Who’s fighting whom in Pakistan? Why does the country’s powerful army continue to support some militant groups? DW examines the protracted conflict in the nuclear-armed nation and its possible effects on the region.
By Shamil Shams, Hans Spross
Over 60 Pakistani liberal intellectuals from all over the world gathered in London on Saturday, October 29, to discuss the future of their country. Organized by South Asians Against Terrorism and for Human Rights forum, the conference issued a “London Declaration for Pakistani Pluralism” that highlighted a number of issues facing the country, but most prominently Islamic extremism and the role of Pakistani army in politics.
PTI | United Nations | Sept 26, 2016: In a sharp rebuke to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “tirade” on Kashmir, India today said those accusing others of rights violations must introspect as it censured Pakistan for the first time at the UNGA for perpetrating the “worst form of state oppression” in Balochistan.
Taking a veiled dig at Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her address at the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) session said there are nations “in our midst” where UN designated terrorists roam freely and deliver “their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity”, an apparent reference to Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.She also made a strong pitch for isolating such nations who speak the language of terrorism and for whom sheltering terrorists has become “their calling card“.
The indigenous Baloch people look at China as a mere extension of Pakistan’s colonization and militarization of Balochistan
By : Malik Siraj Akbar
Don’t touch me. Don’t touch me,” warned Ahmar Masti Khan, Washington’s Baloch activist journalist, “don’t touch me. I am American.” He had just flabbergasted Pakistan’s visiting Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, by heckling him at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) on October 22nd. Two strong African-American security guards immediately overpowered the man who was shouting, “Stop war crimes in Balochistan” and then they whisked him away.
Ahmer Mustikhan of the Free Balochistan Campaign USA protesting against police atrocities and human rights violations at US Institute of Peace where Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was speaking. (PTI)
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on Friday heckled by a protester who demanded to free the restive Balochistan province where activists say army is engaged in abductions, torture and killings.
As Sharif began delivering his address at the US Institute of Peace, a prominent independent think-tank here, a protester raised slogans including “Free Balochistan” besides calling him a “friend of (Osama) Bin Laden”.
BALOCHISTAN: Pakistan army has killed and dumped teenager Izzat Baloch, son of Tangi Baloch. Izzat was abducted on November 8th, 2013 from Maheer area of Mand, when the occupying Pakistani army raided the house of Tangi Baloch and abducted five from the family, later four of whom were released. The central spokesperson of the Baloch Student Organization – Azad said in press release.
The Spokesperson also condemned the attack on Ahmed Jan house in Dawnk, Turbat. The spokesperson also declared that Waleed Baloch, son of Ahmed Jan is not associated the BSO-Azad in anyway.
WASHINGTON, DC: Members of the Baloch community protested outside the White House on Wednesday morning as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with U.S. President Barrack Obama as a part of his three-day long trip to Washington, D.C.
The protesters, who came from different U.S. cities, condemned Islamabad’s fresh military operations against Baloch political activists, including the kill and dump activities and forced disappearances attributed to Pakistani intelligence agencies. Native Balochs from Irani and Pakistani Balochistan attended the protest while several American citizens also participated in the march outside the U.S. president’s residence.
Sharif has the corporate world’s backing because he is aggressively pro-business and dreams up mega-projects that never benefit ordinary people
I was amused to see Saddruddin Hashwani, head of Hashoo Group, assume the role of a statesman advising all to become more responsible and mature. I would have been surprised had not his uttering come to notice before. In this recent wide-ranging preposterous statement he advised political parties to cooperate for formulation of strategy to resolve national issues. He opined that the proper usage of natural resources would stabilise the country’s economy and added, “Almighty Allah has gifted Pakistan with rich natural resources and our next 11 generations could benefit from the Reko Diq project as this project will save Pakistan’s future.” He, in my opinion, suggested rather ludicrously that the Reko Diq project should be run under the supervision of the country’s strategic institutions (read army) so that it could be protected from fraudulent practices. Angels incarnate they? He praised Nawaz Sharif’s initiatives on the Gwadar Port and Shahbaz Sharif’s hard work for stabilising the economy. He said Pakistan’s business community always sacrificed for the country and was ready to render more. Some sacrifices!
This ineffectual and futile rearguard action of putting up an apparently liberal and secular face in Balochistan is aimed at mollifying liberals and deceiving the Baloch people in general
The liberal circles in general, and pseudo-nationalists of Balochistan in particular, are ecstatic, too precipitously I’d say, over Nawaz Sharif’s decision to put Dr Abdul Malik in the saddle in Balochistan. The accolades and felicitations would have one believe that Mr Sharif’s ‘gift’ is a panacea for and a salve to all the injustices and atrocities perpetrated against the Baloch people and Balochistan for the last 65 years. Incidentally, this best choice of the establishment just is not good enough to help it stem the rising tide of demands for freedom.
By Tarek Fatah
On the eve of the May 11 Pakistan elections, while foreign correspondents wasted reams of newsprint making predictions scripted straight out of the Pakistan military playbook, two men suggested something fishy was about to unfold.
First, the New York Times’ correspondent Declan Walsh, who in 2011 had written a stinging expose on Pakistan’s “secret war in Balochistan,” was expelled from the country. The letter asking him to leave said he had indulged in “undesirable activities.”
Sharif has surely won the confidence of key Baloch tribal elders by now and will continue to do so in the coming days but he still has a long way to go to win the hearts and minds of the disillusioned Baloch people with his deeds
Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, the head of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), did not return home empty-handed from his two-day long visit to the volatile Balochistan province. The twice-elected prime minister notched ample scores to become confident to achieve the ‘required run rate’ before the next general elections or, say, the mid-term polls. The biggest achievement of Sharif was the decision of two highly influential Baloch to join his party.