Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A New Pakistan Army Ploy in Baloch Genocide

گیشکورفورسز کے ہاتھوں اغوا ہونے والے بلوچ فرزند کی نعش برآمد
Geeshkaor (Awaran) Balochistan, February 18, 2015: On February 11, Pakistan Army abducted Saddam Baloch, 21, a serving constable of Balochistan Levies Force (government employee) from Sundom area of Geeshkaor in earthquake hit District of Awaran and disappeared him. After that a Pakistan Army official, identified himself as Colonial Kashif, called his father Dr. Sanaullah Baloch to come and get his son released. Initially he hesitated but on February 15 he finally decided to go and get his son released. But when he reached at Pakistan Army camp he was also arrested and put under arbitrary custody. Dr. Sanaullah Baloch was brutally tortured to death. His mutilated body was dumped in Geeshkor bazaar near the Pakistan Army camp this morning and his son's mutilated dead body was also found in the area.
گیشکور(سنگر نیوز)فورسز کے ہاتھوں لاپتہ ایک اور بلوچ فرزند شہید، ڈاکٹر ثنااللہ کی تشدد زدہ لاش برآمد،یہاں آمدہ اطلاعات کے مطابق گیشکور سے فورسز کے ہاتھوں اغوا ہونے والے ڈاکٹر ثنااللہ کی لاش آج ملی،واضح رہے کہ فورسز کی گیشکور دھمگ آپریشن کے بعد علاقائی معتبرین مطابق خود کمشنر قلات ڈاکٹر اکبر نے ان میں سے نو کی تصدیق کی ہے ، معتبرین کے مطابق چودہ فروری کو کوئٹہ میں چیف سیکریٹری اور سیکریٹری داخلہ سے اس مسلئے پہ بات ہوئی تھی جہاں کمشنر قلات نے انہیں بازیاب کرانے کی یقین دہانی کی تھی جن نو فرزندوں کی نشاندہی اور تصدیق خود کمشنر نے کی تھی اس میں لاپتہ ڈاکٹر ثنااللہ بلوچ بھی شامل تھے جنکی آج تشدد زدہ لاش پھینکی گئی ۔ گیشکور کے علاقے زک اور سنڈم سے تمام آبادی کو فورسز نے نقل مقانی پر مجبور کر کے علاقے خالی کرا لیے

Friday, January 2, 2015

Zikris under attack in their own home land Balochistan

AWARAN: There is complete silence around the Khana-i-Zikr in Teertej, Awaran, on a cloudy afternoon last week. The fresh paint on the structure of the praying area makes it stand out among the straw and mud-houses scattered across it. A woman, Naz Zaitoon, sweeps the main entrance leading towards the Khana-i-Zikr with her two young daughters in tow. Soon it will be time for the Zohr prayers and men will start gathering for Zikr, she says.  In a chapter titled Zikris of Balochistan in the book, Oxford in Pakistan Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology, historian and writer Dr Inayatullah Baloch writes: “The principal Baloch sub-groups belonging to the Zikri sect are the Sajdis, Sangurs, Rais, Darzadas, Meds and the Koh Baloch. Some followers of the Zikri faith are also found among the Baloch nomads in the Khuzdar and Kharan regions of eastern Balochistan.” About the sects’ persecution, he adds: “Zikris faced persecution in the eighteenth century by Mir Nasir Khan the Great, the Sunni Muslim ruler of the Khanate of Balochistan in Kalat. At that time nearly all of the sect’s religious and historical records were destroyed, and the information which survives is from the few religious works which were preserved through oral traditions and the writings of non-Zikris.

