The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Friday, June 30, 2006

Baloch nation hoodwinked by Punjabi controlled Pakistan

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan -- Resource rich Pakistani occupied Balochistan has brought windfall profits to sprawling industries in Punjab and rest of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. But, ironically the indigenous people of Balochistan, the proud, secular, liberal, democratic, and fiercely independent ethnic Baloch, are abysmally poor.

Pakistani military forces invaded Balochistan in 1948, and ever since then, the territory has been ruled as a colony for its natural resources, strategic location and coastal region. To establish a firm control on the Baloch people, and suppress their aspirations for self-determination, the Punjabi dominated Pakistani armed forces have become the colonial masters. They have established numerous military cantonments throughout Balochistan supplemented with 600 plus Gestapo-style check posts to restrict movement of the local population. Occupied Balochistan is now turned into a huge Guantanamo Bay type prison camp for the Baloch people.

The “Punjabi Raj” suppressed any signs of political ambitions for autonomy in occupied Balochistan using the following strategies:

  • By kidnapping, arresting, torturing and murdering of Baloch political activists;
  • By adopting the “Divide and Rule” policy to incite tribal disputes among various Baloch tribes so their focus would remain contained within their tribal parameters;
  • Developing Islamic fraternal relations with the predominantly Muslim Baloch population to keep them subdued into believing that the Punjabi Raj are their Muslim brethrens;
  • Restricting and neglecting infrastructure development in Balochistan to maintain their control on a resource-rich region that was intentionally kept poor and destitute; and
  • Offer financial, political, and employment rewards to lure Baloch leadership to become loyal subjects of the Punjabi Raj.

These treacherous tactics of the Punjabi Raj hoodwinked many Baloch nationals. During the last 58 years of Pakistani occupation of Balochistan, the Baloch leadership tried various means to tackle the Baloch nation’s grievances with the Punjabi Raj, but to no avail. Baloch leaders initiated peaceful dialogues with the Pakistani rulers, but the Punjabi Raj made mere promises and nothing of substance was ever delivered.

Out of shear desperation in dealing with the Punjabi Raj, the Baloch people retaliated four times in the past to gain “partial” autonomy of their occupied territory so that they could address their problems instead of relying on someone else. But, the Pakistani rulers considered Baloch retaliations as a threat to its occupation, and therefore, used the full might of its armed forces to ruthlessly crush any Baloch voice into complete submission.

After years of remaining calm due to the oppressive governing policies of the Punjabi Raj, the Baloch people are awakened once again. This time around, the Punjabi Raj has finally decided to deal the “final blow” and the Baloch know that it is the last round. A metaphor that best describes the predicament of the Baloch people in occupied Balochistan is bullfighting, a national sport and spectacle of Spain. The object of the game is for one of the bullfighters (Punjabi Raj)—the matador—to kill a wild bull (the Baloch nation) with a “final blow” of his sword.

A modern bullfight consists of three stylized parts (tercios). When the wild bull (toro) enters the ring, bullfighters (toreros) wave capes to prod it to charge; then the picadors administer pic (lance) thrusts, which tire the animal and cause him to lower his head; in the second part, the banderilleros come out and, while on the run, plant banderillas (short barbed sticks) on the withers of the bull; these often spur him into making livelier charges. In the final segment the matador holds the muleta, a small cloth cape, in one hand, and a sword in the other. Daring passes at the bull work to dominate the animal until it stands with feet square on the ground and head hung low; the matador must then approach the bull from the front and kill him by thrusting his sword between the shoulder blades and into the heart.

Baloch leaders, who were idealistic in believing that the Punjabi Raj will address their concerns, have finally realized that they were duped. Nationalist leaders like Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, Sardar Attaullah Mengal and others once sided with the occupation forces in hopes of gaining political leverage for the Baloch people to resolve their issues. But, now even they have understood that the Punjabi Raj has finally decided to annihilate the Baloch people from Balochistan. No wonder these tribal chieftains have now become persona non grata in Pakistan.

The Pakistani military has committed three genocides in the past without any ramifications. And now they are already engaged in their fourth foray to commit another genocide in Balochistan. During the partition of India in 1947, the Pakistanis slaughtered over 600,000 Hindus and Sikhs. In 1971, the they murdered more than 3 million Bengali Muslims to stop them from liberating Bangladesh. During the Baloch insurgency of 1973 to 1976, the Punjabi Raj forces killed more than 5,000 Baloch in direct military action, while another 25,000 starved to death or died of non-availability of medical assistance due to military blockade of Baloch areas.

The Baloch nation must brace for the evil plans of the Punjabi Raj. The military dictatorship of General Pervez has launched ethnic cleansing inside Balochistan. More than 10,000 Baloch are already dead either through direct military action or because of starvation or lack of medical assistance due to military blockade of Marri and Bugti areas since December 2005. Out of the total of 8.3 million Baloch who live in Pakistan, only 3.25 million currently reside in Balochistan. The military planners have already done their calculations for Balochistan, and they have determined that they can kill one million Baloch nationals without any uproar from the international community.

Once the Punjabi Raj is done with the killings, they intend to create socio-economic obstacles for the remainder of the Baloch population resulting in the displacement of more than a million Baloch refugees to foreign countries or other parts of Pakistan. The few that will survive the onslaught and remain in Balochistan will barely cause any threat to the Pakistani occupation of Balochistan. This process will seal the deal indefinitely for the Punjabi Raj in securing the natural resources, strategic location and coastal region of Balochistan.

The Baloch nation must understand the long-term ramifications of the current military operation by the Punjabi Raj in occupied Balochistan. This is the “final blow”, and the survival of the Baloch people as a nation is at stake. Under the present circumstances, the Baloch people have only two choices left: 1) Either to become a loyal subject of the Punjabi Raj and relish the rewards, or 2) Join the Baloch freedom fighters to protect the extinction of the Baloch people as a nation.

The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile is striving to unite the Baloch people under one flag, and fight for their survival as a nation. The various Baloch factions and tribes must join hands and pledge an allegiance to a united front to battle the Punjabi Raj. According to GOB (Exile), it is important to purge the Baloch nation of those loyalists who have joined the occupation forces at this critical juncture in Baloch history. The only way for the Baloch people to survive as a nation is to liberate Balochistan NOW, or there will NEVER be a second opportunity to do so. This is the last chance to dream of an independent Balochistan and struggle for it.


Baloch News Bureau Report


Mir Azaad Khan Baloch

General Secretary

The Government of Balochistan in Exile

http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Pakistani military regime uses deceptive propaganda in occupied Balochistan

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – The Pakistani Governor of occupied Balochistan, Owais Ghani, is now waving the white flag to hold talks with the Baloch leaders. His gesture might “appear” sincere to appease the international community, but the ground realities are that the Pakistani military regime has intensified its military operations in Balochistan. Over 60,000 troops, several fighter jets, a dozen gunship helicopters and heavy artillery are engaged in targeting Baloch freedom fighters and non-combatant, innocent Baloch men, women, and children.

Ghani said that Balochistan has become the center of world politics now. He blamed this unnecessary attention on the internal differences of opinions between the Pakistani military regime and the oppressed Baloch people, and also on the anti-Pakistani elements that are allegedly taking advantage of Pakistan’s weaknesses.

“Balochistan issue would be resolved through talks instead of bullets,” said Ghani. He alleges that his government is currently negotiating with the Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, but the details of the talks could not be revealed. However, in a recent interview given to a BBC reporter, Bugti sarcastically stated, “Yes, yes, they are communicating with us through the use of these cannons, fighter jets, deep penetration bombs; these are such great dialogues that they are having loud discussions with us.”

Ghani assured that the Pakistani military regime is taking number of steps to provide basic facilities to the people of Balochistan. He noted that his government was determined to improve the infrastructure, and that they have started different projects to provide health, education and other basic facilities in Balochistan.

