NEW DELHI: When 25-year-old Mazdak Dilshad Baloch arrived in India a few months ago, he raised the suspicion of immigration authorities at the New Delhi airport. Mazdak had a Canadian passport which showed the place of birth as Quetta in Pakistan.
Mazdak, one of the few Baloch refugees in New Delhi told ET: “I was at pain explaining to the immigration authority that I was not a Pakistani. Call me a dog, but not a Pakistani. I am a Baloch. Because of my place of birth, I faced a lot of harassment.”
There are estimates that more than 700,000 people have been displaced across Balochistan since 2005
By: Abdul Hai Kakar & Abubakar Siddique
He once dreamed of a bright future and a stable career working for Pakistan’s biggest gas company.
Instead, Suhail Ahmed Bugti has been crushing stones for the past 10 years after his clan was banished from their gas-rich homeland in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan Province into the stony deserts of Rohri district in neighboring Sindh Province.
By Monica Bernabe* | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis
While millions of Afghans have fled to Pakistan over the past four decades, Pakistanis are flocking to Afghanistan. There are not only those who flee Pakistani military operations in Waziristan, but also Pakistani Balochs who say that they flee from repression by the Pakistani government, linked to latest Baloch insurgency activities. In Afghanistan, they live in precarious conditions. The Afghan authorities seem to exert a hand-off approach, and the UN sees them as a marginal issue.
Abdul Waheed Qambarani
Abdul Waheed’s mutilated corpse was found on December 1, 2010, 20 kilometers from the town of Kalat, in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province, the largest, but least populated of the country.
“He was my relative. He worked as a school teacher,” Jahangir Khan says. All that remains from him in Khan’s possession is the photo of a corpse with the face disfigured by acid on a newspaper clipping. “He was identified because he had a piece of paper with his name written in one of his pockets,” Khan’s newspaper article says.
Occupied Balochistan: The Baloch Republican Party (BRP) in a press release charged that Pakistan security forces in collaboration with ISI-sponsored so-called “Peace force” also known as “Sarkari Lashkar” raided many houses of internally displaced Bugti Baloch (IDPs) in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab.
The BRP statement released on an online blog further read that the forces violated the sanctity of households, harassed and tortured inhabitants including men, women, elderly and children.