Fears grow in Balochistan

Growing incidents of religious extremism and violence in the Baloch-dominated areas of the Balochistan province, especially in the coastal region of Makran, are a cause of serious concern, political activists and security analysts say. Last week, pamphlets warning parents not to send their daughters to schools were distributed in various parts of the Makarn region. On December 4, two unidentified men on a motorcycle killed prominent educationist Zahid Askani in Gwadar city. A militant group calling themselves as Daesh – the Arabic name for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS – claimed responsibility for the attack. They told reporters he was killed for promoting an education system that contradicted Islam and the Sharia law. Askani headed the Oasis school system in the region. In July, militants attacked a school bus taking girls to the Oasis school. They toched the vehicle and beat the driver and staff. Extremist outfits have also targeted religious minorities in the region. In late August, eight worshippers were killed and nine others injured in an attack on a mosque belonging to the Zikri sect in the Awaran district. Civil society organizations and Baloch nationalist parties believe that new madrassas and increasing activities of banned Jihadi outfits are hurting the traditional progressive landscape of the province. An education official in Panjgur said more than 25 schools in the district have received threats in August from a little known organization Tanzeemul Islam al Furqan. “The organization wants English medium and coeducational schools to close down,” he said, adding that a number of families had moved to Quetta and Karachi after a forced closure of schools. section of Baloch nationalist leaders and intellectuals says extremist groups are being patronized in the region to weaken Baloch nationalist parties and the ongoing separatist movements.“It is a conspiracy to weaken the Baloch political struggle,” said a Gwadar-based political activist. He said religious charities linked with banned militant outfits were brought into the earthquake-hit Awaran and other parts of Balochsitan, while the government did not allow any reputable international aid organizations in the area.The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has also expressed concerns about the increasing religious militancy in Balochistan. “The rise of extremism in Balochistan province is very alarming,” HRCP chairwoman Zohra Yusuf says in a statement. “That the militants pose a very serious and growing threat to the girl students, their teachers and common people of Panjgur is evident from distribution of threatening flyers followed by the attacks.”

A “Pending Issue”: Pakistani Balochs seeking shelter in Afghanistan

Baloch activists, regional human rights advocates and media reports speak of a Pakistani government campaign of assassinating suspected members of the Baloch movement and other opposition figures (see for example here) and of leading a “hidden war”. Last August, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch urged Pakistan’s government “to stop the deplorable practice of state agencies abducting hundreds of people throughout the country without providing information about their fate or whereabouts.” They also stated: “Balochistan is of particular concern because of a pattern of enforced disappearances targeting political activists, human rights defenders, journalists, and lawyers. Disappeared people are often found dead, their bodies bearing bullet wounds and marks of torture” (the full statement can be found here; one earlier report here). The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expressed “shock and deep concern” over the discovery of three mass graves in Balochistan on 25 January 2014. More than 100 bodies were recovered in the Tootak area in Khuzdar district, 265 kilometers south of Quetta. These graves were suspected to be of Baloch missing persons who were arrested and subsequently extra judicially killed (see more details here). As a result of the war in Balochistan, the trend of refugee movements in the area has changed again. While millions of Afghans have been fleeing to Pakistan over the last four decades, now Pakistani Balochs are flocking to Afghanistan. Many of them cross the border into Nimroz province where Balochs make the largest ethnic group.
“There are at least 1000 of us in Nimroz, and those are just the ones we know about,” says one of about a dozen Balochs gathering inside a humble adobe house in Haji Abdurrahman, a tiny village in the outskirts of Zaranj, Nimroz’s provincial capital, 1000 kilometers southwest of Kabul. Many of the Baloch refugees in Nimroz are struggling to survive. Sukiah Bugti, a 35-year-old social activist, says he arrived in 2010 from Nasirabad district after his brother disappeared; he has been missing ever since. Jawan Bugti, in his 50s, fled his village, Dasht-e Goran, in 2007 after it was bombed. And Wash Bugti, a 21 year-old student, arrived from Sui as a child in 2006. His father has been missing since 2005. These are just a few cases on an endless list. Most live on occasional construction jobs or farming.

