The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Balochistan: A Pearl Among the Debris of Nations of Hate, Religious Extremism and Terrorism

A Baloch considers himself or herself a Baloch first, and then anything else. He lives by his tribal code, respects his cultural norms (rawaaj), and believes in egalitarianism. He could be a citizen of any of the numerous countries in the world, but his loyalty lies to his ethnicity, his culture, and Balochistan. One of the goals of the Government of Balochistan in Exile is to unite the Baloch people from around the world so we can collectively liberate Balochistan from its colonizers, the Iranians and the Pakistanis.

Balochistan’s strength and uniqueness in the region lies in the fact that the Baloch culture is secular and tolerant. To a Baloch, religion is a very private matter and they don’t appreciate when others try to impose their beliefs on them. Many who do practice their faith, are moderately religious but they are quite spiritual. It is not unusual to find a Baloch who is an Agnostic, Atheist, Christian, Hindu, Jew, Muslim, Zikri or some other belief.

INTOLERANT NATIONS
Unfortunately, the region in which Balochistan resides is infested with religiously intolerant people. In Iran, most Baloch and Kurds (who are moderate Sunni Muslims) are persecuted on religious grounds due to their conflicting religious beliefs with the majority Shia Muslims. The Iranians either eliminated or expelled the Bahais, Christians and the Jews from Iran. Now they are adamant about “cleansing” Iran of the non-Shia Baloch and Kurds.

In Pakistan, the Christians, Hindus and Parsis are either forced to convert to Islam or imprisoned under the blasphemy laws. Out of fear of persecution by the government or lynching by the Islamic zealots, members of other religions keep a low profile and live the rest of their lives in fear.

The military personnel in Pakistan are systematically trained to hate Hindus and make “Allaho Akbar” as their battle cry to fight India in case of war. These days, they are being trained to think of Baloch as “pygmies” and godless people who worship their Sardars. The Punjabi officer of the Frontier Corp regularly brainwash their Pashtun soldier to kill the Baloch because it is “Jihad” (holy war) to purify Pakistan of infidels.

It is customary for every “mullah” (preacher) in mosques throughout Pakistan to preach hate towards America, India and Israel (in that specific order). They encourage their congregation that it is the duty of every Muslim to wage Jihad against the “Kafirs” (infidels) and kill every American, Indian and Israeli on the planet.

During a Friday prayer at a mosque in the F-7/2 sector of Pakistan’s most liberated city, Islamabad, a learned scholar was giving the usual sermon. An American stood up and objected. He stated that he is an American Muslim and it is not right to preach hate and killing of innocent people. This gentleman didn’t realize that he was standing among intolerant people; the situation became tense and his friend whisked him out of the mosque before the enraged mob could lynch him to death.

During the Taleban’s reign of Afghanistan, the local authorities persecuted the Hazara tribe (descendents of the Genghis Khan the Great of Mongolia) on the bases of their oriental race and religious beliefs. To express their intolerance, the Talebans even decided to desecrate Buddhist religious artifacts by destroying the world’s largest statue of Lord Buddha.

RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM
A liberal Iran, which was ruled by the late Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was toppled and replaced by an Islamic theocracy headed by the late Ayatullah Khomeini. The Iranian clergy imposed rules to promote religious extremism resulting in deaths or displacement of its citizens to other parts of the world. Once they purged their country of moderate Muslims, they embarked on a program to turn their country into a center for international terrorism.

In Afghanistan, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Mujahideen forces began to form a democratic government. Pakistan didn’t have good relations with some of the Mujahideen commanders, especially with the late Ahmed Shah Masood. Therefore, it was not in Pakistan’s long-term strategic interest to allow a stable Mujahideen government to flourish in Afghanistan.

Pakistani intelligence agencies built over 4,000 “madrassas” (religious seminaries) throughout Pakistan, primarily in the Pashtun dominated areas. These madrassas owned the land on which they were built, and they were self-sustaining. They were usually constructed using two economically viable models. One was built as a two-story building so they can have shops at the ground level for rent, and the top floor to have classrooms and dormitories. The second model was built as one huge courtyard surrounded by classrooms and dormitories, and the outside parameter had shops to rent. It was important that there were enough shops to rent in order to sustain these madrassas.

