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Is PTM an ‘engineered protest’?

You should always keep in your mind what Friedrich Nietzsche has said is the defining quality of great men; he says, “It is not the strength but the duration of great sentiments that makes great men”.

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The statement from the Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said on April 12 that “engineered protests” would not be allowed to reverse the gains of counterterrorism operations and cautioned the nation against forgetting sacrifices of “real heroes”. He, without naming the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), blamed it as something which was not indigenous but was being supported and guided by the usual suspects they have been accusing of guiding and supporting the Baloch (and the Bengalis in the past) for protesting against the injustices and the state terror being perpetrated against them.

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ستائیس مارچ 1948 : سیاسی بیداری 

نواب خیر بخش نے کبھی بھی ایڈجسٹ نہیں کیا تو لہٰذا یہ بات بھی غلط ہے کہ ’ہمارے باپ دادا‘ نے ہر طرح سے ایڈجسٹ کرنے کی کوشش کی تھی۔

تحریر: میر محمد علی ٹالپر
ترجمہ: لطیف بلیدی

حال ہی میں بلوچ ریپبلیکن پارٹی کے رہنما براہندگ بگٹی نے اپنے ٹویٹس کے ذریعے 27 مارچ، 1948 کے واقعات کے حوالے سے پاکستانی ورژن کی تائید کی ہے، جسے بلوچ ’یومِ سیاہ‘ کے طور پر مناتے ہیں چونکہ بلوچستان کو غیر قانونی طور پر پاکستان میں شامل کیا گیا تھا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ یہ بلوچستان کا نہیں بلکہ صرف کلات کا الحاق تھا اور اس کے بعد مزید ٹویٹس میں کہا کہ ”بلوچستان کے الحاق (منقول) کے بعد ہمارے باپ دادا نے ہمیشہ پاکستان کے ساتھ ایڈجست کرنے کی کوشش کی تھی۔ جدوجہد کی تمام شکلوں کے ساتھ، پوری بلوچ قیادت نے بارہا پاکستان کے اندر بلوچ حقوق کے لئے کوششیں کیں۔“ عجب اتفاق ہے کہ اپنے اگلے ہی ٹویٹ میں، جس سے قبل انہوں صرف کلات کے الحاق کا دعویٰ کیا تھا، وہ پھر سے ’بلوچستان کے الحاق‘ کا حوالہ دیتے ہیں۔

Balochistan: Political awakening

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Balochistan: Political awakening

Nawab Khair Bakhsh never adjusted so it is wrong to impute that ‘our forefathers’ tried to adjust in every way.

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Recently, Brahumdagh Bugti, the leader of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), through a tweet, subscribed to the Pakistani version of the events of March 27th 1948, which Baloch observe as a black day as Balochistan was illegally annexed to Pakistan. He said it was only Kalat and not Balochistan that was annexed and then in further tweets said: “After the annexation of #Balochistan (sic), our forefathers always tried to adjust within #Pakistan. With all forms of struggle, the entire Baloch leadership, at one time or another strived for the Baloch rights inside Pakistan.” Incidentally in the very next tweet after claiming that only Kalat was annexed he refers to ‘annexation of #Balochistan’.

All evidence regarding the annexation belies this claim and moreover not all ‘forefathers’ tried to adjust. Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri was told by Davies, then a Political Agent of Marri-Bugti Agency, in 1953 that ‘why don’t you let them build roads and bring development for your wretched people” to which Nawab Sahib had said: “Davies, say if Germany had conquered Britain in the Second World War and someone had come and told you why don’t you allow development for your wretched people, what would your answer have been?” To this Davies had said, “Khair Bakhsh, I’ll be dammed if I ever again ask you for development.”

ستائیس مارچ 1948 : سیاسی بیداری

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On the question of Baloch-Pashtun unity

Undoubtedly, the issue of missing persons demands a unified approach but in this melee the reason why Baloch go missing should not be swamped, forgotten and sidelined

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I do not want to be seen as someone throwing a monkey wrench into the works and undermining the move towards a prospective Baloch-Pashtun unity but there are certain things which all those advocating and proposing this unity should understand and keep in view. I for one would be the happiest if this much-wanted unity materializes and becomes a political reality in this depressingly barren political landscape. I have mentioned below some things which do require attention of all who desire the much-needed unity between Baloch and Pashtuns and all those who want return of missing persons.

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Documenting facts

The evidence presented by Kaiser Bengali shows that there is systematic and wilful discrimination and apathy towards Balochistan with the express purpose of utilizing its resources for benefit of others.

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Rebellions and insurgencies do not occur in a vacuum but are reactions against political and economic injustices. A new book A Cry for Justice: Empirical Insights from Balochistan by Kaiser Bengali highlights the injustices perpetrated against Balochistan with help of irrefutable data. He has the advantage of being an advisor to Balochistan and Sindh governments but more than that he has his heart in the right place.

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Comrade Abdul Qayyum Baloch of Gwadar

Comrade Abdul Qayyum Baloch

His dedication to the Baloch struggle made him a target for Pakistan which wanted him silenced

by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

Mir Muhammad Ali TalpurSince March 27th 1948s forced accession the Baloch have been resisting the Pakistani state’s attempts to exploit their resources, politically disenfranchise them, physically eliminate and intimidate them and last but not the least turn them into a minority with influx of non-Baloch people. Baloch resistance has so far foiled the evil designs though this has taken a heavy toll of Baloch lives but there seems to be no let up in resistance.

The intensity and areas of this resistance has varied over time; initially it was limited to central Balochistan then it shifted to Marri and Mengal area with traces of it in the Makran coastal areas. Now the resistance encompasses entire Balochistan with Makran coastal and adjoining area being the most active.

کامریڈ عبدالقیوم بلوچ گوادری

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MQM-Altaf not a friend to Baloch

The Baloch should understand that forging alliances with the MQM is forging alliance with the establishment.

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A Baloch activist friend who lives abroad recently wrote to me and expressed concern that some quarters among the Baloch are trying to forge a Baloch-MQM (Altaf)* alliance on the plea that the MQM is anti-establishment and will prove helpful to the Baloch. It is a tricky path to tread with such alliances which join disparate ideologies and sentiments on the basis of quite flimsy grounds of perceived anti-establishment stance. The friend also asked to express my views about this.

Writing about such issues, though necessary, has its pitfalls for there is the possibility of creating misunderstandings among friends and supporters, not to mention even within the ranks of the Baloch too. However, despite the hazards, the subject is too important to not to be commented upon.

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