The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Friday, May 26, 2006

Crisis in Balochistan: A Seminar by the United States Institute of Peace

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Convenor of the World Baloch Jewish Alliance (WBJA) and journalist Ahmar Mustikhan lauded Pakistani Senator Sanaullah Baloch's excellent exposition of the Balochistan conundrum and rebuked the claim that he was trying to internationalize the occupation issue.

Mustikhan briefly spoke at a seminar entitled "The Crisis in Balochistan" organized under the auspices of the United States Institute of Peace. "The crisis in Balochistan is objectively an international problem and it has always been so," Mustikhan said.

Senator Baloch, the keynote speaker, addressed the conference from London through video. Other speakers were eminent scholars Selig Harrison, Asia chief at the Center for International Policy; Frederic Grare visiting French scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and J. Alexander Their, senior advisor at the USIP Rule of Law Program.

The WBJA is determined to combat anti-Semitism in all its forms and believes the Baloch are one of the lost tribes of Israel. The Alliance's aims and objects include promoting friendship between the Jewish people and the Baloch people.

Though the WBJA is apolitical, it is supportive of the Jerusalem-based rudimentary Government of Balochistan in Exile, which has been formed by Mir Azaad Khan, a Baloch of Jewish descent now living in Israel.

Mustikhan rebuked a questioner's notion that Senator Baloch was trying to internationalize the Balochistan crisis by saying that Islamabad has leased out Balochistan to the Chinese.

"Baloch are a nation on the one hand and Punjabis and Persians are nations on the other," Mustikhan observed at the conference. "The problem between them have always been international in nature," he said.

The WBJA convenor also pooh-poohed the complaint of a Punjabi settler in Balochistan who asked Senator Baloch that when he claims the Baloch were liberal and secular, then why Punjabis were being discriminated in Balochistan. "It is interesting the rulers are now complaining they are not being treated right," Mustikhan said about the complaint of the Punjabi settler, Adil Sultan, who is now a Visiting Fellow at the Henry L. Stimson.

Mustikhan later circulated a written statement among the seminar speakers. He said he is concerned at the myopia at the highest level of the U.S. administration. "I mean they want to do the undoable, but don’t want to do the doable. This is a cruel joke with American soldiers who are serving overseas," he said.

He regretted that the Baloch, just like the Kurd further northwest in the Middle East, were still in chains.

Mustikhan said Pakistan is the elephant in the room no one wanted to see. "It is home not only to world’s most hated terrorists, Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zwahiri, but equally dangerous and one of world’s worst nuclear proliferators, Abdul Qadeer Khan."

He deplored that Pakistan has successfully hoodwinked the U.S. it is helpless getting bin Laden, and the rogue army there has told the U.S. under no circumstances would they hand over Khan for interrogation.

He pointed out Balochistan has the potential to generate $58 billion per year, $42 billion from oil. Balochistan can produce 2 million bbl/day plus it has a strategic coastline that is approximately 1,000-km, of which 780-km is occupied by Pakistan, while the remainder is controlled by Iran.

The WBJA convenor said while the U.S. is spending monies and losing men in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Chinese are building up their wealth. The Chinese are actively working in Balochistan, from the copper-gold mine projects in Saindak to the port of Gwadur, bribing the Pakistani generals and army officers to have their way, in spite of all kinds of concessions that are already in place.

"Small wonder if Wal-Mart is stuffed with Made in China goods," he said.

He countered the notion Musharraf of Pakistan is an ally of the U.S., saying the Pakistani general is an ally of China. "I personally think it’s criminal to say Pakistan is a U.S. ally in the war on terror," he said.

He recalled that while the puppet Taliba’an government was removed from Afghanistan following the 9/11 terror attacks, it conveniently shifted base to Pakistan's Frontier and Balochistan provinces. "The Taliba’an were nothing but show boys of Pakistan’s dreaded Inter Services Intelligence. Does it need rocket science to prove this assertion?" he asked.

He said Afghan president Hamid Karzai has rightfully complained about Taliba’an getting help from Pakistan. This is also a Baloch complaint, as they are being Taliba’anized. "Here, I am not counseling please don’t let Balochistan down. What I am urging is please don’t let Americans and America down. Please help the Baloch. Please help the Kurds. Please help them get their freedom," Mustikhan said.



