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Deadly operation in Dera Bugti, 11 Innocent Baloch killed dozens abducted by Pakistan

Deadly operation in Dera Bugti, 11 Innocent Baloch killed dozens abducted by Pakistan | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Occupied Balochistan: Occupying Pakistani Forces continued deadly operation in Kaliri, Pashani, Marv and adjoin area of Dera Butgi Balochistan. reposrt of heavy casualties. According to details tha...

 

According to details that Pakistani Security Froces continues deadly operation in Dera Bugti and adjoin areas. local sources conformed that 11 innocent villagers got martyrdom including children and women’s. The Names of Martyred people are Abdul Rehman, Mrs abdul rehman and his Four innocent children, Hangal s/o Lal khan, Guda / ezzat Bandili s/o mir dost .Gul mohd s/o pir mohd, Duro s/o rasool bux, Karim bux s/o jamal, Bari s/o pir mohd, jalal s/o dhani bux.

 

local sources aslo conformed that Helicopters and f-16 Jet Fighters also participating in Operation.

 

Mir Sher Mohammad Bugti the Central spokesman of Baloch Republican Party write on his twitter account that Brutal Pakistani forces continues heavy operation in Dera Bugti and adjoin areas, Mr Bugti Further said that 11 people got martyrdom in operation and dozens of Bugti tribesman were also abducted by Occupying pakistani forces during in operation in Different areas of Dera Bugti.

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Balochistan resolution could dent Pak-US ties: Khar

Balochistan resolution could dent Pak-US ties: Khar | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday said that Balochistan was Pakistan’s internal matter and it could only be solved by Balochistan Assembly not the US Congress.

 

While talking to scholars and senior analysts at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), Khar said that resolution moved in the US Congress regarding Balochistan was unacceptable and it could only aggravate Pakistan’s already estranged ties with US.

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Media Team- SASFOR: Does Foreign Minister Khar really believe that the Politicos’ are in charge?

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No talks unless military kicked out, say Baloch leaders

No talks unless military kicked out, say Baloch leaders | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

There’s an increasing sense of urgency about Balochistan on the political stage, and as the violence continues, the conditions for negotiations continue to get more stringent.


In a recent meeting with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan, Baloch nationalist leaders sent out a clear message. It’s a zero sum game now: Unless the military is kicked out of the province and abductions of Baloch people allegedly by the intelligence agencies come to an end, all other measures to address the province’s concerns will fall flat.


The PTI chief met former Balochistan Chief Minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal and exiled Baloch nationalist Harbiyar Marri in a bid to appease the province’s leaders and formulate a strategy to address Balochistan’s grievances. After the meeting, Khan said such a strategy would be outlined soon.
The nationalist leaders, however, remain understandably cautious.


“Baloch leaders told Imran Khan that, in the presence of military and intelligence agencies on the soil of Balochistan, there cannot be any meaningful dialogue or discussion on the issue,” said a source privy to the meetings.


On the other hand, it appears that Imran remains one of the few political leaders that the nationalist leaders are still willing to talk to.


“Mengal, Marri and other leaders conveyed to Imran that … the PTI chairman was amongst those leaders where the trust deficit was at a minimum,” the source added.


The meeting also seems to have spurred Imran to switch his party’s focus from corruption to the Balochistan issue. It is important to note that PTI’s next rally is scheduled to take place in Quetta.

 

Taking his party members into confidence over his meeting with the Baloch leaders, Imran is quoted to have said that the matter should become the number one priority for PTI, adding that the issue is seriously threatening national integrity.


He directed the party’s think-tank to come up with meaningful proposals on Balochistan, which will be made part of the PTI’s upcoming manifesto. One of the more radical proposals on the table is to shift the federal capital and government to Quetta in order to enable massive and quick development.


However, the source added a caveat. According to the source, Imran could not assure the Baloch leaders if he could a play a role in addressing the grievances raised by them at the meeting.


In April, the source added, the PTI will hold a public meeting in Quetta where it will announce “complete solidarity with the Baloch people and unveil their strategy on the issue of Balochistan”.
“The party is gearing up for the rally and it will be a symbol of national integration as many Baloch leaders will be invited,” said the source.


Imran, however, will be addressing a crowd tough to please. “At the moment, even moderate Baloch like Mahmood Achakzai are hard to convince. (The leaders) want to talk to Imran Khan but only if he can guarantee the withdrawal of troops from Balochistan,” the source emphasised once again.

