Journalist Jahanzeb Hussain talks about who’s profiting from the Pakistani province’s natural gas and the suppression of the Baloch people
JESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
On Thursday Pakistani forces laid siege to Pakistan’s largest province, Balochistan, injuring and killing several people. If you haven’t heard about Balochistan, it’s at the heart of the conflict between the Pakistani government and Balochistan nationalists who are demanding independence from Pakistan. This southwestern province is Pakistan’s largest and most natural resource-rich province, and has been affiliated with violence since Pakistan’s independence in 1947. This area is of great significance of late since there’s an ongoing development project being negotiated connecting Balochistan’s Gwadar port to China. It’s being called the China-Pakistan economic corridor.
Joining us to unpack this is Jahanzeb Hussein. Jahanzeb is an editor at Ricochet Media, the South Asia editor at Global Voices and a blogger at Huffington Post India. Thank you so much for joining us.
This video message of pro-independence revolutionary Baloch freedom fighter, Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch was recorded and published five years ago on 15 September 2010.
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Baloch Canadians expressed their anger at the Pakistan Army retired officers celebrating their so-called “victory day” in the 1965 war against India at Mississauga, Canada. Progressive elements and human rights activists joined the protest to raise their voice against the atrocities Pakistan Army is committing in Balochistan.
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Balochistan’s war of independence against Pakistani occupier is also known as Pakistan’s dirty war, because Pakistan uses brutal force to crush the rebel. Pakistani forces abduct every Baloch educated man & women later kill them and dump their body in deserts or on roadside. This video contain images of Pakistan army killing a Baloch Activist and dumping his body in a desert.
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Baloch national icon and Vice Chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) Mama Qadeer Baloch is very ill. He went to the government run Bolan Medical Complex Hospital (BMCH) for treatment. But the doctors there excused treating him citing the strict orders of the Chief Minister (CM) Balochistan Dr. Malik Baloch not to treat him if he ever visits any of the doctors there. He prayed to treat him on humanitarian basis but the doctors said we cannot and if we do we will immediately be sacked as we cannot lose our job for you.
Mama Qadeer recently visited the passport office to renew his expiring passport but they also refused to issue him a new one citing Pakistan secret agencies’ strict orders not to do so. They also said that your name is listed in the Exit Control List (ECL). He argued that it is the job of Immigration Department not the Passport Office but to no avail.
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Balochi Transcription PDF: https://app.box.com/s/utmbiq404btxyb8exrud4ad55et2q8wr
This video clip comprises views of a woman abducted by Pakistan army from Kolwah, Awaran on the first day of operation and later released.
Tarek Fatah speech at a discussion on The Hill in Washington DC on the conflict on Balochistan hosted by congressman Chris Smith on July 22, 2015.
Tarek Fatah, is a Pakistan-born Canadian writer, broadcaster and a secular and liberal activist. He is strong advocate of an independent Balochistan. He writes a weekly column in the Toronto SUN and hosts a Sunday afternoon show on Toronto’s NewsTalk1010 Radio network. Fatah is author two books Chasing a Mirage and The Jew is Not My Enemy.