The central spokesman of BRP (Baloch Republican Party) Sher Mohammad Bugti in his recent statement denied the claims of termination of military operation in Balochistan and said that state powers are busy in blinding the world about what is happening in Balochistan and atrocities of state forces and agencies against Baloch nation.
He further said that after a successful attack of Baloch resistant on so-called “Sarkari Lashker”, pakistani forces intensified the on going operation in “Go-pat, Jano Bedi, Toba Sundarani and surrounding areas.
pakistani forces have violated the sanctity of the Baloch households and torched the standing crops of Baloch farmers. Such atrocities are screaming proves of the mental defeat of pakistani forces.
After the defeat on resistance level, pakistani forces have intensified inhuman activities against innocent Baloch people. On one hand, the occupying state claim the end of military operations while on the hand its forces continue atrocities against Baloch nation.
We appeal to the world organizations to take notice of on-going genocide of Baloch nation
Occupied Balochistan : Baloch Republican Army fighters ambushed a convoy of occupying pakistani para-military forces and state sponsored Sarkari Lashker in Pat feeder area of Sui tehsil of Dera Bugti on Monday.
According to the details, A convoy of occupying forces and so-called “Sarkari Lashker” was heading toward pat feeder area for an operation when Baloch freedom fighters of BRA ambushed it in janu Bedi area of Pat feeder with sophiscated weapons.
As a result of the attack, Nabi Dad aka Bhai, the head of Sarkari Lashker was killed along with one of his close friend and 4 personnel of occupying forces including ranked officers.
Nabi dad and its Sarkari Lashker collaborated with occupying forces of pakistan against Baloch national cause and participated in military operations, killings and abductions of innocent Balochs. Sarkari Lashker built many torture cells and cells with the help and cooperation of occupying forces where they detain and inhumanly torture innocent Baloch for extortion money.
Baloch Republican Army warns all elements working against Baloch national cause or collaborating with occupying forces, to learn a lesson from termination of Bhai khan and abandon all the anti-baloch activities or else they will face the same fate.
Courtesy : Baloch Republican Army
Occupying forces’ crackdown against political parties continue, a member of BRP killed 4 abducted from Naseerabad
According to the official account of Sher MohammaBugti, the central spokesman of Baloch Republican Party on twitter, occupying para-military forces and intelligence agencies of pakistani have started a massive and huge crackdown against all pro-independence Baloch political parties all over Balochistan.
They abduct Baloch students, political activists, lawyers, poets hence all pro-independence Baloch in broad daylight from houses, bus stops, offices or while travelling. After a long time of illegal detention and inhuman torture, pakistani forces kill them extra-judicially and dump their bodies on deserted places or roadsides.
following this tactic,occupying para-military forces raided Mangoli, an adjacent area of Naseerabad town of Balochistan and killed Ismail Bugti, the town organizer of Baloch Republican Party and abducted other activists Qurban Bugti, Abdul Latif, Pir Jan and Nadir Jan and shifted to an undisclosed location.
Mr. Sher Mohammad Bugti appealed to the United Nations and Human Rights Organizations to take notice of human rights violations and atrocities of pakistani forces committed against Baloch nation.
Occupied Balochistan : military operations continues in different parts of Balochistan.occupying forces continue brutal operations in different areas of Dera Bugti.
From past few months, pakistani para-military forces have intensified their massive operations in different parts of Balochistan and arrested hundreds of Baloch teenagers and men and killed tens of other. other atrocities i.e. burning standing crops, looting cash,jewelry & other possessions,harassing women, children and aged-persons and other are beyond any calculation.
In a similar incident on Saturday, a large number of vehicles of pakistani forces in a shape of convoy besieged Mangoli, an adjacent area of Naseerabad, Balochistan and started a door to door search operation.
Ismail Ramezai Bugti Baloch, a common Baloch and a farmer by profession was killed by occupying forces when he resisted with his empty hand against the harassment of women of his family by pakistani forces.
Furthermore, a large number of Baloch teenagers and youth were arrested in the operation and huts were burnt and as the operations continue, numbers of causalities and arrests can rise.
