After killing more than 195 enemy soldiers, the operation was completed in 72 hours. BLA
Sixteen Majeed Brigade Fidayeens (self-sacrificing unit) of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) eliminated around two hundred Pakistani soldiers in twin attacks at Panjgur and Noshki military bases. The BLA, in its statement, said that the sixteen Baloch freedom fighters (fidayeens) who participated in ‘Operation Ganjal’ battled bravely against the SSG commandos, gunship helicopters, military drones and heavily armed Pakistan Army soldiers for around 72 hours (3 days).
Sheikh Saadi in a hikayat about a vulture and a kite in Bostan narrates that a vulture told a kite: “No one has a better vision than mine.” The kite said it easily can be tested and asked what it could see in the plains. The vulture looked around and said if you believe me I can see a grain of wheat at a distance of a day’s journey. The kite was truly surprised and they started to descend towards the grain and surprisingly, there it was. As the vulture tried to pick it, a snare snapped around its neck. The vulture’s good sight but lack of vision had become the reason for its entrapment. The kite said what use is the sight that sees a single grain from afar, but does not discern the snare that lies in wait.
The vision of the elite here is like that of the vulture transfixed on the single objective: continuation of their illegal and unjust rule. They think that if not allowed to rule this godforsaken place eternally, all the ‘good work’ they have done in the eight years will go to waste. Little do they realise that due to their obduracy, intransigence and ineptitude, the noose of disaster, devastation and desolation has tightened around the neck of our body politic.
Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi is an 18-year-old Baluch citizen from Zahedan. He was arrested during the nationwide protests, on October 5, 2022, and since the Iranian Judiciary sentenced him to Moharebeh (War on God) he is at risk of execution.
Shoaib Mir Baluchzehi Rigi, son of Sharif, was born on February 7, 2004, and is a third-year high school student. He left his home on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, to purchase medicine. He was ill and had gone to the pharmacy to have his doctor’s prescription provided. The pharmacy is located on Madani Street near the Makki Mosque of Zahedan. Intelligence forces who were situated in the area arrested him outside the pharmacy. He was taken to an undisclosed location in a private car.
Major Gwahram Baloch, spokesman of Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), while paying tribute to the martyrs of Gwarkop, said that four Sarmachars (freedom Fighters) were martyred in the clash with the Pakistani army. They fought the enemy very bravely even though the occupying Pakistan army received air support during the clash with Baloch freedom fighters.
Major Gwahram Baloch said that on January 16, 2023, Pakistan Army’s spy and drone aircrafts began an aerial surveillance of the eastern hills of Gwarkop in Kech district. Absorbing the situation, Sarmachar immediately moved away from their location which was being watched by the spy aircrafts. A drone fired three missiles there before sunset the same day, but before that the Sarmachars had left the site.
Iranian courts have handed down death sentences against at least four ethnic Baluch men over the past few days, activists say, as the Islamic republic tries to suppress an anti-government protest movement that has swept the country for nearly four months.
According to the latest information available, the authorities have executed 151 Baluch citizens in 2022, compared to 70 the previous year. At least 81 were hanged over the last four months of 2022, amid a brutal state crackdown on the nationwide protests demanding more freedoms and women’s rights.
Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan on January 20, as the country’s leading Sunni cleric again criticized the Islamic Republic’s bloody response to four months of nationwide demonstrations.
Molavi Abdolhamid, the Sunni Friday prayer leader of Zahedan, urged Iran’s Shia clerical leaders to listen to “the demands of the youth and women,” instead of repressing them.
Molavi, a member of Sistan and Baluchistan province’s beleaguered Sunni Baluch community, has been a key dissenting voice inside the country since the anti-establishment protests erupted in September.
The policy of repression in Balochistan has always been indiscriminate, but now it is the students who bear the brunt.
Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
The world knows Balochistan as the 44 per cent land mass of Pakistan, but most do not know that becoming part of Pakistan was not its own choice. It wanted coexistence, but was forced to merge with Pakistan. Moreover, it isn’t ‘terra nullius’ (nobody’s land), but is seen as such. There are people in Balochistan too; people whose lives have been destroyed by injustices that they have been subjected to since the forced merger on March 27th 1948.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s use of force to make Khan accede forever forfeited civilians’ say in Balochistan’s matters and gave unchallenged dominance to the military. This injustice also resulted in the Baloch people’s eternal mistrust in Pakistan; prompting resistance which to date has not only continued but intensified in proportion to atrocities and injustices against the Baloch people.
To review the situation in the coastal city of Gwadar, Quetta Corps Commander Asif Ghafoor visited Gwadar after the arrests and crackdown on the sit-in of Haq Do Tehreek.
During his visit, Asif Ghafoor met with dignitaries of the area and local administration.
Wajah Sulaiman Baloch, a local senior leader of Gwadar said that the corps commander called us to a meeting and said that if ever in the future the roads to the Gwadar port and airport are closed by the protesters, he will put everyone in jail.
The PKR 18 billion (US$ 297 million) Saindak copper-gold project in the Pakistani province of Balochistan has been run by a Chinese contractor on a 10-year lease without any independent monitoring for the past three years
Saindak Metal Limited released figures in May this year, as reported by Daily Times, May 11, 2009, that 7.746 tonnes of gold, 86,013 tons of copper, 11.046 tons of silver and 14,482 tons of magnetite concentrate (iron) worth US$ 633.573 million were produced during 2004-08.