By Himdad Mustafa
Balochis are an ethnic group native to Balochistan, in Southwest Asia. In the last century, with the foundation of modern nation-states, their homeland was occupied and divided between Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. There are no reliable statistics regarding the total number of Baloch people, though in 2013 their population was estimated at around 10 million. Approximately, around 70 percent of the total Baloch population lives in Pakistan-controlled Balochistan, whereas 20 percent inhabits the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, and around 10 percent resides in the southern areas of Afghanistan.
Throughout the 20th century and up to today, Balochis have faced systematic discrimination, massacres, and forced resettlement. They have been deprived of their cultural, social, economic, and political rights in their own homeland. After the foundation of the Islamic Republic in 1979, due to their adherence to Sunni Islam, the Balochis in Iran have become subjected to religious discrimination in addition to the existing ethnic discrimination.
By: Senge Sering
The Bangladeshi Diaspora in North America has a newfound reason to acclaim October 14, 2022. On this day, two prominent Congress-members Steve Chabot and Ro Khanna introduced a bipartisan resolution in the 117th US Congress for formal recognition of Bangladeshi genocide of 1971. Although Congressman Chabot lost his re-election campaign during the recent midterm polls; the Bangladeshi-Americans hope, his colleagues will honor Chabot’s efforts and provide closure and solace to the genocide victims by censuring Pakistani military and its Islamist collaborators.
The birth of Bangladesh reminds us of one of the most ruinous genocides of the modern world. It started in the spring of 1971 when the Pakistani government launched the notorious Operation Searchlight to maintain order in its eastern Bengal province. Over the next nine months, Pakistani soldiers massacred approximately three million ethnic Bengalis and raped close to half a million Bengali women. The material destruction and ethnic cleansing was intentional and methodical as the Pakistan army mostly targeted Hindu Bengalis for extermination for their religious beliefs. In addition, a large number of nationalist Bengali Muslims seeking freedom from Pakistan were also slaughtered and raped.
Bob Lancia, an American politician affiliated with the Republican Party from his Twitter handle account issued a statement on 1 June regarding his view on the persecution of Baloch by the government of Pakistan.
He said “Similar to the killings and persecution of Christian, Hindu, and Sikh religious minorities taking place in Pakistan even today, and similar to genocide in Bangladesh in 1971 and genocide in Kashmir in 1990,
Baloch pro independent leader Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch condemned the Nokondi and Chaghi incidents, saying it was a continuation of the ongoing genocide and collective punishment in Balochistan. This is not the first incident of its kind and will not be the last. The massacre of Baloch people has been going on for seventy-four years of Pakistani occupation and Balochistan has been turned into a military cantonment. There are Nazi-style concentration camps. The word collective punishment and genocide seems too small for Pakistani brutality
THERE is the official narrative on Balochistan, the one propagated by the security establishment and the state, and then there is what appears to be the real story from the province — a grim chronology of deaths and disappearances.
Tragically, among civil society organisations and the media, there are few voices that narrate anything other than what the security establishment is peddling.
Lahore, April 12: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) is distressed at reports emerging from Johan, Kalat, and Isplingi, Mastung, indicating a high number of civilian casualties during an alleged army operation in these areas.
While it is not possible to independently verify the reports as access is not available, citizens speak of 27 dead bodies being brought to Quetta Civil Hospital where no identification was reported to have been allowed.
Yeongdong, South Korea (31 March 2016): Today is the fifth day of Baloch activists’ long march in South Korea. On the third day (29 March 2016) they walked 68Km from 8am to 7:45 pm. They walked from Daegu to Gimcheon city.
On the fourth day (30 March, 2016) they stated their walk from Gimcheon toward Yeongdong city. The marchers distributed leaflets as they pass through different towns. Their pamphlet contains information about Pakistani state atrocities in Balochistan and human rights violations. The marchers are carrying placards and flags of Balochistan and they chanted slogans to attract people’s attention and condemn Baloch Genocide by Pakistan.
After the local and international human rights bodies’ widespread condemnation of Pakistani security establishment’s notorious war strategy of “Kill and Dump Policy” regarding the detained Baloch activists and common people to crush the Baloch freedom movement, it is now replaced with the policy of “Extra-Judicial Killings” through staged encounters and showing them as militants via its controlled media as there is a complete media blackout in Balochistan where no independent investigator or journalist is allowed to visit.
Within a short span of time Balochistan has witnessed hundreds of cases of extra-judicial killings of previously abducted Baloch. A collaborator working for Pakistani security agencies who accompanied them during numerous military offensives narrates the horrific details.
جنیوا(سنگر نیوز) اقوام متحدہ کے ادارے برائے انسانی حقوق میں بلوچ قومی نمائندہ مہران بلوچ نے اپنے جاری کردہ بیان میں فورسز کی بلوچستان کے مختلف علاقوں ڈیرہ بگٹی، کوہلو، کاہان مکران میں جاری آپریشن باالخصوص حال ہی میں مشکے میہی اور گردونواح میں بلوچ آبادیوں کو گھیرے میں لے کر مظلوم بلوچوں کو شہید کرنے کی سخت الفاظ میں مذمت کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ فورسز کی بلوچوں کے گھروں پر دھاوا بولنا،سول آبادی پر ہیلی کاپٹروں کے ذریعے شیلنگ کرکے عورتوں و بچوں سمیت بے گناہ بلوچوں کو شہید اور زخمی کرکے انہیں اپنے ہی میڈیا پر دہشت گرد پیش کرنا ظاہر کرتا ہے کہ ریاست اخلاقی طور پر دیوالیہ ہوچکا