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ANALYSIS: Assessing Article 370 —Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\28\story_28-3-2010_pg3_4

The question is, will Article 370 be acceptable to those who call the shots here? What will be done about the properties that people from other provinces already own there? Will Gwadar be exempted because most top guns hold property there? Will the army and the navy, who have numerous cantonments and bases, even consider giving up their rights?

Last week in these pages Mr Riaz Shahid in his column ‘An Article 370 for Balochistan’, (Daily Times, March 21, 2010) suggested applying some clauses of Article 370 of Jammu and Kashmir in Balochistan. It is a courageous suggestion and I do not doubt Mr Shahid’s good intentions. The suggestion has not been put forward before and therefore it needs to be assessed for its usefulness and implementation in the conditions of Balochistan.

A G Noorani in his piece, ‘Article 370: Law and politics’, says: “Those who cavil at Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and the ‘specia…

Complete strike in Balochistan

Published: March 28, 2010

QUETTA – A complete shutterdown and wheel-jam strike was observed in different parts of Balochistan, including the provincial capital, on Saturday against the alleged forced annexation of the province. Infuriated mob also torched vehicles in Quetta and Turbat.

Baloch National Front (BNF), an alliance of 10 nationalist parties, which was also supported by other parties, traders and transporters associations.In Quetta, all main markets and shopping centres at Jinnah Road, Liaquat Bazaar, Shara-e-Iqbal, Double Road, Sariab Road, Brewery Road, Joint Road and Qambrani Road remained closed throughout the day. However, thin traffic was witnessed on various roads of the City.

Due to wheel-jam strike, attendance at the government offices remained thin while a holiday was announced for all government and private educational institutions.
Administration had taken strict security arrangements to avert any untoward incident in the provincial capital as police backed by Fronti…

Mir Hazar Khan Marri and Baloch national struggle a historical analyses

27.03.2010By: Shah Nawaz Marri Mir Hazar Khan Ramkani Marri is son of Mukhadam Gula Khan Marri. Gula Khan was the traditional head of the Ramkani section of the Bijarani branch of Marris. The Marris are divided into three main sections, the Gazainis, the Bijaranis and the Loharanis. Each of these sections is then divided into sub-sections. The Sardars of the tribes historically was rotatory and elections were held between different tribes Mukhadams for sardari, it became part of Gazaini section after the intervention of the British, even after this the Marri tribe is of democratic structure the Sardar is the first among equals. Each Marri tribesman has a standing and a voice in Marri society. The Sardar or the clan chief cannot and will not ever insult a Marri and it is because of this mutual respect the loyalties of a Marri to his Sardar or clan leader is phenomenal. The Ramkani Marris live in central Marri area of Tadri, a rugged area with good grazing grounds and man-made terra…

Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline accord, termed it as “Grand Religio-Commercial deal of the century”, says Baloch leader

BSO-NA opposes Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline accord, termed it as “Grand Religio-Commercial deal of the century”
WASHINGTON DC, March 26- Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA) strongly opposes Iran-Pakistan Gas pipeline operational accord signed between Pakistan and Iran in Istanbul on March 17th . The proposed project doesn’t take into consideration the aspirations of Baloch people on either side of the border, as pipeline passes through Balochistan. Dr. Wahid Baloch, President of BSO-NA said, “Baloch people cannot guarantee safety and security of the pipeline that passes through Baloch territory. We consider Balochistan as an occupied territory and Pakistan has no legal and moral right to sign any such deal.”
He warned both countries that “Those who invest in the project without taking into account Baloch consent are at their own risk, as Baloch are fighting their war of independence against the occupying forces”. It is time to reiterate our stand by quoting our leader Shaheed Nawab A…

Baluchistan Governor Contradicts Pakistani Interior Minister

2 -Pakistani PM: Proof Of Indian Interference In Baluchistan Shared With U.S.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani has said that the U.S. has been briefed about India’s interference in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province where Baluchi rebels are fighting for independence, according to an Urdu-language newspaper.Gilani said that the evidence of Indian interference was shared with the U.S. national security advisor. He added that the issue will be taken up with the Indian prime minister during an upcoming meeting in Sharm El Sheikh.According to a report in the Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt, the Pakistani prime minister, who is in Washington for the Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue, said that the U.S. did not trust Pakistan in the past but now supports Pakistan’s stance on the issues in the region.He said that the start of the strategic dialogue between the two countries is ‘‘a major change in U.S. policy.”Source: Roznama Nawa-i-Waqt, Pakistan, March 25, 20102-Baluchista…