The “Talebs” (students) were systematically taught religious intolerance and extremism towards moderate Muslims like the Mujahideens of Afghanistan and Hindus of India.

Pashtun Talebans (group of Talebs), mainly from the Afghan refugee camps, were brainwashed into believing that Afghan Mujahideens were not true Muslims, and therefore, they should not rule an Islamic Afghanistan. These enraged Talebans returned to Afghanistan and toppled the newly formed Mujahideen government, and governed Afghanistan until the Americans ended their rule. Meanwhile, the Punjabi Talebs were sent into India to commit terrorist activities primarily in the Kashmir region.

These madrassas evolved into centers that trained its students in religious intolerance, extremism and terrorism. Gradually they turned their attention inwards and started to turn against those who differed in their beliefs, especially the Shia Muslims of Pakistan. The root cause of sectarian intolerance and violence in Pakistan are these madrassas. They have now turned into centers of religious extremism.

GLOBAL TERRORISM
The world’s two most dangerous terrorist organizations are Iran’s Pasdar force and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). They are mainly targeting Afghanistan, India, Israel and the US. The Iranians are supporting terrorist activities in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel; and the Pakistanis are stirring trouble in Afghanistan and India. Since the US forces are present in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the Iranians and Pakistanis are fighting a proxy war with the Americans.

Pakistan’s ISI is collaborating with Al-Qaeda to spread terrorism around the globe. The September 11, 2001 attack on the US was planned and executed by ISI using Muslims of non-Pakistani origin so that the blame is placed on those countries that have cordial relations with the US.

Policy makers in the US are mistaken to consider Pakistan as their “ally against terrorism”. American taxpayers are paying billions of dollars to Pakistan each year to combat terrorism. But, in essence, Al-Qaeda is Pakistan’s goose that lays golden eggs; so, why would they foolishly kill the goose to appease the Americans? Therefore, it is not in Pakistan’s interest to end global terrorism, instead they are keen to fuel it.

Pakistan knows very well that they can cover their tracks and easily deceive the world community into believing that they are doing everything possible to nab members of Al-Qaeda. Whenever there is pressure from the US, the Pakistani forces go on a killing spree into the villages of Waziristan and massacre innocent men, women and children, and afterwards claim that they killed Al-Qaeda fighters.

The world has not seen the worse side of global terrorism yet. Nuclear-armed Pakistan collaborating with Iran to build their nuclear arms industry has upped the stakes. Now, the world’s two major terrorist countries have a-bombs, and they are ready to blackmail the global community into submission. Time is of the essence, and the world powers must act fast to neutralize both Iran and Pakistan.

CONCLUSION
The only ray of hope to stabilize the Middle East and South Asian region is to end the Iranian and Pakistani regimes, dismantle their nuclear arms, and revise the curriculum at religious seminaries. It is a long process to retrain the extremist Talebs to be tolerant. But, the rapid economic development in Balochistan will bring positive change, prosperity and liberalism in the region.


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary

Desk of The Government of Balochistan in Exile
The World Baloch Jewish Alliance Building
PO Box 5631

Jerusalem, 91000
ISRAEL

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Balochistan: A Catalyst for Global Change

As soon as the dust settles after Balochistan is liberated, we’ll find out about who are going to be the winners and losers of this upheaval. We’ll also know if the world has turned into a safer place or it’s converted into a perpetual war zone.

Cartographers everywhere will return to their drawing boards and make necessary changes to the world map. Computer programmers will rewrite code to update their software. Foreign offices in every country will train their diplomats to deal with the new reality. Historians will publish new editions of their work. And, the list can go on for what needs to be done to show that Balochistan along with numerous new countries have blossomed and become the newest members of the United Nations.

NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION
United States, European Union and Israel are very much concerned about containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Thanks to Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense (MOD), Dr. A.Q. Khan transferred nuclear technology to both Iran and North Korea, and perhaps sold a few a-bombs to others. So, it’s not only Iran that is a menace, Pakistan is the real culprit in this blatant violation of nuclear non-proliferation ideals.