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Time for Solidarity with Balochs

Time for Solidarity with Balochs | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

By B. Raman

 

1.The Killing Fields of Balochistan have started shocking the conscience of the international community. Not only non-governmental human rights organisations, but even Governmental spokesmen of other countries---including a spokesperson of the US State Department in response to Tweets on the sufferings of the Balochs--- have started getting over their hesitation in expressing their concern over the steady flow of reports from Balochistan about the atrocities committed by the Pakistani security forces on the people of Balochistan.


2. The atrocities have taken many forms. Brutal killing of the Baloch youth in false encounters for opposing State repression. Custodial deaths of Baloch youth rounded up by the security forces for interrogation on their suspected association with the on-going freedom struggle. Hundreds of missing Balochs, who were rounded up by the Security Forces for interrogation and who have since disappeared from public view and public conscience. Frequent recoveries of dead bodies of Baloch youth here, there, everywhere after they were allegedly tortured to death. Despite all this, the Baloch freedom struggle continues unabated.


3. Even the conscience of right-thinking sections of the Pakistani civil society have been shocked by the atrocities committed on the Balochs by the Pakistani security forces which bring to mind the atrocities committed on the Bengalis of the then East Pakistan before 1971.


4. Balochistan is the largest State in Pakistan with the smallest population as compared to East Pakistan which had more people than the then West Pakistan. The atrocities committed by the Pakistani Security Forces in East Pakistan led to the exodus into India of millions of Bengalis. They brought with them dramatic accounts of what was happening in East Pakistan shocking our conscience and that of the international community.


5. There has been no similar exodus of the Balochs. Balochs fleeing from the crushing boots of the Pakistani Security Forces have nowhere to go. They can’t flee into Iran which has been brutally suppressing a freedom struggle of its own Balochs. They can’t flee into Afghanistan which continues to be in a state of war. They can’t flee to other parts of Pakistan which will not accept them.


6. They find themselves bottled up in Balochistan---- slowly and brutally killed one after the other without the rest of the world coming to know about the details. The Baloch diaspora in the West is very small. It is unable to play an effective and articulate role in drawing attention to the goings-on in Balochistan. It is trying bravely to do so, but with very limited success.


7. Even though the Western world has started showing signs of being disturbed by reports suggesting a systematic genocide of the Balochs by the Pakistani Security Forces, they are unable to go beyond expressing lip sympathy for the bleeding Balochs.


8. Against this background, the Balochs have been bewildered by the silence of Governmental and non-Governmental India. The Indian Government has been understandably silent because at a time when it has been trying to improve its relations with Pakistan it would find it difficult to come out openly in moral---if not material---support of the Balochs.


9. But why is the Indian civil society silent? Why is non-Governmental India silent? Why is the world of the Indian media silent? Why are well-known TV personalities like Barkha Dutt, Srinivasan Jain, Sonia Singh, Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose, Suhasini Haider, Rahul Kanwal, Karan Thapar, Arnab Goswami silent? Why is the Indian print media silent? Why are the opposition political forces observing a silence in the matter? Why has the Indian strategic community closed its eyes to Balochistan?


10. We do not have to be defensive just because some sections of our Jammu & Kashmir continue to be alienated. But we do not deal with the alienated sections of J & K the way the Pakistanis have been dealing with the Balochs. Despite occasional acts of violence, we have a thriving democracy in J&K. The Kashmiris are more prosperous than the people in many other parts of India. We have not imposed an Iron Curtain in J&K as Pakistan has imposed one in Balochistan. We ought to be proud of the way we have been dealing with the insurgencies in J & K and the North-East in a humanitarian manner despite occasional aberrations.


11. Let us not allow allegations that emanate from time to time from Pakistan regarding J&K inhibit us from expressing our solidarity with the suffering people of Balochistan. One understands that the Government cannot be articulate and active in this matter. But the civil society has to be articulate and active in giving vent to its shock and anguish over the reports of the suppression of the Balochs.


12. The Baloch youth have shown over the last four or five years that they are capable of keeping their freedom struggle sustained on their own without the need for external support. But they do need the moral solidarity of the Indian civil society. They deserve it.


13. The time for expressing our moral solidarity with them has come.

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PAKISTAN: Army creates an organization to kill intellectuals and activists in Balochistan, in the name of peace

PAKISTAN: Army creates an organization to kill intellectuals and activists in Balochistan, in the name of peace | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
An organization claiming to work for the restoration of peace in Balochistan province has confessed to the killings of many activists, and has announced its intention to kill 35 more activists on its hit list in recent weeks.