Radical madressah networks in Punjab lie at the heart of Pakistan

Deliberately wrapped up in the jargon of ‘good militants’, they were considered a useful cog in our twisted national security paradigm. The fear of retaliation was also the reason for handling them with kid gloves. Will the new counterterrorism strategy really be a game-changer? One is not so sure. It is an open secret that the prime minister stopped the execution of two LeJ militants convicted for sectarian killings after threats from Asmatullah Muawiya, the self-styled chief of the Punjabi Taliban. He was also believed to be the commander of one of several Al Qaeda military cells operating in Punjab. Interestingly, a few months later Muawiya announced the end of the group’s armed struggle against Pakistani security forces, limiting its activities to fighting US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan. Many believe the truce was the result of a deal. Radical madressah networks in Punjab lie at the heart of Pakistan’s militancy problem. Most of the Punjabi Taliban leaders received their ideological training in those hardline seminaries, nurtured and expanded under state patronage in the 1980s. Many of these madressahs are also linked with LeJ, a group closely connected with Al Qaeda. Rightly described as the epicentre of sectarian militancy, the province has also been the main venue of attacks on religious minority groups such as Ahmadis and Christians. The rise of religious extremism in the province is mainly linked to the growth of foreign-funded Salafi seminaries and the failure of the state to check their activities.
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

455 mutilated dead bodies have been recovered while 435 Baloch have been missing in 2014 claim VBMP

پاکستان میں لاپتہ بلوچ افراد کے رشتہ داروں کی تنظیم وائس فار مسنگ بلوچ پرسنز نے بلوچستان کی حکومت کی جانب سے 2014 میں صوبے سے 164 لاشوں کی برآمدگی کے اعدادوشمار کو مسترد کر دیا ہے۔  تنظیم کے سربراہ نصراللہ بلوچ نے جمعرات کو کوئٹہ میں ایک پریس کانفرنس سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے دعویٰ کیا ہے کہ گذشتہ برس کے دوران کل 435 بلوچ لاپتہ ہوئے جبکہ 455 افراد کی تشددزدہ لاشیں برآمد ہوئیں۔  ان کا کہنا تھا کہ تشدد زدہ لاشوں میں توتک کے علاقے سے مجموعی طور پر 10 سے زائد اجتماعی قبروں سے ملنے والی لاشیں بھی شامل ہیں۔  انہوں نے بتایا کہ ان 455 میں سے 107 افراد کی شناخت ہو سکی جو کہ سب بلوچ تھے۔  نصراللہ بلوچ نے کہا کہ ماضی کے برعکس اب لاشوں کی شناخت چھپانے کی زیادہ کوشش کی جانے لگی ہے۔  ان کا کہنا تھا کہ پہلے مرنے والوں کی جیبوں میں پرچیاں ہوتی تھیں اور وہ زیادہ مسخ نہیں ہوتی تھیں لیکن ’اب مارے جانے والے افراد کے چہروں کو نہ صرف مسخ کیا جاتا ہے بلکہ ان کی شناخت کو مشکل بنانے کے لیے ان پر تیزاب اور چونا بھی ڈالا جاتا ہے جس کی وجہ سے لاپتہ افراد کے لواحقین شدید ذہنی اذیت میں مبتلا ہیں۔‘  انہوں نے مطالبہ کہ جو تشدد زدہ لاشیں بر آمد ہوتی ہیں ان کو فوری طور پر دفن نہ کیا جائے بلکہ سول ہسپتال کوئٹہ میں ایک نیا مردہ خانہ بناکر ان کو کم از کم ایک ماہ تک رکھا جائے۔  ان کا کہنا تھا تشدد زدہ لاشوں کی شناخت کے لیے انھیں علیحدہ قبرستان میں دفن کرنے کے ساتھ ساتھ ان کا ڈی این اے ٹیسٹ بھی کرایا جائے۔

Friday, December 26, 2014

America Gives Aid To Pakistan, Pakistan Gives Terrorism To The World

WASHINGTON — Dozens of Afghan students and others from around the country stood in front of the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 7 to demand that Congress cut all military funding to Pakistan.  “We want the international community to stop funding Pakistan under the name of the war on terror… and to stop supporting terrorists in the region,” said Habiba Ashna, one of the organizers of the “Stop Killing Afghans!” protest, to MintPress News. Ashna, 25, who is a studying International Affairs at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, was referring to the history of support the Pakistani army and its intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, have shown to the Taliban and other militant groups, such as the Haqqani network, which carry out suicide attacks and other violent assaults inside Afghanistan. The feeling among the protesters on Capitol Hill that cold, blustery afternoon was one of frustration. “Pakistan constantly says that they’re gonna stop supporting the Taliban, but they go back on their words and end up supporting them for longer,” explained one attendee at the protest, who wished not to be named. Signs at the demonstration said things like, “Taliban: The Veritable Arm of Pakistan’s ISI;” “Stop Making Human Bombs from Children;” and “ISI! Stop Killing Afghans.”  “We’ve had it!” Ashna told MintPress. READ MORE:

