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BY Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur\01\31\story_31-1-2010_pg3_3 The rulers should understand that lip service does not soothe the wounds caused by decades of injuries and injustices. Difficult decisions are needed to solve the problems and win the hearts of the justifiably alienated Baloch The Kalat state’s forced merger with Pakistan ended 300 years of independent and semi-independent Baloch state. The sovereignty and will of the people of Balochistan was temporarily subverted. It was an epoch making event in the history of the Baloch people. Colonialism, be it of Iran, Afghanistan, Britain or Pakistan, has played the most important role in moulding the national consciousness that had been present in formative shape all through their history but had remained latent. This consciousness acquired at a bitter price is now becoming the determining factor in their struggle to be the masters of their destiny. Not willing to allow the Baloch a ch

Balochistan’s unattended IDP crisis

COMMENT: Balochistan’s unattended IDP crisis —Malik Siraj Akbar\01\31\story_31-1-2010_pg3_4 There are obvious reasons for the country’s security establishment to create obstacles for aid workers. The grave violations of human rights during the military operation in Balochistan are likely to be exposed to the international community once they are granted access to Balochistan’s conflict zones The government of Pervez Musharraf not only created an IDP (internally displaced persons) crisis in Balochistan, it also very dexterously kept the whole country in oblivion about it. Limited and restricted information was leaked about the fate of around 100,000 Baloch IDPs who were driven out of their homes during the military operation carried out in Marri and Bugti tribal areas. The dictator-sponsored humanitarian catastrophe was deplorable but officially denying accesses to national and international humanitarian groups to grapple with the I

BALOCHISTAN: What the future may hold By Iqbal Jafar Thursday, 14 Jan, 2010 To have an idea about what the future may look like — as seen from Washington, Delhi and Tel Aviv — it seems we have to see through the prism of the Indian establishment, Israeli hardliners and American neocons who wield significant influence on their governments. Their worldviews are structured around their geopolitical ambitions that they make no effort to conceal. The Indian establishment dreams of being the hegemon of South Asia and the adherents of Zionism of the Middle East. As for the neocons, the world is their oyster, or so they insist. This may seem ambitious enough, but there’s more — the regional hegemons, India and Israel, have an extended South Asia and Middle East in mind. As Israel Shahak, a highly regarded Israeli scholar and human rights activist, has pointed out, the subject of Israeli domination and influence is “the en

Editorial: General Qadir’s electoral victory raises eyebrows’s-electoral-victory-raises-eyebrows/ The Baloch Hal An election tribunal has ultimately declared former Balochistan governor and corps commander General ® Abdul Qadir Baloch victorious on a controversial seat of the National Assembly from NA-271. Contesting the general elections of February 18, 208 as an independent candidate against Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) candidate, Eshan Rekhi, Qadir had, according to the official results issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan, lost the coveted seat from the districts of Panjgur, Washuk and his own native Kharan. It was Qadir’s first political venture after retiring from the military and entering into politics in a province where links with powerful tribes and the establishment determine the electoral results. Unwilling to concede his defeat, the Baloch general addressed a number of press conferences against the poll results. Having aggressively campaigned by using the pop

Baluch nationalism is not the ambition of the few M.Sarjov It is wrong to perceive that the Baluch nationalism is the ambition of the few. Pakistan perceive the Baluch struggle in Baluchistan, a) as relic of outmoded traditionalism, doomed to be overtaken by the unwelcome incursions of modernity, b) traditional immovable Sardars obstacle to modernization. The Baluch tribes have had traditional rivalries among themselves. The Baluch tribes have had encountered each other during the colonial rule. They have been encountering each other during the Pakistan and Iranian colonial rules. Tribal movement always perceived as created and instigated to action by special interests that time and again masked for class privilege. The very elites who were thought to be leading the people struggle have tribal commitment. The people who were to be leading their people away from tribal affiliations were found to be in the forefront of tribal conflicts. Lack of cont