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Contours of the Baloch militant groups even mapping the groups involved in the violence in Balochistan is fraught with danger. “Please be very careful. These are merciless people,” a senior Quetta-based journalist who requested anonymity to talk about the radical groups urged. “It’s very difficult for us to work here.” Reliable information on the insurgent groups is difficult to come by and even harder to corroborate. Nevertheless, the contours of the groups involved in the violence can be established to some extent. A handful of groups dominate the insurgency, of which the Balochistan Liberation Army is perhaps the most well-known. The BLA appeared in its present incarnation soon after the arrest of Khair Bakhsh Marri in January 2000. The powerful Marri chief was accused of having a hand in the murder of a Balochistan High Court judge. Originally a rural phenomenon and limiting

BNP reduced Baluch to a mere puppets of history

M Sarjov Baluchistan national, national party, ppp reduce the Baluch to a mere puppet of history, and portray the Baluch as a masses which has become integrated into Punjabi dominated society through the influence of Pakistani television. The Baluch culture is depicted as a force binding the Baluch to the Pakistan order and incapable of sustaining any real opposition to the existing system except on the individual and small groups level. Self contained culture built around the tribal culture has a limited potential, for it is a culture in which the Baluch remains a subordinated seemingly unable to develop beyond the autonomy. The progressive Baluch are saying, the Baluch are not the abject, defeated, but a nation in full hope and energy relatively educated and defended by a strong Baluch unity for independent Baluchistan. The young educated progressive are preparing to challenge the Sardars and Punjabi domination on Baluch culture only accepts the legitimacy of reform within the Ba

“Mango diplomacy” will further divide the Balochs

“Mango diplomacy” will further divide the Balochs By Malik Siraj Akbar“mango-diplomacy”-will-further-divide-the-balochs/ This scribe was a part of a so-called peace delegation from Balochistan in August 2008 that visited Islamabad to meet people from different walks of life in order to inform them about the actual situation in Balochistan. Organized by a western non-governmental organization, the delegation comprised of representatives of political parties, civil society and the media from Balochistan to hold multiple sessions of debate with different organizations and their representatives to let them know what the Balochs actually wanted and how the government was responding to their demands. Among others, our delegation comprised of former leader of the opposition in Balochistan Assembly, Kachkol Ali Baloch, secretary general of the Balochistan National Party, Habib Jalib Baloch, secretary general of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) Abdul

Recovery of missing JI leader demanded Wednesday, April 28, 2010 By Our Correspondent LAHORE JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has demanded of the government to immediately recover missing JI Gawadar leader Saeed Ahmed Baloch, who was believed to be kidnapped by agencies on April 21 for raising voice against the illegal allotment of Gawadar lands and for rights of local people. Addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Tuesday, Baloch also urged upon the Supreme Court to take a suo motu notice of the abduction of the JI leader from Gawadar. He announced that JI would give a call for wheel jam strike on May 1 against the abduction of Saeed Ahmed Baloch. Baloch said locals and family members of the missing JI leader apprehended that Saeed Ahmed Baloch was abducted by government agencies. He said there was strong resentment and a revolt- like situation in Balochistan due to the attitude of the government, the armed forces, agencies, Front

Balochistan to collect highway toll

Web posted at: 4/27/2010 4:22:27 Source ::: AGENCIES QUETTA: Pakistan’s National Highway Authority (NHA) has decided to introduce a road toll collection regime in Balochistan province and to make all its toll collection centres in the province operational. Official sources said yesterday that for this purpose, bids have been invited for 102 toll collection centres which will be auctioned in a transparent manner. The roadside tax collection centres will be run by local contractors. A decision to this effect was made at a recent meeting of the authority’s executive board. About 37 per cent of the road network controlled by the NHA is located in Balochistan. There are 102 toll centres, but all of them are non-functional. The NHA does not get any revenue in the form of toll from the province because people there are not used to paying road taxes. Notwithstanding this, maintenance of the road network is being done on a regular basis. NHA Chairman Altaf Ahmad told the meeting that the ope

