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Written Statement by Society for Threatened Peoples on Balochistan Enforced Disappearances

IA/HRC/39/NGO/97 Human Rights Council Thirty-ninth session 10-28 September 2018 Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights,including the right to development Written statement submitted by the Society for Threatened Peoples , a non-governmental organization in special consultative statu s The Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31. [23 August 2018] Enforced disappearances in Pakistan’s Balochistan Provinc e The decades-old conflict between Baloch nationalists and the Islamabad government went violent when the military  assumed power in Pakistan in 1999 under General Parvez Musharraf’s command. Baloch nationalists blame the Government of Pakistan and the military for denying the indigenous people of the right to development and their due share in natural resources extracted from Pakistan’s Baloc

Two Pakistani personnel killed on CPEC route – BLF

 September 12, 2018 BLF has claimed responsibility of an attack on Pakistani forces on CPEC route that killed two in Panjgur district of Balochistan on Tuesday. According to the details received by The Balochistan Post, Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), a Baloch armed group, has claimed responsibility for an attack on Pakistani forces check post, located in Kelkor area of Panjgur. Goahram Baloch, the spokesperson of BLF, said that, “we have attacked the check point with heavy weaponry, which resulted in killing two forces personnel and injuring three others”. “This check post was made to guard the CPEC route. We want to make it clear that no project in Balochistan will be acceptable without consent of the Baloch nation” Goahram Baloch said. He further warned Chinese and Pakistani investors to not invest in Balochistan, or else they will be targeted.

Geneva: Mama Qadeer arrives to attend UN session

September 11, 2018 Vice chairman of VBMP, Mama Qadeer, has reached Geneva to attend a UN session on human rights. According to the details received by The Balochistan Post, Mama Qadeer, Vice-chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) reached Geneva on Tuesday. He is in Swiss city to attend a session on Human rights by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council. The 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will be held on 10–28 September 2018, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. During the session, high-level discussions will be held on various human rights-related issues, such as the right to privacy, rights of persons with disabilities, rights of minorities, and rights of children. Mama Qadeer will meet different human rights organizations durung his visit, and talk about the ‘missing persons’ issue in Balochistan. According to the sources, Mama Qadeer will also attend a press conference on 20 September along with other Baloch human

Picture of the Day: Naela Quadri, Mama Qadeer, Munir Mengal

Naela Quadri, Mama Qadeer, Munir Mengal in Geneva to attend UN Sessions.

CHiNA: Digging in for Cold War There is a growing sense in Beijing that we are at the beginning of a new Cold War. That means that pressure from America is only going to intensify, according to several scholars from the Central Party School, writing in today’s  People’s Daily . They say that’s exactly what happened to the US  when it started to challenge the UK in the late nineteenth century. “Being held down is a ‘difficulty’ that all rising powers must go through.” But nobody need panic: “China has the confidence and the ability to surmont this ‘difficulty.’” The one thing that China must not do is bend to US pressure: “We cannot…abandon Reform and Opening, nor can we change the correct orientation of Reform and Opening because of outside pressure, including the trade friction that America has provoked." “[We cannot] change something because somebody tells us to change something, or abandon something because someone tells us to abandon something.”    Get smart:  Anti-American sentiment i

Why you must travel the Silk Road in your lifetime

Bukhara, one of the highlights of the Silk Road CREDIT: GETTY   Chris Moss , destination expert 11 SEPTEMBER 2018 • 6:00AM Follow  History is full of long and legendary highways but none – frankly – come close to the Silk Road. It’s not just the magnitude (at least 4,000 miles, in more than 40 countries) but the mythic potency of the project. The world was cleft into east and west in the Middle Ages. But long before, the Silk Road – which has existed in one form or another since the fourth century BC – breached any such divide. While trade was its raison d’être – Chinese silk, of course, but also salt, sugar, spices, ivory, jade, fur and other luxury goods – the road forged deep social, cultural and religious links between disparate peoples. In her new series for ITV, Joanna Lumley travels from China to Venice, passing through Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Turkey en route – modern nations that are geopolitical patches cut into the immense Eurasian carpet.

MQM-Altaf not a friend to Baloch

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur  February 1, 2018 Opinion A Baloch activist friend who lives abroad recently wrote to me and expressed concern that some quarters among the Baloch are trying to forge a Baloch-MQM (Altaf)* alliance on the plea that the MQM is anti-establishment and will prove helpful to the Baloch. It is a tricky path to tread with such alliances which join disparate ideologies and sentiments on the basis of quite flimsy grounds of perceived anti-establishment stance. The friend also asked to express my views about this. Writing about such issues, though necessary, has its pitfalls for there is the possibility of creating misunderstandings among friends and supporters, not to mention even within the ranks of the Baloch too. However, despite the hazards, the subject is too important to not to be commented upon. The Baloch have been here since millenniums and have a history which was forged by their struggles and vicissitudes in their lives and are a nation by that right. Nati