 

It is alleged that the organization, Tehreek-e-Nefaz-e-Aman Balochistan (TNAB; movement for the restoration of peace in Balochistan), has been formed by secret agencies, particularly by the ISI, to crush the nationalist movement, which is against military intervention in the province and does not allow the people of Balochistan to control their rich natural resources.

 

Tehreek-e-Nefaz-e-Aman Balochistan is said to be the armed wing of Mutahida Mahaz Balochistan (United Front Balochistan), a political party headed by Siraj Raisani, the brother of provincial chief minister Aslam Raisani. The armed wing claims to have support from the custodians of Pakistan to restore peace in Balochistan. The chief minister is also not happy with the misuse of powers by the army and Frontier Corps (FC) in dealing with the law and order situation and his younger brother opted to disassociate himself from his brother’s politics.

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Balochistan will not remain with Pakistan: Top Baloch leader

Balochistan will not remain with Pakistan: Top Baloch leader | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
A senior Baloch nationalist leader warned that Balochistan would not "remain with" Pakistan if extra-judicial killings and excesses by security forces in the restive province were not stopped immediately.

 

If steps were not taken immediately to halt the extra-judicial killing of Baloch nationalists and to engage them in a dialogue, then "Balochistan will not remain with you" (Pakistan), said Sardar Ataullah Mengal, a senior leader of the Balochistan National Party.

 

He made the remarks while addressing a televised news conference with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif in Karachi. Sharif said he met Mengal to discuss ways to address the grievances of the Baloch people and to strengthen democracy in the province.

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EDITORIAL: Killings in Balochistan continue

EDITORIAL: Killings in Balochistan continue | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it

When people all over Pakistan will be celebrating Eid-ul-Azha, the people of Balochistan will be mourning their loved ones. The responsibility for this lies with the Pakistan military, its intelligence agencies and the Frontier Corps (FC). The entire nation should be ashamed of the brutalities unleashed by the military against its own people in Balochistan. Javed Naseer Rind, a young journalist, was abducted in September and his tortured, bullet-riddled body was found the other day in the province. More than a dozen Baloch, including women, were killed last week in less than 24 hours during a military campaign in Balochistan; the same week when the FC was placed under the provincial government of Balochistan. The fifth military operation of our history is underway against the people of Balochistan but it seems that the rest of Pakistan remains oblivious to it. The apathy of the government and the nation is something that has further alienated the Baloch from the Pakistani state. Thus a new wave of separatism has found resonance in Balochistan. The lessons from 1971 have not been learnt.

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BAAGHI:The ‘anti-state’ Sarmachars of Balochistan- by Marvi Sirmed

BAAGHI:The ‘anti-state’ Sarmachars of Balochistan- by Marvi Sirmed | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
The establishment of so many cantonments and military bases in Balochistan, which are seen among the Baloch as consolidating the army’s involvement in their area, was not only supported but excessively used by the US for years, especially in the last 10 years

 

After US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s sudden attention to Balochistan, the Pakistani media went bonkers to protect the proverbial ‘sovereignty’ of our country — a cause championed by the security establishment and most of its mouthpieces in the media as well as political circles and civil society. Emerging from the fathoms of near oblivion to almost a dozen Op-Eds in the mainstream press daily, Balochistan is now the darling of the prime time TV cupola as well.


If the anchors and columnists want to sound more profound, and if they run out of words to express the imperiousness of the US Congress for interfering in Pakistan’s internal matters, they would endlessly repeat almost clichéd references to 1971 with emphasis on giving ‘due importance to the Baloch problem’. The umpteen ‘political analysts’ and ‘Balochistan experts’ religiously recount the current government’s failure to address the issue despite the latter’s trumpeted mantra of ‘democracy, the greatest revenge’. Such talk would be garnished with admonishing the ‘irresponsibility’ of the Baloch nationalists in attacking innocent citizens of ethnicities other than the Baloch.


What goes completely missing from this narrative is the origins of the conflict, the response of the state to the centrifugal nature of Baloch nationalism and the ever deteriorating civil-military relations in Balochistan, which now seem to have reached the point of no return.

 

The way Balochistan was made to accede to Pakistan goes missing from the textbooks alongside any reference to the military operations carried out in 1948, 1958-59, 1962-68, 1973-77 and the current surge starting from 2002 to date. The result is a general apathy towards Balochistan in the rest of the country with almost no understanding of the surges in historically seeded ethno-nationalism in Balochistan, described as ‘Baloch insurgencies’ in the mainstream media. The same media gives prime space to opinion makers who describe Taliban insurgents as ‘freedom fighters’.