US diplomats who lived in Islamabad’s ritzy E-7 Sector (facing Margalla Hills) knew very well that Khan’s residence was guarded by Military Police round the clock, and men in uniform from MOD were regular visitors to his mansion for years. It was much later that he admitted to have transferred nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea.

Khan’s Dutch speaking, South African wife, Henny (she holds a British passport) regularly held tea parties for foreign ladies at her house. This was the only way for American intelligence agencies to enter into Khan’s house and plant sophisticated listening devices. Tapes of conversation in Khan’s house are proof that he is just an escape-goat who is taking the fall to cover-up the involvement of the Pakistani government in nuclear proliferation. So, it’s very clear that Pakistan must be wiped off the world map along with Iran.

IMPLOSION
In order to dismantle Iran and Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities, an attack from a foreign country will result in a nuclear attack on India and Israel. Therefore, it is wise to implode these rogue countries from within, and later send outside forces to disarm the a-bombs of both Iran and Pakistan.

The Baloch and the Kurds (considered distant cousins of each other) are ideally positioned to do the task of destabilizing Iran and Pakistan. Kurds have already gained partial autonomy in Iraq, but the rest of their territory is still occupied by Iran and Turkey. The present civil war like situation in Iraq is going to result in an independent (oil-rich) Kurdistan on the Iraqi side. Turkey, on insistence of the US government, will offer to assist the Kurds to start an insurgency in western Iran. In return, the Turks want the Kurds to vacate or end the insurgency within the Turkish occupied Kurdistan.

On Iran's eastern border, the Baloch are already stirring trouble for the Iranians. US Special Forces in Afghanistan are training Baloch insurgents to destablize Iran. It's a fact that new recurits of the Special Forces, who are still stationed in the US, are presently being trained to speak Balochi!

Moreover, the Baloch on Pakistan’s western border have embarked in a fierce battle with the Pakistani forces. This time, it’s not just followers of the major tribal Sardars (chieftains) who are fighting for autonomy, but the Baloch middle-class has joined this “War of Independence”.

Pakistan is using air power to subdue the Baloch forces. Without air support, Pakistan’s ground forces are like sitting ducks against the fierce Baloch warriors in the battlefield of Balochistan. It’s vital for the Baloch to use political means to level the playing field.

Government of Balochistan in Exile and notable Baloch leaders like Dr. Wahid Baloch, Dr. Malek Towghi, and numerous others are working hard to bring awareness to the global community about the human rights violations committed by the Pakistani armed forces against non-combatant Baloch men, women and children. This grass-root movement should convince the US Congress and EU to create a “No-fly Zone” over Balochistan, similar to what was offered to the Kurds in Saddam-ruled Iraq after the first Gulf War.

The US forces have leased three air bases within Pakistan, namely Dalbandin, Jacobabad, and Pasni, and numerous others in the region. Pakistan Air Force is no match against the US and Allied Forces. Once the No-fly Zone is demarcated and enforced, the Pakistanis won’t even have the courage to fly a kite in the Zone. This is going to be a decisive moment in Baloch history as victory against Pakistan's ground forces will be within reach.

As soon as Pakistan crumbles, Iran is next in line. The Baloch forces can then move west to capture the Baloch territory of Iran, and simultaneously, the Kurds will move east and liberate the Iranian occupied Kurdistan. During this period, US and Allied forces can aid the Balochis and the Kurds to dismantle the nuclear arms in Iran and Pakistan.

THE NEW ERA OF STABILITY, PEACE AND PROSPERITY
Although western media refers to Pakistan as an “US ally Against Terrorism”, it’s evident that Pakistan is in bed with Al-Qaeda and with the remnants of Taleban to destabilize Afghanistan. Kashmiri Jehadists are being trained in Pakistani military camps to create terror in India, the world’s largest democracy. Pakistan has warned India of a “first-strike” nuclear attack if there is any threat of war between the two countries. India is currently in a stalemate with Pakistan.

On the other hand, Iran is defiant towards the United Nation’s Security Council to end its nuclear arms program. They are instigating chaos in Iraq to frustrate the American forces that are trying to rebuild Iraq and bring democracy to that country. And, it’s a known fact that the Hamas-controlled Palestine is receiving full support from Iran to create trouble inside Israel.

