Projects that deprive people of their resources and produce hazardous waste in return should be unequivocally condemned.
Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
The Reko Diq saga has had more dramatic twists and turns than those of a gruesome mystery thriller, but its first chapter is still incomplete. And what more pain it will bring in its wake is yet to be seen. Reko Diq is a lucrative piece of land, and according to international surveys, it has estimated reserves of 5.9 billion tons of ore grading and 0.41% copper and gold reserves – amounting to 41.5 million oz.
This saga began in 1993 when Balochistan government signed an agreement with Australian mining company BHP Billiton on preposterous terms, with BHP holding 75 percent and the government 25 percent share on a joint-investment basis, with 2 percent royalty.
However, in April 2000, another Australian company called Mincor Resources took over BHP’s operations, which was then acquired by Tethyan Copper Company’ (TCC) in 2006. Interestingly, the TCC shares were bought by a consortium of a Canadian mining company Barrick Gold Corporation and Chilean company Antofagasta in 2006.
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).
آپریشن گنجال کے شہداء کو خراج تحسین
دشمن کے 195سے زائد فوجی اہلکار ہلاک کرنے کے بعد آپریشن 72 گھنٹوں میں مکمل ۔ بی ایل اے
بلوچ لبریشن آرمی نے 2 فروری 2022 کو شام 8 بجے آپریشن گنجل کا آغاز کیا، جسے بی ایل اے کے مجید بریگیڈ نے 72 گھنٹوں کی طویل لڑائی کے بعد اپنے تمام مقاصد حاصل کرتے ہوئے کامیابی سے پایہ تکمیل تک پہنچایا۔
Feb 2: Remembering the Martyrs of Operation Ganjal
Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
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.
The leaders of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), an organization active against enforced disappearances in Balochistan, met with the German Ambassador in Pakistan Mr. Alfred Grannasn, and provided him detailed information on enforced disappearances in Balochistan.
According to the chairman of the organization, Nasrullah Baloch, they discussed in detail about forced disappearances and human rights violations in Balochistan.
Relatives of the missing persons were also present in the meeting.
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.