Mir Azaad Khan Baloch

General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile
http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com

8 Comments:

  • Dear Secretary,

    It's a memeorable debate and we enjoyed every part of it. We heard about Mastikhan but heard him speaking forcefully now. You need such people in Washington. Senator Sanaullah gets 9/10 for the debate. The panel was very knowledgeable and of course there are some pseudo-intellectulas like Nasim Zehra.

    We browse Baloch sites and we are thankful for GOB site that enabled us hear the debate in full. The debate was full of passion and has the force of reason.

    We hope to see on GOB site someday that"BALOCHISTAN IS SOVEREIGN". With the blessings of the west and Jewish Balochis that would be a reality soon.

    All the Best,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, May 26, 2006  

  • Thank you for letting us know about this seminar. I'm starting to go through all the materials at the USIP site.

    By Blogger Jeff, at Friday, May 26, 2006  

  • Dear Friend of Balochistan,

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed the audio recording from the seminar. Ahmar Mustikhan really shined during this seminar, and the whole Baloch nation is proud of his participation. Dr. Wahid Baloch and Naseer Boleidee were present there too; and Dr. Wahid Jaan distributed two flyers titled, “Facts about Balochistan” and “The Economic Potential of Balochistan”.

    I will pop a bottle of champagne and party all night long to celebrate the independence of my beloved Balochistan. Thanks for your kind words for our Baloch Freedom Struggle.


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

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Friday, May 26, 2006  

  • Dear Jeff,

    It’s seminars like these that inform the American public of ground realities in a region that will have long-term ramifications on the national security of the United States.

    The Chinese (with the assistance of the Pakistani government) are fortifying their position in Balochistan. This will certainly create problems for US strategic interests in the region. It’s imperative that the US government must take corrective actions now to minimize the Chinese influence in the region.


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

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Friday, May 26, 2006  

  • baloch brother
    i heard of the site today.it gave me great pleasure to hear the words government of balochistan and to see the flag.
    its a great effort and will go a long way in the foundation of the independent sovereign nation of balochistan.
    i will contribute in whatever way required for the cause.
    including the creation of balochistan armed forces since.
    how much pleasure it will give me to see one day the majestic army of baloch warriors defending its soil.
    how much pleasure it will give me to see baloch engineers taking charge of our wealth natural gas,oil.how much pleasure it will give me to see gwadar as the hub of baloch nation.
    i am looking forward to see the creation of a baloch army.
    if you are intersted i can start working on the project.i maynot be a warrior but i can prepare logistics,operational plans,strat deployment,composition and articulation of command.
    i want to serve my baloch nation.for years i have served pakistan in the hope that one day it will give baloch nation its due share but i was wrong.
    i have expertise in military organization and administration.strategic doctrines and tactical maneovers.
    even brother if you will not allow me to work,i will work on my own and will send you a draft discreetly.
    i am hopeful that you wont stop a baloch from serving his nation.
    long live balochistan

    ZB

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, May 27, 2006  

  • Thank you, Ahmar

    By Blogger Gedroshian, at Saturday, May 27, 2006  

  • Dear Gedroshian,

    The Baloch nation is proud of Ahmar Mustikhan. He took a bold stand defending the Baloch struggle at the seminar. He met the eminent scholars and discussed in greater detail the issues in Balochistan, and how they can be resolved. He also rebuked the comments of Pakistani (Punjabi) who were present at the seminar.

    Mustikhan has taken upon himself to become the convenor of an apolitical group, The World Baloch Jewish Alliance (WBJA). The WBJA is a platform that promotes friendship between the Baloch people and the Jewish people, and to combat anti-Semitism in all its forms. One of WBJA’s objectives is to research the Semitic roots of the Baloch race to determine its ancestry to the Lost Tribes of Israel.

    We need more Baloch heroes like Ahmar Mustikhan who are using diplomatic, intellectual, and journalistic means to fight the “Baloch War of Independence”.


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

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Saturday, May 27, 2006  

  • Dear Baloch Brother ZB,

    The Baloch nation shall stand united under one flag to liberate our motherland and form the Government of Balochistan. We shall have our own armed forces, currency, postage stamps, passports, Ambassadors, embassies, etc. That day is not too far; we can succeed in our endeavor if we persist.

    Your courage to participate in the “Baloch War of Independence” is admired by the Baloch nation. We need brave men and women like you who can contribute to our freedom struggle. Your expertise is definitely going to benefit our people.

    Right now, we have waged a guerilla war on the Iranian and Pakistani forces. Please prepare plans for guerilla warfare, and send them directly to us at:

    GovernmentOfBalochistan@letterboxes.org

    Thank you for your participation.


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

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

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