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Inside Balochistan’s Ravaged Heartland

Harried by the Taliban on one side and the State on the other, Balochis remain hunted in their own land, reports QURRATULAIN ZAMAN

IF YOU want to know what is happening in Pakistan’s troubled province of Balochistan, just go to Sariab Road, in its capital, Quetta. Most people who live on its 6-km stretch are Baloch. For the Hazaras, Punjabis and Pashtuns — the other groups in this multi-ethnic city — Sariab Road is ilaqaghair  (a no-go area).

Force of arms A Baloch Marri tribesman carries a shell during clashes with Pakistani troops - PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Force of arms A Baloch Marri tribesman carries a shell during clashes with Pakistani troops - PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

After crossing the railway tracks that separate Sariab Road and Quetta Cantonment — or “Pakistan”, as the Baloch nationalists call it — the first thing you notice is an army tank to welcome you, next to a chauki or fortified post. Nationalist slogans and the emblems of banned militant organisations such as the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) adorn the walls: “We want freedom from Pakistan!” “No to Gwadar port!” “Red salute to the martyrs of Balochistan!”

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Boots, guns, tanks now come to Daily Balochistan Express/ Azadi

azadi-newspaperBy Malik Siraj Akbar

“I told the forces deployed outside my office that I was a journalist not a “terrorist”,” recalls Rashid Baloch [name changed], a reporter affiliated with Quetta-based daily Balochistan Express. Rashid, 25, was on his way for the morning shift at the newspaper office located a few hundred meters away from the office of Daily Asaap which was forced to shut down by the Frontier Corps (FC), a federal paramilitary force, earlier this week.
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Baloch nation condemns vindictiveness against a Baloch journalist

Although upsetting, but not surprising to know that a negative campaign has been launched by some ISI paid Pakistani journalists and some other “ultra-nationalist Punjabi chauvinists” against a prominent Baloch journalist Mr. Malik Siraj Akbar for revealing the truth about Baloch issue in international media.

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