The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Pakistani military dictator General Musharraf promises to “fix” the Baloch leaders !

PRESS RELEASE:


General Musharraf insults Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti by saying, “I would not call him a Nawab, as he is on the run (as a coward).”


KALAT, Balochistan – On Thursday, in an address to the Pakistani nation, General Pervez Musharraf said that his military regime was determined to re-establish its control of occupied Balochistan and to “fix” the Baloch nationalist leaders. He said, “We will protect national installations in Balochistan at all costs and ensure full security to the development activities and to foreign investors (Chinese) there.”

Occupied Balochistan is the prime source of Pakistan’s main gas reserves and in recent days, it has been the scene of intense fighting between the Baloch freedom fighters and the Pakistani armed forces. The Baloch resistance forces are demanding total autonomy and self-determination in a liberated Balochistan. The freedom fighters, like any other resistance force in the world, have avoided targeting innocent civilians, and have focused their attacks on gas plants, electricity lines, railway tracks, military and government personnel, and other government installations.

Thousands of paramilitary and army troops, backed by fighter jets and gunship helicopters, began a major offensive in December 2005 against the Baloch resistances forces. Baloch nationalist leaders, Amnesty International and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) claim hundreds of people, including women and children, have been killed in bombardments in Balochistan. The military regime has denied the allegations, saying it was solely targeting “terrorists”.

General Musharraf paid a glowing tribute to security and intelligence agencies for establishing peace in the province in order to carry out development works. But, the HRCP was quick to criticize him for praising the actions of the intelligence agencies in Balochistan. “The commission has evidence of intelligence services’ involvement in picking up (kidnapping) dozens of people in Balochistan, most not even linked to militant activities,” said the HRCP statement.

The statement said that a notable fact missing from the president’s speech was that the three tribal ‘Sardars’ (chieftans) were not the only Baloch people resenting the military’s presence in Balochistan. “Musharraf also did not mention why only the repeatedly mentioned three Sardars were being targeted for removing the oppressive feudal system – should the principle also not apply to other sardars in Balochistan and feudal overlords in Sindh?” it asked. “The government seems to be backing the tribal system by calling a ‘grand jirga’ (grand council) in Waziristan, rather than following the same ideals to eliminate it,” it added. “People familiar with the Balochistan situation are aware that the president’s words have no credibility. How will his promises and pledges be viewed in other countries when he is unable to convince his own people?” The HRCP statement said the commission and political parties were distressed by the Balochistan situation. The president’s misrepresentation of facts does not alter ground realities or eradicate human rights violations by state agencies, it said. “All Pakistanis oppose the government’s action in the province,” it added.

General Musharraf also criticized the media for ‘misrepresenting the facts’. “But the bottom line is that the writ of the state will have to be established in Balochistan, Wana, etcetera. And I assure you that soon there will be peace in that province,” he promised.

The military dictator said that for 40 years three Baloch Sardars, who were opposed to development and perpetrating atrocities on their tribes, had been pampered unjustifiably in the name of political settlement, “but no more”.

He insisted that the operation against the ‘rebellious’ Sardars was being conducted by the paramilitary forces and not by the army, though some 1,000 army men were assisting the security forces. He did not mention the use of air force jets and gunship helicopters to attack Baloch villages.

He said all the Bugti commanders had surrendered and that Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was on the run, adding that out of the total 77 Sardars in Balochistan only three — Bugti, Marri and Mengal — were opposing the military regime while the rest were loyal to the occupation forces.

Musharraf said over 16,000 sub-tribes of Bugti — Rahejas, Kalpars, Masouri — had returned to Dera Bugti after years of repression by Sardars led by Nawab Bugti. Adding an insult to Baloch sensitivities, he said, “But I would not call him a Nawab as he is on the run.”

He said the government had no option but to take serious action in Balochistan where Baloch militants even possessed surface-to-air missiles and modern rocket launchers.

“But I can say with full authority that terrorism and anti-Pakistan activities have been drastically reduced following the government’s decision to take action against them,” he asserted.

“How could we keep quiet when bomb blasts became a daily routine and people are targeting national installations, like railway tracks and government buildings?” he asked.

He was hopeful that the economic deprivation in Balochistan would subside with the commissioning of the mega development projects there.


The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile condemns Pakistani military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf for glorifying state terrorism against the Baloch people. In response to the dictators contention that the dispute is between his military regime and three Sardars, Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, general secretary of GOB (Exile) assured the General that this time the whole Baloch nation is awakened and every red-blooded Baloch has risen to break the chains and shackles of slavery. He reminded the Pakistanis that the Baloch would continue to fight until Balochistan is liberated. He assured the world that this is the “Baloch War of Independence” and it would not end until Balochistan appears on the map of the world as an independent nation.

Mr. Baloch retorted at General Musharraf for insulting Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and said, “A poodle like Musharraf is talking big to the oppressed Baloch people, but he is the one who wet his military pants when U.S. breathed down his neck to either support the terrorist Talibans and face the wrath of the American forces, or surrender and join the U.S. in its ‘War on Terror’. And, as the chief of the Pakistani Muslim military forces he must not forget that his men in uniform were defeated and surrendered to the brave Indian forces in 1947-48, 1965, 1971 and most recently in 1999.”


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Government of Balochistan (in Exile) Sends Condolences to Indonesia’s President


PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan -- General secretary of the newly formed Government of Balochistan (in Exile), Mir Azaad Khan Baloch on Tuesday sent his condolences to Indonesia’s President over the devastation wrought by the tsunami.

A powerful 7.2-magnitude quake struck beneath the Indian Ocean 240 kilometers southwest of Java at 3:24 p.m. July 17 causing a tsunami which has so far claimed up to 463 lives and 280 missing.

The following message was sent:

MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE:


To:
The President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Jakarta, Indonesia


Dear President:

The Government of Balochistan (In Exile) and the Baloch people extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to your Excellency, to the people of Indonesia, and the bereaved families at this hour of grief.

We are confident that your Government and the people of Indonesia will bear this tragedy with fortitude.

Our prayers are with the bereaved families and all those affected by the disaster.


Sincerely yours,


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


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Government of Balochistan (Exile) protests the laws invoked by Britain to ban Balochistan Liberation Army

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – In a major setback to the Baloch freedom struggle, Britain on Monday banned the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), invoking for the first time a new law against glorifying terrorism.

John Reid, the Home Secretary of U.K. issued an order in Parliament to make it a criminal offense for a person to belong to or encourage support for BLA. It will be illegal to arrange meetings in their support or to wear clothes or carry articles in public indicating support for BLA.

