Daily Archives: February 23, 2014

Baloch discontent

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

It is the Baloch resistance that now defines the social and political relations in Balochistan and people proudly indentify themselves with Sarmachars

Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurBalochistan of today is in turmoil because it is a huge battleground; arrayed on one side are the freedom-seeking Baloch while, on the other are the state, the pro-establishment sardars and politicians, the fundamentalist forces, and those hungry for Balochistan’s resources.

The Baloch are under attack as they try to thwart designs on their land.
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Many more miles to go

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Hashim bin Rashid

A tribute to those who walk to their tormentors

I was in Quetta for two days in June 2011, with a friend, to write a detailed report on the different dynamics of the Baloch insurgency, when we met government officials, political party leaders, Hazara activists, journalists — and Qadeer Baloch.
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The missing narrative

Mahvish Ahmad

There is little doubt that the operations and disappearances carried out by the security agencies are fanning the fire in Balochistan

It makes strategic sense to speak about missing persons in Balochistan as a human rights issue. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) representatives, who are about to complete their long march from Quetta to Islamabad, know they cannot link the missing persons issue with the ongoing ethno-nationalist uprising. Doing so would put them in far more danger than they are already in.
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Feature: The road less travelled

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by Irfan Aslam

“As a child, I used to dream of coming to Lahore to study in its universities but look what fate has brought me here for,” remarks Farzana Majeed, a member of Mama Qadeer’s Voice of Baloch Missing People’s (VBMP) long march.

“Only a few people came out to respond to the cries of the Baloch in a Lahore of 20 million people. This city does not seem to feel our pain,” she said while addressing a gathering in front of the Punjab Union of Journalists’ office.
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