By Mir Sohaib Mengal
The media and the judiciary keep concentrating on non-issues but turn a blind eye to brutalities and human rights violations by state-run agencies
Prime Minister Gilani, on his recent visit to Quetta, asked the militants to shun violence and urged them to choose the path of peace. He was addressing the passing out parade of the recruits of Pakistan Army in Balochistan. It seems that Mr Gilani was unaware of what his men in uniform and plain clothes were doing in Khuzdar, Gwadar and other parts of Balochistan while he was enjoying dry-fruits in the garrison city of Quetta on his short visit. In a very short span of three days, nine mutilated bodies of Baloch missing persons were found from different parts of Balochistan.
The first two victims of the brutal ‘kill and dump’ policy were Irfat Baloch and Kareem Jan Baloch. Irfat, a teenage boy, was a student of Turbat Degree College. He was abducted along with two other friends on September 23, 2011 from Pasni Cross. Their vehicle was intercepted when they were on their way to Quetta for a study tour. Kareem Jan Baloch, a political and social activist, went missing on August 8, 2011 from Tump, district Kech. He was detained illegally for 58 days before his brutally tortured body was found along with Irfat Baloch.
The whole of Balochistan mourned — strikes were observed throughout the province but the worst had yet to come. On October 9, the Baloch nation witnessed one of its most terrible days when the bullet-riddled bodies of 11-year-old Abdul Wahid Baloch (who was also called Balaach) and Ghulam Ullah Baloch, General Secretary of Baloch Watan Movement, were found from Baghbana, Khuzdar.
The young Balaach gained popularity when a picture of him wearing a Balochistan flag was posted on social websites a year ago. The shirt he was wearing read: ‘Jiye Azad Balochistan’. This picture went viral on social networking websites where it remained the display picture of many people for several days. But no one actually knew that this picture and Balaach’s participation in protests would actually turn out to be the reason for his brutal death. Balaach was abducted on August 8, 2011 from Khuzdar in the presence of several eyewitnesses. Personnel wearing plain clothes in several vehicles abducted him at gunpoint from a busy market in broad daylight. His tiny body had to bear inhumane torture for 62 days before a bullet in his brain ended his sufferings in October.
The levies found two other bodies from Kulanch, Gwadar on the same day. The deceased were identified as Sameer Rind and Abdul Mutalib Baloch. Sameer Jan Rind was abducted from Turbat during a house raid on October 14, 2010. The 24-year-old student was detained illegally exactly for one year. Sameer Jan’s sister struggled hard for the recovery of her brother. From TV shows to the judiciary, she knocked at every door but she could only get the tortured remains of her young brother. But that was not the end of the Baloch ordeal; some more sisters had to cry, some more mothers had to mourn. The bloody carnage continued unabated, this time for the families of Rashid Ali, Shafi Mohammad and Mirza Rind. Rashid Ali was the vice president of Baloch National Movement Mashkey zone whereas Shafi Mohammad and Mirza Rind were political activists belonging to Kalat and Hub respectively. At least four other political activists, mostly students, were also abducted two weeks ago.
This is not the first time that the powerful Pakistani establishment has introduced its kill and dump policy; the Baloch nation has witnessed many such episodes. They have been under ongoing assault since 2001, when the fifth military operation in the mineral-rich province started but it accelerated in mid-2010 when the bodies of missing Baloch persons started appearing. According to the International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, an organisation mainly comprising family members of the missing Baloch, more than 13,000 Baloch political activists, students, doctors, journalists and social activists are missing. This figure includes more than 200 women and children.
In these conditions, with such hypocrisy and with such an extent of brutality, the invitation for peaceful talks and non-violence remains meaningless. Though the prime minister renewed his earlier pledge and said, “We are ready to go to the doorsteps of angry Baloch leaders to resolve issues through table talks,” which Baloch leader will actually shake hands with a person whose men are killing non-violent political activists on a daily basis? Prime Minister Gilani had earlier assured that the missing persons will start returning home soon. He did fulfil his promise and disappeared persons started appearing, unfortunately, as mutilated and tortured bullet-riddled bodies. More than 300 missing persons have been killed in detention since then.
But the oppressors must never forget that Balochistan has never been a piece of cake for occupiers and intruders. Through brutality and murder, they can earn the anger and never-ending bitterness of the Baloch but not their sympathies.