Unfortunately, the only developments in sight are the rapid construction of military cantonments (garrisons) throughout Balochistan; its prime objective is to further oppress the Baloch people. The main beneficiaries of the few mega projects that are being developed are the Punjabis, not the local Baloch population. If one analyzes any recent project that is being developed in Balochistan, it becomes crystal clear that these developments are only in areas that are designed to secure and facilitate the looting of Baloch resources by the occupation forces.

“Past governments committed great excesses (for 58 years) with Balochistan, but the incumbent government would provide funds to this province (occupied territory) that is going to be more than its share,” Ghani said while addressing a national seminar in Islamabad on Monday which was attended by notable loyalist Raziq Bugti (occupied Balochistan government spokesman), Haji Muhammad Adeel (senior vice president Awami National Party -ANP), Zubaida Jalal (Federal Minister for Special Education) and Naseer Mengal (Minister of State for Petroleum).

Every successive ruler repeats the same rhetoric and promises of development to the Baloch people. But, in actuality, none of their plans are ever implemented. The funds that are allocated just vaporize and excuses are forwarded for not completing the promised projects.

According to Ghani, the educated middle class is emerging in Balochistan, and it is posing political challenge to the Baloch elite. He believes that the Bugti, Mengal and Bugti chieftains were trying to tackle the political challenge in Balochistan through brute force, which is the reason for the violence in the province. He charged that the nationalist parties are the main hurdles in implementation of the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendations.

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, General Secretary of the Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile quipped, “It is ironic that the so-called governor of Pakistani occupied Balochistan is so oblivious of the reality. Either he is intentionally creating confusion or he is totally incompetent to make such ridiculous statements or he is under the influence of narcotics. He should know that every pro-Baloch website on the Internet is managed by the educated, middle class, patriotic Baloch. And, it is a known fact that these Baloch intellectuals have pledged their allegiance to Baloch leaders like Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, Nawab Khair Bux Marri, Sardar Attaullah Mengal, and all those brave Baloch commanders who are fighting the enemies of the Baloch people.”

He added, “If Ghani thinks that the Baloch loyalist who support the occupation forces in Balochistan are the sole voice of the educated middle class Baloch, then he is sadly mistaken. The Baloch nation considers these loyalists as traitors, and they will certainly receive appropriate punishment when Balochistan achieves its independence. Thanks to the Baloch community, the international pressure on the Pakistani military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf is going to increase in the coming days. We, the Baloch nation, have declared the ‘Baloch War of Independence’, and we shall not rest until we liberate Balochistan.”

Baloch also stated that Ghani is unaware that his own government never honored the recommendations of the Pakistani Parliamentary Committee. It was not the Baloch nationalist parties that put any hurdles; instead it was the Pakistani military regime that disregarded every recommendation that was on the list.

Recent sporadic behavior of various officials of the Pakistani military regime is either a sign of instability or a propaganda ploy to muddle the Baloch cause. These officials have started making contradictory statements to what another high level official might have said a few days earlier. It appears that there is no coordination between various segments of the government, but it may be a strategy to create confusion. A recent example is when the Pakistani Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Salim Saifullah Khan, announced that the Baloch freedom fighters must surrender before any dialogues could be initiated. But now Ghani alleges that his government is negotiating with the Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.

GOB (Exile) wants the Baloch nation to be aware of the deceit and lies of the Pakistani occupation forces. The Pakistani military regime has now waged a psychological war on the Baloch people, and this can create confusion and chaos. The Baloch nation must focus on liberating Balochistan, and not allow the conniving Pakistanis to sprinkle dust in their eyes.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Monday, June 26, 2006

Christian, Hindu and Jewish NGOs demand Iran and Pakistan to end human rights violations in Balochistan

PRESS RELEASE:


Iran and Pakistan are on Freedom House's list of the "Worst of the Worst" violators of human rights


KALAT, Balochistan -- On Monday, the following twelve non-governmental organizations (NGO) jointly filed an appeal for human rights protection of the Baloch people in Iran and Pakistan with the United Nation’s Human Rights Council:

B'nai B'rith International
Coordinating Board of Jewish Organisations
Dzeno Association
Indian Social Institute
International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
International Union of Notaries
S. M. Sehgal Foundation
Transnational Radical Party
UN Watch
Union Internationale des Avocats
Women's International Zionist Organization
World Union of Progressive Judaism


UN Watch delivered the joint appeal on behalf of the NGOs to the UN Human Rights Council during its first session on June 26, 2006 to implement GA Resolution 60/251 in occupied Balochistan.

The Human Rights Council was established by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 60/251 of March 15, 2006, which stated that the Human Rights Council would replace the Commission on Human Rights, which will be formally abolished on 16 June 2006. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated that, “Now the real work begins”. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Arbour, also saluted the creation of the Human Rights Council, calling its establishment “a historic opportunity to improve the protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms of people around the world.”

UN Watch is a NGO based in Geneva whose mandate is to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter. Areas of interest include: UN management reform, the UN and civil society, equality within the UN, and the equal treatment of member states. UN Watch notes that the disproportionate attention and unfair treatment applied by the UN toward Israel over the years offers an object lesson (though not the only one) in how due process, equal treatment, and other fundamental principles of the UN Charter are often ignored or selectively upheld.

UN Watch pleaded in its appeal, “The eyes of the world are turned to the new Human Rights Council in the hope that it will effectively protect and promote human rights universally. Therefore we look to the full implementation of GA Resolution 60/251.”

It emphasized, “To truly address the reality of human rights violations on the ground, the Council cannot shy away from the most relevant situations around the world. In her recent report, the High Commissioner for Human Rights has mentioned the situations of Uzbekistan, Somalia, Sudan, Colombia, Nepal, Togo, Burma and the DPRK. Based on Freedom House's list of the "Worst of the Worst" violators and our own estimates, the following (Iran and Pakistan) is a small selection for the Council's consideration.

“(According to Amnesty International Report, 2006) Iran consistently represses the rights of human rights defenders, political prisoners, and minorities. Discriminatory laws and practices in particular target ethnic and religious minorities, especially the Baloch.

“(According to various human rights reports) In Pakistan, violence against women remains a pressing issue, symbolized by the plight of Mukhtaran Mai. In the minority province of Balochistan, security agencies are committing arbitrary arrests and detention, extrajudicial executions, torture and "disappearances" of student and labor union leaders.”

The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile has approached various international organizations to inform them of the gross human rights violations being committed by the Iranian and Pakistani governments in occupied Balochistan. GOB (Exile) appealed to these organizations to use their position to put an end to the “Baloch Holocaust”.

General Secretary of GOB (Exile), Mir Azaad Khan Baloch questioned the global community for allowing the Iranian and the Pakistani regimes to commit crimes against humanity in occupied Balochistan without any ramifications. He stated that both these rogue countries have launched military operations against the Baloch freedom fighters and non-combatant, innocent men, women and children that simply want self-determination, a universal right of the Baloch people. He regretted that there were no sincere efforts being pursued by any government around the world to force the Iranian and Pakistani forces to end their ruthless extermination of the Baloch people.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

"Friends of Baloch" to be launched by supporters of Balochis

IntelliBriefs Wrote:


IntelliBriefs has learned that a new organization called "Friends of Baloch" will be launched soon by well wishers of Balochis, for the purpose of raising awarness and educating the western public about the political and economic oppression and violation of basic Human rights of Balochis by Pakistan and Iranian governments. Speaking to IntelliBriefs a key member who is an architect of this new organization said, "This will include all prominent intellectuals and leaders from Hindus, Jews and Christians and Baloch sympathisers from all parts of the world to lend sympathy to oppressed Balochis". We have learnt that Hindu groups are working hard with their Jewish friends in launching this organization. One should not forget that Government of Balochistan in Exile is based in Israel; therefore all efforts to use Jewish groups in lobbying cannot be discounted. As of now Pakistan was trounced in western media by Baloch Diaspora, thanks to their well wishers and prudent younger generation working hard by networking with western leaders and generous advisory role played by well-wishers.