Targeted killings undermine legitimate Baloch cause: Imran

Published: April 28, 2010 ISLAMABAD – Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran khan has said that targeted killings of settlers in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan undermine the legitimate cause of the people of Balochistan. Imran Khan condemned the killing of a lady Professor in Quetta on Tuesday. He said the Provincial Government has failed to provide security to the people of the province. He said it was the responsibility of all the political forces, particularly those fighting for the rights of the people of Balochistan, to categorically condemn the killing of innocent settlers who had every right to live and work in any part of Balochistan. The PTI chief said that the ruling PPP coalition government in Balochistan was merely paying lip service to the cause of the people of the province. By championing the cause of Balochistan, they are only demanding greater resources to siphon off, he added. “How else can the Government justify that all except one member of the provincial

Scholarships for Balochistan, FATA students in jeopardy\04\27\story_27-4-2010_pg7_1 * Hundreds of students on govt scholarship await release of funds * Many students quitting institutions due to non-payment of fees By Irfan Ghauri ISLAMABAD: The government’s claims of extending special incentives for students of FATA and Balochistan – as part of its strategy to turn the tide against extremism – seem mere rhetoric as projects initiated in this regard are in jeopardy due to mismanagement and bureaucratic hurdles. The “Quality Education Opportunities for Students of FATA and Balochistan Project”, under which hundreds of students are enrolled in elite schools across the country, is a case in point. The project’s fate seems to be in the doldrums due to squabbling within the Ministry of Education. Official record available with Daily Times shows that wrangling within the ministry and officials aspiring for benefits attached with the project have been hitting the enrolled students hard. U

Female university professor shot dead in Quetta\04\28\story_28-4-2010_pg1_2 QUETTA: Unidentified assailants riding a bike gunned down a University of Balochistan assistant professor of media and journalism on Tuesday. Nazima Talib was shot thrice from behind near the private residence of the Balochistan governor on Saryab Road as she was travelling in a rickshaw to Radio Pakistan for participation in a programme. The governor’s security guards – who called in an ambulance – said they heard no gunshots. The body was initially taken to Civil Hospital, and later sent to the professor’s hometown of Karachi. A case has been registered against unidentified attackers and an investigation launched. Police described the attack as a target killing. mohammad zafar

Another settler gunned down

Published: April 25, 2010 QUETTA - One person was killed and 10 others wounded in two separate incidents of target killing and bomb blast in Panjgur and Sibi towns of Balochistan on Saturday. According to police sources, unknown militants had planted an explosive device near a sweet shop in Sibi town, some 160 kilometers, Southeast of Quetta City. The sources said that device was planted at Masjid Road of Sibi town. The device exploded with a big bang, causing injuries to 10 people including the owner of the shop Malik Shaukat. The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital Sibi for medical treatment. Name of some injured were identified as Fahad Hussain, Deep Chand, Abdul Wahab, Ghulam Ali, Abdul Nabi, Abdul Rasheed, Najeebullah and Lal Muhammad. Condition of some injured is stated to be serious. The blast smashed the glasses of nearby shops and sent a wave of panic among the people of the area.Police and other law-enforcers reached the spot and started investigations into the inciden

42 suspects arrested in Quetta raids

QUETTA: Police launched a search operation in the Sariab Road area of Quetta on Sunday, rounding up 42 people for alleged involvement in target killings, bomb explosions, thefts, acts of terrorism and other offences. Police said personnel of the Balochistan Constabulary and the Anti-Terrorist Force conducted raids in Musa Colony, Satellite Town and other areas, arresting 42 suspects. They said pistols, shotguns and other weapons were recovered from the suspects possession. staff report\04\26\story_26-4-2010_pg7_10

Quetta police arrest, release 20 media men

LAHORE: Police in Quetta arrested and later released 20 people, including journalists and staff of a TV channel, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. The people were protesting in front of the Balochistan Chief Minister’s House against the manhandling of a journalist, Mustafa Tareen, at the hands of the police, the channel said. The police also seized Tareen’s car, which has not been returned so far, the channel added. The channel said three policemen were suspended for torturing Tareen and arresting the 20 people. daily times monitor Police arrest 20 newsmen in Quetta QUETTA, (SANA): Police Sunday arrested 20 newsmen including a private TV channel staffers who were protesting in front of the Chief Minister House here against police manhandling of a newsman. Quetta bureau chief of private TV channel was subjected to violence by the policemen three days ago. The protesters from journalists’ organizations were Sunday demanding government action against the policemen involved in man

