The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Jeff Kouba of Minnesota, USA, Interviews Mir Azaad Khan Baloch

On May 3rd, 2006, Jeff Kouba, an American from Minnesota, interviewed Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, General Secretary of The Government of Balochistan in Exile. Mr. Kouba is the moderator of a political blog, “Peace Like a River” http://www.jeffkouba.com/myblog/blogger.html . The interview is republished below:

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Q: What is the Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile, and what are you doing to bring about an independent Balochistan?

A: GOB (Exile) is composed of a loose group of Baloch nationalists from around the world who are structuring a skeleton for a sovereign Balochistan state so we can have a functional government right off the bat when we are liberated. Also, we are positioning GOB (Exile) to interact with member countries of the United Nations. Our temporary office is located in the Jewish quarters of Jerusalem, and Jewish Baloch nationals financially support us. We are incorporating the Balochi culture, and are basing our system of government on "Democracy, Liberalism and Secularism". (This is a unique combination in a region where Islamic fundamentalism is gaining a strong foothold.)

Our goal is to utilize the power of the Internet to liberate Balochistan. As our first step online, we started a blog http://GovernmentOfBalochsitan.blogspot.com . Our next move is to establish a fully functional website, which is presently under construction. Furthermore, we would like to gain grass root support from the global community similar to the support Darfur is currently receiving.

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Q: Has Pakistan acknowledged the existence of the Government of Balochistan in Exile in any way?

A: We launched GOB (Exile) on April 18, 2005. There is no official acknowledgment from either the Government of Iran or Pakistan. However, Senator Sanaullah Baloch has heard of us, and we believe that once he knows of our objectives, he'll be very supportive.

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Q: How does the Government of Balochistan in Exile view the Balochistan National Party and Senator Sanullah Baloch? Do they play a role in the independence movement?

A: We admire the courage of all Baloch nationalist parties in Iran and Pakistan. We are proud to have sincere politicians like Senator Sanullah Baloch who, against all odds, voices the genuine concerns of the Baloch people to the rulers of Pakistan. Anyone who participates in any type of activity that supports the Baloch concerns is playing a very important role in the independence movement of Balochistan. We welcome people from any ethnicity, country, and religion to get involved in liberating Balochistan.

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Q: There are a number of different tribes in Balochistan. How do they relate to each other?

A: The tribal Sardar (chieftain) is a hereditary position, and a Sardar heads each tribe in Balochistan. The Sardar and heads of clans within the tribe constitute a council that settles all type of issues, including those of war and peace. Inter tribal and clan disputes can sometimes escalate into arms conflict. The Pakistani intelligence agencies are known for creating such disputes between Baloch tribes and clans to keep them engaged in blood feuds (Pakistani government's divide and rule policy).

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Q: Does Government of Balochistan in Exile interact with the tribes in Balochistan, and if so, how?

A: We have interacted with individuals from different Baloch tribes via email.

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Q: Three of the main tribes in Balochistan are Marri, Bugti and Mengal. Are these tribes united in the independence movement, and does the Government of Balochistan in Exile interact with their Sardars?

A: The Baloch independence movement is evolving. At the beginning, the three tribes were not united. But, the movement has picked up momentum and not only the three main tribes have formed a united front, but Baloch from all social and economic strata are joining the movement in droves to fight the "Baloch War of Independence". To date, the GOB (Exile) has not interacted with any of the tribal Sardars.

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Q: There is a Pashtun population in Balochistan. How do Balochs and Pashtuns in Balochistan relate to each other?

A: The Baloch and Pashtun culture compliment each other. They have amicably interacted with each other for centuries and have learned to live peacefully. Occasional disputes are subdued through intervention by the elders and chieftains of each group. In fact, inter-marriages between the Pashtun and Baloch are quite common.

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Q: Do the Taliban operate in Balochistan, and how do Balochs view the Taliban in general?

A: Yes, the Taliban are supported by the Pakistani intelligence agencies to operate in Balochistan. The Baloch views the Taliban presence in Balochistan negatively as they consider it encroachment of Baloch territory and marginalizing of Baloch political standing.

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Q: How do Balochs view the unrest in Waziristan? Do Balochs support the tribes there against the Pakistani government?

A: Waziristan is topographically separated from the Baloch population centers. There is no interaction between the Baloch and the Pashtuns of Waziristan. The unrest in Waziristan has nothing to do with Balochistan. The Baloch are already engaged in a war against the Pakistani government forces, and they are not in a position to support the tribes in Waziristan.

The facts are that after the fall of Tora Bora, Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri, and the Taliban remnants escaped Afghanistan with the help of the Pakistani intelligence agencies. The Pakistani authorities provided safe haven to these people within Pakistan in the Waziristan region; and to this day, they are still under Pakistani government protection.