It is seldom noted by analysts and experts that a major thrust to Baloch information operations is coming from well-wishers, particularly Hindu groups who love to loath Pakistan's Military, ISI and Radical Jihadi institutes, and their Jewish pals. This voluntary proactive moral support from Hindu and Jewish groups has made Pakistani intelligence nervous that prompted that to order all Internet service providers to block HinduUnity website which keeps tab on Military operations in Balochistan. One Pakistani Military officer said, "We never expected that these Hindu fanatics will be supporting Balochis, they are fanning Baloch rebels" and said further that these boys are making RAW's work easy by volunteering to propaganda machinery.

The secret of success is constancy to purpose says HinduUnity activist quoting Benjamin Disraeil, their effort to constantly expose Pakistani military operations to the world has become a part of their strategy to win over the hearts of Balochis who are secular. What made Hindus to support Baloch cause? Last year FC targeted Dera Bugti area, including the Hindu Mohalla and attacked with mortar shells killing 35 Hindus mostly women and children. Several homes of Hindus near the temple in Dera Bugti also were damaged a majority of the residents of Dera Bugti town have migrated. It is now confirmed that only two persons out of the 250 members of the local Hindu community are still living in the area.

When IntelliBriefs questioned HinduUnity source, whether this is the sole issue which made them to support Baloch cause, the answer was, "Nonsense, we could have supported them anyway in their freedom struggle, they (Balochis) took care of Hindus for all these years like their own brothers, unlike the rest of Pakistan where Hindus were persecuted. I'm glad that Hindus in Balochistan are proud to be Baloch, even after all this hardship." This source also told IntelliBriefs that they want to unite Balochis in India under an umbrella to pressure Indian Government to take serious note of events in Balochistan, "We are working on this front, majority of them live in Gujarat, we also heard that film actor late Amjad Khan is Balochi, we will confirm this soon."

To conclude, IntelliBriefs anticipate that coming days will prove tough to over stretched Pakistani Military and also resources in Foreign ministry and embassies, if this so called "Friends of Baloch" comes into action, as of now BSO-NA in USA and Balochis in Europe have trounced Pakistan. One of the strengths of this organization is the members experience in diplomacy and international relations.


IntelliBriefs

http://intellibriefs.blogspot.com/2006/06/friends-of-baloch-to-be-launched-by.html

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Baloch freedom fighters must surrender, demands Pakistani minister

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – The Pakistani Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Salim Saifullah Khan said that the military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf “might” hold talks with Baloch leaders if their militias surrender their arms. However, he could not guarantee amnesty to the Baloch freedom fighters nor could he confirm that the talks will take place if the Baloch surrendered.

Answering a question at a news conference, Khan warned that no one was allowed to establish an armed force in occupied Balochistan nor the Pakistani occupying forces would tolerate any damage to national installations.

He assured that the only option left for any Baloch nationalist leader, including Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, to hold talks with his government is for them to surrender their arms first, and then they are allowed to sit on the negotiation table with us. As long as they are in possession of their arms, there is not going to be any discussions on resolving the crisis in Balochistan.

Khan refused to believe that the situation in occupied Balochistan was slipping out of his government’s control. He stated that the military operations carried out by the well-equipped Pakistani armed forces, supported by gunship helicopters, fighter jets, heavy artillery, and ground troops have effectively stabilized the region by suppressing the Baloch resistance forces.

He said that people are getting the wrong impression that the Baloch nation has turned against the Pakistani occupying forces; the majority of Baloch are loyalist and they support his government. He promised to take a press party to the area to enable them to verify his claim.

Khan alleged that the oppressed people of Balochistan were desperate for major development in their territory for the past 58 years of occupation, and now his government is taking concrete measures to help them. He assured that major funds are being allocated for this purpose.

He said that the Pakistani military regime is finally trying to address the deprivation experienced by the people of occupied Balochistan for so many years, but his government is not going to allow anyone to use bombs to damage national assets so they can express their grievances. Khan stated that provinces might have reservations about certain issues, but it does not mean that they have the right to have a separate constitution or have their own flag.

The General Secretary of Government of Balochistan in exile, Mir Azaad Khan Baloch was surprised that the Pakistani military regime continues to attack innocent, non-combatant Baloch men, women and children with sophisticated weapons, and then sends its envoy to demand the Baloch freedom fighters must surrender before any talks can be initiated.

According to Baloch, the Pakistani occupying forces must stop all military operations in Balochistan before any talks can be initiated. He questioned that how can Pakistani military regime expect the Baloch forces to surrender their arms while the Pakistanis continue their attacks on Baloch nationals. He believes that this is a ploy by the Pakistanis to further oppress the Baloch nation.

He assured that if the Baloch forces surrendered, then there is no one left to stop the ruthless Pakistani forces to conduct systematic ethnic cleansing to eliminate or displace the entire Baloch population from Balochistan. It is in the interest of the Pakistani occupying forces to take full control of the natural resources, the coastal region and the transit routes of Balochistan to benefit the people of Punjab.

Baloch added that the loyalist of the Pakistani occupying forces are confusing the Baloch people to think that it is in their best interest to continue living under Pakistani occupation. But, the reality is that during the last 58 years, the Pakistanis have usurped Balochistan and its people. The time has come for the Baloch nation to rise and fight for their self-determination. He emphasized that it is NOW or NEVER!


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Friday, June 23, 2006

Iran mocks the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan -- The participation by Tehran’s notorious chief prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi at the first session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has drawn international outrage.

Earlier today, the General Secretary of the Government of Balochistan (in Exile), Mir Azaad Khan Baloch said, “The Iranians are making a bold statement of defiance by including Mortazavi, a known violator of human rights, as part of their delegation to the UN. This man is a criminal and he has killed thousands of ethnic Baloch in Iranian occupied Balochistan. He must be punished for his crimes, and not entertained in the corridors of the UN building”.

On Wednesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay said, “The presence of Mr. Mortazavi in Iran’s delegation demonstrates the government of Iran’s complete contempt for internationally recognized principles of human rights. The Government of Canada expresses its disgust at the fact that Iran would choose to include such a person in its delegation to a new UN body intended to promote the highest standards of respect for human rights”.

MacKay said that by including Mortazavi in its delegation Tehran was trying to discredit the UN council.

“Two official Iranian government investigations found that Prosecutor General Mortazavi ordered the illegal arrest and detention of Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi, which led to her torture and death. He then falsified documents to cover up his involvement in her case. Mr. Mortazavi has also been involved in the harsh clampdown on the Iranian press and the arrests of many Iranian journalists”, the Canadian Foreign Minister said.

In a letter to Luis Alfonso de Alba, the President of the UN Human Rights Council, Mohammad Mohaddessin, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran, said that he was shocked and dismayed at Mortazavi’s presence.

“By all standards, Mortazavi is a criminal against humanity. His direct involvement in the suppression of all voices of dissident in Iran is common knowledge. At the time of Mohammad Khatami’s presidency, Mortazavi, in his capacity as the Media Judge, shut down 80 papers close to the ‘reformists’ and was directly involved in all the crimes of the recent years against the Iranian people. Last fall, he ordered the implementation of the sweeping ‘Zafar’ plan in Tehran in which 2,000 young people in different districts were arrested and imprisoned. In January 2006, he was responsible for a crackdown on the Tehran's transit workers who went on strike for their overdue wages”, Mohaddessin said.

“I urge the Human Rights Council to expel this criminal and call on the Swiss Judiciary issue an arrest warrant for him, so that he is brought before a competent international tribunal for crimes perpetrated against humanity”, he added.

Separately, the U.S.-based Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran (MEHR IRAN) said that it was a “mockery of human rights” if Mortazavi was allowed to attend the council’s current session.