“I am determined to act against those who, while not directly involved in committing acts of terrorism, provide support for and make statements that glorify, celebrate and exalt the atrocities of terrorist groups,” Reid said.

“I am also committed to ensuring that those organizations that change their name do not avoid the consequences of proscription,” he said.

Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile protested the new law invoked by Britain, and insists that BLA is not a terrorist organization, but a resistance force, which is engaged in guerilla warfare with the Islamic Republics of Iran and Pakistan to liberate Balochistan. Freedom is a basic human right, and BLA is battling the oppressors of the Baloch nation to secure the freedom of the Baloch people.

The following Letter of Protest was sent to the Home Secretary of Britain, John Reid:


Dr. John Reid
The Home Secretary
Home Office
Government of the United Kingdom
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
United Kingdom


SUBJECT: Letter of Protest


Dear Sir,

The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile protests the inclusion of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) in your list of banned terrorist organizations.

GOB (Exile) denounces all forms of terrorism, including state terrorism. As you know that Balochistan was forcibly occupied by Iran and Pakistan, and the Baloch people were oppressed ever since. They have struggled for their basic right of self-determination by fighting the Iranian and Pakistani forces to liberate Balochistan.

The Baloch are one of the oppressed nations of the world like the Kurds. Foreign forces, the Iranians and Pakistanis, occupy the Baloch territories. Balochistan is marginalized in every sense by its colonizers who are unwilling to resolve problems through political dialogue. Hence, like many other oppressed nations, the Baloch have revolted and are now demanding total autonomy. Such rebellion usually turns into an arms conflict between the "Goliath and the Giant".

Strong-arms tactics of the occupying forces usually results into a genocide-like condition for the oppressed people. This is what is currently happening in Iran-occupied and Pakistan-occupied Balochistan. Both the Iranian and Pakistani governments are systematically conducting "ethnic cleansing" to rid the Baloch race from their ancestral land, Balochistan. The Baloch have voiced their concern through political dialogue, but to no avail.

BLA are freedom fighters who are involved in a "Guerilla Military Action" against the Iranian and Pakistani forces. They are fighting the "Baloch War of Independence" by attacking military forces, blowing up supply lines, destroying infrastructure, and damaging anything and everything that will incapacitate the Iranian and Pakistani government and its armed forces, and taking every measure to avoid civilian casualties. BLA is a resistance force, just like the Forces Françaises de l'Intérieur (French Resistance Army) during World War II.

BLA is taking every measure to avoid any collateral damage. If your government may send a fact-finding mission to Iran and Pakistan to find out the activities of BLA, we are sure that they will declare them a non-terrorist organization. But, by banning BLA without investigating the ground realities is a decision made in haste.

The fact is that the Iranian and Pakistani regimes' intelligence agencies commit state terrorism by detonating roadside bombs in public places and putting the blame on BLA. Such tactics have caused confusion around the world about the true nature of BLA’s activities, which is guerilla warfare against the oppressors of Baloch people.

Your decision to ban BLA shows that you condone the blatant human rights violations against the Baloch people being committed by Iran and Pakistan. The Baloch have every right to defend against oppression and demand self-determination. Therefore, please reconsider your decision and remove BLA from your list of terrorist organizations. Your serious consideration will be greatly appreciated.


Sincerely yours,



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


Today, the general secretary of GOB (Exile), Mir Azaad Khan Baloch pleaded with the Baloch Diaspora in U.K., “We want our Baloch brethrens in U.K. to contact their local Members of the Parliament and offer their support to end terrorism, including state terrorism. They should also emphasize that the British government must distinguish between terrorist organizations and resistance forces like the BLA. To ban BLA is like tying the hands of Baloch people so they cannot defend themselves from being victimized and oppressed by the Iranian and Pakistani regimes.”


Baloch News Bureau Report



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

Monday, July 17, 2006

Pakistani military regime kidnapped two brothers of Senator Sanaullah Baloch and attempted to assassinate him in London!

PRESS RELEASE:

KALAT, Balochistan – Soon after Senator Sanaullah Baloch delivered his speech at a conference arranged by the “Third World Solidarity” in London, he was attacked by people of Pakistani origin who attempted to assassinate him with a homemade chemical bomb. The bomb was thrown at this face, but it missed the target and hit his chest and exploded by releasing a toxic gas; if it had struck his face, it could have killed him. Baloch activists, Walid Garboni, Abdul Raman Talpour, Samad Baloudi, and Masoud Sardazi, stepped in to protect Senator Baloch from further attacks by the Punjabi thugs that were sent by the Pakistan Embassy in U.K. to interrupt the seminar and to assassinate Senator Baloch. Garboni received serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Prior to the terrorist attack today, two brothers of Senator Baloch, were kidnapped in Pakistan by government intelligence agencies. He is currently on a whirlwind campaign tour of Europe highlighting atrocities of Pakistani military regime in Balochistan. To bring awareness about the crisis in Balochistan, he has held numerous meetings with European political leaders, diplomats, academia, think-tank groups, and Baloch Diaspora.

Senator Baloch was able to leave Pakistan for this tour just before his name was placed on the ‘Exit Control List’ (ECL). Once a Pakistani national’s name is entered in the ECL, they are not allowed to leave the country nor they are able to renew their expired passports if they are still outside Pakistan.

“I have just been contacted by my family, and they told me that intelligence agencies had picked up my two brothers, Samiullah Baloch and Obaidullah Baloch,” said Senator Baloch prior to the assassination attempt on his life.

He added, “They have been picked up by intelligence agencies today. Their lives are under threat.” He emphasized, “Everyday intelligence agencies are picking up people in Balochistan; and it’s sad that the lives of family members of Baloch politicians’ have been threatened.”

Senator Baloch appealed to human rights groups and international media to expose the abuses of powers by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. “I request you all to protest this crime in your personal capacity or through your organizations to the concerned authorities. I will be grateful to you all,” pleaded Senator Baloch.

Samiullah Baloch is a social activist and president of the Balochistan Institute for Future Development, a non-governmental organization. A group of concerned citizens founded the Institute in 1997 and registered it in 1999. The Institute’s vision includes promotion of consciousness among the masses of the Pakistani-occupied Balochistan regarding their basic needs and fundamental human rights, literacy promotion, political and economic rights, peace, equality and social justice.

Obaidullah Baloch is an American citizen, and Senator Baloch has already informed the U.S. authorities about the kidnapping of his brothers by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad has initiated their standard operating procedure and opened diplomatic channels with their Pakistani counterparts to locate American citizens when they go missing in foreign countries.

