Let this day be a reminder that if we fail to unite as a nation, we are doomed to remain disunited as slaves.
In a nutshell, it seems unlikely that the elections will be conducted fairly in Balochistan due to the army’s presence and the outcome could be no less than that of the 2008 elections, but a responsibility lies on the Baloch stakeholders to find a feasible solution to lessen the agony of the people. While taking part in elections will not guarantee any solution to the issues all at once, it can give a fair share of hope to the Baloch political parties and allow them to gain some breathing space for reorganizing themselves. Boycotting the elections risks paving the path for the army to install a dummy government like that of Aslam Raisani’s and creating more opportunity for the likes of Shafeeq Mengal and Siraj Raisani to continue expanding their reign of terror across Balochistan.
I think Balochistan risks becoming a complete power vacuum if it is not already. Some areas of Balochistan will be totally out of control. In order to reestablish trust, the Baloch nationalists have to be included in the provincial government. But this will produce the desired effect only if they can deliver something to the population, in the form of greater autonomy, within the federal framework for example. It remains to be seen whether this year’s elections will produce the desired outcome.
[Howard Leedham] also agreed to Pakistani requests to use his militia for hostage releases and, more striking still, to support the Pakistani military campaign against the Baloch nationalist and tribal leader Akbar Bugti.
...American historian Howard Zinn explains it very eloquently and forcefully. He says, “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders… Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty.
The state desperately wants to change the prevailing cultural and historical Baloch ethos of tolerance and secularism in Balochistan through religious organisations
Instead of focusing attention on the Frontier Corp or the government of Pakistan and its intelligence agencies for the ongoing mass killings in Balochistan, the ostracized, suppressed and deprived Baloch need to start asking hard questions of their leaders—chieftains and elites alike—about their actions or non-actions that allow this carnage to continue.
Baloch Human Rights Council (Canada) while condemning the recent state-backed attack on the offices of a Balochistan-based newspaper, Daily Tawar, described the precarious situation in Balochistan as a ‘killing field’ of human rights. The process of electing a parliament in any democratic society is a freedom of expression and rights exercised by the civil society – the state policy of silencing the Baloch media at this critical instant is an open statement of war on freedom of expression and the rights of a people.
Six steps to halt the conflict, protect human rights & secure self-rule
A prominent anti-government and pro-Baloch nationalist Urdu language newspaper, Daily Tawar, says personnel of Pakistani intelligence agencies raided its Karachi office early in the morning on April 6. According to the newspaper, a convey of seven vehicles surrounded the newspaper’s office, broke the locks, burnt all the furniture and took away every piece of electronic equipment, including computers, fax machines and an electric generator.