“He is responsible for numerous imprisonment, tortures and executions in Iran and should be arrested by Swiss judiciary and be tried for crimes against humanity utilizing all available international avenues including the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court and treaties such as Convention Against Torture”, the group said.

On Thursday, François Bugingo, the president of the press freedoms organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), said “The presence in Geneva of Mortazavi, a man who was directly involved in the death of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, is absolutely unacceptable.

Kazemi was arrested on 23 June 2003 while photographing the families of prisoners outside Evin Prison, north of Tehran. Tortured while in detention, she died from her injuries on 10 July 2003.

“By sending Said Mortazavi as a human rights delegate to Geneva, the Iranian government is showing its real face”, Kazemi’s son, Stephan Hachemi, said.

“Iran continues to be the Middle East’s biggest prison for journalists and bloggers, with 13 jailed last year. Threats, interrogation, summonses, arrests and arbitrary detention are all on the increase. Journalists often manage to stay out of prison only by paying very high bail. The situation has not improved since hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took over as president”, RSF said.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Karzai urges the world to wage war on Islamic militants inside Pakistan

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – President Hamid Karzai voiced his concern on Thursday over growing attacks by Islamist insurgents in Afghanistan and urged the world to extend the war against the militants beyond his country’s borders into Pakistan.

Afghanistan is going through its bloodiest period of violence since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 and ahead of the NATO takeover from U.S. forces in the volatile south. Pakistan’s notorious spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has intensified its activities in Afghanistan to destabilize Karzai’s government.

“We are concerned about the situation and about the increase of attacks against our country,” Karzai told a news conference at his heavily fortified presidential palace.

More than 1,000 people, including more than 40 American and Coalition soldiers, have been killed in the violence this year alone. Among the latest casualties were four U.S. soldiers, killed in a clash on Wednesday.

“We know the causes. There are shortcomings and inabilities in our system, that weakness is present all over the country,” Karzai said.

“But there is no doubt it is largely because of foreign factors, terrorism and planned and coordinated attacks.”

Karzai did not elaborate on “foreign factors” but Afghan officials have repeatedly accused neighboring Pakistan of offering full military support to Taliban and al Qaeda militants who they say launch attacks from the Pakistani side of the border.

Karzai also complained about what he called, a lack of full cooperation from the international community to root out insurgency outside Afghanistan, especially Pakistan. The fact is that Pakistan’s ISI is not only providing support to terrorists who wreck havoc inside Afghanistan, but they are also involved in terrorist activities in northern India, primarily in the Kashmir region. The world’s four most wanted terrorists, bin Laden, al-Zawahri, Mullah Omar and AQ Khan are hiding under state protection in Pakistan.

He spoke of stopping terrorism in a strategic way.

“That means the world should go where terrorism is nourished, where it is provided money and ideology (Pakistan)…this war of terrorism should not be limited to Afghanistan.”

Asked whether U.S.-led forces had adopted a wrong approach in Afghanistan, Karzai said he had argued for a “thorough look” at how to proceed with the war against terrorism.

He said he had urged the international community to provide more help in training and equipping the Afghan army and police.

Karzai has been leading Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban but his writ does not go much beyond major cities.

He said he discussed growing insecurity in Afghanistan with the leaders of neighbouring countries, including the Pakistani military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf, at a regional summit in the Chinese city of Shanghai this week.

Islamist guerrillas are mostly active in eastern and southern regions, bordering Pakistan, where they enjoy considerable support from the Pakistani military regime.

Pakistan, which conducts mock-battles with so-called Islamist insurgents to appease the west, has denied helping the militants and urged Afghans to do more to stem violence on their side of the border.

Both the Iranian Islamic regime and the Pakistani military regime are now facing serious threats from the liberal and secular Baloch freedom fighters that have waged the “Baloch War of Independence” to liberate Iranian and Pakistani occupied Balochistan. The world community is now taking notice of this new development, and are seriously considering supporting the Baloch resistance movement.

Pakistan is the reason that Iran will soon become a nuclear-armed state threatening global peace with their WMD (weapons of mass destruction). Unless these two rogue states are disarmed, the world will be held hostage to their whims. The Baloch and other ethnic minorities in these countries can be mobilized to create unrest to lead to an implosion similar to the one in the former Soviet Union.

The Government of Balochistan in Exile agrees with Karazi’s suggestion to take the war on terrorism to the next level and attack Pakistan. The Baloch forces are already fighting the Pakistani forces and would be ideally suited to join the Coalition forces.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Thursday, June 22, 2006

US citizen still missing in Pakistan!

PRESS RELEASE:


By AHMAR MUSTIKHAN

WASHINGTON, DC -- The story of his disappearance is gruesome. The American citizen is traceless for four months now, widely suspected of being abducted by spooks of Pakistan’s infamous Inter Services Intelligence. A news item in a Pakistani vernacular daily said the body of an unidentified man, possibly an American spy, has been found near his home town in southeastern Pakistan. It’s unknown if he is already dead.

“Safdar Sarki was tortured and kidnapped from his apartment in Karachi on February 24, 2006. There were several witnesses who saw him being dragged and bleeding from his apartment. They also witnessed the kidnappers taking his laptop computer as well as other personal belongings,” said his American friend Pamela Jean Murtaza.

The rogue Pakistan Army is keeping mum.

According to the Amnesty International, “A group of 16 men in civilian clothes, at least one of whom was allegedly recognized as a senior police officer by eyewitnesses, reportedly took Dr Sarki from his apartment...”

My eyes turn wet with tears of gratitude when I think of my own fate as I was in imminent harm's way myself. Imagine my happiness on October 20, 2000 when I first arrived in the land of the Star-Spangled Banner. I can't describe the awesome feeling when I saw the Stars and Stripes and the Statue of Liberty. As I exited New York's JFK airport, dressed in my native baggy shirt and trousers, I turned around to see if someone was watching, lest they think of me as crazy, and I kissed the U.S. soil. I was like a bird out of the cage, migrating into heaven.

“How true it is,” I told myself, “That life begins at 40.”

My native region Balochistan divided among Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan has the dubious distinction of being called the land of the Islamic Bomb. It was there, in southwestern Pakistan, that a nuclear device was tested in May 1998. The region was forcibly annexed by Pakistan against the wishes of my people in 1947 when the British divided India. Using an annexed land for a nuclear test was the height of injustice in my mind. I protested through my writings.

My worst nightmare began after the Inter Services Intelligence, more infamous by its acronym I.S.I., began blackmailing me so that I would censor my own articles, including those denouncing the nuclear tests in my home region. I felt scared for my life. Thankfully I won a fellowship from the Society of Environmental Journalists and got my political asylum in the U.S. in 2001. I am now on my way to become a naturalized American.

The freedoms I have is a gift of America, I rejoice over them every day.

Sarki hailed from the northeastern Sindh province, which has issues with the majority Punjab province, stronghold of the Pakistan army, over distribution of water and resources. It seems like Sarki felt confident the authorities there would not harm a U.S. citizen and went to Pakistan, perhaps forgetting the fate of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped while investigating a story on Pakistani's I.S.I. chief General Mahmud Ahmed's links with the 911 terrorists. Islamic militants later released videos showing Pearl’s throat being slit.

“Safdar’s wife, Paras Sarki, and his children will be staying at my home beginning the evening of June 20. They will be here in the D.C. area for a week,” said Pamela Murtaza. She is seeking help of leading politicians from either party and the U.S. State Department to help ascertain the fate of the American citizen. Pamela Murtaza can be contacted at 703-992-0499 (home) and 262-412-7243 (cell).

(Writer Ahmar Mustikhan is the convenor of the World Baloch Jewish Alliance and is based in the DC area. He can be contacted at ahmar_scribe@yahoo.com).

Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Pakistani Senator brings bin Laden's message to sleeper cells in the US

PRESS RELEASE:


WASHINGTON D.C. -- World Baloch Jewish Alliance convener and journalist Ahmar Mustikhan has written to the U.S. State Department expressing his fears that a radical Islamist Pakistani senator during his recent visit might have brought bin Laden’s message for al Qaeda sleeper cells in the U.S.

In a missive to the Pakistan desk of the U.S. State Department, copies of which were sent to Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute and Selig Harrison, Asia director of the Center for International Policy, Mustikhan called for a probe into the tour of the fundamentalist leader.

Following is the full text of Mustikhan’s letter:

I want to bring to your kind notice my grave concern over the recent U.S. visit of a politician belonging to a fundamentalist Islamist party, closely allied with the Al Qaeda.

I am urging you to ask the relevant security agencies to launch a probe into Jamiat Ulema Islam Senator Islami Ismail Buledi tour of a number of U.S. cities to ascertain if he might have brought bin Laden’s secret message for Al Qaeda sleeper cells. My fears might be farfetched, but in a post-911world it’s better to be safe than sorry.

As far as I know, the Islamist Pakistani senator visited New York twice, Washington DC, Miami, Houston and Seattle.

The visit is all the more deplorable as it followed the cancelled visit of secular, liberal and nationalist Baloch Senator Sanaullah Baloch, whose visit visa was cancelled on Islamabad’s behest.

My fears are not entirely unfounded as at least two of the terrorists, Ramzi Yusef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who were involved in WTC bombing in 1992 and 911 attacks in 2001, respectively, were Al Qaeda members with extensive links with the Jamiat Ulema Islam. The J.U.I. has been trying all along to recruit militants to wage jihad against the U.S. I suspect Senator Buledi has blood ties with Ramzi Yusef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

The Baloch people of the stateless Balochistan region, divided among Iran , Pakistan and Afghanistan , have once again been up in arms in Pakistan against the illegal occupation of their homeland immediately after the partition of India by the British in 1947. This is the fifth Baloch insurrection in Pakistan ’s 59 years.

Some of Balochistan’s most respected leaders, including the Baloch triumvirate Sardar Ataullah Mengal, Nawab Akbar Bugti and Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri are facing the worst forms of atrocities as I write these lines. This includes the killing of sons of Sardar Mengal and Nawab Bugti by Pakistani intelligence and framing of a false murder case against Nawab Marri and his sons.

For the overwhelming majority of Baloch people becoming part of Pakistan was never an option, as they wanted their homeland either to be free or a part of the federation of India . The people of Balochistan unanimously decided against any merger with Pakistan as historic records of the resolutions passed by the lower and upper house of the traditional Baloch bicameral parliament in 1947 would show.

To counter the nationalist forces, the Pakistani establishment has been promoting Islamic radical parties such as the Jamiat Ulema Islam in the length and breadth of Balochistan through secret funding from the Inter Services Intelligence (I.S.I.).

Why this has relevance to the U.S. is that I am convinced the I.S.I. had a role in the 911 attacks as many published reports suggest.

In Buledi’s specific case, he was engaging the same kind of activities Al Qaeda terrorists were engaged in on the eve of the 911 attacks. The Pakistani senator visited a brothel in Houston and had sex with a Chinese prostitute.

I also urge you to please stop all economic, financial and military aid to Pakistan until it stops its military operation against Baloch nationalists, stops supporting Islamic fundamentalist parties and hands over bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zwahiri and founder of Islamic Bomb Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to the U.S. Specifically, the Pakistan army is unwilling to handover Khan as they fear he would spill the beans about the role of the Pakistan generals in nuclear proliferation.

To let you know about my background, I am a reporter now working for a U.S. newspaper and am the convener of the World Baloch Jewish Alliance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at xxx-xxx-xxxx or e-mail me at ahmar_scribe@yahoo.com.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

TIME Magazine: Pakistan's Other War

REPUBLISHED:


Islamabad is already battling al-Qaeda. Now it's facing an insurgency in Baluchistan


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- He's 80 years old, but Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, a feudal lord in Pakistan's rugged Baluchistan province, wants to fight to the death. A Kalashnikov rifle strapped to his back, Bugti travels by camel through desert ravines and hobbles up cliffs to hidden caves where he plots ways for his Baluch tribesmen to ambush the Pakistani army. "It's better to die—as the Americans say—with your spurs on," says Bugti. "Instead of a slow death in bed, I'd rather death come to me while I'm fighting for a purpose." That purpose is to make life as difficult as possible for Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. Bugti is one of three Baluch tribal chiefs leading an armed uprising against Islamabad. In recent months the fighting has picked up. Hundreds of civilians have died, as well as nearly 400 government soldiers, and thousands of Baluch have been displaced. The conflict has diverted Musharraf's overstretched troops and U.S.-supplied weaponry away from the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Moreover, the President's aides say that he is convinced Bugti and fellow tribal leaders Balach Marri and Ataullah Mengal, whom he labels "miscreants and outlaws," want to kill him—a rocket attack on Dec. 14 in Baluchistan narrowly missed a public address he was making. The fighting flared immediately after. Musharraf, says an aide, has vowed he will "sort them out."

That's not going to be easy. The Baluch, a distinct ethnic group spread over Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, are fiercely independent and have been a thorn in Islamabad's side for decades regardless of who is in power. Baluchistan is rich in gas and minerals, yet it is Pakistan's poorest province. The government says it wants to develop the territory to improve the lives of the Baluch and to secure the country's energy needs. But the Baluch say they have been marginalized and do not receive adequate royalties from the central authorities for the extraction of the province's natural resources. Islamabad says the feudal chiefs are pocketing the royalties for themselves.

Bugti's clan, numbering about 300,000, was granted access to piped gas from the Sui fields on their land only a few years ago even though the gas had been pumping for decades and had already been flowing to major cities and towns. The government is also building a multimillion-dollar port, Gwadar, off Baluchistan's southern coast, which Musharraf hopes will one day rival Dubai in the nearby Gulf. The Baluch fear, however, that Gwadar will draw so many settlers from Pakistan's other provinces that they will become an underclass minority in their own land.

So the Baluch clans have gone on the offensive. They are sabotaging railways, blowing up gas pipelines and electricity cables, and attacking soldiers both in their garrisons and while they are on patrol on Baluchistan's desert roads. A mysterious group calling itself the Baluchistan Liberation Army has also sprung up. Bugti and the other tribal leaders say they have no link to the B.L.A., but Islamabad says the group is a creation of the feudal chieftains and that the insurgency is backed by India—an allegation New Delhi denies. B.L.A. snipers use World War II-vintage Lee-Enfield rifles to pick off soldiers whenever the Pakistanis leave their camps. On May 11 five bombs exploded in a police training camp outside Baluchistan's provincial capital Quetta, killing six policemen and injuring 13. No one claimed responsibility, but officials blamed the B.L.A. for the attacks. The fighting often stops the flow of gas to Pakistani cities and towns, and it has halted exploration for minerals. If the conflict persists, it could jeopardize Gwadar's future as well as a proposed oil pipeline from Iran to Pakistan, which would pass through Baluchistan. "Right now it's a low-intensity insurgency," says a Western diplomat, "but it could get very nasty."

Bugti symbolizes Baluchistan's character. He says he killed his first man when he was just 12, and his life ever since has been a series of unending blood feuds with other clans and with the Pakistani military. Bugti sees himself as a warrior fighting a noble cause. He is self-taught and an avid reader—until March, the library in his rambling, earthen castle was lined with hundreds of books on philosophy, Western and oriental religions and the European classics. Then the castle, and the library with it, were destroyed by army cannon fire. Bugti is a vegetarian, a rarity among the meat-chomping Baluch, and sups every night on a bowl of green chili peppers, according to a frequent guest. He once served as a federal cabinet minister—and later spent years in jail for insurrection. His band of men move between mountain hideouts, sleeping in caves. Bugti says he uses "a rock for my pillow." Reached through a satellite phone by Time in his mountain lair, Bugti spoke of how he deals with pain (he is partially paralyzed in one leg), temperatures of 45°C, and the perils of waging a guerrilla war against 26,000 Pakistani soldiers in Baluchistan: "Physical hardship—pain, the extreme heat—this is all a state of mind. You either give into it or not. And I choose not to."