The Government of Balochistan (in Exile) deplores the blatant violation of human rights of Baloch nationals by the Pakistani military regime. Such acts of state terrorism must cease immediately. Kidnapping, torture and murder are commonly practiced by the Pakistani government to intimidate the oppressed people of Balochistan. It is time for the Baloch Diaspora to raise their voices and let the world know about the crimes being committed against the Baloch people in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan.


>>To hear an interview of Senator Sanaullah Baloch, please click here<<


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Saturday, July 15, 2006

July 15th proclaimed the official Memorial Day of Balochistan

46th Memorial Day of Balochistan
July 15th
1960 – 2006

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those Baloch nationals who have died in the service of our great nation. It is a day of reconciliation of all the Baloch tribes; it is about coming together under one flag to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, general secretary of the Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile officially proclaimed in the GENERAL ORDER # 001 that from this day forward, the Baloch nation will observe the Memorial Day each year on the 15th day of July to honor their fallen comrades.

Nawab Nauroz Khan Zarakzai, commonly known as Babu Nouroz was the chief of the Zehri tribe of Balochistan. He started an armed resistance against the occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan. The Pakistani armed forces could not militarily contain the Baloch freedom struggle, and thus they changed tactics and offered amnesty to the Baloch fighters as well as “peaceful” negotiations to resolve the Baloch grievances.

As soon as the Baloch freedom fighters ended their struggle to opt for peaceful negotiations, the conniving Pakistani armed forces reneged on their promises and arrested all of them, including Nawab Nauroz, his sons, nephews and followers. On July 15th, 1960, in the Hyderabad and Sukker Jails, the Government of Pakistan executed through hanging the sons, nephews and followers of Nawab Nauroz Khan Zarakzai, and imprisoned him for life until his death.

Pledge of a patriot Baloch:

“My dear Babu Nauroz Jaan, I wish we could pay you back for what you did for this Baloch Nation. You are the Greatest Hero to me, and I LOVE YOU. I swear on every drop of your blood that I will not rest in peace until all your murderers are defeated and hanged as they did to your sons, nephews and your followers. I put my hand on your grave and I swear that I'll follow your path and will not compromise in any way with the killers and I will not spare anything in my life to fulfill your dream of an Independent Great Balochistan – BALOCHISTAN ZINDAG BAATH.”


PROCLAMATION


HEADQUARTERS
GOVERNMENT OF BALOCHISTAN (IN EXILE)
General Orders No. 001, KALAT, July 15, 2006


1. The 15th day of July 2006 and hereafter, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of Baloch comrades who died in defense of the Baloch nation, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, town, and village in Balochistan. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but the public may in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are gathered under this General Order for the purpose among other things, “To preserve and strengthen those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound us together as one Baloch nation to liberate Balochistan.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? When alive, these Baloch warriors lived proudly by striving to free our nation from the chains and shackles of slavery, and their death is a permanent mark of rebellion against tyranny. We should pay great respect to their graves. Let no foot walk on their graves. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of visitors and mourners. Let no neglect or damage to the graves testify to the present or to the future generations that we have forgotten as a nation the cost of a free and undivided republic of Balochistan.

Let us gather around their sacred remains and garland their graves with flowers; let us raise above them the dear Baloch flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those who have joined the ranks to serve our nation; let us support their widows and orphan whom they left behind among us; let us not forget that we must show our nation’s gratitude for this ultimate sacrifice.


2. It is the purpose of the General Secretary to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while survivors of the Baloch struggle for freedom and all coming generations remains to honor the memory of the departed Baloch warrior. Lend your friendly aid in bringing to the notice of the entire Baloch nation about the sacrifices of the fallen.


3. All patriotic Baloch will use efforts to make this order effective.



By order of

MIR AZAAD KHAN BALOCH
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile
http://governmentofbalochistan.blogspot.com/

Dr. Malek Towghi: India, Wake Up !!!

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – An eminent scholar from the United States, Dr. Malek Towghi made the following statement after the recent terrorist attacks in India by the Pakistani-supported Islamic groups:

The only way for Indians to live in peace is to break up Pakistan and dismantle this ‘terrorist structure’ called ‘Pakistan’. Without doing so there is no way that these terrorists will stop.

They have taken this oath as a religious duty to convert the whole of India into an Islamic state. They will not rest as they think it is their religious duty. They will go underground, group and re-group and re-appear and will continue with the help, support and training from Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-services Intelligence (I.S.I.) to continue their Jihad against the people of India and Afghanistan.

India needs to take ‘BOLD STEPS’ and do what the State of Israel is doing against Hizbollah in Lebanon – to bomb Pakistan, Islamabad airport and Punjab. This is the only way to have peace.

Talking ‘peace with Pakistan’ is like talking to the walls, wasting times and cheating yourself and the Indian people. For India, It is time to take ‘BOLD STEPS’.

India, Wake up !!!

LONG LIVE INDIA. DEATH TO PAKISTAN.


Dr. Malek Towghi, an eminent American scholar, is the current president of the U.S. based Baloch International Human Rights. He earned his doctorate degree in History of International Relations from Michigan State University.

An ethnic Baloch from Pakistani-occupied Balochistan, Dr. Towghi migrated to the United States in 1975. Upon completing his Phd., he served as Assistant Professor for nine years at his alma mater’s Departments of Arts, Humanities and Religious Studies.

Dr. Towghi is fluent in Balochi, English, Farsi, and Urdu, and proficient in several other South and West Asian languages. He has published and spoken extensively on regional issues in South and West Asia as well as the interplay of Islam and secularism in the Islamic world. He currently works on human rights issues related to Islam and South Asia, with particular emphasis on Balochistan.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

World Baloch Jewish Alliance voices support for India, Israel

PRESS RELEASE:


WASHINGTON D.C. – World Baloch Jewish Alliance (WBJA) convener and journalist Ahmar Mustikhan has expressed his deepest regrets over the loss of innocent human lives in Mumbai and has deplored that terrorist-smuggler and bin Laden aide Dawood Ebrahim, continues to live a life of luxuries in Pakistan under Pakistan Army protection.

Mustikhan also condemned the unprovoked attacks on Israel by Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists and defended Israel’s right to retaliate and hot pursuit.

“The unfortunate killings in India and terrorism against Israel show Islamic militants are out to destroy peace the world over,” Mustikhan said in a statement Friday evening.

“Pakistani intelligence can no longer hide its role in the criminal acts as they are hand in glove with the Islamic terror outfits, including Al Qaeda,” he said.

In a hard-hitting statement, Mustikhan said Pakistan coup leader Gen Pervez Musharraf had time and again lied to the world public that Ebrahim is not hiding in Pakistan, though Pakistan’s investigative monthly Newsline had at the same time carried an expose on Ebrahim’s life in Pakistan.

