciliation package put forward by the government of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
Shaheed Amir Bux will always be remembered as a National Hero: BNM
Quetta/London: Baloch patriot leader Hyrbyair Marri has said that he was sad and shocked by the news of the untimely death of one the brave and patriot sons of soil. He said that Shaheed Amir Bux Baloch was a determined and courageous friend who spent his life defending the Baloch land and Balochistan. His sudden demise is not less than a national tragedy for Baloch National struggle. “Baloch Nation and the youth will always remember their martyred friend as a hero, who had practically struggled and defended the motherland”.
AUDIO: Baloch turn must be come
Human Rights Watch – World Report 2010
Following the disputed June 12 presidential election and the massive protests it provoked, the government unleashed the most widespread crackdown in a decade. Security forces were responsible for at least 30 deaths, according to official sources. On August 13, Judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said that authorities had detained 4,000 people following the election, mostly in street protests that were largely peaceful. Security forces also arrested dozens of leading government critics, including human rights lawyers, whom the government held without charge, many of them in solitary confinement. The Judiciary, the Revolutionary Guard, the Basij militia, and the Ministry of Intelligence-all of which report to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei-were responsible for many serious human rights violations. Meanwhile, long-standing human rights issues, including restrictions on freedom of expression and association, religious and gender-based discrimination, and the frequent use of the death penalty, including on juvenile offenders, continued unabated.