 

No wonder one finds so many people in upper Punjab and Islamabad who take Baloch nationalists as ‘traitors’, while the Taliban militants as flag bearers of Muslim nationalism.

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Balochistan and its ‘jealous husband’

Balochistan and its ‘jealous husband’ | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
To me, the Centre acts like a suspic­ious husban­d with Baloch­istan, always in doubt of the latter’s loyalt­y, fideli­ty.

 

When she last visited Islamabad, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a Pakistani woman tell her, during a town hall-style meeting in Islamabad, that the relationship between America and Pakistan was that of an unappreciative mother-in-law (the mother-in-law of course being America). A similar analogy also applies to Islamabad’s relationship with Balochistan. To me, the Centre acts like a suspicious husband with Balochistan, always in doubt of the latter’s loyalty and fidelity.

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Balochistan resolution in US Congress drives Pakistan crazy

Balochistan resolution in US Congress drives Pakistan crazy | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Pakistan's top leaders reacted angrily to a resolution tabled in the US Congress seeking the right to self-determination for Baloch people.

 

A resolution moved by a group of US Congressmen calling for right to self-determination for the Baloch people has driven Pakistan to hysteria, with its leaders from the Prime Minister down questioning Washington's commitment to the country's sovereignty.

 

Following a Congressional hearing last week on the human rights situation in Balochistan, the Obama administration had assured Islamabad that it is committed to the country's unity and integrity, but suspicion runs deep in Pakistan that Washington is intent on fingering the country on account of its covert support for terrorists.

 

Some hardline American analysts have suggested that the Washington help the Baloch break away from the federation so that American and Nato forces can have unfettered access to landlocked Afghanistan, given how Pakistan has been holding the US to ransom. 

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Baloch plight attracts US attention amid tense ties with Pak

Baloch plight attracts US attention amid tense ties with Pak | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Baloch separatists achieved a significant diplomatic breakthrough on Friday, getting the US administration to recognize their grievances against the Pakistani state and persuading Washington to urge Islamabad to address their issues through dialogue.

 

At a time of tense relations with Islamabad, the Obama administration chose a social media platform to air its concern about the plight of the Baloch, whose complaints about targeted killings and other human rights abuse has gone largely unnoticed by the world. The State Department on Friday responded to a question on Twitter from a Baloch nationalist on the subject, saying ''This was a very popular question on our feed, so we wanted to make sure that we answered it today.''

 

''The United States is deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Baluchistan, especially targeted killings, disappearances and other human rights abuses,'' spokesperson Victoria Nuland continued, adding that Washington takes the allegations of human rights abuses ''very seriously'' and had discussed these issues with Pakistani officials.

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Balochistan: Pakistan's other war

Balochistan: Pakistan's other war | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
Baloch politicians and leaders share their vision of self-determination and freedom from Pakistani rule.

 

The ongoing conflict is often called Pakistan's dirty war, because of the rising numbers of people who have disappeared or have been killed on both sides.

 

But the uprising against Pakistan's government has received little attention worldwide, in part because most eyes have been focused on the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in other areas of Pakistan.

 

Bordering Iran and Afghanistan, Balochistan remains notorious for cross-border smuggling and has more recently been infiltrated by former members of the Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives. Few outsiders gain access or permission to travel in the region.

 

Al Jazeera's Ahmad Zaidan travelled to Balochistan to meet with key Balochi politicians who explain the history and current circumstances of the region and to get an exclusive interview with the leader of the Balochistan rebel movement seeking secession from Pakistan.

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Balochistan at point of no return: Ataullah Khan Mengal

Balochistan at point of no return: Ataullah Khan Mengal | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
KARACHI: PML-N president Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with BNP head Ataullah Khan Mengal, Geo News reported. Speaking to the media after the me ...

 

“The existing conditions have led to Balochistan reaching the point of no return,” Mengal said adding that the situation was not in his control anymore and talks would need to be held with the youth present on the mountains of the province.

 

The BNP head criticised the atrocities which were taking place in Balochistan and questioned why there was no action by the Army.

 

Nawaz Sharif said Mengal’s concerns were legitimate and atrocities were being committed in Balochistan.

 

“My party will fight the case for Balochistan. We love Balochistan and it is an important part of Pakistan,” Sharif said.

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