Pakistan Military Invaded Independent Balochistan in 1948
Toronto, March 25: Baloch National Movement – North America’s call to observe March 27 as black day was attended by Pakhtuns, Sindhis, Kurds and enlightened elements of the Canadian society at a Toronto meeting. Sovereign Balochistan was invaded and occupied by the Pakistani military in 1948. The public gathering was attended by people from all walks of life sharing democratic values and respect for freedoms and rights.
Mr. Tarek Fatah, guest of honour at the event spoke on the importance of understanding the history and the evil nature of the state of Pakistan. In his speech, Mr. Fatah described the events at Dacca University on March 25, 1971 when Pakistan Army soldiers massacred more than 200 students and teachers at the university dorms and hung their bodies from the poles and trees.
Toronto: A group of Baloch political and student activists in Canada gathered at Fairview Library in Toronto to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s occupation of the land of the Baloch people.
The event organized by Baloch National Movement (BNM) was supported by Sindhi, Pashtun, Kashmiri, Kurd and other human rights activists.
Members of a displaced Baloch family from Pakistan currently living in Kandahar, Afghanistan. by Karlos Zurutuza
Every 27 March is a day of mourning for the Baloch. Karlos Zurutuza reports from an area which is largely overlooked by the international media.
It was hanging on the wall of one of the many hairdressers in West London
On a yellowed piece of paper in a frame, The New York Times reported that Kalat – the old kingdom which corresponds roughly to Pakistan’s Balochistan modern province – was an ‘independent sovereign state’ as of 12 August 1947.
‘We had a state of our own for eight months until Pakistan annexed our territory by force eight months later, on 27 March 1948,’ the barber said while he finished the job with his razor. I could not help thinking of the late Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, producing the Palestinian pound note that he would always carry with him as a proof of the previous political existence of the country under British rule.
تحریر : وکرم سود
ترجمہ: لطیف بلیدی
بلوچ کو ایک سے زائد مشکلات کا سامنا ہے۔ ان کی آبادی اتنی کم ہے کہ وہ پاکستان کی قومی سیاست کے اعداد و شمار پر اثرانداز نہیں ہوسکتے، اگرچہ ان کا صوبہ اسٹراٹیجک اعتبار سے اہمیت کے حامل علاقے کا 45 فیصد ہے۔ وسائل سے مالا مال ہونے کے باوجود وہ پاکستان میں سب سے زیادہ غریب اور محروم ہیں۔ اسلام آباد اور راولپنڈی صرف ان بے پناہ قدرتی وسائل میں دلچسپی رکھتے ہیں جو بلوچ کے پاس ہیں لیکن انہیں ان کے ثمرات سے مستفید ہونے کی اجازت نہیں ہے۔
Baloch have dreamt and steadily struggled for independence ever since August 1947, and have been suppressed brutally
By Vikram Sood
The Baloch have more than one problem. They are just too few to matter in the calculus of Pakistan’s national politics, even though their province is 45 per cent of strategically vital territory. Despite being resource-rich, they are the poorest and most deprived in Pakistan. Islamabad and Rawalpindi are interested only in the enormous natural resources that the Baloch possess but are not allowed to reap the benefits of this bounty.