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The Colonial Confusion and Baloch Politics


Just few months before his martyrdom , Saba Dashtayri published an article in a Balochi language periodical discussing the state of colonial confusion in the early days surfacing of differences among Baloch nationalist parties. While briefly discussing the meaning of colonial confusion, he negated the idea of any prospect of emergence of real conflict situation by terming the differences as fabricated by an intriguing Pakistani establishment and its puppets. These were good old calm days where never erupted such a situation and the prospect of armed clashes among Baloch freedom fighters was even unimaginable by an ordinary nationalist activist.

We were all in a state of denial, swayed over by an aura of age marked with slogans, dreams, ideology and somehow stupidities. We would immediately counter any argument perceiving rivalry among different stakeholders within the national struggle structure. This was an age of unity, at least among the common people without any affiliation with any organization but sympathizing with the overall struggle for freedom.

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Pakistani Baloch Seeking Shelter In Afghanistan

Balochistan Map

By Monica Bernabe* | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

While millions of Afghans have fled to Pakistan over the past four decades, Pakistanis are flocking to Afghanistan. There are not only those who flee Pakistani military operations in Waziristan, but also Pakistani Balochs who say that they flee from repression by the Pakistani government, linked to latest Baloch insurgency activities. In Afghanistan, they live in precarious conditions. The Afghan authorities seem to exert a hand-off approach, and the UN sees them as a marginal issue.

waheed Qambarani

Abdul Waheed Qambarani

Abdul Waheed’s mutilated corpse was found on December 1, 2010, 20 kilometers from the town of Kalat, in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province, the largest, but least populated of the country.

“He was my relative. He worked as a school teacher,” Jahangir Khan says. All that remains from him in Khan’s possession is the photo of a corpse with the face disfigured by acid on a newspaper clipping. “He was identified because he had a piece of paper with his name written in one of his pockets,” Khan’s newspaper article says.

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