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Balochistan’s alienation

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...Balochistan whose large parts were annexed through deceit and military aggression by the Pakistani state in 1948 has been in constant turmoil and armed conflict ever since. Up till the late 1970s these struggles for national liberation were fused with left currents and socialist ideological aspirations. These were brutally crushed by the military aggression supported by the Iranian monarchy and US imperialism. In the recent period, most of the nationalist leadership’s ideological orientation has moved to a narrow nationalist distraction but the repression of the state has intensified....

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Balochistan: Beware of Pakistanis bearing 'gifts' —Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

Balochistan:  Beware of Pakistanis bearing 'gifts' —Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Then Nawab Nauroz Khan Zarakzai, who resisted injustices against the Baloch, accepted the gift of amnesty on May 19, 1959 on the covenant of the Holy Quran but that pledge was horrendously violated and his eldest son Battay Khan Zarakzai, along with Sabzal Khan Zarakzai and Ghulam Rasool Nechari were hanged at Sukkur while Jam Jamal Khan Zehri, Masti Khan Musiyani, Wali Mohammad Zarakzai, and Bahawal Khan Musiyani were hanged at Hyderabad on July 15, 1960.

The gift of the 1973 Constitution in August that year saw the incarceration of Khair Bakhsh Marri, Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo and Ataullah Mengal within hours. This was preceded by the gifts of dismissal of the elected Balochistan government of Ataullah Mengal in February and extensive army operations in May.

The much applauded gift of ‘freedom of the press’ has seen eight journalists from Balochistan being killed last year. Freedom of expression means nothing where freedom of life is denied, with hundreds going missing and ending up dead. Pakistan is truly generous in bestowing such gifts on the Baloch people.

The gift of Gwadar port to the Baloch people saw the military and civilian land mafias swoop to deprive the people of their land and to change the demography of the area. Syed Fazl-e-Haider, a respected developmental analyst, in his piece, ‘The limping Gwadar port’, wrote: “Pakistan Navy had acquired 584 acres of land with seafront from Balochistan government in 1980. On refusal of the Navy to hand over the land, the previous government (Musharraf’s) decided that Pakistan Navy would hand over only 30 acres to GPA for developing the road-rail-link leading to the free zone at Gwadar port.”

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The quantum entanglement of Balochistan and Islamabad

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Balochistan has been in turmoil since the partition that led to an independent Pakistan with a forcibly annexed Balochistan. Since then, relations between Islamabad and Balochistan have not been cordial. The Baloch have fought against the Government of Pakistan many times since then to secure the rights that have been promised to them. The first insurgency in 1950 was followed by revolts in 1958, 1973 and finally the ongoing revolt which started in 2005. These strained conditions have been exacerbated by a lack in efforts by the federal government to bring development and literacy to the region, which are necessary for Balochistan to become part of the economic and political mainstream. ...

The situation becomes even more tragic when we take into account the fact that even though Balochistan is the most resource-rich area of Pakistan, the people are uneducated, impoverished and oppressed. Their dissatisfaction with the government has taken the form of a dangerous separatist mentality which is spreading like fire.

The Baloch make a strong case, citing years of trying to assimilate into Pakistan but consistently being plundered and laid by the wayside. They feel that their rights have been trampled upon by every government that has trudged by since 1947. Recently, their peaceful protests gave way to violence and sabotage. Instead of trying to control the situation through dialogue, the government responded with brute force. The army was deployed to crush the insurgency and responded to concerned citizens, who reacted to a military operation inside Pakistan, by arguing semantics. According to them, a military operation was in effect when tanks, helicopters and weapons were deployed to achieve a goal. When the Baloch presented the cases of forced abductions and body dumps, the government blamed it on activists.

 

 

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Learn of proud Balochistan and its theft by Pakistan!

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Balochistan in history...

 

Very Good!  excellent history lessen!

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