Daily Archives: January 23, 2013

Gold diggers in Balochistan

by Murtaza Haider

290-hills-rekodiq-reuters-mslThe caretakers were expected to take care and the governors were supposed to govern. However, in Reko Diq’s case, governance failed and the care was never provided.

In a recent judgement, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has declared illegal the July 1993 agreement between the Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) and Australia’s BHP. Since the original agreement stands null and void, all subsequent sales and transfers of the exploration rights by BHP to Tethyan Copper Co. (TCC), which is jointly owned by Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation and Chile’s Antofagasta, have been deemed illegal and void.
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Eight persons including a woman and a child killed during Pakistan military offensives in Balochistan

pakistan-military-convayOccupied Balochistan: At least eight innocent Baloch including a child and a woman have been killed by Pakistan’s armed forces in different areas of Balochistan on Monday.

Sources reported that Pakistani forces raided and attacked a house in Besima area of Balochistan. Two occupants, Mr Qasum Baloch and his sister Rozina Baloch, were killed due indiscriminate firing and shelling on their house.
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Abducted Baloch and those killed by state have sacrificed their lives for freedom: Qadeer Baloch

qadir-baoch-protest-campKarachi: The token hunger strike protest of the families of abducted Baloch entered its 1052nd in total and 52nd day in Karachi on Monday.

A delegation of BNM Gwadar zone visited the camp and assured their full support to the families of victims. The delegation said that many nations in the world have sacrificed enormously in their struggle against occupiers and intruders; despite sacrifice their struggles suffered from setbacks but the oppressed nations believed in the strength of their people that’s why they continued their struggle and became victorious. Similarly the Baloch struggle also has had ups and down at different periods. It is important to learn from the successes and failures and continue the struggle in an organised way.
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