Daily Archives: November 1, 2012

Asad Rahman, aka Chakar Khan, 62, Passes Away

Asad Rahman, died of ill-treatment by Punjab Police

Asad Rahman,62, a renowned intellectual, social activist and ardent supporter of Baloch movement, passed away on Tuesday 30 October 2012, media report.

Son of a former chief justice of Pakistan Supreme Court, Mr. Rahman had advocated for Baloch rights throughout his life. In 1970s, Mr. Rahman was part of the London Group, a study circle in England that later left their comfort life and education to join Baloch fighters in Marri hills, confronting a fierce military operation.

Other prominent members of the London Group were Najam Sethi, Ahmed Rashid, Rashid Rahman and Dilip Dass. Another prominent figure, Mohammad Ali Talpur, joined the group a year later.

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Pakistani security forces abducted four Baloch youth from Turbat

Occupied Balochistan: The abduction of Baloch youth continues unabated as Pakistan’s secret agencies whisked away three residents of Gomazi and Malent areas of Tump, Balochistan from Turbat international airport on Sunday morning. Another man has been abducted from Turbat town on October 25.

The abductions took place when two Baloch youth went to the airport to receive a friend, Zahid Baloch, who returned from UAE after three years, on a Sharjah-Turbat bound flight. The men have been arrested, from a security forces check post in the precinct of the airport, on their way back to Gomazi.

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U.S. Questions Islamabad’s Balochistan Crackdown

File Photo Ambassador Eileen Donahoe

The U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council has expressed “serious concern” over Pakistan’s violent response to separatists in southwestern Balochistan Province.

Ambassador Eileen Donahoe told the council in Geneva on October 30 that Washington has serious reservations about human rights situation in Balochistan.

She said Pakistan Army operations there are “aimed at silencing dissent.”

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