With the help of the Baloch and Kurds, US and Allied Forces can neutralize both Iran and Pakistan in a short period. The residual effect of this action will contain the terrorist activities of Al-Qaeda and other similar organizations in the world. The outcome of this “World War III” is going to bring stability, peace and prosperity in Afghanistan, India and Israel in particular, and the rest of the world in general.

REVISED MAP OF THE WORLD
Once the war is over, the Kurds will be in control of their newly formed country of Kurdistan from Iranian and Iraqi occupied areas. With the Americans as mediators, the Kurds will amicably negotiate a land deal with Turkey and resolve any matters relating to Turkish controlled Kurd areas.

Iran will be called Persia and will consist of areas that are populated by Persians. On Iran’s eastern Border, the newly independent state of Balochistan will emerge as a regional economic powerhouse. With the help of the Americans, both Afghanistan and Balochistan will decide on how to demark their borders and exchange Pashtun populated areas in Balochistan with Baloch populated areas in Afghanistan. The Seraiki region in Punjab comprises of a large population of Baloch, who will naturally want to join Balochistan.

Pashtuns of NWFP will dissolve the artificially drawn Durand Line, and join their brethrens in Afghanistan.

Chitral, Dir, Gilgit, Kashmir and Swat will form a federation of princely states similar in fashion as the United Arab Emirates. With the blessings of Prince Karim Agha Khan, this region will experience an economic boom and start to look like Switzerland.

Sind’s aspirations to become Sindhu Desh will become a reality. Resource-rich Sind already has a strong economic base and ample qualified people to manage its affairs. Once the trade routes open between Balochistan and India, it will create enormous economic opportunities for Sind.

Punjab will be the biggest loser in the rearrangement on ethnic lines of territories presently controlled by Pakistan. With its large population and being a land-locked country, it will experience an economic crisis. Punjab will try to rebuild its military and then blackmail both Balochistan and Sind with politicizing its water rights. It’s important that international treaties should be signed to guarantee water accessibility to Balochistan and Sind. Furthermore, Punjab should not be allowed to rebuild it’s military as it will have a tendency to create unrest in the region again.

CONCLUSION
With the collapse of nuclear-armed Iran and Pakistan, the world will be a much safer place for everyone, especially for Afghanistan, India and Israel. The losers of this World War III will be Al-Qaeda, Persians, Punjabis, and the Taleban. Therefore, Afghanistan, EU, India, Israel, Turkey, and the US must unite and help liberate Balochistan and Kurdistan.


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary

Desk of The Government of Balochistan in Exile
The World Baloch Jewish Alliance Building
PO Box 5631

Jerusalem, 91000
ISRAEL

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Balochistan: A Democratic, Liberal, and Secular State on the Horizon

It is inevitable that Balochistan will become an independent country. The future of Balochistan is determined by the choices we make today in nation-building. Our decisions could either propel us to emulate the best nations in the world, or drop us in a bleak pit until we cease to exist.

To assure that we are making the right decision for Balochistan, it is imperative that we collectively brainstorm about constructive ideas for our new country. Fortunately, here at the Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile, we have already discussed and short-listed various options. However, your constructive critique will be much appreciated; and if your ideas are viable, we shall incorporate them into our future plans.

First and foremost, the Baloch nation must become a part of the global community of nations. We cannot remain isolated for too long. After all, it was our isolation and internal bickering that caused us to loose our sovereignty in the first place. One of the goals of GOB in Exile is to sensitize the public and lawmakers of modern nations about Balochistan, and to pull us out of our current predicament.

In order to attract any sympathy (and investments) from US, European Union, or any other developed country, we have to project that we stand for a modern Balochistan rather than a mirror image of an intolerant Pakistan, Iran or Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

We should have liberal policies allowing our people freedom to choose rather than choking their human spirit with religion-based restrictions. United Arab Emirates is now one of the favorite holiday destinations for many Americans and Europeans. Over there, you can view men and women playing on beaches in their regular or Islamic swimsuits, they can either go to numerous bars or dance clubs where alcohol is served, or go to the mosque a few yards away and abstain from the various vices that are freely available. It is up to the individual to make a decision about how they want to lead their life; the state does not get involved in such frivolous matters unless an individual violates the law of the land.