The conflict in Baluchistan has consequences beyond its desert wastes. Pakistan is one of Washington's bulwarks in the war on terror, and receives around $600 million a year in U.S. military aid. According to Baluch rebel sources in Quetta and military sources in Islamabad, U.S. helicopters supplied to Pakistan for hunting members of al-Qaeda have been redirected to Baluchistan's deserts to fight Bugti and his two comrades-in-arms. Three Cessna aircraft, outfitted with sophisticated surveillance equipment and given to Pakistan last year by the U.S. to help catch heroin smugglers, have also been drafted into service against the Baluch rebels. Quetta military base sources say that when U.S. antinarcotics agents examined the Cessnas' flight records last month, they found that only seven hours were spent chasing drug runners, while most of the flying time was logged over Bugti's craggy domain scanning for rebel camps.

The U.S. military partnership with Pakistan was designed principally to take the fight to al-Qaeda and those members of the Taliban who have fled across the Afghan border. But a Pakistani military official in Islamabad says the Bush Administration is "fully in the know" that U.S. weaponry is also being used against the Baluch insurgency. "This is all part of a bigger battle against troublemakers challenging the state," says the official. A U.S. State Department official told Time that there's nothing in the agreement with Pakistan to prevent Musharraf using U.S. military aid against Baluch insurgents. "When we transfer the equipment for them, it's for internal security and self-defense," the official says. "There's no 'for al-Qaeda use only' tag on it." Unlike the Taliban and al-Qaeda operating further north along the mountainous Afghan border region, however, the Baluch are not Islamist militants. "They are secular and anti-Taliban," says Samina Ahmed of the International Crisis Group, "yet American guns are being used against them." (Bugti says he's an agnostic, and some clan leaders espouse socialist values and enjoy whisky.) Baluch sources say that U.S. surveillance aircraft and Cobra gunships have targeted tribesmen. The State Department official says, "We've seen no evidence that our equipment has been used to violate human rights."

The fighting is taking an increasing toll on civilians, say Baluch sources and independent observers. Ali Dayan Hasan, South Asia researcher for the New York City-based Human Rights Watch, says that "scores of people have disappeared." Musharraf's forces, he says, are carrying out "a policy of abduction, illegal confinement and torture." The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has documented claims that after a truck hit a land mine on Jan. 11, killing three Frontier Constabulary guards, government security forces went on a rampage executing 12 civilians. Two tribal elders sent to recover the bodies were also shot, says the Human Rights Commission. Pakistani army officials deny that soldiers have engaged in abuse or indiscriminate killing. A Pakistani military commander in Baluchistan told Time that "the reason we are not going for a massive, one-to-end-it-all strike is the fear of collateral damage."

Pakistani officials say that Bugti and the others are desert relics, feudal lords willing to sacrifice their men in battle and delay progress, just to retain their power. Bugti says that a deeper issue of autonomy as at issue. "We Baluch believe that the best way to die is to die fighting," says Bugti. "Are we Baluch the masters of our own destiny? Because if that's taken away from us, then life doesn't really matter."



By Tim McGirk with reporting by Ghulam Hasnain/Dera Murad Jamali, Syed Talat Hussain/Islamabad and Elaine Shannon/Washington
http://www.time.com/time/asia/magazine/article/0,13673,501060626-1205411-1,00.html

Monday, June 19, 2006

Baloch Holocaust: More than 10,000 Baloch dead due to total blockade imposed by the Pakistani military regime!

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – The Pakistani armed forces have once again targeted Baloch civilian population. Last week on Thursday, one F-16 fighter jet bombed a Baloch nomad’s tent and killed two women and two children in the Gazital area, 20 Km east of Kahan in occupied Balochistan on Wednesday.

According to sources, the F-16 fighter jet used MK-82, 500 lbs. bombs to target a tent where the family of Savzali Marri was having a meal; one woman and her 7-year-old son were killed instantly. They were blown up into pieces and very little remained of them.

Two other members of Marri’s family, a woman and her 3-year-old daughter, were away at a distance, and bomb shrapnel critically injured them both. Due to total blockade imposed by the Pakistani military regime in the Marri and Bugti tribal areas of occupied Balochistan, there were no medicine, medical facilities or doctors available to treat the injuries sustained by the victims. Due to heavy bleeding and major internal injuries, both mother and daughter succumb to their injuries and died a few hours later.

It is worth mentioning that Balochistan was forcibly annexed in Pakistan; and ever since the illegal occupation of Balochistan, the Baloch people are living in a miserable condition. This is the fifth military operation in Balochistan by the occupying forces of Pakistan to suppress the aspirations of the Baloch people to be free again. To date, the Pakistani armed forces have killed tens of thousands of Baloch men, women and children; they looted the entire livelihood of those who survived; and what could not be taken, they burnt it to the ground.

Today, once again the oppression of the Baloch nation by the Pakistani armed forces has worsened. A military operation has begun since December of last year involving over 60,000 troops, helicopter gunship, fighter jets and artillery barrages that are engaged in suppressing the turmoil in occupied Balochistan, especially in the Marri and Bugti tribal areas. More than 500 innocent, non-combatant Baloch nationals were killed as a direct result of the Pakistani military regimes brutal actions.

But, more than 10,000 Baloch have died due to exodus, malnourishment, disease, and lack of shelter! The military regime has imposed total blockade of the Marri and Bugti tribal areas and heavily planted land-mines at all exit routes to deter anyone from escaping the area. The local population is entrapped and have no way out to safety. This has resulted in shortage of food, drinking water, and total lack of medicine and medical assistance.

The general secretary of the Government of Balochistan in Exile, Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, demands an end to such inhuman treatment of innocent, non-combatant Baloch nationals by the ruthless Pakistani armed forces. He emphasized that this operation is a blatant disregard by the Pakistani military regime for the universal rights of the Baloch people to live as a human being. He pleaded and asked the global community to step up to the plate and put pressure on their policy makers to stop the Pakistani military dictator General Pervez Musharraf from continuing to commit the ‘Baloch Holocaust’.

Baloch inquired, “After the ‘Jewish Holocaust’ by the Nazi Germany, the world leaders said, ‘Never Again’ will they allow another holocaust to happen. Now, after more than 60 years, a Nazi-like Pakistan headed by a Hitler-like General Musharraf is committing another holocaust in Balochistan, but everyone is silent about it. Why is anyone not doing anything to stop the Pakistanis from killing the innocent Baloch men, women and children?”


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

BBC Interviews Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan -- The Pakistani military regime has alleged that they have killed 5 Baloch freedom fighters, but the Bugti tribal chief, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti has contradicted the allegation and said that only innocent people were murdered.

In reference to discussions with the Pakistani authorities, Bugti said, “They are communicating with us through the use of cannons, fighter jets, deep penetration bombs; these are such great dialogues that they are having loud discussions with us.”

In Pakistani occupied Balochistan, the Para-military forces claim that during a military operation in the Sui area, five Baloch freedom fighters were killed and seven were arrested. Members of the security forces allege that they confiscated a large cache of weapons from them.

Bugti stated that Pakistani armed forces used artillery shelling and helicopter gunship in a military operation on innocent civilians, and have killed numerous women and children.

“First, four F-16 fighter jets arrived and started bombing. Then, eleven helicopters reached the area from Sui, and they started strafing and bombing the people, their tents, and any visible structure, one’s that are made of mud,” said Bugti.

BBC reporter asked, “But the government says that they were camps belonging to Baloch resistance forces?”

