by South Asia News
BALOCHISTAN, October 11: In early 2005 Islamabad invited disillusioned Baloch leaders for a dialogue. But, as expected the ruling civil-military establishment deceived them. And while the Baloch leaders were talking to a 12-member parliamentary committee on Balochistan, several hundred Baloch political activists went missing. Today the regime may have changed, but Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani continues to follow the same game plan and has urged Baloch nationalist leaders to hold talks with the government to clear existing grievances. The Gilani-Mengal summit has initiated what seems is an effort to create a division between the Mengals, who lead the biggest nationalist political party, and the Marris, who presumably head the armed struggle.
by: Jumma Baloch
Once I asked a wise man what makes us distinguished from other nations, he said “Language and Land” if these two things were taken away, annihilation of that nation is assured. Today, approximately 6000 languages are spoken around the world and Balochi is one of them. UNESCO proclaimed 21st February as International Mother Language Day in its General Conference in November 1999. The first Mother Language Day ceremony was held at the Headquarters of UNESCO, and its Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, in his opening speech said, “languages are not only an essential part of humanity’s cultural heritage, but the irreducible expression of human creativity and of its great diversity.” he added “Favouring the promotion of linguistic diversity and the development of multilingual education from an early age helps preserve cultural diversity and the conditions for international understanding, tolerance and mutual respect.” Vigdis Finnbogadottir, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Languages and former President of Iceland, took part in the first celebration of International Mother Language Day. She highlighted the value of languages both as means of communication and as expressions of culture and identity. Ms Finnbogadottir qualified languages as “humanity’s most precious and fragile treasures.”
Occupied Balochistan: The mother of an ‘abducted’ Baloch singer and poet has appealed to the President, Chief Justice of Pakistan and Human Rights Organisations to to help trace her son Mr. Faqir Mohammad Shahwani Baloch.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, she said that her son was an employee of Cadet College Mastung and he was picked up by security forces personnel at the main gate of the college on Sept 23, 2010. “My son and his friend Abdul Rehman were on their way to college for work when they reached the FC check post near the main gate of Cadet College Mastung they were stopped by the FC and plain clothed officers. The plain clothed officers had come in two white and blue cars”.