Also, it is advisable to have a democratic form of government in Balochistan, which incorporates the Balochi “rawaaj” (culture) instead of a religion. Countries that are plagued by religious intolerance create unnecessary fear among the more liberal nations. The crisis in Algeria, Palestine and possibly in Turkey where the religious based democracy is gaining strength is causing grief for many people around the world.

Religion should be considered a personal choice in Balochistan. We are Baloch first, and then anything else. Among the Baloch race, there are Zikris, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and numerous other religions. No one in Balochistan should have the right to criticize anyone else’s religion. We don’t want to be a nation based on a religious identity.

We believe that Democracy, Liberalism and Secularism are the three platforms that will help the Baloch nation to rise from poverty and ignorance. We must look forward to a bright future, and catch up with the best nations in the world.


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary

Desk of The Government of Balochistan in Exile
The World Baloch Jewish Alliance Building
PO Box 5631

Jerusalem, 91000
ISRAEL

Monday, April 24, 2006

Economic Potential of Balochistan

Balochistan's colonizers, Iran and Pakistan, have used the argument that “resource-rich” Baloch territory cannot sustain as an independent country! According to figures given below, Balochistan has the potential to generate $58 billion per year within a short span after gaining its independence.

The excuses given in the past by the colonizers for totally neglecting Balochistan is that the major constraints in the industrial development have been the lack or the absence of infrastructure, scattered nature of population, vastness of area, dearth of skilled labor, social structure, tribal feuds and lack of marketing facilities.

But, by examining the economic potential of Balochistan, we can prove that it’s possible for Balochistan to transform into a regional economic powerhouse. We have primarily used data from CIA’s World Factbook and other documented sources to extrapolate the following:

AREA
Balochistan comprises of an area that covers 683,000 sq km; 60,000 sq km is in Afghanistan, 280,000 sq km is in Iran, and 343,000 sq km is in Pakistan. The total length of Balochistan’s coastline is approximately 1,000-km, of which 780-km is occupied by Pakistan while the remainder is controlled by Iran.

POPULATION
There are approximately 15 million Baloch in the world. About 2.06 million live in Iran, 8.3 million live in Pakistan (3.25 are currently living in Pakistan’s Balochistan province), and 930,000 live in Afghanistan. The remaining Baloch population is scattered all over.

[Baloch comprise 3% of Afghanistan’s population, 3% of Iran’s population, and 5% of Pakistan’s population]

OIL AND GAS [Revenue: $42 billion per year]
Oil and Gas, both offshore and onshore, can generate a major portion of the total annual revenue for Balochistan. According to the Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP), it was estimated during their offshore exploration that there are reserves of 19 trillion cubic feet of gas and 6 trillion barrels of oil in Balochistan. The GSP research confirms large reservoirs of unexplored onshore oil and gas in Balochistan, especially in Panjgur, Lasbella, Kharan, Kalat and Marri districts.

Existing gas fields in Balochistan supply 45% or 11 billion cubic meters of Pakistan’s total gas requirements that generates $1.4 billion annually in revenue (but the Pakistani government remits only $116 million in royalties back to Balochistan!).

Although Saudi Arabia generates 10 million bbl/day of oil, smaller oil producing countries like Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Nigeria, UAE, and Venezuela produce between 2 to 4 million bbl/day. Balochistan has a potential of producing 2 million bbl/day in a very short period of time. At the current crude oil prices of $70/bbl, Balochistan can generate $140 million per day or approximately $40 billion per year in revenue!

MINERAL [Revenue: $1.5 billion per year]
The main attraction of Balochistan’s mineral sector is its unexplored geological potential. The territory is based on the geological belt with known world-class mineral deposits that could generate several billion dollars in revenues annually. More than 50 metallic and non-metallic minerals have been discovered in Balochistan. Metallic ores are chromites, copper, gold, silver, iron ore, lead and zinc, while the non-metallic include barite, marble, granite, gypsum, limestone, coal, dolomite, calcite, silica sand, and various building/engineering stones.

