In early 2012, brothers Noordin and Bhawal Mengal decided to make a film about the ongoing human rights crisis in Balochistan, a large province in south-western Pakistan. The producers commissioned a British filmmaker, David Whitney, to make the film with their help.
After a lengthy development phase, shooting began on the “The Line of Freedom” in September 2012. The cast and crew braved high temperatures in the desert and mountains to shoot this short film at an undisclosed location.
BALOCHISTAN: On central call of BSO-Azad, homage was paid to the Baloch martyrs on November 13th, the Baloch Martyrs day, commemorated to pay rich tribute to martyrs of the Balochistan freedom movement. The day marks the fierce battle fought against the British in the besieged city of Kalat, by Mir Mehrab Khan Baloch in 1839 in which the Khan and all his companions were killed.
Memorial services were held by the BSO-Azad, in Karachi, Quetta, Hub, Awaran, Kharan, Kalat, Sibbi, Turbat, Heronak, Gorkop, Hoshap, Bilgitar, Gishkor, Mongichar, Gaddap, Uthal, Sargodha and elsewhere, were attended by people in great numbers including women and children.
BALOCHISTAN: Pakistan army has killed and dumped teenager Izzat Baloch, son of Tangi Baloch. Izzat was abducted on November 8th, 2013 from Maheer area of Mand, when the occupying Pakistani army raided the house of Tangi Baloch and abducted five from the family, later four of whom were released. The central spokesperson of the Baloch Student Organization – Azad said in press release.
The Spokesperson also condemned the attack on Ahmed Jan house in Dawnk, Turbat. The spokesperson also declared that Waleed Baloch, son of Ahmed Jan is not associated the BSO-Azad in anyway.
Statement by: Asian Human Rights Commission
Many participants have suffered bruised and blistered feet but have not been provided with any medical treatment…..their bleeding wounds have been wrapped with nothing more than pieces of cloth
Farzana Majeed’s blistered feet
The 730-kilometers Long March of the family members of the disappeared persons from Balochistan has covered more than 600 kilometers and entered its 20th day. The Long March starts each day at 6 am and ends at 6 pm, covering an average of more than 20 kilometers each day. Many participants have suffered bruised and blistered feet but have not been provided with any medical treatment even though some of them can only walk with the aid of sticks. Their bleeding wounds have wrapped with nothing more than pieces of cloth. No philanthropist organizations or individuals have provided ambulances despite several requests from the protesters.
by Priya Ravichandran
The Protest and the Long March for the missing Balochs needs International support and attention.
The distance from Quetta in Balochistan province to Karachi in the Sindh province of Pakistan is 700 km. It takes 18000 abducted Balochs and more than a 1000 killed and dumped Balochs to get there.
The Pakistan Frontier Corps (FC) with support from the government of Pakistan, have been for more than a decade systematically murdering, maiming and torturing people and dumping them in various parts of the province. In a bid to highlight these atrocities and to perhaps have some attention turned to their disaster hit province, the people from the province have undertaken a march to Karachi.
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