“The Newsline reporter Ghulam Hasnain, who also writes for the TIME, was kidnapped just one day before the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal Daniel Pearl,” Mustikhan recalled. He said there is little doubt in his mind Pakistan’s dreaded Inter-services Intelligence (I.S.I) orchestrated the slaying of Pearl on the orders of then I.S.I. chief Gen Mehmud Ahmed. He said Gen Ahmed was the main architect of the coup that put Musharraf into power, adding it’s unfortunate no investigation was done on the link between the kidnappings of the two journalists, Hasnain and Pearl.

Hasnain was released by the Pakistani intelligence after being mentally and physically tortured and never came on public record about his tormentors. He briefly escaped to the U.S. but later returned to Pakistan. Pakistani terrorists released videotapes showing Pearl’s throat being slit.
Just as Musharraf continues to deny that Ebrahim is in Pakistan, Islamabad has hoodwinked the U.S. it can do precious little in arresting terror mastermind Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Mustikhan said.

He said the Baloch people are facing similar terrorist attacks on a daily basis but in Balochistan the Muslim Terrorists are in Pakistan Army uniforms. “The Pakistan Army, the seventh largest in the world is one of the most serious threats to world peace. Business as usual with them would endanger world peace,” he warned.

The Punjabi Muslim army generals are an important link in the worldwide terror networks, the WBJA convener said. “Little wonder, the likes of bin Laden and Dawood Ebrahim have found safe sanctuary in Pakistan,” he said. “At the same time Pakistan has refused to handover father of the Islamic Bomb Abdul Qadeer Khan to nuclear investigators as the army generals fear he would spill the beans on them.”

Mustikhan called Pakistan a failed state where the rogue army is in cahoots with Islamic terrorists, international drug barons and nuclear proliferators.

The WBJA convener urged the free world, especially the U.S., not to forget the blood link between the ongoing Pakistan army operation in Balochistan, the terror attacks in Mumbai, targeting of Israeli civilians and soldiers at the hands of Hamas and Hezbollah and the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.“Pakistan army generals are an integral part of the terror mindset,” he emphasized.

Mustikhan urged immediate suspension of all military and economic aid to Pakistan until such time it hands over Ebrahim to India, bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri, Mullah Omar and Qadeer Khan to U.S., and stops its army operation in Balochistan.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Friday, July 14, 2006

Jamali: A Loyalist Baloch or a Nationalist Baloch?

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – Pakistani military dictator General Pervez Musharraf (and the armed forces) has a staunch ally among the Baloch elite – the former prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali.

The current political atmosphere in Pakistan, pressure from the U.S. for elections next year, and the crisis in occupied Balochistan and Waziristan are signs perceived by the people to exhibit the gradual culmination of General Musharraf’s military regime. To expedite the process, opportunistic political parties are scrambling to form alliances to initiate impeachment process against the dictator.

But, Jamali has shrewdly taken an early position to support Musharraf knowing very well that the Generals always control the real political power in Pakistan. Being known as a stooge of Pakistani military, Jamali stated in a press conference, “I will not support impeachment against president General Pervez Musharraf.”

To counter any criticism directed at the Pakistani armed forces or his overlord Musharraf, Jamali portrays an image of being one of the few moderate Baloch politician left on this planet who is sensible enough to propose peaceful dialogue between the military regime and the “warring” Baloch chieftains to resolve the crisis in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan. To gain personal political leverage and longevity, Jamali has definitely harmed the Baloch freedom struggle and tarnished the image of Baloch Nationalist leadership who are fighting the “Baloch War of Independence” to liberate Balochistan. Jamali’s stance as pro military, pro government, and pro Punjab Raj have given more ammunition to the Pakistani propaganda machinery to launch vicious media campaigns against the Baloch nation and its leadership.

Now, Jamali has pulled yet another trick out of his hat like a magician by proposing that the province of Punjab should be divided into three provinces – Siraiki, Pothohar, and Central Punjab provinces. He reasoned that this division would ensure a balanced government system in the country, which is a must for the success of the federation (and its occupation of Balochistan). But, the true intent of this strategy is to give the “impression” to the oppressed minorities in Pakistan that it is not the Punjabi Raj that rules the country, but the Sirakis, Pothoharis, Centralians, etc. are jointly ruling Pakistan and its occupied territories.

Dividing Punjab as proposed by Jamali is just an illusion to confuse the minorities – the Baloch, Pashtuns and Sindhis. A similar illusion was imposed on the minorities once before in 1955 by converting all the provinces and occupied territories of West Pakistan into a One-Unit scheme. Nothing ever good came out it for the minorities. But, the Punjabis were allowed free access to buy properties, start businesses, register as voters, and take up employment in occupied Balochistan, Pakhtunkhaw (officially known as the Northwest Frontier Province), and Sindh. No matter what Jamali propose to do with Punjab, the reality is that the Punjabi Raj rules Pakistan and its occupied territories through brute force of its Punjabi-dominated armed forces.

The Baloch nation has tolerated Jamali’s political antics for years out of respect for his ethnic roots being from a notable Baloch tribe. But now, especially during this critical juncture in Baloch history, this man has proven his loyalty to the same Pakistani military regime and its leader General Musharraf that are killing innocent, non-combatant Baloch men, women, and children. Furthermore, Jamali is least concerned about the plight of Baloch Refugees who are in dire straights and need help.

Dawn newspaper’s reporter, Bahzad Alam Khan, asked Jamali about the thousands of Baloch Refugees from the Bugti tribe who were languishing in the Naseerabad and Jafarabad areas, a stronghold of the Jamali tribe. His response was, “Bugti DBs (displaced people) are a problem for us. You see, they are not accustomed to living in peace and harmony. In the past, they lived by plunder and loot. Such offences obviously did not add to their popularity among the people of neighboring cities who were their victims. But, the government seems to be determined to change the demographic complexion of Dera Bugti.”

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, general secretary of the newly formed Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile was furious when he read the statement of Jamali in Thursday’s Dawn newspaper. Baloch retorted, “Has Zafarullah stooped so low in front of his Punjabi masters that he can’t even see the sufferings of another human being, let alone that they are from his own race? Has this man lost his mind to be so insensitive towards this humanitarian tragedy which is unfolding in his front yard while he is concerned about ‘living in peace and harmony’?”

Baloch said, “The Baloch nation has tolerated this man for too long. Zafarullah doesn’t deserve to be called a Jamali nor a Baloch. He has shamed the whole Baloch nation by his actions to discredit the Baloch freedom struggle, his callousness towards the Baloch Refugees, and his loyalty to the ‘Butchers of the Baloch’: the Punjabi Raj and its armed forces.”

