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Naela’s Eventful Trip to India - By Malik Siraj Akbar

Naela Qadri

Diplomacy and civic engagement are extremely powerful tools. Qadri has shown her comrades the right thing to do.

The exiled Baloch activist Naela Qadri is currently visiting India on what appears to be a very eventful trip in order to seek support for the free Balochistan movement. The former instructor at the University of Balochistan, who quit her job in protest against Pakistan’s use of the Baloch land (Chagai) to conduct nuclear tests in 1998, has received tremendous media coverage in India. Even the influential Times of India and the Indian Express prominently published her interviews. (By the way, no Baloch leader has ever received so much consistent coverage in the mainstream Indian media). While there are rare instances of Baloch political activists visiting India (more Pakistanis visit India than the Balochs), Qadri’s visit is an important development that merits attention and will have positive impact on the ongoing Baloch liberation movement.

It is the first time that a Baloch activist has formally embarked upon an international trip with the goal to meet everyone and openly seek support for a free Balochistan. Many top Indian newspapers and television channels have invited Qadri to explain the Baloch aspirations. People generally believe getting too much media attention is glamorous. It is not true about Qadri. She has indeed faced extremely tough questions during her interviews and speaking engagements. Reporters have asked why India should encourage a confrontation with Pakistan by supporting the Baloch when India’s interests rest with a peaceful and stable Pakistan. They have asked her again and again how the Baloch will fight two nuclear armed nations i.e. Pakistan and [now] China which is investing $48 billion under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). She has been probed about the viability of an independent Baloch state surrounded by Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. They have quizzed her what she thinks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s stance on Kashmir. These are in fact hard questions and one cannot offer a black and white answer. Nonetheless, such questions at least help the readers and viewers have an idea about an interviewee’s stance and vision on outstanding topics.

Qadri’s visit is a very mature political exercise regardless of its outcome. Her trip and conversations with Indian media and scholars seem to be an attempt to take the Baloch movement out of its comfort zone. She might not have the most perfect, logical or rational answer to every question she is asked. She has been extremely helpful in addressing fundamental myths about the Baloch movement (such as the difference between Baloch nationalists and Islamic extremists or the status of religious minorities in the Baloch society). She has informed many educated Indians, who probably do not support the Baloch freedom movement but still get mad on hearing about senseless violence against Baloch civilians.

This trip is important for the Baloch leaders to understand how others objectively analyze their movement. The more the Baloch leaders and activists interact with the international community, the more they will be exposed to practical questions. One issue that has kept the Baloch movement from going forward has been the lack of internal debate and disagreements. Many times, people who question the authority figures in the nationalist movement or challenge certain strategies are immediately silenced by being billed as “Pakistani agents”. This must stop. Debates and dissent are like oxygen for any progressive political movement. No one should be afraid of dissent.
In order to know what the world leaders are thinking about the Baloch aspirations, it is very important for the Baloch not only to put their perspectives out there and immediately ask for international support. They must master the art of listening to other people’s points of view, reservations and national interests. For instance, they must listen to the Indians why they are reluctant to support the Baloch and then respond to their reservations with logic and proper arguments. Most countries do not devise their foreign policy merely based on emotions. They keep their national interest supreme. They Baloch have yet to incentivize their movement before the rest of the world.
The Pakistani right-wing media has been alarmed by Qadri’s visit to India. One is not sure whether it is a coincidence that Qadri is visiting India at a time when the Pakistani authorities had claimed only a few weeks ago to have arrested Kulbhushan Yadhav, an alleged spy from the Indian intelligence service, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Had the India-Pakistan tensions not erupted because of the arrest of Mr. Yadhav, the Indian media and intelligentsia would probably not pay much attention to Qadri’s trip. This is indeed a great timing for her to get attention in India.
While the Pakistanis are outraged over the visit of the Baloch activist to India and her public call to the Indian government to support a free Balochistan, Qadri must, ironically, be appalled over the complete absence of Indian support for the Baloch movement. No matter what the Pakistani government says, there is no evidence that the Indian government officially supports the Baloch liberation movement. The arrest of the alleged Indian spy was a great opportunity for New Delhi to settle scores with Islamabad by manipulating the Baloch card to embarrass Pakistan. On the contrary, the Indians demonstrated tremendous restraint while dealing with the whole drama staged by the Pakistanis. Many in India believe the spy drama was not worth a rebuttal. Now, we see that episode has almost faded away. Refraining from a tit for tat approach does not exempt India from its responsibility to condemn violation of human rights in Balochistan since it is the world’s largest democracy and the biggest power in South Asia. After all, we should rightly look at democracies like the United States, the European Union and India to stand up for human rights. One does not have to be a supporter of the Baloch nationalists to have a heart to denounces human rights violations in Balochistan.