On the other hand, the criminal silence of the media, judiciary, human rights organisations and so-called Baloch nationalist leaders is beyond comprehension. The media and the judiciary keep concentrating on non-issues but turn a blind eye to brutalities and human rights violations by state-run agencies. The most shocking aspect of all this is the confusion amongst Baloch nationalist leaders. While the leaders remain confused, the killers and bloodthirsty vampires are not. These leaders should not forget that they are in fact Baloch and they are answerable to the Baloch nation for their criminal role. Instead of giving statements on non-issues, these leaders should understand their responsibilities and try to guide the public on countering these inhumane killings. No doubt this is not possible without unity but unity should not be at the expense of ideologies and rights.
Baloch nationalism has been suppressed by extremist forces like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
By Vikram Sood
Abductions of Baloch nationals and their disappearances are now routine. In a matter of three days in October, nine mutilated bodies of Baloch missing persons were found from different parts of Balochistan like Khuzdar and Gwadar.
This list is endless. The rest of the world is, however, far too involved with what is happening in the Arab world or Afghanistan- Pakistan.
The Baloch have had a long list of economic, political and social discrimination against Islamabad. There are a few courageous writers, and the diaspora that feeds the websites and Twitter.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) in its report, ‘We Can Torture, Kill, or Keep You for Years: Enforced Disappearances by Pakistan Security Forces in Balochistan,’ says hundreds of people have disappeared since 2005 in Balochistan.
The HRW has documented 45 cases of enforced disappearances and torture by Pakistani security forces in 2009 and 2010. No one really gets to hear of what is happening in the padded cell.
The largely forgotten and ignored Baloch however keep reminding the world that they are in the midst of their fifth war of independence against their Punjabi oppressor. Here in India too the Baloch issue is hardly noticed mostly because the western press has not commented on it for months.
This is despite the fact that we are routinely accused of interference in Balochistan and we even admitted to discussing this allegation. (Anyone remember the inglorious communiqu © at Sharm el Sheikh two years ago?) Balochistan has suffered not only from neglect by its own governments but also by the rest of the world.
The nationalists among them insist that Balochistan had declared its independence on August 11, 1947 and want a reversal of that.
Their problem is that they are divided, the political structures are weak and that traditional leadership of the Mengals, Marris, Bizenjos and Bugtis has weakened, dispersed or been eliminated. Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, the leader of the Bugti tribe was killed in August 2006.
Akbar Bugti’s grandson escaped to Switzerland while Khair Bux’s other sons Hyrbair, Mehran and Ghezen live overseas. Balaach Marri, the son of Nawab Khair Bux Marri who himself has campaigned for Baloch independence, was killed in Afghanistan in November 2007.
The Baloch believe that both Akbar Bugti and Balaach Marri were killed under orders from General Musharraf. Added to this have been the killings of Shias, carried out in recent times by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
These Sunni extremists, are possibly in league with the Taliban’s Quetta Shura, adding to the confusion about what is happening in the province. Baloch nationalism is, as before, sought to be suppressed through the use of religious forces.
Balochistan always had a strategic relevance for the West. After Germany surrendered in May 1945, a reappraisal of the long term policy of interests of the British empire argued that Britain must retain its military connection with the subcontinent and that, if necessary, Balochistan should be detached from India.
As it turned out, all of Pakistan came under Anglo-American influence after independence. When the massive Baloch insurrection of 1974 broke out Zulfiqar Bhutto had to resort to the use of the Air Force. Peace was restored after General Zia assumed power in 1977. Since then, till today, the struggle has been intermittent but has never died down.
Balochistan has enormous reserves of gas, gold and copper, as well as untapped sources of oil and uranium. Its strategic importance is also as a prospective energy transit route. It adjoins the Arabian Sea and the Straits of Hormuz, through which 40 per cent of the world’s oil resources pass annually.
The exploitation of these natural resources in combination with repressive and discriminatory state-run policies have led to armed uprisings in the province.
Logistic supplies to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan which land in Karachi are also routed through Balochistan. This explains why the US/NATO prefer to ignore events in Balochistan. This could, however, change once the US dependency on routes through Pakistan changes to the Northern routes.