He added, “A man like Zafarullah is a prime example of a Baloch Loyalist. These people have sold their soul, their family, their future generations, and their nation for monetary and political gains. They protect their personal interest at the expense of the people they are supposed to lead. Loyalists are enemies and traitors of the Baloch nation, and I declare Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali a loyal servant of the Punjabi Raj, the invaders of Balochistan and oppressors of the Baloch people.”



Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Baloch refugees need immediate humanitarian help!

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – Today, the Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile has sent letters of appeal to various humanitarian organizations around the world to help the Baloch Refugees in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan. Mir Azaad Khan Baloch requests the readers of this blog to become proactive and contact any organizations, political groups, government departments, etc. that they perceive will assist the displaced Baloch people.

The following letter was sent out to the list of organizations that are listed below:

SUBJECT: Baloch Refugees Need Immediate Humanitarian Help!


Dear Sir or Madam,

This is an urgent appeal for immediate humanitarian help required for the Baloch Refugees of Pakistani-occupied Balochistan where the Pakistani military regime is presently conducting "Ethnic Cleansing".

The military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf ordered a military operation in Balochistan in December 2005. Since then, the Pakistani fighter jets, gunship helicopters, heavy artillery, and over 60,000 troops have relentlessly attacked the ethnic Baloch civilians. Over 10,000 casualties were reported to be caused by direct military action and military blockade imposed by the Pakistani forces on Baloch areas. Majority of these deaths were caused by starvation, thirst, and non-availability of medical assistance.

More than 300,000 Baloch are forced out of their homes in occupied Balochistan. These Baloch Refugees are now scattered in neighboring territories of Pakistan. They are living under extremely harsh conditions, and they are in dire need of assistance. Unfortunately, the Pakistani regime has imposed restrictions on all Pakistani humanitarian organization to offer any help to the Baloch Refugees.To get an idea of the plight of the Baloch Refugees, please read the article, "When pride stands in the way of tears" by Bahzad Alam Khan, published in the prestigious English daily newspaper of Pakistan, the Dawn, and also on our Blog.

The Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile pleads to your esteemed organization to urgently investigate this humanitarian crisis in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan, and make immediate arrangements to send emergency aid to help the Baloch Refugees. We need to setup refugee camps for the displaced Baloch nationals. We must establish field hospitals to treat the sick and injured civilians, and offer makeshift schools for the Baloch children.

Friends of GOB (Exile) who have visited various areas in Balochistan have identified and recommended the following locations for these refugee camps:

  • Kashmore-Jacobabad-Sibi areas
  • Rakhni-Barkhan-Fort Munro areas
  • Quetta city

Each camp must have access to off-road vehicles, ambulances, landmine clearing vehicles, and rescue helicopters to reach the displaced Baloch nationals. The camps must be equipped with medicine, tents, clothing, blankets, water, foodstuff, milk powder, veterinary medicine, food for animals, and etcetera to sustain the Baloch Refugees and save their livestock.

It is imperative that your organization understands that "Ethnic Cleansing" is taking place in occupied Balochistan by the Punjabi-dominated Pakistan government forces, and therefore, the Baloch Refugees do not trust anyone of Punjabi ethnicity who works for you. The refugees prefer to deal only with foreigners and ethnic Baloch, Pashtun and Sindhi nationals. Please be cognizant of this fact and avoid hiring Punjabis to assist the Baloch Refugees.

Your involvement to establish refugee camps will certainly minimize the sufferings of the affected Baloch Refugees. Furthermore, your presence in Balochistan will expose the atrocities being committed by the Pakistani military regime on the oppressed Baloch people. These camps will facilitate visits by international journalists so they can witness the suffering of the Baloch Refugees and investigate the ground realities in the conflict-ridden areas of occupied Balochistan.

Furthermore, GOB (Exile) can facilitate your operation in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan. We can appeal to all the ethnic Baloch people in the region to step forward and assist you to help their fellow Baloch nationals.

If you are in a position to forward this appeal to other humanitarian organizations, we would greatly appreciate your help. But, please take this urgent matter under serious consideration, and propose a plan of action at your earliest convenience.

Meanwhile, please feel free to contact us for any clarifications or details. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.


Sincerely,


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


The above appeal was sent to:


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Thursday, July 13, 2006

When pride stands in the way of tears

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – The Dawn newspaper is considered one of the most conservative, prestigious, and pro-government English dailies in Pakistan. The newspaper’s readership encompasses much of Pakistan’s power elite – Pakistani politicians, military officers, bureaucrats, leading universities, academia, businessmen and chief executives of multinational companies.

The Dawn’s viewpoint carries weight; it provokes debate and influences the thoughts of many powerful individuals. The article,
When pride stands in the way of tears by Dawn’s special correspondent Bahzad Alam Khan is reproduced below for our reader’s convenience:


When pride stands in the way of tears
Balochistan diaries: First of a series of reports



By BAHZAD ALAM KHAN (Dawn Special Correspondent)


DEH KHALIAN (District Jafarabad): Fifty-something Fateh Ali says he is too proud a Baloch to cry over the death of a child in public. Yet he struggles to hold back his tears as he recalls how his young daughter was killed when army helicopter gunships strafed the suburbs of Dera Bugti one chilly night last December in an operation that was ostensibly meant to target militants engaged in anti-state guerilla warfare.

“My girl had just had her evening meal when she was hit by shrapnel from one of the many bombs dropped by the army helicopters that hovered over our mud-brick huts near Haft Wali for hours that night. The troops who took part in the operation must have known full well that they were attacking a civilian settlement unable to return fire,” he says, clenching his fists in helpless anger. “I wish I had the means to take revenge.”

Ali now lives with hundred-odd Bugti tribesmen on desolate farmland irrigated by the Pat Feeder canal, lined with eucalyptus and acacia trees, in Jafarabad.

With womenfolk confined to an improvised thatched hut, the men, with long-barreled rifles slung over their shoulders, lazily take turns to graze whatever cattle they are left with.

“The army helicopters destroyed our standing wheat crops. They also destroyed the grain stored from last year’s crop. We fled the area in such haste that we left behind the bodies of our near and dear ones unburied. Our children are not going to school anymore and young, able-bodied members of our tribe, who were previously employed, are constantly harried by law-enforcement agencies,” says Ali Nawaz.

Showing remarkable courage in the face of adversity, these displaced tribesmen say they still look up to Nawab Akbar Bugti with unimpaired loyalty.

Asked how they would have felt if the Nawab had mended fences with the establishment through negotiations and they would not have been dislodged from their ancestral towns, they give incensed looks and a curt reply: “No, the Nawab is a fighter.”