The absence of the Indian support and unending state-sponsored Pakistani propaganda against the Baloch, which aims to discredit the indigenous Baloch uprising, must be frustrating for activists like Qadri. However, the Baloch must not do whatever it takes to win the support of the Indians. As a secular people, the Baloch must be cautious in making any congratulatory or flattering remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Baloch have no history of friendship with human rights abusers. That history must be upheld. Modi is indeed a communal and divisive political figure who plays the Hindu religious card as objectionably as many Pakistanis do to justify their oppression of the Baloch. Likewise, Ms. Qadri has the right to concede India’s ownership on Kashmir but as a victim of state oppression herself, she must condemn the Indian human rights abuses committed in Kashmir or elsewhere. It is not smart on the part of the Baloch to overlook human rights abusers in one part of the world only because these folks could someday become “our allies”.

Qadri’s trip to India clearly reflects more maturity in the Baloch movement. There seems greater realization about face-to-face dialogue with people whose support the Baloch will need in their movement. Diplomacy and civic engagement are extremely powerful tools. The Baloch have made very little use of these weapons in the past one decade and Qadri has shown her comrades the right thing to do. Whether she succeeds or fails, it doesn’t matter. Who has ever succeeded in their first endeavor? Not many. Probably, no one (if they were seeking a free country).

The writer is the Editor-in-Chief of the Baloch Hal: Email: Baloch@post.harvard.edu Twitter: @MalikSirajAkbar

Naela’s Eventful Trip to India By Malik Siraj Akbar

14 august Balochistan's 'Black Day'

For most Pakistanis, March 27 carries no serious significance, but for some in Balochistan, the country's poorest province, it is a day of mourning. Using #27thMarchBlackDay
, Baloch citizens and activists commemorate what they say was the annexation of Balochistan in 1948 by Pakistan's armed forces.    

کوئٹہ میں اتنی بڑی تعداد میں وکلاء اور نہتے شہریوں کا قتل عام انتہائی افسوسناک هے – ڈاکٹر اللہ نذر

کوئٹہ / بلوچ آزادی پسند رہنما ڈاکٹر اللہ نذر بلوچ نے اپنے بیان میں کوئٹہ واقعے کی مذمت کرتے

آخرین سخنرانی شهید یعقوب مهرنهاد, اولین شهید وبلاگ نویس جهان.