The Rekodiq project is estimated to produce 200,000 tons of copper and 400,000 ounces of gold per year. Saindek mines produce 15,800 tons of copper, 53,000 ounces of gold and 106,000 ounces of silver per year. In the international market, copper, gold and silver are currently traded at about $5,000 per ton, $600 per ounce, and $12 per ounce, respectively. At the current market value, it’s estimated that just the value of these three mineral deposits can generate $1.11 billion per year.

AGRICULTURE [Revenue: $250 million per year]
Balochistan possesses enormous economic potential in farming, livestock, and fisheries. These resources provide the base for setting up a large number of agro-based industries.

Farming:

Only 2.06 million acres of land is cultivated in Balochistan. Naseerabad, Jafarabad, Dera Murad Jamali and Usta Mohammed and many areas of central Balochistan are considered agricultural regions. Yet, with limitation of irrigation water, yields per hectare of several crops are highest in the region such as those of dates, barley, sorghum, millet, pulses, onions, potatoes, chilies and fodders, while those of rice, sugar-cane, tobacco, gram, mash and castor bean are the second highest.

Livestock:
Balochistan is a pastoral economy. Livestock is the primary source of livelihood for about 67 percent of the population. Balochistan provides 40% of Pakistan’s livestock requirements. The leather, carpet and pharmaceutical industries are the main consumers of livestock downstream products.

Fisheries:
Balochistan has a 1,000-km long coastal belt along the Arabian Sea. It has huge potential for development of fisheries. The enormous fish and seafood potential is yet to be fully tapped.

As the diversity of marine life indicates, the coastline is one of the most productive marine ecosystems of the world. According to an estimate, 60 species of fish and 10 of shrimps, including the best in the world, are found in these waters.

GWADAR PORT [Revenue: $10 billion per year]
Located outside the Straight of Hormuz, Gwadar Port will offer direct road access to Afghanistan, Central Asian States, and China. Its location at the mouth of the Persian Gulf and at the opposite end of the strategic choke points of Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman enhances its strategic importance.

The Port could accommodate 13 multipurpose berths, each 200 meters long with a 5-km approach channel and the capacity for vessels up to 50,000 DWT container ships, 100,000 DWT dry bulk carriers, and up to 200,000 DWT oil tankers.

It is assured that Gwadar Port would usher in a new era of economic development, industrial growth, and efficient communication network. Balochistan will definitely witness rapid progress and prosperity.

GAS AND OIL PIPELINE [Revenue: $2 billion per year]
There are three major pipeline projects on the books. The merging point of all these three pipelines will create opportunities for Baloch industrialists to develop value added downstream industries, such as oil refinery, fertilizer plants, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, etc.

Pipeline #1:
About 1,000-km of the total 1,400-km gas pipeline costing about $3.2 billion connects Iran’s Persian Gulf South Pars gas field to the Indian boarder will pass through Baloch territory. Transshipment fee from this project will produce $500 million per year.

Pipeline #2:
The $2.5 billion, 1,674-km Central Asia Oil Pipeline will connect Kazakhstan’s Tengez Oil Fields to Gwadar via Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. Transshipment fee from this project will produce $650 million per year.

Pipeline #3:
The $1.88 billion Gulf-South Asia (GUSA) pipeline project will have a 1,610-km long pipeline running offshore along Balochistan’s coastline from Qatar up to Jiwani. This project will generate $450 million per year.

US AIR BASES [Revenue: $600 million per year]
Currently, Dalbandin and Pasni air bases are leased to the US government. It is estimated that Pakistan is receiving about $250 million per year for each air base. The US forces spend about $50 million a year locally to buy fuel and other supplies for each base.

FOREIGN REMITTANCE [Revenue: $1.5 billion per year]
The 70,000 Baloch who live in Turkmenistan do not remit any funds to Balochistan. But, from the 3 million expatriate Baloch who are living primarily in the Middle East, it is estimated that only 1.5 million of them are remitting about $1,000/year each to their families in Balochistan.

TOURISM [Revenue: $150 million per year]
By having a democratic, liberal and secular government in place, Balochistan has the potential to attract global tourism to its coastal region. In 2005, over 2 million tourists traveled to Iran and Pakistan. It is safe to assume that Balochistan can attract over 200,000 tourists per year.

