“Against all odds, our national identity is [growing]. We just need the rest of the world to know about us.” — Baloch intellectual and historian Abdul Sattar Purdely
By Karlos Zurutuza
– Balochistan, divided by the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is a vast swathe of land the size of France. It boasts enormous deposits of gas, gold and copper, untapped sources of oil and uranium, as well as a thousand kilometres of coastline near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz.
Despite the wealth under their sandals, the Baloch people inhabit the most underdeveloped regions of their respective countries; Afghanistan is no exception.
By: Bari Baloch
Abdul Sattar Pordili
Senior journalist Bari Baloch, during his visit to Kabul last year, availed an opportunity to interview Abdul Sattar Pordili exclusively for The Baloch Hal. Excerpts.
The Baloch Hal: Could you please tell us about your life and educational background?
Abdul Sattar Pordili: I was born in 1948 in Nimruz province of Afghanistan in Kangay Ulas Wali and studied till class 9th in my village school. Then I went to Kabul for further studies and did my intermediate. Later, I took admission in faculty of science in Kabul University. After completing my qualification, I served as a government servant and later became President of Trade Union Afghanistan. Besides, I remained a member of Afghan Parliament for four years in Dr. Najeebullah’s government but when the Mujahideen took over Afghanistan, I went back to Nimruz. I became a member of the central committee of Afghanistan Democratic Party in 1968 and was also incarcerated for one year in Pulcharkhi Prison Kabul in 1978.