The military controlled dictatorship in Pakistan is deceiving the United States into believing that the Pakistanis are the "key ally in the fight against terrorism". The truth is that that the Pakistani government is committing "State Terrorism" against it's own people by bombing villages and killing innocent civilians in Waziristan, and then claiming that they have killed terrorists to appease the Americans. The present government in Pakistan is well aware that if they eliminate the real terrorists, then their days to rule Pakistan are numbered. Hence, to prolong their military rule, the Pakistani military has waged a proxy war against the United States and is providing refuge to known terrorists.

Evidence shows that the world's most dangerous terrorist organization is the Pakistani armed forces and it's intelligence agencies.

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Q: Could you describe how Pakistan's government has mistreated Balochistan and the people there?

A: In 1948, Pakistan used military force to invade and occupy Balochistan. Ever since then, numerous Baloch insurgencies have erupted, but they were ruthlessly crushed by the well-equipped Pakistani armed forces resulting in deaths of thousands of Baloch freedom fighters and non-combatants. Balochistan is governed as a colony, and its people are treated with suspicion by the Pakistani government. Currently, there are over 6,000 Baloch activists lingering in Pakistani prisons for simply voicing their concern about the state of affairs in Balochistan.

During 58 years of Pakistani occupation, Balochistan was neglected and faced extreme under-development. Lack of infrastructure and basic necessities turned Balochistan into one of the least developed regions in the world! Natural resources are mined from Balochistan, but the proceeds are reinvested in other parts of Pakistan. Employment opportunities within Balochistan are being offered to non-Baloch people.

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Q: The Baloch insurgents have targeted bridges, mined roads, and attacked pipelines and water facilities. Is the goal to hurt Pakistan's economy? Is there a concern that Balochistan might also suffer if economic activity is hindered because of the unrest?

A: The Baloch insurgents are Freedom Fighters like the Forces Françaises de l'Intérieur (French Resistance Army) during World War II. We are waged a “Guerilla Military Action” to liberate Balochistan by attacking military forces, blowing up supply lines, destroying infrastructure, and damaging anything and everything that will incapacitate the Pakistani government and its armed forces. One of our objectives is certainly to hurt Pakistan's economy. And, we do realize that our actions affect the economy of Balochistan too. But, the beneficiaries of Balochistan’s economic activities are mostly non-Baloch people. So, in essence, the Baloch are not losing much; it's the colonizers of Balochistan who are hurting the most.

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Q: Can the independence movement succeed without outside assistance? Is the movement strong enough to force Pakistan to give Balochistan its freedom?

A: This question is debatable. In the past, various Baloch insurgencies didn't succeed because the Baloch didn't receive outside assistance. This time around, it's different. Expatriate Baloch are vocal and they are internationalizing the Baloch independence movement. Baloch from all over the world are providing moral and/or financial support to their brethrens on the battlefield.

The American Special Forces are working alongside with the Baloch to destabilize the Iranian government in order to neutralize their nuclear threat to global peace. Pakistan is also a rogue country that has proliferated nuclear technology to Iran, Libya, and North Korea. The Baloch are positioned to destabilize Pakistan so the Americans can dismantle the Pakistani nuclear arms.

In 1998, Pakistan conducted six nuclear tests in the Chaghi district of Balochistan. The Baloch nationalists were the only people in Pakistan who opposed the nuclear armaments and nuclear tests in Balochistan.

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Q: What support would the Balochs like from the United States?

A: United States is already doing a lot for the Baloch. I've personally met congresswomen Shelly Berkley (Nevada) and Sheila Jackson-Lee (Texas) and informed them of the crisis in Balochistan. Prior to President Rice's visit to Pakistan, Congressman Thomas G. Tancredo (Colorado) wrote a letter to Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, to inform her of the crisis in Balochistan and to brief the President of the situation. And recently, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher, declined General Pervez Musharraf request to declare the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a terrorist organization.

We would like the United States government to declare and enforce a "No-Fly Zone" over Balochistan, similar to the one imposed on Saddam-controlled Iraq over Kurdish areas. Furthermore, we want the American public to support the Baloch independence movement by meeting with their State’s political representative in Congress and convincing them to pass legislature to assist the Balochistan to become a democratic, liberal and secular country in the Middle East.