Seminar discusses impact of conflict on Balochistan’s politics and economy

The Baloch Hal News QUETTA: Speakers at a one-day seminar on Tuesday stressed the need for granting more control to the provinces on their natural resources by initiating a process of complete decentralization of powers to permanently end the outbreak of rifts between the federal government and the provinces. Speaking at a seminar on “ Lack of peace and its impact on the socio-political situation of Balochistan” organized by Human Development Organization (HDO) at the Quetta Press Club, Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal, former parliamentary leader of the Pakhtunwa Milli Awami Party, said the passage of the 18th Amendment Bill had come as a bacon of hope towards provincial autonomy. The government had finally met the same demands in the amendments which had been put forward by nationalist forces several decades ago because they always believed that a strong federation would survive when all the provinces were given maximum autonomy. “ The 18 Amendment Bill has come very late but still provides

Baloch Woman killed, 200+ activists detained in massive search operation in Quetta

The Baloch Hal News QUETTA: Security forces unleashed a massive search operation in Baloch-populated localities of Quetta city throughout Tuesday, killing the mother of a Baloch political activist and rounding up around two hundred people hailing from assorted domains of life. The crack down has opened floodgates of criticism of Baloch nationalist parties which have called for widespread protest rallies to condemn the door- to-door search operation at Baloch households. According to the details, security forces arrested around three hundred Balochs in search operations in Qili Ismail, Kechi Baig,Qili Qambarani, Sariab, and Kili Sarday, Wali Jet localities of Quetta city. Eyewitnesses said personnel of police, Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) and the Frontier Corps (FC) entered into the houses and beat up different people before taking them into custody. The search operation, according to the officials, was intended to arrest suspects involved in Friday’s suicide bomb blast, kidnapping

100 arrested in massive crackdown

By: Bari Baloch | Published: April 21, 2010 QUETTA - Police have arrested around 100 persons in a massive crackdown in Baloch populated areas in the provincial capital here on Tuesday. According to police sources, following rise in incidents of target killings and bomb blasts in Quetta, police backed by personnel of Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) and Balochistan Constabulary (BC) launched a massive crack down in different parts of Sariab including Killi Kamaloo, Killi Brauo and Village Aid and during operation arrested around 100 persons in connection with the incidents of target killings and bomb blasts. ‘Police has taken about 100 people into its custody and has also recovered arms during search operation’, a police officer told The Nation and ,added, that after investigation innocent people would be released soon. Some reports suggest that during search operation a woman identified as Ganj Bibi died when police stormed into her house to arrest her sons. However, spokesman of pol

Three killed in Balochistan

Published: April 19, 2010 QUETTA - Three persons were shot dead in two separate incidents in Sibbi and Qilla Saifullah districts of Balochistan on Sunday. In the first incident, unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on Qadir Bakhsh and Ali Nawaz at Railway Colony in Sibbi town and escaped the scene after committing the crime. As a result, they died on the spot after receiving serious multiple wounds. Police have handed over the bodies to the heirs after completing legal formalities and started investigation into the incident. The motive behind the killing is yet to be ascertained. On the other hand, another person was gunned down as unknown assailants sprayed a volley of bullets on him at Koza Adda area of Qilla Saifullah. The dead body has been shifted to a local hospital for an autopsy. However, victim’s identity and the cause of incident could not be known immediately.

Raisani for practical approach to overcoming power crisis\04\20\story_20-4-2010_pg7_2 ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani on Monday called upon the top management of the power sector to come up with viable solutions to get the country out of the present electricity crisis. Raisani said all companies involved in the production and distribution of energy must perform under one authority for effective management and delivery system. Calling the closing of the shops earlier than usual or cutting power supply to tube wells for agricultural purposes futile efforts, the Balochistan chief minister said no shortcuts could overcome the present energy crisis. He also urged policy makers to expedite agreements with the government of Iran for getting electricity immediately. He said he would soon lead a delegation to Iran on the invitation of the Iranian government to work out modalities for the supply of electricity through Iranian transmission system. He put forward a few options that h

