The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan’s recent remarks during his visit to India regarding the latter’s support for the uprising in Balochistan are not only regrettable but also totally misleading.
Apparently the Pakistani establishment understands the political and historical importance of the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) Long March, therefore, desperately tries to thwart this potential political juggernaut.
Journalists face major difficulties in reporting from Pakistan's troubled southwestern province.
Malik Siraj Akbar, a Pakistani expert living in exile in the US, says Pakistani security agencies are involved in grave human rights violations and the abduction of activists in Pakistan's Balochistan province.
While Rs 70m Oxfam project meant specifically for earthquake relief has been cancelled, Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), Jamaat-i-Islami’s Al-Khidmat and Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Al Khair Trust are visible everywhere
IT was a surreal setting. The ruins of a village in Awaran, Balochistan, bathed in the light of the nearly full moon.
The plight of prisoners deserves unreserved sympathy; however it wasn’t the problem of overcrowding which jarred my senses. The figures of prisoners in Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan jails which shocked me; Rehman Sahib wrote, “In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the number of prisoners (8,113) was marginally higher than the capacity (7,996) and in Balochistan the difference between prison population (2,483) and capacity (2,473) was even lower — only 10.” Aren’t these figures amazing despite the fact that there is a long running political insurgency in Balochistan and a state of war in some areas of KP?
Dr. Tara Chand Baloch is the U.S. president of the Balochistan National Party. He formerly served as a Balochistan cabinet minister in Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s government in 1990s. Dr. Baloch, who moved to the United States in early 2000s soon after General Musharraf’s coup in 1999, began his political career as an activist of the Baloch Students Organization. Born in Nasirabad District in 1966, Dr. Baloch attained an M.B.B.S. Degree from Quetta’s Bolan Medical College. He spoke to the media for the first time in many years during an exclusive interview with the The Baloch Hal.
Families of Baloch missing persons march (and march) in a desperate bid to draw attention to their plight.
The Baloch resistance to the unwarranted and unjust military operations – after the illegal and unfair dismissal of Sardar Ataullah Mengal’s government in February 1973, only 10 months after being sworn in – was the most protracted, pervasive and forceful struggle in the province’s history.