The Baloch and Kurdish nations are without a country

Major_ethnic_groups_of_Pakistan_in_1980mappJust as the Jewish people were left without a Jewish state for thousands of years and occupied by others, from the Romans to the Byzantines to the Ottomans, the Kurdish and Balochi people are nations without a country. The land of Kurds is divided between Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and parts of Syria, Armenia and Azerbaijan, while the Balochis reside in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.   Just as the Jewish people never gave up on the Jewish state of Israel, the Kurds and Balochis have never been willing to give up their dream of creating greater Kurdistan, which comprises parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.  The British occupied western Balochistan and were urging Pakistan to invade and conquer the remaining independent Balochi land in order to crush the nationalists and pro-Soviet forces. In 1948, Pakistan attacked Balochistan, occupied the land, looted its natural resources , and suppressed the Balochi language and culture in classic colonialist style. Under the Pakistani occupation, Thousands of Baloch people have been massacred, hundreds of thousands made refugees, and thousands more have disappeared or been tortured and jailed, often without trial.   Details of Pakistan’s human rights abuses in Balochistan are well documented by Pakistani and international human rights groups, including the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (see two HRCP reports here and here). The Kurdish and Balochi dedication to reclaim their land where they could live in peace is similar to that of the Jewish peoples’ determination to fight and defend Israel with all their might. The Jews, Baloch, and Kurds both have a long history of fighting much stronger opponents. Over the years, the two nations have been courageously fighting against powerful countries and mutual enemies of Israel, including Turkey, Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Pakistan. These countries have resorted to brutal use of force to suppress the Kurdish and Balochi national movements, but they have failed to do so. 

Rearranging the Subcontinent

india_pakistan_afghan_bangladeshOf course, Pakistan would not suddenly collapse in this scenario. But it could decay in an exceedingly gradual way that its supporters and attendant area experts might at first be able to deny, even as the evolving mundane facts on the ground would be undeniable. The signs of decay are electricity outages, water shortages, a further deterioration of the urban environment, the inability to travel here and there in outlying areas because of security issues, the inability to get much done at a government office without a bribe or a fixer. Pakistan has experienced such phenomena for decades already; the key will be the increase or decrease in their intensity. A state that cannot monopolize the use of forceand cannot supply adequate public services is weak. Pakistan we know is weak, despite the strengthening of its democracy and civil society in recent years. It already has ongoing insurgencies in the tribal areas, in Balochistan and in Karachi. But will it become steadily weaker? Because prime ministers and presidents come and go, I am thinking beyond the high politics in Islamabad, New Delhi and Kabul and am more concerned with the granular, ground level reality in places such as Karachi or Quetta, or in the other parts of Sind and Balochistan.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Landmine explosion outside Baloch folk singer’s house injures two

QUETTA: A planted landmine exploded outside the house of Baloch folk singer Sabz Ali Bugti in Dera Bugti Town in Balochistan, injuring his son and niece on Saturday.
“The landmine was planted outside the house of folk singer Sabz Ali Bugti,” an official of Dera Bugti Levies told The Express Tribune.
According to him, Sabz Ali’s six-year-old niece Nabila and seven-year-old son Abdul Majeed Sabz were playing outside their house when the landmine went off.
The children sustained critical wounds, and have been shifted to a hospital in Rahim Yar Khan as there are not any proper health facilities in Dera Bugti.
The six-year-old girl is in critical condition, medics said.
The motive behind the explosion is not yet known. However, the Balochistan Levies have started an investigation into the incident.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident.
Dera Bugti is one of the worst militancy hit areas in Balochistan, where clashes between security forces and Baloch militants often take place.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pentagon: Pakistan Uses 'Proxy Forces' in India and Afghanistan