Two sisters injured in acid attack daily_detail.asp?id=234246 Thursday, April 15, 2010 By Urooj Zia Karachi Two young girls, both sisters, aged 11 and 13, were severely injured on Tuesday evening in an acid attack while they were on their way home from a shopping centre in Dalbandin City, district Chaghai, Balochistan. They were rushed to a local hospital for initial medical aid, after which they were referred to the Civil Hospital Quetta, around seven hours away by road. The victims’ parents are extremely poor, so much so that the local community had to contribute money and gather enough funds to send the sisters to the Civil Hospital Quetta by road, where they are currently under treatment. While the acid-throwers remained unidentified, residents of the area believe that this attack was carried out by the shadowy ‘Baloch Ghaeratmand Group’. A few days ago, the group, whose members remain unknown even in the close-knit community of Dalbandin city, which has a population of approximate

Kyrgyzstan-like agitation feared

Friday, April 16, 2010 By By Mumtaz Alvi ISLAMABAD: A veteran politician and former governor of Balochistan and the NWFP, Miangul Aurangzeb, takes pride in appointing Iftikhar Chaudhry as the Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court, but is totally upset over what he bills the royal way of the PPP-led coalition governance. Defying pressures, Aurangzeb had made Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry the Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court this month 11 years back in 1999. He also recalls having requested then prime minister Nawaz Sharif not to ignore two senior generals to appoint Pervez Musharraf as the chief of the Army staff. Miangul, at the start of an interview with The News at his two-storeyed old-styled residence, adjacent to the Afghan Embassy in G-6/3, warned of what recently happened in Kyrgyzstan, in case the ruling elite persisted with indifference to the compounding miseries of the common man. Leader of opposition in Kyrgyzstan did what people desired in the face of

Balochistan: Self- determination more crucial than ever.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 The end to Pakistan's repression of Balochistan could be the answer to peace in the region and the 'war on terror' Below is an article published by The Ever since its annexation by Pakistan in 1948, Baluchistan has been subjected to a quadruple whammy of military occupation, political domination, economic exploitation and cultural hegemony. Just like Israel's settlement programme on the West Bank, Islamabad has a settler scheme to colonise Baluchistan. It is encouraging Punjabis to move to the region. The aim is to make the Baluch people a minority in their own homeland. Punjabi supremacists have imposed an alien language, Urdu, on Baluchi-speaking people. Borrowing from the tactics of apartheid in South Africa, which forced black children to be schooled in Afrikaans, Islamabad has dictated that Urdu is the compulsory language of instruction in Baluch educational institutions. The cultural conquest also involves the radic

Punjab unaware of Baloch culture: Raisani

* PPP senator addresses two-day national conference on Balochistan Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Punjab, which has always been at the forefront of governing Pakistan, is completely unaware of the Baloch culture, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Lashkari Raisani said on Wednesday. The senator made these remarks while addressing the concluding ceremony of a two-day national conference on “Balochistan: Rationalisation of Centre-Province Relations”, organised by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF). Raisani, who is also the PPP Balochistan president, said he condemned the incidents of target killing, which were happening in different areas of the country. “Colonial treatment of the establishment is a major cause of the preset unrest in Balochistan. Its genuine leadership was eliminated so corrupt people, smugglers and drug mafia came forward to fill the vacuum. Consequently, Balochistan is being ruined by those who have no sy

National Conference on ways to end woes of Balochistan started

By Saad Saud ISLAMABAD—The national conference on the problems of Balochistan organized by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) was inaugurated by Mir Baz Khan Khetran, member PPPP CEC and senior vice President. After words of welcome by Dr Maqsudul Hassan Nuri, Acting President IPRI, Dr Martin Axmann, Resident Representative HSF, in his opening remarks welcomed the wind of change that was visible in the shape of the NFC Award, Aghaz-e-Balochistan Package and the ongoing discussion centering on Balochistan and the 18th Constitutional Amendment. He said that though elements in Balochistan were suspicious about the implementation of these important steps it can easily be seen that things were changing for the better. Mr Baz Khan Khetran in his presidential address blamed the centre for maltreatment of the Province since independence. Conspiracies were made against the province from the centre he maintained. The alleged London Plan and the mi

