The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Ayesha Tanzeem, BBC Correspondent in New York, Interviews Mir Azaad Khan Baloch

Exile Government in Jerusalem: Baloch Renouncement
A website claims to be the official website of the Government of Balochistan in Exile!

New York, N.Y. -- According to the website, on 18 April 2006, a few Baloch nationalists got together and formed this Government, and through their "Official Blog" on the Internet, they are making the world aware of it.

The names of people who formed the Government or anything about them are not mentioned on the site, but the person who runs the site, his name and description are surely listed.

A person named Mir Azaad Khan Baloch claims that he is the General Secretary of this Government and their headquarter is based in Jerusalem, Israel.

But, when BBC wanted to contact him, instead of giving an Israeli phone number, he gave an American one. He reasoned that he has an American number on roaming so that his colleagues in Pakistan and Iran don’t have to dial an Israeli number. Even though BBC requested and promised that his number will be kept secret, he was not willing to give out any Jerusalem number.

He said that the reason this headquarter is based in Jerusalem is because he lives there. Besides, they didn’t want to open an office in a country that has diplomatic relations with either Pakistan or Iran, and where his colleagues could be in danger.

When the website was started, he had introduced himself as a “Baloch Jew”, and stated that the place of this headquarter was “Jerusalem, Israel”. But, since giving an interview to BBC, he has revised it and wrote “Jewish Nationalist” and headquarters in “Middle East”.

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch also claims that they have nominated Khan of Kalat as the King of this Government. But, he confessed that Khan of Kalat has not responded yet.

He said that at present, the total expenses of this Government are covered with personal funds, and they are not receiving any help from the Israeli government. But, if Israeli government wants to assist, then they will happily accept this help because according to him, the Baloch are secular; and first and foremost they are Baloch, and then they are Muslims, Hindus, Christians or Jews.

In regards to the records of Israel’s human rights violations, he said that they have kept themselves away from International politics and have nothing to do with Israel’s “internal matters”. Their only objective is the liberation of the Baloch nation.

He says that Balochistan is occupied by Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, and they are especially involved in the struggle to liberate Baloch nation from Pakistan and Iran. According to him, Afghanistan is considered an ally.

In Pakistan, Baloch leaders, Akhtar Mengal and Shahid Bugti, claimed that they are unaware of the existence of this Government. According to both leaders, neither anyone has contacted them about such a Government nor they have seen this website.

But Jamhoori Watan Party’s representative Shahid Bugti stated about the struggle of his party, “Our struggle continues, and it's neither for independence nor it's to breakup the country. Whatever mode we use for our struggle, it's being done especially for Balochistan’s political and economic rights.”

He emphasized that prior to talking about this website or anything related to it, one must look at different possibilities:

“These days, it’s not a difficult task to make websites. With 5 or 10 thousand Pakistani Rupees you can make a website with any name.”

Shahid Bugti said, "It is not necessary that this website is genuine. It is possible that someone is playing a joke. Or maybe some agency built it to spoil the public image of the current struggle in Balochistan."

According to Balochistan National Party leader Akhtar Mengal, "It's strange that their office is in Jerusalem, Israel, and that the political parties here are unaware of it."

In the US, the president of the Balochistan Society, Dr. Wahid Baloch, told BBC that although he fully supports the messages on this website which are related to the freedom of the Baloch, but he doesn't know anything about the person who setup this website nor the exile Baloch government.



Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile
http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com

5 Comments:

  • LETTER FROM BBC:

    Dear Mr. Khan Baloch,

    While you are free to link or refer to a BBC article about your blog, could you please not use the BBC logo with any of your own graphics. You would agree it gives an impresson as if the BBC Urdu logo and your flag were part of the same image.

    I would be grateful if you made the necessary change.

    best
    waheed mirza

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/
    -----------------------------------

    RESPONSE FROM GOB(EXILE):

    Dear Mr. Mirza,

    Thank you for your email. We value your concerns, but we don't believe that the image used on our blog gives an impression as if the BBC Urdu service graphics and our flag were part of the same image. We trust that our readers have enough common sense and intelligence to decipher the image, and not err in believing that BBC and GOB(Exile) have joined forces to wage a "War of Words" against Pakistan.

    You would agree that Ms. Ayesha Tanzeem's article is critical of GOB's credentials. So, any reference that we make or offer any web links on our blog to Ms. Tanzeem's article or BBC is definitely harming our struggle for Baloch freedom, and not benefiting us. It's clear from our action that we are not profiting by using graphics that refer to BBC nor are we smearing BBC's credibility.

    Also, you know very well that a blog is not a product for sale at a supermarket that requires fancy packaging and a brand name. It's simply a piece of writing that the reader must read to get any utility from it.

    Therefore, using a graphic image that depicts BBC is not going to affect the quality of the writing nor is it going to drive any additional traffic to our blog. The fact is that the title of our blog article, "Ayesha Tanzeem, BBC Correspondent in New York, Interviews Mir Azaad Khan Baloch" is what shows up on search engines and drives traffic to our blog.

    A learned person like you should be least bothered by such frivolous issues dealing with graphics. It would be more appropriate if you had taken the time to criticize our translation of Ms. Tanzeem's article.

    But, since you didn't find any problem with the real issue, we consider this matter closed.


    Sincerely,

    Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
    General Secretary
    The Government of Balochistan in Exile

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Sunday, May 28, 2006  

  • Very Good Answer to this Pakistani (Punjabi) agent Waheed Mirza. They are now feeling the heat despite ignoring the fact that GOB is real and it can not be undermined.

    You go Azaad Baloch!

    Long Live GOB. Long Live Balochistan.

    Dell Gosh Baloch

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, May 29, 2006  

  • Dear Dell Gosh Baloch,

    Thank you for your encouraging comment. Nothing is going to deter us from our path to liberate Balochistan.

    Viva Balochistan!

    Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
    General Secretary
    The Government of Balochistan in Exile

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Monday, May 29, 2006  

  • This e mail from BBC has nothing to do with the actual BBC authorities who makes such decisions about use of their logo and contents.

    Waheed Mirza, the Idiot Paki is another one of many Pakistanis that we see through them and their indirect and coward ideas, and failed and evil endehaviour to make up stories that has nothing to do with reality and even doesnt have any common sense in them.

    It is true that Pakistani Journalists will even change the contents of news articles, interviews, and even simple and well established quotes to serve their interest. The interes of a failed state that never existed in reality and, in the interest of a lost battle and failed ideology, the interest of terrorists and terrorism to sum it up.

    Indeed a very good answer from Mr Baloch to this idiot dirty Paki

    By Blogger Sal, at Friday, June 02, 2006  

  • waheed mirza belongs to Indian occupied Kashmir & is not a paki national.His nationality is indian.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, August 17, 2006  

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