Earlier today Pakistani armed forces are reported to have launched deadly operations in several parts of Balochistan including Kalat, Mastung, Manguchar, Isplinji, Nagahi, Koh-e-Maran, Khuzdar and Diagh. Observers say a large number of military and para-military personnel blocked both entrances and exits to the areas and proceeded to bombard the civilian Baloch populations with heavy shelling from gunship helicopters.
A Baloch nationalist leader who supports an independent Balochistan, Nawabzada Hairbayar Marri, has warned that if the international community does not cooperate with the Baloch people to check Pakistan’s support for extremist Islamic groups, the menace would one day pose serious threats to the stability and security of other nations of the world.
Brahamdagh Bugti discusses foreign intervention in Balochistan, the American congressional bill introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, TAPI and IPI pipelines and NATO supplies.
The Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Expertise Training Program will be hosting the Pakistan Symposium: 2014 and Beyond to focus on two critical geographical/political areas in Pakistan – the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and Baluchistan. We will be exploring these areas in terms of governance, economics, and security, as well as the impact of internal and external influences. Keynote speakers (including journalist and author Peter Bergen) will begin each day, followed by panel discussions involving the most noted experts on the region.
We the undersigned citizens, belonging to various sections of Pakistan’s civil society, express our serious concern and alarm at the information-leak from a responsible and highly credible source that there is a serious threat to the life of the country’s leading human rights activist and one of the most influential leaders of the bar, Ms Asma Jahangir.
A one-day seminar was held in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, on the ongoing human rights violations and current situation in Balochistan. The Swedish Liberal Party (POLK) and a Sweden-based Baloch political activist Mohammad Zainudini Baloch organised the event.
A fifteen-point resolution aimed to resolve Balochistan’s problems was passed unanimously at the conference. The resolution calls for an end to the ongoing military operation in the insurgency-hit province, and the withdrawal of military and paramilitary troops from Balochistan.
Pakistani forces continue to kill the cream of Baloch nation by abducting, torturing and extra-judicially killings Baloch activists, students, leaders, lawyers, teachers, intellectuals and journalists. So far, more than four hundred bullet-riddled and mutilated dead bodies have been found in desolated places of different areas of Balochistan.
A front for Lashkar-e-TAiba, Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), has planned to focus on developmental and welfare projects in Balochistan as grievances of Balochistan can “only be resolved by JuD”, claimed Hafiz Abdur Rauf, the chairman of JuD’s charity, Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation Pakistan (FIFP).
There has been quite a stir since I introduced a resolution this year calling for recognition of the right to self-determination by the people of Baluchistan. I drafted the measure after a Feb. 8 hearing by the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations that exposed horrific violations of human rights by Pakistan security forces in Baluchistan.