11th August: The 'Independence Day' of the troubled province of Balochistan

alt ARGHYA ROY CHOWDHURY | Mon, 11 Aug 2014-10:50pm , dna webdesk

Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan occupying about 45% of the territory and bordering Iran. The province is rich in national resources and hence an extremely important source of income for the country's fledging economy. But Balochistan for a very long time have been marred by a separatist movement against Pakistan, with serious accusations of human rights violations labeled against the state. 11th August is celebrated as the province's 'Independence Day'.
According to section of Baloch people, they got independence from British on 11th August 1947. But in 1948, Pakistan annexed the province. Media reports claim that within 24 hours of the declaration of Independence in 1947, the Khan of Kalat formed Balochistan's House of Commons and the House of Lords. On 16th December 1947 Khan of Kalat called a meeting of both houses of Balochistan to discuss the possibility of joining Pakistan. Reports suggest members from both Houses rejected the idea of joining Pakistan. But after that Pakistan invaded Balochistan and took control by imprisoning Khan of Kalat and his family members within the palace. This claim is however disputed by the Pakistani establishment who claim Balochistan consisted of four provinces of Makran, LasBela, Kharan and Kalat. Among them all were willing to join Pakistan except Kalat, but due to a past treaty it was incorporated into the country.
Whatever version of the history one may chose to accept, what is undeniable is that even today the people of Baloch feel a deep sense of insecurity and disgruntlement against the Pakistani regime. There have been several allegations of human right violations which have been raised by different human rights organisations. Human Rights Watch (HRW) believes the violations have reached 'epidemic proportions' and the Pakistani government hasn't done much to stop these transgressions. Human rights violations have been in the form of torture, extra judicial killings, mysterious disappearance of those opposing the military etc.
According to a Caravan report, the mutilated bodies of many of the disappeared have turned up on desolate mountain tops, rotting on empty city roads, or dumped in isolated alleys. Often their arms and legs are cut off, their faces mauled beyond recognition, and their bodies punctured with gaping holes. HRW reported that seventy bodies of missing persons were discovered in Balochistan between July 2010 and February 2011, a period of just 7 months. In January this year, a mass grave was found in Tootak, a few hours from Quetta.
Reportedly, there has been a severe crackdown on those who want independence from Pakistan, with instances of the Pakistan army bombing entire villages inhabited by civilians. In July 2011, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan issued a report on illegal disappearances in Balochistan and identified the ISI and Frontier Corps as the perpetrators. Former CM of Balochistan Akhtar Jan Mengal has gone on record to say that forced disappearances have led to disturbances in the largest province of Pakistan.
The history of Balochistan has been checkered with bloodshed and mysterious disappearances, and this continues unabated. In many cases, separatist leaders have been brutally killed. The Pakistan government's apathy has severely hurt the development of people of this province. The literacy rate is 37%, compared to national average of 53%. Musakel district of Balochistan has a literacy rate of 4% only. Balochistan's human development index is 0.556, the lowest among all the provinces of the country.
The Pakistani establishment has constantly pointed a finger at India for fomenting unrest in Balochistan. But so far they have failed to provide any proof. 11th August is still celebrated as a symbolic Independence Day in Balochistan, but real independence will only come when the Baloch people are allowed to express their views freely.

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Balochistan: Pakistani forces arrested and disappeared over 40 people in Quetta and Soorab

QUETTA: Pakistani security forces have carried out raids in different areas of Quetta and Soorab Balochistan and abducted more than 40 people on Saturday night.
According to details the FC (Frontier Constabulary) and police conducted joined raids in Killi Ismael and surrounding areas in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.
Separately, Pakistan forces also conducted raids in Soorab area of Balochistan.
Over 40 people have been arrested and disappeared from both Quetta and Soorab. The Pakistani forces and media sources claimed that the arrested person were suspected ‘miscreants’.
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21 زندانى سياسى اهل سنت كرد در زندان رجائی شهر اعدام شدند

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آخرين اخبار رسيده حاكيست كه 21 زندانی سنی مذهب کُرد در زندانى رجائى شهر كرج ، صبح روز سه شنبه، به

بلوچستان occupied Balochistan

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 خود ٹرینگ دے کر بلوچستان سندھ جبیر میں تشکیل دیتا ہیے کہ تم جاو وہاں مزھب کے نام اپنا دھشگردی پہلاو اور میں امریکہ سے پسہ کماتا ھوں کہ دھشگرد پاکستان میں موجود ہیے اور اپ مجھے کچھ ڈالر دے دو میں دھشگردی کو ختم کردیتا ھوں دھشگرد خود ہیے اپ کس کو ختم کردیگا اگر ھشگردی کو ختم کریگا تو سب سے پہلے آرمی کمپوں کو ختم کرو کیونکہ دنیا میں سب سے بڑا دھشگردی کا فکٹری پاکستانی آرمی کمپ ہیے ...
ناکو مگرابی ,,,NMB,,,,,,
Sheraz Baloch

Editorial:Bloody attack in Quetta | Balochistan Point

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Editorial:Bloody attack in Quetta A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people including lawyers, media men, civilians and injured more than a hundred at the Civil Hospital in Quetta on 8th August, blast at Civil Hospital came hours after unidentified gunmen…

بحران تفکر و اندیشه در جامعه نژادپرست ایرانی

 انجماد فکری و نبود تفکر تغییر باعث عقب ماندگی همه جانبه از نظر تکنولوژیک، انسانی، اقتصادی، اجتماعی وسیاسی برخی جوامع بشری شده است. جامعه ایران با حکومت فارس محور هم در این بحران گرفتار بوده، تاکنون نتوانسته خود را نجات داده و سهمی در خدمت به بشریت داشته باشد. 