“Like us, he is also suffering. And we will go back to Dera Bugti only when he returns to his house. We will win our war,” says Nawaz with the resolution of an armed warrior, although, by his own admission, his only worldly possession is a worn-out sheepskin water-container, known as the “khalli” in the vernacular.

It is unclear how many Bugti displaced people (DPs) actually poured into neighbouring cities and towns following the outbreak of hostilities between the warring tribesmen and the law-enforcement agencies in the early summer of last year.

The Dera Bugti Nazim, Kazim Bugti, puts the number of DPs at over a hundred thousand. His assertions about the involvement of army helicopters in Dera Bugti military operations lend credence to the claims of the DPs. The accusation is stoutly denied by the government, however.

The vice-president of the Jamhori Watan Party, Rafiq Ahmed Khoso, says that not only were sophisticated weapons used against largely unprotected civilian settlements but relief workers were also turned away. “I visited many camps of DPs in Nasirabad, Jafarabad, Kashmore and other neighbouring towns. And I was told that Edhi relief volunteers were asked either to leave or operate among DPs without government security.”

However, a spokesman for the Edhi Foundation says that a four-member team visited camps of DPs in Jafarabad, Nasirabad and Dera Murad Jamali about two months back and returned only when Dera Bugti’s top bureaucracy chief, Abdul Samad Lasi, told them that they would be called when needed. “Mr Lasi assured us that the government would do all it could to help the DPs,” says the spokesman.

“You can ask anybody here whether he has received government assistance or not. Their answer will be a big ‘no’,” says Mr Khoso, pointing to the Bugti tribesmen in Deh Khalian. They nod in agreement. But just as the government is rattled about the flight of warlike Bugtis into other areas, people of neighbouring towns and cities view their influx with ill-concealed unease. According to former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, whose constituency (NA-266) is currently playing host to thousands of DPs, Bugti tribesmen can hardly be expected to be greeted with open arms in Nasirabad and Jafarabad, strongholds of the Jamali tribe.

“Bugti DPs are a problem for us. You see, they are not accustomed to living in peace and harmony. In the past, they lived by plunder and loot. Such offences obviously did not add to their popularity among the people of neighbouring cities who were their victims. But the government seems to be determined to change the demographic complexion of Dera Bugti,” says Mr Jamali alluding to the recent migration of Kalpar and Masouri who were in the bad books of Nawab Akbar Bugti.

It is widely believed that the Kalpars and Masouris returned to their ancestral towns in Dera Bugti only when they were guaranteed continued state protection and a steady supply of funds, weapons and food.

“This is nothing but a rumour,” says Mohammad Kalpar (named changed on request) in Dera Murad Jamali.

“Of course we need protection in an area dominated for long by our enemies. But one thing gives me sleepless nights. I know that sooner or later the government will strike a deal with the Nawab, who has not been killed by troops despite the fact that they know very well where he is in the mountains. And when that happens, the Nawab will persecute us with a vengeance.

“We have been betrayed by the government at least twice in the past. How do we know that we won’t be betrayed again?” he asks.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Government of Balochistan (in Exile) sends condolences to India’s Prime Minister, and condemns Pakistan for the terrorist attacks

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – General Secretary of the newly formed Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile, Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, on Tuesday sent his condolences to India’s Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over the devastation wrought by terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

GOB (Exile) condemned the Pakistani spy agency, Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) for the terrorist attacks in India, an ally of Balochistan in its “Baloch War of Independence”. Baloch offered to cooperate with the Indian authorities to capture the suspected terrorists.

Seven bombs hit Mumbai's commuter rail network during rush hour Tuesday evening, killing at least 147 people and wounding more than 400 in what authorities called a well-coordinated terrorist attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility in the bombings, which came in quick succession – a common tactic employed by Pakistani supported Kashmiri militants. The blasts came hours after a series of grenade attacks by Islamic extremists killed eight people in the main city of India's part of Kashmir.

Pakistan, India's rival over the disputed territory of Kashmir, is the prime suspect. The Pakistani military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf has openly expressed his displeasure with India over recent developments in the region.

The current rift between the two nuclear-armed foes started when Indian officials used diplomatic channels to condemn Pakistan over its use of armed forces to suppress the ethnic Baloch in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan. Pakistani military regime retaliated, and soon the Pakistani-supported Taliban terrorists murdered an Indian expatriate working in Afghanistan.

During President George Bush’s recent visit to India, the Americans favored India over Pakistan in a nuclear deal that would circumvent nuclear non-proliferation restrictions to allow India to advance its nuclear technology for civilian projects. Furthermore, Afghan authorities are negotiating with their Indian counterparts to send Indian commandos into Afghanistan to assist the Afghan government forces. This development has irked the Pakistani military regime that feels threatened to be encircled by Indian forces on both sides of its borders.

Pakistan's motive for committing this crime against humanity is evident – to destablize India.

The following message was sent to India’s Prime Minister:


MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE:

To:

Prime Minister
Dr. Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, India


Dear Prime Minister:

The Government of Balochistan (In Exile) and the Baloch people extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to your Excellency, to the people of India, and the bereaved families at this hour of national grief. We are confident that your Government and the people of India will bear this tragedy with fortitude.

Our prayers are with the bereaved families and all those affected by the disaster.

We condemn any terrorist attacks on India, and would like to offer assistance to the Government of India to apprehend the suspected terrorists.


Sincerely yours,


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

Sunday, July 09, 2006

URGENT PLEA: Humanitarian crisis in Pakistani occupied Balochistan

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – The Punjabi Raj and its military wing, the Pakistani armed forces, have embarked on “ethnic cleansing” of the Baloch nationals in occupied Balochistan. More than 300,000 Baloch are now displaced, and they are living as refugees under harsh conditions in neighboring territories of Pakhtunkhaw (officially known as the Northwest Frontier Province), Punjab, and Sindh.

Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile and its council members appeal to the global community and to the readers of this Blog to write to humanitarian organizations about the plight of the “Baloch Refugees”. These refugees are living in extreme hardship, and they are in dire need of assistance at this critical juncture.

The humanitarian organizations must setup refugee camps for the displaced Baloch nationals. They should establish field hospitals to treat the sick and injured civilians, and offer makeshift schools for the Baloch children. Friends and visitors who have visited various areas in Balochistan have identified and suggested the following locations for these refugee camps:

  • Kashmore-Jacobabad-Sibi area
  • Rakhni-Barkhan-Fort Munro areas
  • Quetta city

Each camp must have access to off-road vehicles, ambulances, landmine clearing vehicles, and rescue helicopters to reach the displaced Baloch nationals. The camps must be equipped with medicine, tents, clothing, blankets, water, foodstuff, milk powder, veterinary medicine, and etcetera to sustain the refugee and their livestock.

