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Karima Baloch (Twitter: @Karimabaloch) is the first ever woman to chair the Baloch Students Organization (BSO-Azad). She has actively mobilized Baloch students to raise awareness about the Baloch rights movement and also protest against military operations, enforced disappearances and killing of the Baloch political activists. She now lives in Canada. In this exclusive interview with Malik Siraj Akbar (Twitter: ), President of the Balochistan Institute, Washington D.C., Karima will share with it means to be a woman and lead the BSO, the participation of Baloch women in the liberation movement and her life and activities in Canada.
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Dr. Manan’s assassination will deepen the Baloch sense of alienation. He was a liberal political leader who vocally opposed the activities of religious jihadi
Malik Siraj Akbar
Foreign Policy Analyst
The killing of a pro-independent Balochistan leader, Dr. Manan, on Saturday by the Pakistani security forces in Mastung is a great setback for establishing peace in volatile Balochistan. Dr. Manan was the secretary general of the Baloch National Movement (BNM), a political party that opposes Balochistan’s [what it bills as ‘forceful’] annexation with Pakistan and calls for a free homeland for the Baloch people. He was not only an intrepid political mobilizer whose party could successfully hold shutter down strikes to protest Islamabad’s repressive policies in Balochistan but also very instrumental in furthering humanitarian causes in the insurgency-stricken region.
Interviewed by Malik Siraj Akbar
Abdul Waheed Baloch is a former Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly, ex-chairman of the Baloch Students Organization (B.S.O.) and former Vice President of the Balochistan National Movement (B.N.M.). As a student at the University of Balochistan in Quetta, Mr. Baloch emerged as a leader, becoming the Central Secretary of the Pakistan Progressive Students Alliance. He led student delegations to meetings in India, Singapore and Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan. He earned degrees in pharmacy and law, practicing criminal and civil law in Balochistan. He became a member of the central executive committee of the Balochistan National Party. He is former editor of the Balochistan National Movement’s publication, Juhd, or “struggle,” in Balochi, as well as the Baloch Students Organization political publication,Pajjar, meaning “Identity,” in Balochi, and its literary publication, Girok, meaning “Lightning,” in Balochi. Mr. Baloch now lives in self-exile in the United States where he serves as the executive director of the Baloch International League (for peace & freedom), a Washington, D.C.-based organization. He speaks Balochi, Pashtu, Urdu, English and Brahui languages. The Baloch Hal spoke to him exclusively about the conflict in Balochistan, its dynamics and the challenges.