کوئٹہ: کوئی فِکر نہیں - BBC Urdu جِس ملک میں ایک صوبے سے ملنے والی ایک ہزار لاشوں پر آپ سے ایک سوال بھی نہ پوچھا گیا تو کوئٹہ میں اُٹھنے والے 90 سے زیادہ جنازوں ہر کتنے

جِس ملک میں ایک صوبے سے ملنے والی ایک ہزار لاشوں پر آپ سے ایک سوال بھی نہ پوچھا گیا تو کوئٹہ میں اُٹھنے والے 90 سے زیادہ جنازوں ہر کتنے دن تک ماتم ہوگا۔

Failing Balochistan

A month ago Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed by the Indian Army in a raid at a small town in Occupied Jammu Kashmir. Since then, in a

“کردستان” و ضرورت گذار “رهبران” به دوران نوین اندیشه و اقدام

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نگارندە: بهزاد خوشحالی همچنانکه بسیاری از مفاهیم، در حوزه های گوناگون در حال تغییر هستند مفهوم رهبری نیز با آهنگی بسیار سریع در حال تغییر است. اکنون به سهولت می توان دریافت که مفاهیم پیشین از این مفهو

Exclusive interview of Nasrullah Baloch with Balochi TV Online - Balochwarna News

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An entire generation of a city’s lawyers was killed in Pakistan (Occupied Balochistan). The killers are terrorist organization supported by Pakistans ISI !

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The UN must probe the massacre and the continued killings of lawyers in Balochistan