It is imperative that these humanitarian organizations are informed that “ethnic cleansing” is taking place in occupied Balochistan by the Punjabi Raj, and therefore, the Baloch Refugees do not trust anyone of Punjabi ethnicity who works for them. The refugees prefer to deal only with foreigners and ethnic Baloch, Pashtun and Sindhi nationals. All hiring by these organizations must be cognizant of this fact and avoid hiring Punjabis to assist the Baloch Refugees.

Involvement of humanitarian organizations to establish refugee camps will certainly minimize the sufferings of the affected Baloch Refugees. Furthermore, their presence in Balochistan will expose the atrocities being committed by the Punjabi Raj on the oppressed Baloch people. These camps will facilitate visits by international journalists so they can witness the suffering of the Baloch Refugees and investigate the ground realities in the conflict-ridden areas of occupied Balochistan.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Final verdict of the Baloch people: FREEDOM FOREVER !

PRESS RELEASE:


Last days of the Punjabi dominated Pakistani federation: Mengal

KALAT, Balochistan – The Baloch Nationalist leader, Sardar Attaullah Mengal said that the crisis in Balochistan has finally reached the point of no return, and the Baloch people do not want to be allied with the Punjabi-dominated Pakistani federation anymore. He assured that the Balochi people would emerge victorious in this battle.

Mengal said that since the invasion of Balochistan by the Pakistani armed forces in 1948, the Baloch nation revolted five times; but the current crisis has crossed all previous conflicts and it has had the most profound effect on the entire Baloch population. He clarified that both the adversaries, the Baloch nation and the Punjabi Raj, have finally reached the point of no return and that there is not even a slight chance of any hope for a resolution.

He said, “Thousands of Balochis are sacrificing their precious lives for the defense of their homeland and culture pitted against an incomprehensible and powerful adversary, the government of Pakistan. But, I’m sure that the Baloch people will emerge victorious in this battle against the might of the enemy.”

Mengal added that the Pakistani occupation force has created a sense of hatred among the Baloch people for the military regime as well as the existence of Pakistan as a country. According to him, Balochistan and Pakistan will never be able to coexist again.

He pointed out that every government imposed on Pakistan by the Punjabi Raj since the partition of India has practiced fascism by oppressing ethnic minorities, especially the Baloch people. He added that the government’s intelligence agencies have been given unlimited powers in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan to kidnap, torture, terrorize and murder Baloch activist. According to Mengal, these ‘agencies’ are worst than the ‘imperial agencies’ as they are not even answerable to the court of law or God himself. He said that as a result, thousands of Baloch nationals in the occupied Balochistan have been abducted, tortured, terrorized and murdered by these ‘agencies’ that operate with complete impunity. He compared the present atrocities committed by the Punjabi Raj to the British Raj and said that it is worse today, and a close comparison would reveal that in the days of the British Raj, freedom of expression was permitted; but now things have deteriorated as far back as to the days of serfdom.

He was critical of the common practice by the Pakistani government for blaming the crisis in occupied Balochistan on ‘Foreign Hands’. Mengal retorted, “It is very easy to levy an allegation. Even I can allege that General Musharraf is a foreign agent, and I also reserve the right to be considered one as well. If foreign hands are involved, then why has Pakistan not lodged a strong protest against that country or elements? These are all baseless allegations concocted by the ‘agencies’.”

Mengal assured that there are no more solutions left to resolve the crisis in occupied Balochistan as the present conditions have deteriorated beyond anyone’s control; and the Baloch people have instinctively sensed the worsening of the crisis. He pointed out that the Baloch nation is now expressing their extreme hatred towards the Punjabi Raj, and they do not wish to be allied with the so-called Pakistani federation.

He said that even the best available democratic government in Pakistan has failed to deliver justice to the Baloch masses, and unless the Baloch people’s faith in the Punjabi Raj is restored, there would never be a compromise. He stated that it is only a matter of time before a verdict is reached whether the Baloch will accept Punjabi Raj or not; and it will happen regardless of this verdicts acceptance or rejection by the Pakistani government.

Mengal added that although the Pakistani federation survived after losing Bangladesh, it would crumble like a sand house if it looses one more territory. He said that although Punjabi Raj’s domination persisted since the creation of Pakistan, the only difference today is that this dominance is being perpetuated through the use of extreme and oppressive force.

“General Pervez Musharraf and his ‘agencies’ are responsible for hammering the final nail into the coffin of the so-called Pakistani federation,” said Mengal.

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, general secretary of the newly formed Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile stepped forward and openly declared that the final verdict of the Baloch people is to be a free nation. He emphasized that the illegal occupation of Balochistan by the Punjabi Raj and its Pakistani federation must cease, and there should be no reason for the Baloch nation to continue wearing the chains of slavery. He assured that today the Baloch nation has risen and they demand their freedom, either through negotiations or warfare.

Baloch demanded that the United Nations must get involved immediately to finalize the liberation of Balochistan and end the “Baloch Holocaust”. He said that the Pakistani military regime has prepared plans to conduct large-scale genocide of the Baloch people. He pointed out that the Punjabi Raj has a history of crimes against humanity: in 1947, they killed over 600,000 Hindus and Sikhs, in 1971, they massacred over 3 million Bengalis; from 1973 to 1976, they butchered over 30,000 Baloch nationals; and now they have already killed more than 10,000 Baloch tribesmen either through direct military action or through starvation, thirst and denial of medical assistance to non-combatant, innocent Baloch men, women and children.

Baloch wants to shake the global community into action by emphasizing that the Punjabi Raj is committing crimes against humanity in Pakistani-occupied Balochistan and it must be stopped immediately. He said that the “Baloch Holocaust” is in progress, and the world must intervene to stop the Punjabi Raj from killing innocent men, women and children.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Baloch, Pashtun and Sindhi tribes must unite to end Punjabi hegemony and oppression

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – One has to be blind, deaf or mentally challenged to ignore the fact that the miseries inflicted upon the ethnic Baloch, Pashtun, and Sindhi races in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is caused by a single race – the Punjabi Muslim. Since the partition of India in 1947, the fascist “Punjabi Raj” has systematically oppressed the minorities in Pakistan. The laws of the country are designed in such a way that it favors the Pakistani province of Punjab and its people at the expense of the minorities from other areas. Prior to 1971, this Punjabi centric policy even alienated the Bengalis of Bangladesh (former East Pakistan) who eventually seceded from Pakistan (West Pakistan).

