Teertej village is half an hour’s dirt track drive outside Awaran, where 95 percent houses had collapsed, 22 people died and many survivors had suffered fractures, broken arms, ribs and head injuries
The purported relief for Awaran’s quake affected people seems to be making no headway either on ground or paper as the nationalist Chief Minister Dr Malik and his mentors do not seem to be on same page. He appeals for international aid but his bosses refuse accepting aid with express purpose of punishing the people of Awaran on flimsy security grounds. They do not want to admit that it is their security at risk and not that of aid organisations. Not a single journalist or non-governmental person has been hurt. The Baloch have made it abundantly clear that they will not be accepting aid from army or the Frontier Corps (FC).
COMMENT: Awaran — Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
It took Razzak Baloch’s family 24 hours to identify him through old marks on limbs because his face was mutilated beyond recognition
After the recent attack on a train near Machh, Bolan, in which only the locomotive and the railway police compartments were targeted, Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique, very bravely, said, “Militants should surrender otherwise the government will pay them (militants) in their own coin… we would respond with 10 rockets in response to one fired by the militants.” The fact is that even when no rockets have been fired the security forces have fired countless rockets of wanton brutality against the Baloch who had had no option except to resist the unwarranted brutality. How many rockets had the Baloch fired in March 1948 to be forcibly annexed or in October 1958 for Kalat to be attacked or in 1973 for the elected Ataullah Mengal government to be dismissed and a terrible military operation conducted or for the present ‘dirty war’ claiming thousands of victims to be unleashed with the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and Balaach Marri? There is an uninterrupted history of unprovoked aggression against the Baloch and it intensifies every day.
According to reports received by Sagaar, there is an operation going on in Awaman (Tump), where Pakistani and Iranian forces have joined hands to quell the ongoing Baloch movement for Independence. Gunship helicopters are being used and heavy artillery is targeting the unarmed civilians in the area. A complete shutter down strike is being observed in the adjacent areas of Awaman, including Turbat and Mand. The local people are on roads and protesting against Iran and Pakistan. Sagaar had not yet received any casualty report though, as the conditions are being told by the local people casualties are expected.