Bugti sarcastically replied, “Sure, according to them, the resistance forces have camps all over Balochistan. But, I’m telling you about this particular incident. And, they will tell you that everywhere there are camps belonging to resistance forces. Anyways, this military operation resulted in the deaths of 12 women and children, 4 men who were non-combatants, 400 to 500 sheep and goats, camels and donkeys. Also, rockets hit two vehicles.”

He added, “People have moved away from here, but few had returned (to plow and sow their fields) because of recent rainfall, but their crops were destroyed. We found out later that people from surrounding areas brought in 13 dead bodies to Sui, and more than 20 who were injured were taken to Rahim Yar Khan and other places.”

BBC reporter inquired, “Some newspapers published that you allege that a few helicopters were shot down.”

Bugti was annoyed and curtly replied, “I’m not ‘alleging’, we have shot down two helicopters. To call it ‘allegation’, it is a slant that so-and-so has ‘alleged’ something. Why don’t you refer to the government and say that they ‘allege’ something?“

“What do we know? We also state that the government ‘alleges’ something. We don’t know because we have not witnessed it,” said BBC reporter in his defense.

“Why don’t you use the term ‘allege’ for both parties?” asked Bugti.

He calmed down and said, “Anyways, two helicopters were involved according to our information. It didn’t happen in front of me because I was far away from the incident, but according to information, two helicopters were shot down.”

The BBC reporter interjected, “So, will there be discussions and these problems will get resolved, or the situation will remain the same and innocent people will continue to suffer?”

Bugti quipped, “Yes, yes, they are communicating with us through the use of these cannons, fighter jets, deep penetration bombs; these are such great dialogues that they are having loud discussions with us.”

He concluded, “Now, those who have imposed a war on us (the Baloch nation), it is appropriate for them to decide where they want to direct the discussions. Because Pakistan is a terrorist state, uniformed terrorists are killing the people and destroying anything and everything. These uniformed terrorists think they are invincible.”


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Marri blames Pakistani military regime for plundering Baloch resources in the name of mega projects

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – “The Baloch resistance movement has never harmed innocent citizens, and the Baloch freedom fighters are on a direct warpath against the Pakistani military regime,” said Nawabzada Mir Balaach Marri.

He added, “The Baloch War of Independence is succeeding, and unfortunately the military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf has stooped so low that they are now using cruel tactics to quell this movement. But, we want to assure that such dirty tactics are not making any difference for the movement.”

Marri said, “Baloch children, women, and elders are being harassed since the occupation of Balochistan. I say to the Baloch nation not to play the role of a helpless spectator and watch our children, youth and intellectual get kidnapped by the intelligence agencies.”

He blamed that the Pakistani government is continuing with the loot and plunder spree of the resources of occupied Balochistan in the name of mega projects, and he warned that it would lead to a full-scale war.

Marri contradicted the official stance that the Balochistan crisis is caused by three Baloch tribal chieftains. He alleged that the military operation in occupied Balochistan is launched to protect the business interests of the Chaudhris of Punjab in usurping the natural resources of Balochistan. He criticized that the military for launching offensives in the name of terrorism and/or Islam against the non-combatant Baloch nationals. But, he assured that it is not the tribal chiefs of Balochistan that are causing the instability in Pakistan, but the military’s role to safeguard the interests of the Chaudhris.

He assured that the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) is only involved in guerilla warfare and not terrorism. And, any acts of terrorism are the works of the Pakistani intelligence agencies as BLA has made it clear that it was not involved in these incidents.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Pashtuns want an end to PakistanI military regime's oppression of Baloch

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan: A prominent Pashtun leader, Mehmood Khan Achakzai demanded an end to the role of Pakistani military regime’s intelligence agencies and armed forces in occupied Balochistan while he was addressing the toothless National Assembly last Tuesday.

Achakzai added that the Pakistani armed forces and its spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), have turned the entire country into a prison cell. He warned that the Pashtuns want to live in a peaceful manner in the country as long as their rights are not suppressed. He blamed the federal government for using excessive force to control the natural resources of occupied Balochistan; and he expressed his support of the Baloch people for protecting those resources.

To avert 1971-like situation when eastern wing of the country declared independence to become Bangladesh, Achakzai cautioned that the occupying forces in Balochistan should adopt prudent policies. He criticized the 1973 constitution for being the main obstacle in not resolving the problems of his people, and ISI for creating enmity among politicians.

Achakzai said that the military dictator General Pervez Musharraf has no right to be in politics, and that Chief of Army Staff, General (retired) Jahangir Karamat, former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto concur with him that the armed forces have no role in politics.

While insisting for provincial autonomy, Achakzai supported a separate province for the Saraiki people, and recognition for the Pashtuns living in occupied Balochistan.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Dr. Naseer Dashti: A plan to liberate Balochistan

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan -- A prominent Baloch nationalist, Dr. Naseer Dashti, gave a moving speech at a seminar on May 28th, 2006 held at London University under the auspices of Balochistan National Movement (Iran). His speech had a strong and lasting effect on those Baloch who are truly sincere about liberating Balochistan. The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile is in a position to implement many of the ideas presented by Dr. Dashti in his speech.

The Persian and Punjabi forces in Iran and Pakistan illegally occupied Balochistan, and they have systematically oppressed the ethnic Baloch people. The cruelty mete out by the occupation forces on the Baloch population has violated all standards of human rights. Also, blatant usurping of natural resources from Balochistan has further inflamed Baloch sentiments, as Balochistan remains one of the poorest and least developed regions in the world.

Hence, the Baloch are now left with only two options:

1. To continue living as slaves of the Persian/Punjabi occupying forces, and remain an oppressed nation; or

2. Chose liberty and live as a free nation.

According to Dr. Dashti, “The happenings in Balochistan during the past few years have created an atmosphere of enthusiasm, determination, and a sense of immense patriotism among every Baloch inside Balochistan or in Diaspora. For many Baloch this new phase of Baloch resistance may be the beginning of the realization of Baloch dream of liberation and perhaps many among us may be fantasizing to become the citizen of an independent Balochistan in near future.”

Below are few of the questions that Dr. Dashti wanted answered, and the views expressed are those of GOB (Exile) and its supporters:


What is the ultimate aim of Baloch resistance?

It is to end the occupation of Balochistan by Iran and Pakistan, and to negotiate with the Afghan government about demarking the border of Afghanistan and Balochistan on ethnic lines. Traditional Baloch areas must become parts of united Balochistan, and Pashtun areas can chose to join Afghanistan.


Who are the representatives of the Baloch masses?

A Baloch leader must “earn” the respect of the Baloch masses to be their representative. In order to do that, one must prove their loyalty to Balochistan and the Baloch nation. If Abdul Malik Rigi organized Jundullah to fight the Iranian armed forces, then he is representing the Baloch masses. If Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, at the ripe old age of 79, is fighting the “Baloch War of Independence” from the mountains of Balochistan alongside the Baloch Freedom Fighters, then he has earned the privilege to lead the Baloch nation. If Nawabzada Balaach Marri is leading the Marri tribesmen into battle against the Pakistani armed forces, he has earned his position to be a Baloch leader. If Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Senator Sanaullah Baloch openly oppose the Pakistani military regime’s policies towards the Baloch people, then they have proven that they are not afraid to speak up and openly show their allegiance to Balochistan. There are many more patriotic Baloch who have earned the respect of the Baloch masses and are now in a position to lead.

But, if brother Mir Jam Muhammad Yousaf supports the Pakistani military regime in murdering Baloch men, women and children, then he has earned the title of traitor, and under no circumstance he is allowed to lead the Baloch masses. If sister Zubaida Jalal does not use her position in the Pakistani government to object to the atrocities being committed on the Baloch population, then she has no right to represent the Baloch masses. However, there are other concerned Baloch politicians in the establishment who are using their position to get involved in discussions to stop the military operations in Balochistan. The Baloch masses are aware of these politicians, and know that they are sincere.