According to the World Tourism Organization, 698 million people traveled to a foreign country in the year 2000, spending more than $478 billion; on the average, they spent about $685 per visit. International tourism receipts combined with passenger transport currently total more than $575 billion - making tourism the world's number one export earner, ahead of automotive products, chemicals, petroleum and food.

The tourism industry generates substantial economic benefits. Tourism is one of the top five export categories for as many as 83% of countries and is a main source of foreign exchange earnings for at least 38% of countries in the world. The main positive economic impacts of tourism relate to foreign exchange earnings, contributions to government revenues, and generation of employment and business opportunities.

CONCLUSION:
The Baloch nation must rise in unison and liberate Balochistan by reclaiming our honor, self-determination, and economic autonomy. The Iranians and the Pakistanis are robbing our coastal areas and natural resources, and in return they have kept us in extreme poverty and massacred our non-combatant men, women and children.


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary

Desk of The Government of Balochistan in Exile
The World Baloch Jewish Alliance Building
PO Box 5631

Jerusalem, 91000
ISRAEL

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Call for Baloch Resistance

The message from “Koh-e-Baloch” (mountains of the Baloch) by the Baloch “Sipah Salar” (commander) Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti is that we have waged a “War of Independence” against our enemy, the Pakistani military dictatorship, to defend the Baloch coast, resources and identity. We are fighting for our rights and protesting the unjust economic and political system of Pakistan. In our Baloch Watan (land), the hills in Makran, Chaghi, Bolan, Kahan, Kohlu and Dera Bugti have become our trenches offering protection to the brave Baloch warriors and creating fear in the hearts of the enemy.

Every able-bodied Baloch from young to old must pick up the gun (and the pen) and fight the battle for our survival in our ancestral land. Our enemy only understands the language of force, and therefore, the Baloch will have to battle it out to defend our 780-kilometers of coastline and riches of gas, oil, gold, silver and copper. Martyrdom is far better than living a life of a minority in our own land. Remember the words of Tipu Sultan: “It is far better to live like a lion for a day than to live like a jackal for a hundred years”.

Be forewarned against the intrigues of fellow Baloch whose conduct is similar to past traitors of the Indian sub-continent like Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq. We must learn from the struggle of the Iraqi Kurds who braved the chemical weapons used on them by the tyrant Saddam Hussein; their persistence and immense sacrifices supplemented with American assistance have earned them greater autonomy in today’s Iraq.

We have embarked on a path of armed confrontation with our enemy who is not sincere in resolving the grievances of the Baloch people. Staging peaceful protests, holding negotiations, and sitting in parliamentary committees is a thing of the past now. The time has come for every Baloch to join our armed struggle for freedom. This message is a call for resistance against our enemy's forces who want to capture the land and natural resources of the Baloch people.


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary

Desk of The Government of Balochistan in Exile
The World Baloch Jewish Alliance Building
PO Box 5631

Jerusalem, 91000
ISRAEL

Friday, April 21, 2006

Marginalized Baloch of Pakistani (a.k.a. Punjabi) Occupied Balochistan

The total population of Pakistani occupied Balochistan is 6.5 million, of which 3.25 million are Baloch, 2.75 million are Pashtuns and 0.5 million are other races.

The Pakistani government has systematically marginalized the local Baloch population. Below is a list of institutionalized injustices directed specifically at the Baloch:

  1. The 33,000 strong Balochistan Constabulary has only 900 serving Baloch;
  2. The 12,000 strong Coast Guard has only 90 Baloch on its rolls;
  3. The famous Baluch Regiment of Pakistan Army does not recruit Baloch officers/soldiers among its ranks;
  4. Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), a semi-government company that is responsible for the extraction and distribution of natural gas from Balochistan does not give jobs to Baloch youth as a matter of policy (a few hundred Bugti tribesmen, a major tribe of Baloch, are on the its roll of daily wagers just to appease the local administration);
  5. There are no senior level Baloch bureaucrats;
  6. And, the list of injustices goes on.
No wonder why the Baloch suffer from a sense of neglect, injustice and deprivation. Poverty in Balochistan is twice as high as in other provinces of Pakistan.

Natural resources of Balochistan are being exploited and looted by the Pakistanis for the benefit of non-Baloch. Army troops, weaponry, helicopters, jets, etc. are being used in Balochistan against the Baloch.

