Collateral Damage had the honour of talking to Banuk Karima Baloch, the current Chairperson of the Baloch Student Organization-Azad (BSO-Azad), the largest Baloch student body. The interview was conducted by Jahanzeb Hussain, the editor of Collateral Damage.
This is the first time a woman is the head of a student organization in Balochistan. What are your feelings on being called to lead BSO-Azad?
Since in our organization there is no gender discrimination, men and women are participating in the national struggle side by side. During my time as the leader of the organization, I have never felt that I am different or inferior based on the fact that I am a woman. However, I am happy that the participation of my Baloch sisters in the freedom struggle has changed the thinking of the Baloch society toward women. With the resurrection of the national movement, many conservative traditions have now disappeared. Baloch women are, compared to the past, a lot more free and active.
LONDON: In an attempt to throw light on various issues facing the Baloch in their socio-political circumstances, BSYA convened a major conference entitled, “The Baloch National Struggle: Past, Present and Future” that took place at Birkbeck, University of London on 28th July, 2013. An esteemed panel of Baloch intellectuals and writers were invited to share their insights and expertise on the conference subject to help the Baloch leaders, socio-political activists and the various sections of the Baloch national struggle to accurately assess the circumstances, and challenges faced by the Baloch in order to devise feasible strategies to organize themselves and achieve the objectives of their struggle.
BALOCHISTAN – Apr 21: Baloch Pro-independence leader Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch in a statement has said that on April 18 Tehreek e Nafaz e Aman has issued a threat to the newspapers and media to target his young sons Nodan Baloch and Tamoochan Baloch is in fact a threat primarily issued by Pakistan Army and I.S.I in order to cover up their heinous crimes against Baloch nation and humanity and to hide their blood thirsty face to the world as they are using fake names to propagate against Baloch freedom fighters and install fear in the minds of Baloch masses. But, my sons are not above the national struggle, neither my sons nor I are above the thousands of martyrs and the people who are struggling for Baloch freedom, and Baloch nation already knows the barbarian actions and character of the occupying forces.