Collateral Damage had the honour of talking to Banuk Karima Baloch, the current Chairperson of the Baloch Student Organization-Azad (BSO-Azad), the largest Baloch student body. The interview was conducted by Jahanzeb Hussain, the editor of Collateral Damage.
This is the first time a woman is the head of a student organization in Balochistan. What are your feelings on being called to lead BSO-Azad?
Since in our organization there is no gender discrimination, men and women are participating in the national struggle side by side. During my time as the leader of the organization, I have never felt that I am different or inferior based on the fact that I am a woman. However, I am happy that the participation of my Baloch sisters in the freedom struggle has changed the thinking of the Baloch society toward women. With the resurrection of the national movement, many conservative traditions have now disappeared. Baloch women are, compared to the past, a lot more free and active.