The Pakistanis are conducting a systematic “ethnic cleansing” in Balochistan and pushing the Baloch out of their ancestral land.

There are more Baloch now living in other parts of Pakistan than in Balochistan. There is a sizeable Baloch population in Sind, especially in Karachi. Dera Ghazi Khan district, Muzaffargah district, and Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab are heavily populated by ethnic Baloch. And, in NWFP, Dera Ismail Khan district has a large population of displaced Baloch.

Dialogue with the Pakistanis over the last 58 years has produced no positive results for the Baloch. Therefore, the only way to end this blatant injustice is to secede from Pakistan.


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary

Desk of The Government of Balochistan in Exile
The World Baloch Jewish Alliance Building
PO Box 5631

Jerusalem, 91000
ISRAEL

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Nation-building Role

The post-World War II nation-building of Germany and Japan and the current challenging prospects faced by the United States in Afghanistan and Iraq proves that nation-building requires an extensive commitment of financial, military, and political resources for a long time.

The Baloch Freedom Struggle is based on our conviction that if we persist, then one day we will be free from being slaves of the Persians and the Punjabis. We understand that our freedom will require us to shed sweat and blood. Even though we have meager financial and military resources, we are hopeful for a bright and beautiful future for Balochistan.

The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile is not affiliated with any political party. We are a loose group of Baloch nationalists around the world who have decided to structure a skeleton of a sovereign Balochistan state (later to be filled and controlled by Baloch political groups) to emulate other sovereign nations to gain legitimacy among the member states of the United Nations. We believe that this is a very important step if we are to deal and negotiate with other countries.

To achieve this goal, we have the following agenda on our list of things to do:

  1. Establish the GOB in Exile [DONE]
  2. Nominate Head of State [DONE]
  3. Choose Flag [DONE]
  4. Write National Anthem [PENDING]
  5. Organize military force [ON GOING]
  6. Design currency [PENDING]
  7. Design postage stamp [PENDING]
  8. Structure a Form of Government [PENDING]
  9. Create Internet presence [DONE]
  10. Combat Persian/Punjabi propaganda [ON GOING]
  11. Bring awareness to the global community about the plight of the Baloch [ON GOING]
  12. Start a grassroots movement among the population of Afghanistan, European Union, India, Israel, Russia and USA to gain their support for the Baloch [PENDING]
  13. And numerous other activities in our quest for nation-building

Please provide us with your constructive suggestions on how to end the slavery of the Baloch people.


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary

Desk of The Government of Balochistan in Exile
The World Baloch Jewish Alliance Building
PO Box 5631

Jerusalem, 91000
ISRAEL

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Day of Reckoning!

Today is an important day for the entire Baloch (Baluch) nation as we embark on establishing a democratic, liberal and secular entity, The Government of Balochistan in Exile. Our goal is to use the power of the Internet to liberate the Baloch nation. To achieve sovereignty, we are going to structure our Government to emulate other sovereign nations.

Respected Balochi noblemen have unanimously agreed to nominate the Khan of Kalat, His Highness Mir Suleman Dawood Khan, as the King of Balochistan. They have also selected the red, blue, green flag with a white glowing sun as the Flag of Balochistan (as shown above).

Our War of Independence has begun. Baloch warriors have launched a low-level guerrilla-style insurgency in the Iranian province of Sistan O Baluchistan and the Pakistani province of Balochistan. Military forces of both Iran and Pakistan are battling with us on many fronts. Sadly, the Iranians and the Pakistanis are playing dirty by conducting extra judicial arrests and murder of noncombatant, innocent Baloch citizens.

Representative of our Government have contacted political leaders of numerous countries and presented them with evidence of systematic human rights violations committed by the ruthless Iranian and Pakistani government forces on Baloch citizens. We have initiated the process of forming cordial relations with the governments of Afghanistan, India, Israel, Russia and USA.

In these columns, we will also try to respond to all the state sponsored propaganda against the Baloch by the Iranian and Pakistani governments.


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary

Desk of The Government of Balochistan in Exile
The World Baloch Jewish Alliance Building
PO Box 5631
Jerusalem, 91000
ISRAEL