The writer is a former chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)
By Khalid Hayat Jamaldini
What is going on in Balochistan? Is it terrorism? Is it struggle for provincial autonomy? Or is it a Baloch revolutionary movement, aimed at breaking the chains of slavery and changing the status quo–Pakistan’s totalitarian colonialism?
Baloch professors, politicians, intellectuals, human right activists and journalists are brutally gunned down during daylight, while students, political activists and poets are kidnapped in the darkness of night. Their bodies, when found, reveal cruel and agonizing deaths.
News reports make it sound as if the government of Pakistan is unaware of who is behind the chain of murders; the country’s law enforcement agencies also feign ignorance. The victims, however, blame the country’s intelligence agencies for these hideous acts. National and international human rights organizations, like the Human Right Commission of Pakistan, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, draw similar conclusions: they all blame the intelligence agencies of Pakistan.
Officials of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, however, deny such allegations. To date, these intelligence agencies have held foreign hands responsible for the chain of assassinations in Baluchistan. If Pakistan’s intelligence agencies claims are true, the fundamental question is why have they failed to prevent these brutal acts and bring the perpetrators to justice?
Logically, there are three possibilities that account for the failure to prevent the serial killings of Baloch intellectuals: 1) The government, particularly its intelligence agencies, is unwilling to prevent these criminal acts, 2) they are incompetent to do so, or 3) they themselves are behind the murders.
The overall impression of the public is that the Pakistani government at large is not willing to take any actions to prevent these organized crimes against the Baloch people. In the last six decades, not one individual has been caught or brought to justice for any of these murders. This injustice and failure on the part of Pakistani officials has widened the mistrust and disrespect of Baloch people towards Pakistan.
In the past 60 years, Pakistani officials at both the federal and provincial levels have continuously made false promises about positively changing the conditions in Balochistan, whose people have been reduced to poverty. Each ruler coming to power in Pakistan apologizes to the Baloch people for past wrongdoings and promises to change the living conditions of Balochs, a suppressed nation, but they all have failed to abide by their promises. Instead, the stated mission of “doing more,” in effect, translates to a kind of torture on a variety of levels related to the quality of human life, e.g., economical, educational, basic rights, human rights–all are negatively impacted by Pakistan’s efforts to do more for the Baloch.
Considering the bitter experiences of the past, as well as the present’s fearful circumstances, many Balochs have once again given up hope and have stopped dreaming of a better future within Pakistan. The reason and logic behind such decision is vivid: their future will never be bright while living under, in effect, Pakistani captivity.
For the Balochs to rid their lives of brutality, racism, totalitarian rulers, inequality and injustices, those men and women who have a vision of national prosperity–a prosperity that can be enjoyed by the entire Baloch nation–have again organized and started a revolution with the aim of winning the rights of the people of Baluchistan. Simply put, they are organizing to secure their human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, and democratic rights as described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Like every other independence movement, this struggle or movement for liberty has been continuously suppressed by Pakistan and labeled as “terrorism and anti-state activities.” The irony is, of course, that every meaningless visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani or Interior Minister Rehman Malik to Balochistan (aimed at reconciliation) is welcomed by the recovery of innocent, disappeared Baloch youth’s tortured dead bodies.
Mir Sohaib Mengal, in his latest article “The killings and the promises” published in a leading Pakistani newspaper, Daily Times Pakistan, on 19 October, 2011, writes about the recent visit of the Pakistani Prime Minister to Balochistan. It seems that Mr. Gilani was unaware of what his men in uniform and plain clothes were doing in Khuzdar, Gwadar and other parts of Balochistan while he was enjoying dry-fruits in the garrison city of Quetta on his short visit. In the very short span of three days, nine mutilated bodies of Baloch missing persons were found in different parts of Balochistan.
Similarly, Mr. Rehman Malik, who was recently awarded an honorary PhD degree by the University of Karachi (a very divisive point among scholars who question in which capacity he was awarded such a prestige degree), has always filled his pocket with lot of phony stories about issues in Balochistan during his visits. Just recently, for example, Dr. Rehman claimed that he is in touch with the leadership of Baloch separatist groups and has made them agree to table talks. He has said further that the nation would soon hear good news related to this matter.
