London: 28th July, 2013- In an attempt to bring to light various issues the Baloch are facing in their socio-political circumstances, Baloch Students and Youth Association (UK) (BSYA) convened a major conference entitled, ‘’The Baloch National Struggle: Past, Present and Future’’, that took place at Birkbeck University of London on 28th July, 2013. An esteemed panel of Baloch intellectuals and writers were invited to share their insights and expertise on the conference subject to help the Baloch leaders, socio-political activists and the various sections of the Baloch national struggle accurately assess the circumstances and challenges faced by the Baloch, in order to devise feasible strategies to organize themselves and achieve the objectives of their struggle.
Daily Archives: August 9, 2013
On Wednesday night Lyari witnessed the worst terrorist attack in its history. “Tonight there’s going to be a huge crowd,” 17-year old Abdul Basit told his family. “I’ll need to get there early if I’m going to grab the perfect spot to enjoy the final.” With those parting words he headed out to Mir Ghus Baksh Bizenjo Park, known locally as Bizenjo Chowk , to watch the final match of the street football tournament. His father Abdul Rashid, a rickshaw driver, and his mother could not know that this would be the last time they saw their son. Abdul Rashid’s rickshaw had broken down a couple of weeks before and the family was now totally dependent on 17-year-old Abdul Basit’s daily wage. Basit was auto-mechanic. He worked all day long in a tiny shop to earn a mere couple of hundred rupees a week. Before returning home on Wednesday, he had asked the tournament organizers to tell him the exact kick-off time for the final. He wanted to be sure to get there in time to secure a good seat from which to enjoy the action. The football tournament takes place on the streets of Lyari every evening during the holy month of Ramadan.
1st August, 1928 is the day when Persian forces began their assault on Western Balochistan which culminated in the occupation of Western Balochistan and the surrender of Mir Dost Mohammad Khan Barakzai on 21st January, 1929.
11 August, 1947 is the day when Balochistan declared its independence in the wake of British withdrawal from India. Balochistan remained an independent country until it was finally occupied by Pakistan in April 1948.