The Pentagon released a report earlier this week that directly condemns Pakistan for its use of terrorist proxies against India. The report, titled “Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan,” is atypically candid and is intended for consumption by U.S. legislators. While a growing chorus of experts and former officials in the United States has remarked that the U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationship is sliding into dysfunction and delusion, the U.S. government has generally kept things civil, refraining from overtly condemning Pakistan. U.S. officials, however, have long privately acknowledged Pakistan’s support of anti-India militant groups. Most notably, the United States’ former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, testified that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence had links to the Haqqani Network.  India, naturally, applauded the release of the report. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs remarked, “If the international community is saying Pakistan is using terrorists as proxies to counter Indian army then its welcoming [sic]. Issue of terrorism should not be segmented.” As one report in The Hindu noted, the release of this report following Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States could signal a coming rapprochement between the United States and India. Historically, Indian officials have remained skeptical of the United States given its long term support — both rhetorically and materially — for Pakistan. By acknowledging Pakistan’s use of terrorist proxies, U.S. officials are saying what Indians have long waited to hear. Amid worsening relations between India and Pakistan in recent weeks, the report will likely reverberate in both India and Pakistan.
India, naturally, applauded the release of the report.

Religion must be a personal matter of the citizens not the system of a state: Malik Siraj Akbar

With reference to Balochistan we interviewed Malik Siraj Akber. Malik is a US-based journalist as well as the editor-in-chief malik sirajof the Baloch Hal, the first online English language newspaper of Balochistan province and a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. In 2010-11, Akbar was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at Arizona State University while in 2012, the National Endowment for Democracy (N.E.D), a Washington DC-based organization, awarded him a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship where he researched the political assassinations, enforced disappearances and attacks on journalists in Balochistan. His writings mainly focus on the Baloch nationalist movement, human rights, press freedom, sectarian killings in Pakistan, the war on terror and U.S.-Pakistan relations. Much to his credentials, He has interviewed leading Pakistani government officials serving in Balochistan and the leaders of the Baloch nationalist movement. In addition to that, he has authored a book, ‘’The Redefined Dimensions of the Baloch Nationalist Movement’’ which was released in 2011.

Balochistan: Dead mutilated bodies are received, changes noticed by right organisation in pakistan

KARACHI: Over time the nature of torture has changed, with the release of severely injured but alive victims being replaced with the dumping of bodies one after another, said provincial assistant coordinator of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Abdul Hayee at a round-table conference on Thursday. Earlier, he said, there was a chance of receiving a severely injured yet alive person. “Now we are receiving body after body, be it of a political or a social activist, which in itself is a warning by the perpetrators, for people like us, to mend our ways”.Mr Hayee and many other prolific representatives of rights organisations and media presented their views at the conference on the ‘Convention against torture in Pakistan: towards implementation and accountability’

Balochistan gushes blood and there seems no imminent desire by Pakistani civilian or military leaders to stem that bleeding

The key component of the game plan is deploying the jihadist proxies to neutralise the Baloch militants as well as to pry away the initiative from the latter’s secular leadership.  The evolving, merging and/or overlapping groups such as the Jundullah successor Jaish-al-Adl (JA), the LeJ and the BMDT, share extreme Deobandism as their creed in which the Shia and, for that matter, anyone that they declare heretics are liable to be murdered. The obscure group Lashkar-e-Khurasan (LeK), which is essentially a conglomerate of the LeJ and JuL, slaughtered seven Baloch Zikris after attacking their zikrkhana (worship place) on August 28, 2014 in Awaran. The unmistakable sign of the deep state’s complicity came when the state tried to manipulate the funeral of the revered Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Khair Bux Marri this past June. The deep state’s operatives colluded with a disgruntled son of the late Nawab, Jangez Marri, and imposed Ramzan Mengal, the Balochistan chief of the LeJ’s political face, the Ahle-Sunnat-wal-Jamat (ASWJ), to lead the great nationalist leader’s funeral prayers. The Baloch nationalist cadres, especially their ladies, who by that time had realised what was going on, had to wrestle away Nawab Marri’s coffin and, ultimately, wrapped it in their national flag and buried him. Both Nawab Marri’s family, including his other son, Nawabzada Mehran Marri, and the Balochistan Students Organisation-Azaad, had in written statements squarely blamed state operatives for trying to hijack the nationalist leader’s funeral and imposing sectarian bigots on the Baloch.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Silencing the Baloch Malalas

