The son of Naseer Mengal, a former federal minister, Shafiq Mengal set up a pro-government tribal militia known as the Baloch Musallah Difaee Tanzeem, in the latter half of 2008. The original mission of the militia was to defend the local population in the Mengal-dominated Khuzdar, Wadh and Awaran areas of central Balochistan against attacks from Baloch separatist militants. But it soon degenerated into a death squad, killing people for political as well as non-political and tribal reasons.
The Baloch community in the Pacific Northwest peacefully called on the US to end military aid to Pakistan.
Farzana is standing in front of a shop with its shutter closed. I hope this isn’t symbolic of the Pakistani state. I hope they will lift the shutter and humanity will walk out.
Relatives of people who have been disappeared or killed in Pakistan march more than 2,000km seeking UN intervention.
It is the Baloch resistance that now defines the social and political relations in Balochistan and people proudly indentify themselves with Sarmachars
Pakistan's on-off dialogue with the Taliban has been commanding headlines and the attention of politicians and diplomats. But there has been little interest in a dialogue that could end the longest civil war in Pakistan's history, says guest columnist Ahmed Rashid.
The protestors had no common ground with the Punjabis, except a historical resentment.
With Khuzdar Deputy Commissioner Abdul Waheed Shah in tow, the members of the tribunal quietly walked around, mostly picking up and ‘investigating’ things themselves — without gloves.
It is also time to discard the old charge-sheet against Baloch nationalists. They were not the first to start a confrontation with the state; in each round of conflict they can be shown to have reacted to unjustified violence.
People in this country need to be protected from the state, rather than by the state. The Baloch example speaks volumes in this respect