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BNC denounces the Baloch militants groups and their suicidal skirmishes in Balochistan WASHINGTON DC--  Balochistan National Congress (BNC), the primer Baloch body in the U.S, called upon all Baloch militants groups to shun their path of violence and militancy and use only peaceful non-violent means of struggle to secure Balochistan for Baloch people. All the Baloch militants groups who are flexing their muscles inside Balochistan, with their ill-advised skirmishes, are being funded either by India, to run their proxy war against Pakistan or by ISI (BLA and UBA) to collect information and pass it on to ISI for containing and countering the Baloch people's struggle from freedom and justice.  Both BLA and UBA are ISI funded Baloch militant groups, disguised as " Baloch freedom fighters ", but in fact they are working and colluding with Pakistan's ISI to  Contain, Counter   and  Control   the Baloch struggle for freedom and Justice by attracting the yo

Educated middle-class gradually assume the mantle of nationalist leadership

Unlike previous insurgencies, which remained confined to a few districts and were driven primarily by demands for provincial autonomy, the present insurgency displays pervasive violence and deepening nationalist fervour. This insurgency marks both the emergence of a middle class sympathetic to the nationalist cause, and the territorial expansion of Baloch nationalism. What was initially a localized movement, limited to the regions dominated by Marri, Mengal, and Bugti population groups, was diffused to other nontribal areas like the southern Makran belt. After Nawab Akbar Bugti‘s death, there was a pronounced shift in the geography of insurgency from the traditional bases of Dera Bugti and Kohlu toward Quetta, Mastung, and Khuzdar in central Balochistan and to Awaran, Turbat, Panjgur, and Gwadar in the south (Hasan 2014). The sphere of nationalist insurgency extended from Chagai in the west, between Iran and Afghanistan, and Gwadar, on Balochistan‘s southern coast, to Hub, the southea

Changing Contours of Baloch Nationalist Movement

Abstract Since early 2000 Balochistan is yet again embroiled in a cobweb of violence. The presence of rudimentary representative institutions during the democratic interlude in the 1990s had afforded a semblance of medium to nationalist elites to articulate their grievances within the institutional mould. However, the abrupt rupture of institutionalised medium in concomitance with a repressive state apparatus during the dictatorial regime of General Pervez Musharraf signified not only the emergence of violent politics as the medium of contestation but a paradigmatic shift in the morphology, objectives and geography of the Baloch nationalist movement. Resultantly, current movement differs from many of its iterations in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. This paper attempts to identify such diacritical markers. It argues that the present movement is undergoing a process of leadership transformation with the participation of young and more articulate middle class setting off a process of „de-triba