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Much more than politics and security links Balochistan and India
Written by Navina Jafa
The geopolitics around the Indian Ocean has placed Gwadar and Chabahar at the centrestage of an engaging chess game of power. The two ports also have the potential to become part of Indian soft-power diplomacy. The cultural ecology of Gwadar and Chabahar, defined by the idea of “Baloch”, make them suitable for such a project. The Baloch, a semi-nomadic and pastoral community, carry the collective memory of West, Central and South Asia along with the recollections of their connections to the Greeks, as part of their cultural heritage. While they are Muslims, the strains of other beliefs such as Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Sufism influence various aspects of the Balochi cultural heritage. Their language, bardic traditions and traditional knowledge skills comprising linguistics, crafts, performing arts, rituals, and pastoral and agricultural traditions recall a cultural map of different parts of Asia. They encompass an ethos forged through ideas exchanged over centuries through land and sea routes.
Baluch political prisoners who have been arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence have been placed in solitary confinement for months and have been subjected to severe torture and deprivation of their basic rights.
Abdul Majid Paidar, a 30-year-old political prisoner along with Murad Mohammad Del Baluch, have been tortured by intelligence agents through the use of warm glass bottles. They continue to suffer from the ill effects of this torture.
BALOCHISTAN: Pakistani security forces have taken away sister of Baloch leader Dr Allah Nazar Baloch during a military operation in Mashkay, Balochistan.
According to details received by The Balochistan Post, Dr. Nazar’s sister Noor Khatoon was arrested and taken away by Pakistani security forces. Whereas, his cousin Khair Bakhsh was killed and dumped.
International experts have come out in support of Prof Naela Quadri Baloch, head of the World Baloch Women Forum (WBWF), who had urged the United States to designate former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf as Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).
A German activist and supporter of the Baloch cause, Claudia Heidelberg, told she supported Prof. Quadri Baloch.
“I join Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch in requesting the US to designate Pervez Musharraf as a global terrorist, after coming out openly in media that he supports labeled terrorist organisations by UN Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD),” Heidelberg said.
Abducted Family of Sohnra Bugti, Nawaz Atta, Naseer, Hassam and Children
Toronto, Nov 19, 2017 – Baloch National Movement and BSO-Azad jointly protested today in Toronto to express their anger over the recent enforced disappearances by the Pakistani security forces in which more than a dozen students and children were abducted from their home in Karachi, Sindh. World Sindhi Congress expressed their solidarity and took part in the protest.
Baloch Students Organization – Azad General Secretary, Sanaullah Baloch and three other Central Committee members were picked up on Nov 15, 2017 from their home in Karachi during a raid by the ISI and Sindh Rangers. These illegal abductions by the Pakistani security forces have resulted in the torture and death of hundreds of political activists in Balochistan.