The issues plaguing Balochistan gained prominence in the public discourse following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day, in which he empathised with the people there and vowed to extend support to the troubled country.
Modi’s words have resonated as various leaders of the Balochistan independence struggle have found a prospective ally in India. One such leader, Naela Qadri Baloch, now views the struggle with renewed hope.
India is our friend and we have absolutely no problem in being called RAW agents.
Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Ludhiana | Published:April 22, 2016
The arrest of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, in Pakistan on charges of espionage in Balochistan has brought that troubled region of Pakistan into focus. Naela Qadri Baloch, who lives in self-exile in Canada, arrived in India days after Jadhav’s arrest in Pakistan, and is the second Baloch liberation activist who has addressed public meetings in the country after Balochistan Liberation Organisation (BLO) representative Balaach Pardili who read out a statement from the London-based BLO leader Nawabzada Hyrbyair Marri, at a gathering in New Delhi on October 4. At the time, explaining Pardili’s presence, MEA spokesman had said that India was a home to “all the persecuted people of the world”. Naela Qadri, who addressed a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday, told The Indian Express she is touring India to highlight the plight of the people of Balochistan. She spoke to The Indian Express on the role India can play in helping the Baloch gain freedom.
India, despite its strategic interests, has not been forthcoming in support to the Balochistan freedom movement, says a prominent author-activist from the restive western Pakistani province, rebutting Islamabad’s allegations that New Delhi was instigating separatist trouble there.
Naela Quadri Baloch, 50, also refuted Pakistan’s fresh claims that it had arrested from Balochistan an alleged Indian spy, Kulbushan Jadhav.
World Baloch Women’s Forum demands Implementation of CTBT and Vienna Convention INFCIR/556
Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch
The World Baloch Women’s Forum President Professor Naela Quadri Baloch, Secretary General Dr. Murwarid Amiri, Organizer Afghanistan Ms. Mahkan Naroi and Organizer United Kingdom Ms. Negar HossienBor declared that May 28 1998 was a black day in history when Pakistan tested the made in China nukes on Baloch soil that resulted in sudden deaths of thousands of innocent people who were totally unaware of radioactivity poisoned the air water and soil.
Professor Naela Qadri in 1998 with poster: “Balochistan grows flowers, not atomic bombs.”
By Wendy Johnson
“For never was a story of more woe…”
The Baloch have been protesting features of their ill-fated gun-to-the-head marriage with Pakistan ever since this nation was occupied in 1948 by British-created Pakistan. At times the protests display poetic flourishes, such as the protest signs held in this first ever South Asia anti-nuke protest in Quetta led by Professor Naela Qadri in 1998. Naela’s poster reads “Balochistan grows flowers, not atomic bombs.”
March 27 The Black Day
My dear Chinese Mothers!
Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch
I am writing to you with deep grief and heartache to convey the message of Baloch mothers, a mother’s absorbent heart can understand much by saying less from a mother’s aching heart. Our fourteen thousand loved ones including our daughters are abducted by Pakistan and Iran, we have received one thousand mutilated bodies of our gems like sons in last two years and this is a continuous daily base routine, their beloved bodies had uncountable wounds of severe torture, our women and children are facing deaths due to bombardment on our civil populations, burning alive in their homes, poisoning of water resources, state control on mobility and supplies of food and medicines. We understand this is painful for you but may be shocking to know that all this is baked and backed by China.
Kabul (ANI): The Council of Baloch Elders of Afghanistan in Kabul, has in a declaration, called for urgent measures to stop the genocide of Baloch political leaders and nationalists in Pakistan and Iran.
In a seminar organized in the Afghan capital, the council accused authorities in both Pakistan and Iran of perpetrating genocide and massive human rights violations against the Baloch people.
Participants at the seminar, which was held at the Mumtaz Mahal Hotel in Kabul on Thursday claimed that over 14000 Baloch people are missing and hundreds of their bullet-riddled bodies have been recovered from parts of Balochistan.
KARACHI – Baloch Republican Party (BRP) on Friday claimed that 8,000 Baloch political workers were still missing across the Balochistan, as the military action was still witnessing in different parts of the province, said the party leaders while addressing the press conference held here at Karachi Press Club.