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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

12 Comments:

  • Vaha azaad salam
    junke habari darin ke bbc rasio nukin mard lutangt ke udan kar bkanant.
    am afghan baloch baz daran ke
    ham proffissional phd journalisma daranr,dr lalzad baloch ,dr aziz sheranze,dr khan rakhshani

    va vaj a noor omman ke reasearchrei int.

    ishan man canda ant ke muchim farsi kenglish ;ashtu va utdua zannant balaochi ke hamy vati vashin zuban in.

    tamas bgere va loby bay bpa i baluchan ke pa ayandah tarbiat bant

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, June 20, 2006  

  • my friend azaad
    it is very im[portent to inform the usa authorities about danger of Turky and Pakistan exchanges
    which is just to do these:
    1- to find ways to stop baloch and kurdish strjuggles
    2- To kick the nato from the area
    of present in asia
    3- To make a strong hood gainst the west with secret ties with china india russia

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, June 24, 2006  

  • Dear friend of the Baloch,

    The Baloch and the Kurds are struggling to liberate their respective countries from occupation forces. Kurdistan is close to gaining partial independence in Iraq. It they succeed, it will create a ripple effect in the region, and perhaps the remainder of occupied Kurdistan will gain independence.

    The Baloch freedom struggle is yet to reach the stage that Kurdistan has achieved. But, with persistence, sacrifice and hard work, the day is not too far when Balochistan will be recognized as an independent country.

    The US and Coalition forces, including NATO, must realize that Pakistan is directing the Al Qaeda and Talibans to destabilize Afghanistan. It is true that Pakistan has very strong ties with China, and will support the Chinese against the Americans or any other forces.

    But, India and Russia have traditionally been friends of the Baloch. It is high time for these two countries to openly support the Baloch freedom struggle.


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

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Sunday, June 25, 2006  

  • Dear Baloch brother from Afghanistan,

    Thank you for your comments in Balochi language. We are glad to hear from you that BBC Radio is looking for a person who can speak Balochi for their show.

    Hope someone from our Baloch community contacts BBC and gets the job.


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

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Monday, June 26, 2006  

  • My friends : unfortunetely the way Savak worked and influenced in the baloch community of iranian it is nightmare, because thet deleted mostly thier values,charachters, verchues and changed most of them just thursty of spying, it does't matter for who? it can be for any who hire those indivduals for alittle as a smal amount of sum or a small pleassure or any things.

    for example if any of you share a very non worthy or even importent story with these guys and and for test urge them not to disclosed to ....any or some or certain person, Believe me that Irani baloch proudly right away is going to spread the news all aroun for non sense, whilt this is not a good sighn for thsoe who are fithing for a big goal of freedom of nation....I call them lompen

    even if you ask them : brother how possibly as a man as abaloch as aentellect as a man with cause you have not keeping the secrete of community?

    they shamlessnessly loughing and telling it was a mistaake or don't worry but again and again they are repeating , whoile pakistani baloch are much strict strait forwar and honest and responsible
    I wish they stopo only worshiping saardars and navabs only

    when it comes to afhgan baloch they are some educated entellecxt and fither well and honest but they are too small number
    and some of those even small numbers play and act toomuch diplomatic and and doing every thing just for him selve and the family non for the cause of balochistan . then you cannot have spring with only a few flowers
    in the afghan balochi community
    until they must decide to do some thing for balochistran trully
    enogh is enough ,for how loong mor e they are living just for fth family

    hear baloch what i am telling you the truths
    other wise forget the balochistan
    and go for fishing

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, June 30, 2006  

  • Dear Baloch Brother,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with our readers and us. It is important for every Baloch to be ready to make sacrifices if we want to liberate Balochistan. We should focus our energies to unite under one flag and fight our enemies with ferocity. But, if we are not prepared to do any work, then you are absolutely correct in stating that we should forget about Balochistan and just go fishing!

    Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
    General Secretary
    The Government of Balochistan

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Saturday, July 01, 2006  

  • when you can manage a good oraganized web site .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, July 18, 2006  

  • Dear friend of the Baloch,

    The website is currently under construction, and it will take some time before we are in a position to launch it.

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

    By Blogger Govt. of Balochistan, at Wednesday, July 19, 2006  

  • Please go to this web site:
    www.topix.net
    then afghansitan forums
    -Durand Line serves as a line of hate: Karzai

    read all afghans,pakistani and baloch idea,s it is important to know about general public idea
    and if you could publish it for all baloch please

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, August 04, 2006  

  • Thank you baloch brother it was really interesting when i red the articles of most Pathan and Tajiks of afghansitan about Durand Line.

    But the most of all was very interestin the Pathan brother's article Mr Muhmand who wrote some
    thing about baloch involement as well , I really suggest to every buddy to read it espacially the Muhmand's article.

    www.topix.com/forum/aafghanistan

    or go to goole

    durand line hate karzai


    and it will come to be apear

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, August 23, 2006  

  • galla del baghu bustan int maruch

    ke may divan gun dustan int maruchi

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, August 23, 2006  

  • My dera Baloch brothers;

    Why Baloch young peole are not
    interested in politics like our

    Afghan men and women.

    while you are in much better satuations than us as we were for decades ??????????????????????

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, September 11, 2006  

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