How the masses should be lead in the tortuous task of achieving the objective of national liberation?

The following steps will simplify the task of liberating Balochistan:

1. Form a Government of Balochistan with a head of state, flag and capital [DONE]

2. Unite all Baloch political parties with aspirations to liberate Balochistan under one flag [IN PROCESS]

3. Create Baloch militia to combat enemy forces [DONE]

4. Involve various Baloch groups to work on the liberation movement [IN PROCESS]

5. Open offices throughout the world [IN PROCESS]

6. Organize Baloch in occupied territory as well as Baloch Diaspora [IN PROCESS]

7. Establish diplomatic relations with foreign governments [IN PROCESS]

8. Initiate revenue sources to support the “Baloch War of Independence” and GOB (Exile) [IN PROCESS]


What will be the reaction of international community towards Baloch demand of national self-determination?

The GOB (Exile) is creating international awareness about the Baloch demand for national self-determination through the Internet and face-to-face meetings with policy makers in various countries. The idea to open offices throughout the world is to unite and organize Baloch Diaspora, educate the host country about Balochistan, and initiate grass-root support for the Baloch cause to influence policy makers in those countries.

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, General Secretary of GOB (Exile) said, “So far, GOB (Exile) is very pleased with the positive responses received from people of non-Baloch ethnicity from all over the world. The international community is very supportive of the Baloch freedom fighters that are actively engaged in liberating Balochistan. The only people who have objected and vowed to treat those involved with GOB (Exile) as traitors are the Persians and the Punjabis.”

According to Mr. Baloch, some of Dr. Dashti’s suggestions that are actively being pursued by GOB (Exile) are:


A. UNITED FRONT:

1. The United Fronts of all resistance movements and political organizations, groups and individuals should be formed without wasting any time for the completion of formalities on both sides of Goldsmid line.

2. The leadership of the United Front as well as the propaganda machinery on both internal and external front should control the political and armed resistance.

3. The form of struggle should be seen as part of a series of changing processes or forms, which may be decided according to the given situation.

4. What ever be the mode of struggle at the moment, the United Front should be of the conviction that both political and economic powers are inalienable rights of the people of Balochistan. Its mission therefore should be to contribute to the task of total political and economic liberation of Balochistan.


B. GOALS:

1. There should not be any ambiguity regarding the ultimate goal of Baloch resistance. The aims and objective of the resistance movement should be loud, clear and understandable not only to the general public, but also to the occupying establishments and to the wider international community.

2. Wavering between the rhetoric of mastering the natural resources of Baloch, maximum provincial autonomy or federalism is creating confusion and a condition of uncertainty among the Baloch masses and international community about the real targets of Baloch resistance.

3. The Baloch masses must be given a clear target and that should be the right of self-determination for Baloch people on both sides of Goldsmid line.

4. The fear of ruthless rebuttal from Iran and Pakistan should not be presented as the logic for not pronouncing the ultimate aim of the nation for a united independent Balochistan. The sky will not come down further on the shoulders of Baloch leadership, political cadres and organizations; it is already there with its full weight. The Baloch land is already drenched with the blood of political activists and innocent women and children. Baloch will lose nothing except what they have lost earlier.


C. CHOOSING SIDES:

1. There comes a time in the life of every nation to take some unpleasant steps in order to safeguard the collective political and social well being of the nation. This time has arrived for Baloch nation. Visible lines should be drawn which should enable Baloch people to choose between supporting occupying forces (directly or indirectly) and their own resistance movement.

2. Hypocrites and persons and organizations of dubious characters should be exposed and be politically and socially isolated.

3. The question of the United Front of nationalists should not be to win over the support of the established collaborators and opportunist leadership and their political organizations; rather it should concern the unity of the genuine nationalists themselves.

4. Baloch United Fronts should struggle against the opportunist ideas, and the groups who are claiming to be nationalist while justifying capitulation and surrender at the same time causing confusions in the ranks of political activists and masses.


D. EXPOSE THE ENEMY:

1. The pure myth of invincibility of our enemies, which has been propagated by the enemy with the help of collaborators within Baloch lines, should be exposed to the Baloch masses in a convincing manner.

2. Pakistan is an international basket case and its economy (if there is any) is being kept alive artificially on the donations of Western Powers. All the institutions, which are considered to be the pillars on which the structure of a state is erected, are rotten and even the faith and trust of Punjabi masses on the long-term sustainability of state is evaporating. In all practical purposes today’s Pakistan as a state is a house of cards and can implode with a little pressure.

3. The Persian State is also at the verge of collapse for quite different reasons. The implosion of Persian State will be caused by 25 years of economic, social and cultural mismanagement under the fanatical rule of Ayatollahs. The imminent international economic sanctions and military actions against Iran in near future will be the last nails into the coffin of a rogue Persian Empire.

4. It should be the moral duty of United Fronts to expose and identify Baloch individuals and groups acting with façades of intellectualism and nationalist slogans and creating pessimism and confusion among Baloch masses. They instill fear in the hearts of the Baloch masses about the strength of the occupying forces of the enemy. They use this strategy to intimidate and defeat the Baloch people into accepting subjugation.


E. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY:

1. The role of international community in the furtherance of national cause of subjugated nations in pivotal.

2. In the contemporary world, new dimensions are being witnessed in international affairs since the fall of Soviet Union. It is imperative for a resistance movement to understand the ground realities of international polity.

3. The West’s overwhelming threat perception from Islamic militancy and fundamentalism are developing some sort of hope among the oppressed nationalities in Islamic and fundamentalist states.

4. On the international level a polarization of forces has occurred. There are forces of fundamentalism and terrorism creating chaos and instability. There are forces, which would like the world to be a safe place for all humanity.

5. Baloch must take side in this conflict and it should be clearly and loudly be declared that Baloch are on the side of the international forces fighting against religious fundamentalism and international terrorism.


F. OPPORTUNITIES:

1. Fundamentalist, religious and rogue states are increasingly under pressure from world community to reform their social, economic and political systems. International pressure is highest on the countries where Baloch are being subjugated as a nationality.

2. Iran has been portrayed by the West as the bastion of international terrorist activities and center of militant Islam. There is the wide spread belief among the political observers on international affairs that a major strike by Western Powers is on card against Pakistan after the castration and taming of Iranian militancy. The destruction or demilitarization of Pakistani and Persian state institutions and military apparatus is among the prime objectives of Western alliance.

3. This situation is a god given opportunity for the Baloch.

4. Assistance from any quarter must be sought and welcomed regardless of this assistance coming from right or left, east or west, god or devil.

5. It should be the moral duty of every Baloch to exploit the prevailing international situation in the favor of Baloch national resistance and contribute to the fulfillment of the mission of emancipation.

6. Baloch Diaspora can play an important role by convincing parliamentarians, political parties and civil society in their respective countries in favor of Baloch cause.


According to Dr. Dashti, “It is highly imperative for the Baloch to walk on the ground and work within the given geo-strategic situation of the new world. National resistance is successful but only when backed by firm resoluteness, clear ideology and robust leadership.

“Our minor weaknesses and deficiencies should not be allowed to be used as a tool for defeatist and hypocritical elements within our ranks to convince the people that actual phase for the struggle for national rights should be put off because we have not achieved an adequate level of preparation and organization.”

In support of Dr. Dashti, Mr. Baloch added, “GOB (Exile) has received numerous letters from courageous Baloch from all corners of the world who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for Balochistan. It is certainly a noble gesture to die for one’s people and country.”

He said, “Many more Baloch have volunteered to work for GOB (Exile), and we have assigned them tasks to help the Baloch cause. They are certainly doing a great job of organizing the Baloch community into a force to be reckoned with. Those who understand the importance of GOB (Exile) are spreading the word among the Baloch community to join our movement to liberate Balochistan under one flag. To realize our centuries-old dream of national liberation we have to continue the struggle with all our strength.”


Baloch News Bureau Report


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