Prior to Dr. Malik’s statement, the same tactic was used by Senator Lashkari Rasani, the younger brother of the Chief Minister of Balochistan. Both statements were rejected by different pro-independence groups who described them as propaganda for the purpose of creating misunderstanding among the groups and among the people of Balochistan, and to jeopardize the movement by employing mischievous strategies to fan hostility within the Baloch groups and political parties.
For their part, Baloch insurgents reject accusations that they are involved in terrorism or anti-state activities. They characterize their activities as a revolution, one in which hundreds of Balochs of different ages and backgrounds have lost their lives at the hands of Pakistani intelligence agencies who disappear and extra-judicially murder Baloch. Baloch locals also describe military operations carried out by Pakistani forces in many different districts of Balochistan. In this insurgency, Baloch tribal chieftains have also not been spared. The Chief Minister, the Governor, ministers and bureaucrats have all been attacked, as have Balochs who belong to various pro-autonomy parties and who would prefer to remain a part of Pakistan, as well as settlers, particularly the Punjabis (an ethnic group from the Punjab province of Pakistan and also known as the ruling class of the country). Some of these attacks are claimed by Baloch insurgents. Responsibility for others is harder to determine for claims and counter-claims are routine and there is no one to investigate anything in the fog of this war. Baloch insurgents have long appealed for international human rights investigators and journalists to come to Balochistan to conduct their own investigations, but very few have ever responded to this plea, primarily because the Pakistan government both discourages and/or outright prohibits outsiders from visiting Balochistan.
The Baloch insurgency shares some features with sister revolutions in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. Like the citizens of these countries, the Balochs suffer from relative deprivation, meaning that they are deprived of real political power and democracy. In addition, many are tortured to death because of their political activism. If the Baloch, like others, want to change their future, they have to rid themselves of the tyrannical regime under which they live. 60 years of rule by successive Pakistani governments has done nothing to improve the lot of the Baloch people. In fact, the Baloch, as a whole, probably suffer a level of deprivation greater than many of the citizens in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, for little revenue from resources extracted from Balochistan by Pakistan has ever reached the Baloch public. It is this overwhelming deprivation that drives the insurgency. The Baloch want to harness Balochistan’s natural resources to meet the needs of its population long deprived of adequate food, shelter, health services, physical and mental security, and an ability to assert its identity and so on.
This time the current movement has an edge over previous ones–and that is the enthusiastic involvement of educated Baloch youth from different professions, intellectuals and women. There is an eagerness on the part of the public and activists to bring change in order to enjoy a better future in their homeland. Furthermore, it is observed that preference is not given to emotional speeches and press statements by the leadership, the effects of which are not lasting.
What the Baloch have to admit, however, is the harsh reality that their unity, at present, is not healthy enough to bring rapid change. The Baloch still have to work hard to overcome their flaws. Due to their hard work, the world now knows about the barbarism of Pakistan towards the Baloch people. But now the Baloch pro-independence political parties have to step up. They should come up with clear policies regarding how they can make Balochistan a better place to live and invest in. They have to focus on how to unite their people and they have to stop sniping at each other. They should concentrate on table talks to end their differences, rather than giving rivals ammunition with which to imperil the revolution. They still have a long way to go to accomplish that which can only be achieved by unity, committed persons, visionary leadership and excellent team work, but start they must–this fog of war will never lift and development will never begin without it.
The writer belongs to Balochistan and writes on the issue of Balochistan for international and national websites and papers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupied Balochistan : A large number of pakistani forces vehicle have siege Pat feeder, RD 109, Janu Bedi and other adjacent areas of Dera Bugti.
All the ways of transport were blocked by the forces and the forces are frisking everyone and vehicles of the local people.
According to the local people, whenever pakistani forces siege any area like this, it is certain that they are about to begin a massive military operation.
There is no media coverage of all these movements of pakistani forces and their operations. local journalists are threatens to their lives by pakistani secret agencies and forces to avoid reporting such movements,operations and atrocities of pakistani forces.
Baloch people have always appealed to the international media to report atrocities of occupying forces in Balochistan and to the Human Rights Organizations and world powers to intervene in Balochistan and play their vital role to stop atrocities of pakistani forces against the Baloch people