p6Today again thousands of Malalas are being vulnerable to circumvallate themselves at homes instead of sitting in their classrooms of schools. This time the victims are the Malalas from Balochistan. A province that had never been threatened by any religious extremist groups in the history before however today is a victim of an unknown religious extremist group that had been threatening female education. Despite the fact that the Baloch had always remained wholly bound with its culture, this particular race had conferred no interest towards religious extremism. The Baloch society is structured on some of its meticulous mechanisms and women empowerment stands out of all other mechanisms. Primarily Baloch populace is a very secular race by the means of religious beliefs and it effusively encourages female education. The biggest example of this fact is the recent protest against the previously unknown religious extremist group that had been threatening female education in the Pakistan-Iran bordering district Panjgur. Thousands of people including teachers, students, their parents and other residents protested against the threats to female education through a protesting rally this Monday. Pangjur as one the very first hub of educational spring in Makran has always remained the nucleus of the driving educational air.  Recently the schools and English language learning centers are confronted by threats to female education through threatening letters and various attacks by a hidden religious extremist group that has been stimulating edginess amongst the female students, their parents, private schools and English language centers from the beginning of this month.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Protest in Toronto to save Zahid Baloch chairman BSO Azad and Solidarity with Latif Joher and Balochistan

Press Release
Toronto, May 18, 2014 – A large number of progressive students, Baloch and Sindhi activists gathered at Nathan Philips Square to protest the enforced disappearance of Zahid Baloch, Chairman of Baloch Students Organization-Azad (BSO-Azad), on March 18th, 2014 by the Pakistani Frontier Corps from Quetta, Balochistan. This is yet another case of enforced disappearances of the Baloch people, who are resisting domination and exploitation of their resources by the Pakistani military and intelligence establishments.  Protesters stood in the rain carrying banners and placards condemning the Pakistani military establishment for the atrocities against the civilian population of Balochistan. They chanted slogans – Stop Military Aid to Pakistan – Shame on the Pakistani State and its Army – Immediate Recovery of Zahid Baloch – Recovery of 18,000 Disappeared Baloch Youth. Speeches were delivered at the protest rally by Tayyaba, Urooj, Ayaz and Zaffar Baloch, President BHRC – Canada. A message of Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur a Baloch intellectual and Human Rights activists was read by Urooj at the rally. The speakers informed the public at the gathering about the gross human rights violations in Balochistan by the Pakistani armed forces. They stated that Baloch people were being denied their basic right to life along with political, economic and social rights. The speakers demanded immediate recovery of Zahid Baloch and all the enforced disappeared persons illegally abducted by the Pakistani security forces. The Voice of Baloch Missing Persons, an advocacy organization run by the families of ‘missing persons’, has compiled a list of 19,000 Baloch missing persons, which include women and minors. Latif Johar, member of BSO-Azad, has begun a hunger strike unto death for the safe recovery of his Chairman, Zahid Baloch. As of now, Latif has NOT EATEN since 22 April 2014 and his condition is extremely frail. Latif has asked student groups around the world to support his call for the release of Zahid Baloch and other Baloch missing persons. Enough support for his cause will also help in convincing Latif to end his hunger strike and prevent more lives from succumbing to this cruel tragedy.
***** We are calling this protest to demand: *****
 1. The immediate release of Zahid Baloch and all other Baloch missing persons.
2. The immediate cessation of military operations, covert arrests, abductions, and raids in Balochistan by the Pakistani state.
3. The immediate cessation of financial and political support to the Pakistani military by the Canadian government.

Zaffar Baloch.