Tragedy in Balochistan mines

ArticleVideos More than 60,000 workers are employed in coalmines in Balochistan. Quetta: Six miners have been killed in two separate incidents in Marwar and Muslim Bagh areas of Balochistan. According to official sources, a coal mine collapsed in Marwar after a huge methane-related blast; a type of gas frequently found in coal mines. Four miners have been killed in the incident while one pulled out in critical condition. In another incident, two brothers were killed when a chromate mine collapsed in the Muslim Bagh area. Balochistan miners working to extract valuable minerals from deep inside the earth toil in unimaginable conditions, which sometimes costs them their lives Express has uncovered. Additionally, these mine workers are not given any training prior to being sent into the mines. As a result the number of accidents in these mines has been on the rise.

Violence against women is against the Baluch tradition,

Two sisters, aged 11 and 13, were acid-thrown at their faces on Tuesday while they were on their way home from a shopping centre in Dalbandin City, district Chaghai Baluchistan. The girls were said to be injured, they were admitted to hospital 100s miles away and said to be in the grim condition. Women in Dalbandin have enjoyed a relatively free movement and freedom to work and have contributed into a family economy in the traditional work places. Before the arrival of fanatic Islam in Baluchistan the Baluch Women could travel at daylight without male Relatives Companion in this region, which is still taboo in neighboring Islamic society. Acid thrower ,” The pamphlet, which is in Urdu, declared that development did not mean that the local population went against the “Baloch culture of Chaddor and Char-Deewari” for women. It also clearly warned women and girls against stepping out of their houses with their faces uncovered, or even going to a doctor unaccompanied by a man. “Acid will

AN EYE ON POLITICS: Does everyone want a new province?\04\11\story_11-4-2010_pg7_13 By Shafiq Awan Parliament has approved the 18th Amendment, but it has inadvertently opened a Pandora’s box of issues; one of which is the creation of new provinces in the country. After a new debate over the issue was initiated, major political forces all clamoured in favour of new provinces, each toting their own agenda. PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, in a recent interview, admitted that there would be no harm in creating new provinces on an administrative basis instead of a linguistic one. The MQM has already voiced support for the creation of new provinces because it suits the party – the creation of a new province consisting of the urban areas of Sindh has always been an MQM dream. In fact, the MQM would stand to benefit the most from the creation of new provinces. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani himself supports the creation of a Seraiki province and MPs from the Seraiki belt have tried their bes

ANALYSIS: Amending the constitution —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi\04\11\story_11-4-2010_pg3_2 The most innovative change relates to the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and high courts, neutralising the chief justice’s acquired power to make binding recommendations for appointment. This power was acquired by the chief justice through different judgements starting with the 1996 judgement in the judges’ case There is a need to celebrate the current consensus among the political parties represented in parliament on the text of the 18th Constitutional Amendment. The Parliamentary Committee for Constitutional Reforms (PCCR) took over nine months to evolve a consensus document, although different parties have added separate comments to outline their individual party positions. This consensus is a rare development because the political parties and leaders are known more for polemical exchanges and conflict-prone interaction. The only occasion in the past when the political leaders demonstrated

PML-N gaining strength in Balochistan: Mir Zahoor Hussain Khosa Joins

By: Bari Baloch | Published: April 11, 2010 QUETTA–Pakistan Muslim League (N) is gaining strength in Balochistan as another MPA of Balochistan Assembly and many tribal elders from Naseerabad joined the party few days back. Mir Zahoor Hussain Khosa ,MPA, had also remained the former Speaker of Balochistan Assembly. He joined the party under the leadership of Chief of Jhalawan Sardar Sanaullah Zehri after meeting with Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Lahore few days back.Zahoor Hussain Khosa had contested elections independently in 2008 general elections. He was a stalwart of Jamhoori Watan Party till the death of its founder late Nawab Muhammad Akbar Khan Bugti. But after assassination of Nawab Bugti, Zahoor Khosa had parted his ways with the party and joined PML (Q). He did not contest elections on the ticket of PML(Q) rather preferred to fight elections as an independent candidate as he thought there would be no future of Q-League after ouster of its mentor Pervez Musharraf from powe