The UN must probe the massacre and the continued killings of lawyers in Balochistan
9 August, 2016
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission
PAKISTAN: The UN must probe the massacre and the continued killings of lawyers in Balochistan
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) joins everyone who is shocked and dismayed by the senseless and brutal attack on civilians in Quetta, Balochistan on Aug 8, 2016. According to the leaders of the Balochistan Bar Association, the attack has killed 97 persons which includes 63 lawyers, and two journalists, the photographer of Dawn and Aaj News channels and injured more than 120 persons including women and children. The attack followed the assassination of the President of the Bar Association of Balochistan, Mr Bilal Anwar Kansi, who called for a boycott of the Balochistan Courts, in solidarity with another lawyer who was assassinated two days before.
The massacre took place when a large crowd including many lawyers had gathered to pay respects to the assassinated President of the Bar Association.
The lawyers have been at the forefront of a campaign demanding the government to take effective action against those whore involved with violence in the region, which has included the assassination of many persons. During the past few months, there have been constant acts of violence disturbing the peace and the stability in the area.
This attack is one of the worst massacres to have taken place in Balochistan, Pakistan. Prior to this attack, there had been calls for the military and the government to play a more positive role in suppressing terrorism in the area and to ensure security. However, both the military and the government have failed to take any special action despite the constant reports of violence and disturbances in the area. Clearly, the government has failed in its duty to protect the people and to maintain the rule of law.
According to reports, immediately following the massacre, the military has authorised the intelligence services to make arrests as they wish throughout the country. The most obvious results of this would be the arrest of many innocent persons and given the previous record in these areas, it would not be surprising if many enforced disappearances and extra judicial killings take place in the aftermath of this massacre.
The AHRC is shocked by the massacre of lawyers in the suicide attack in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan province. The AHRC strongly condemns the barbarity and condoles the death of 63 lawyers. Quetta has been visited by terror once again as terrorists continue to strike, exposing the inefficiencies and the inability of the law enforcement agencies to curb the tide of militancy.
Through the meticulously planned attack, the terrorists have been successful in exposing the vulnerability of the so called fool-proof National Action plan (NAP), a plan made by the security establishment and the civilian government to combat terrorism, which has thus far proved to be ineffective and unable to stop the attacks. Immediately after the attack, ‘Jammat ul Ahrar’, a terrorist outfit of the Taliban, took responsibility for the attack. However the questions to be asked are “Who was supposed to protect the victims? Why do the government and the agencies responsible go on the defensive after such attacks? Who is responsible for the blood bath and who is responsible for stemming the tide of militant attacks?”
The Balochistan chief minister was quick to point fingers at RAW (the Indian Intelligence agency) blaming it for the attack even before the dust from the debris had settled. The familiar state rhetoric of blame game has been reiterated ad nauseam. Why does the state law enforcement spring into action after the damage has been done? Why aren’t any pre-emptive measures taken to ensure the safety and security of the common man?
It can’t be overlooked that the lawyers were specifically targeted to silence the voices of those representing missing persons, extra-judicial killings and attacks on their houses by the law enforcement agencies including the Frontier Corp (FC) of the Pakistan army. The FC has been there in Balochistan for almost two decades. It has police power and check posts all over the province. Besides the FC, all the 19 intelligence agencies are involved in operations against the terrorists. However, how is it possible that agents of other countries can operate in Pakistan? Instead of asking about the failures of the security establishment, the government finds it easier to relieve itself of the responsibility of providing for the safety and security of the people.
Is it a mere coincidence that most of the targeted attacks this year have been against lawyers in Quetta? On June 8th, the principal of the law college of Quetta, Barrister Amanullah Achakzai was shot dead and on August 2nd, unknown assailants shot dead Jahanzeb Alvi, a prominent lawyer in Quetta. All of the attacks appear to be planned measures to silence the voices of dissent and to pave the way for the ambitious China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The ferocity with which the attack was condemned by the Government and Chief of Staff of the Army fell flat when they termed the attack as “an attempt by the enemy to sabotage CPEC”. The blood trail of the economic corridor appears to be lost on the Government. The innocent human lives lost as a result have no significance for the state which appears to be too pre-occupied with its own bourgeois.
To guarantee the smooth commencement of the CPEC project, the Federal government initiated a new phase of military operations in far-flung areas of Balochistan, where there is a general feeling that with the start of the CPEC, the Balochi people will become a minority in their own province. The law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been given a free hand in order to eliminate the terrorists “with full might”. Sadly, the authorities forgot to mention who the terrorists are: Is it the intelligentsia - lawyers, doctors and activists - who have been criticizing the state for its wholesale slaughter of the Balochis? Or is the “jet black” Taliban whom the state is out to eliminate?
In a barricaded and cordoned city, it belies common sense that the planned murders of lawyers have been going on unabated right under the nose of the law enforcement agencies with no one being apprehended for them. How is it possible that the terrorists managed to go scot free, in the presence of check posts and barracks every 1 kilometre? Doesn’t the inaction of the state amount to a silent assent to continue with the barbarity of such a grotesque proportion?
It is a great loss not only for the Balochistan province but also for members of the legal community that feel threatened by the continuous attacks as it is a message from the state that lawyers will be dealt with in this way if they fight for the rule of law and constitutional rights, hindering the absolute power of the state. The assassinated lawyers were from the lower middle class and they were all activists who felt it is their responsibility to fight for the constitutional rights of the missing persons and victims of extra judicial killings, and against the unabated powers of the law enforcement agencies who treat the province as their colony.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) urges the United Nations (UN) to hold a probe into the planned killings of lawyers, through suicide attacks and targeted killings, in Balochistan, where the state has been conducting operations for the past 14 years and where there are thousands of cases of arbitrary arrests, disappearances and extra judicial killings. It is not possible that the Government of Pakistan can have an impartial and transparent inquiry into the incidents as it is itself a party in the violations of human rights. There have been more than two inquiry commissions that were formed in order to probe the enforced disappearances. The commissions completed their work in 2014 but the reports have still not been made public and it appears that the government does not have any intention to release them. Further, the Supreme Court has been hearing the cases of disappearances from 2005 but the menace continues unabated and the Supreme court has not been able to bring the perpetrators of enforced disappearances before the court of law.
The AHRC urges lawyers from around the world to raise the issue of the killings of members of the legal community and show their solidarity with the beleaguered lawyers of Pakistan, at a global level, as they are being punished for fighting for the constitutional rights of the people and for striving to protect democracy.

BRP raised Baloch voice at Israel-German congress

Frankfurt: Baloch Republican Party Germany Chapter President, Mr. Jawad Mohammad Baloch,  in a statement said that a delegation of BRP Germany…