TORONTO, April 21: Toronto-based Baloch and Azerbaijani communities organized a 2-day fund raising and awareness campaign in support of the earthquake victims of Balochistan. The campaign that started on April 20, 2013 and ended on April 21st, focused on collecting donations, displaying pictures of the devastation caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake resulting in the death and destruction of property in Khash, Sarawan, Mashkhel, Panjgur and other parts of Balochistan. The donation camp at the Iranian Plaza attracted a large number of Canadians, members of the Iranian, Azerbaijani, and Baloch communities who generously donated and showed their heart-felt compassion for the victims and their families.
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Karachi : BHRO held a protest in front of Karachi Press Club on 20 April 2013.
Quetta and Karachi : Simultaneous protest has been staged in front of press clubs in Quetta and Karachi on Saturday, against killing of Baloch political leader and intellectual Ali Jan Baloch and continuity of state terrorism and Baloch genocide in Jaho, Mastung, Panjgur , Kohistan Mari and all over Balochistan.
Addressing the protest, the representative of Baloch Human Rights Organization said that the continual events of killings and state terrorism is alarming. In the continuity of state terrorism on April 20 state forces attacked the house of Ali Jan Baloch in Jaho, killing Ali Jan Baloch and 18 other abducted.
Quake survivors search for their belongings in the rubble of their mud homes in Mashkail
By Palash R. Ghosh
The massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Iran on Tuesday and killed at least 57 people in both Iran and neighboring Pakistan occurred in one of the poorest, most desolate (but potentially most significant) regions of South Asia/Middle East.
The quake hit the sparsely populated Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan, a vast and desolate region long ignored by the Tehran government.
The Pakistani establishment is trying to solve the problems by the very same methods that created them in the first place
Seemingly, warped logic motivates the Pakistani establishment where the Baloch or Sindhis are concerned. I was not amazed at reading the news that the Balochistan High Court (BHC) demanded an explanation from the federal information secretary, the chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the provincial information secretary and Balochistan public relations director as to why its order about stopping statements of militants belonging to banned organisations from being disseminated by electronic and print media had not been implemented. It is pertinent to mention that in October 2011, the BHC banned reports about militants in the media. This demand comes in the wake of the March 15, 2013 notification of the interior ministry that the Baloch Students Organization (Azad) and Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) stood banned, ironically with a clutch of Pakistan’s former but now out-of-control proxies, as terrorist organisations.