To strengthen their hold on oppressed minorities, the Punjabis have turned the Pakistani armed forces into a country club for the Punjabi people and the loyalist minorities. However, it is rare to find any Balochi or Sindhi serving in the Pakistani military, but it is common to find a few loyalist Pashtuns from Pakhtunkhaw (officially known as the Northwest Frontier Province) serving the Punjabi Raj to illegally colonize parts of Afghanistan (Pakhtunkhaw and Northern Balochistan), Balochistan, Northern Areas (including Kashmir), and Sindh. In order to control any revolt by the minority races, the Punjabi Raj has convinced the minorities (predominantly Muslims) that the Punjabi people are their Muslim brethrens. In fact, the Punjabi Raj repeated the same rhetoric to the Muslims of Bangladesh before the Punjabi armed forces killed over 3 million Bengalis and raped more than 250,000 of their womenfolk.

It is a historical fact that the Baloch, Pashtuns, and Sindhis have coexisted with each other for centuries. They learned how to coupe and overcome any challenges, and were able to rule the region together in harmony. But, ever since the Punjabi Raj took control of the area, they have oppressed the minorities, and meddled into the internal affairs of Afghanistan and India resulting in chaos.

To further strengthen their grip on the region, the Punjabi Raj has developed a modern armed force, equipped its forces with nuclear arsenal, and aligned itself with Islamic terrorists. It destabilized Afghanistan to the brink of total annihilation, and engaged the Indian army in a perpetual Islamic insurgency in Kashmir. At the same time, the conniving Punjabi Raj was successful in convincing the western nations that Pakistan is an ally in the ‘War on Terror’, though it is now clearly evident that the Punjabi Raj is the real terror.

Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile extends an invitation to the Pashtun and Sindhi tribes to join the Baloch freedom struggle to liberate not only Balochistan, but also free Pakhtunkhaw and Sindh from the occupation of the Punjabi Raj. For the last 59 years, the behavior of the Punjabi Raj towards the minorities is a clear indication that the Punjabi race is the enemy of the Baloch, Pashtun and Sindhi races.

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, general secretary of the newly formed GOB (Exile) announced today that the time has come for all the minority ethnic races in Punjabi-controlled Pakistan, especially the Baloch, the Pashtuns and the Sindhis, to unite and end the Punjabi hegemony in the region and cease their oppression of the minorities. He emphasized that the common enemy of Afghanistan, Balochistan, India, Pakhtunkhaw and Sindh is the Punjabi-controlled Pakistan. Therefore, he encouraged India and Afghanistan to financially, morally and militarily support the freedom struggle of the Baloch, Pashtuns and the Sindhis to end the Punjabi Raj.


Baloch News Bureau Report


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

Balochistan: Polarization of Nationalist and Loyalist Baloch

PRESS RELEASE:


KALAT, Balochistan – On June 6th, 2006, during a political speech at Meezaan Chowk in Quetta, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, an ethnic Pashtun politician, called upon the Baloch people and said, “Any Baloch who does not support His Greatnesses Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti Sahib and Nawab Khair Buksh Marri Sahib – especially during the present crisis in Balochistan – is a ‘Bay Ghairat’ (one without any honor).”

The Pakistani military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf has systematically used the names of Baloch (those who are loyal to the occupying forces) in their media assault on the Baloch nation. These loyalists appear out of nowhere and start making ridiculous statements against the “Baloch War of Independence”, Baloch freedom fighters, and Baloch nationalist leaders. However, there are also notable “Baloch Loyalists” such as Jam Mohammad Yousaf, Zubaida Jalal and many more who continue to batter the Baloch struggle for freedom.

The ongoing “Baloch War of Independence” is a very important moment in the history of Balochistan. This is an event that has drawn a clear-cut line between those who support the sovereignty of Balochistan as a country, and those who want the Baloch nation to continue to live as slaves of the occupying forces of Iran and Pakistan. In other words, this division is between “Baloch Nationalist” and “Baloch Loyalist”.


A Baloch Nationalist is someone who opposes the illegal occupation of Balochistan by Iran and Pakistan. He wants to liberate the Baloch nation, and end the slavery of the Baloch people by the occupying forces. He desires freedom and equality of the Baloch people, and total autonomy and self-determination of Balochistan. He is a Baloch Freedom Fighter, and he struggles for self-determination through dialogue, and if that fails, he will engage in warfare. But, he will never succumb to intimidation by the occupying forces; he would rather die than join the occupying forces in their oppression of the Baloch people.

A Baloch Loyalist is someone who has sold his soul to the devil. A Loyalist will support the occupation forces to continue colonizing Balochistan, usurp its resources, and prolong its draconian rules to oppress the Baloch people. The Loyalist will do everything in their power to sabotage the freedom struggle by the Baloch nation to liberate Balochistan. For spilling the blood of the Baloch Nationalist, the Baloch Loyalist reaps financial and political rewards from the occupying forces.

There are numerous Baloch parliamentarians who are still serving in the rubber-stamp government concocted by the Pakistani military regime. These Baloch leaders are hopeful that dialogue and negotiations may solve the grievances of the Baloch people. But, the “Baloch War of Independence” and the massacre of the Baloch people by the occupying forces should clarify any misunderstanding in these parliamentarians’ mind – the Baloch are an oppressed nation.

It is time for the Baloch parliamentarians to reassess their failed strategy and make the necessary changes to coupe with the ground realities. The Baloch nation wants to hear from their leaders whether they are Nationalists or Loyalists. As far as Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, Nawab Khair Buksh Marri and Sardar Ataullah Mengal along with some of their family members are concerned, they have already taken a crystal clear position. These brave men have committed to being declared Baloch Nationalists, and they are prepared to face any consequences for their conviction in liberating Balochistan.

Because of persecution under treason charges by the occupation forces, many Baloch leaders are waiting for the opportune time to make such an announcement. Mir Azaad Khan Baloch, general secretary of the newly formed Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile said, “As long as these Baloch leaders do not openly defame or allow the occupation government spokesmen to issue derogatory press statements in their presence or from their residences against the Baloch resistance, we will still honor them as Baloch Nationalists. But, if they show any signs of loyalty to the occupying forces, then they will definitely be labeled as Baloch Loyalists (or traitors); and we will treat traitors in the same manner as they are treated all over the world.”

GOB (Exile) announced today that it is time for the entire Baloch community to purge Balochistan by identifying the Baloch Loyalists. GOB (Exile) is compiling a list and would like the Baloch people to email names of known Baloch Loyalists to:

GovernmentOfBalochistan@hushmail.com


Baloch News Bureau Report


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