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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Jammu: In another act of unprovoked firing across the Line of Control (LoC) by Pakistani forces, one civilian was killed and four others were injured on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.
One civilian was killed and four others were injured in an indiscriminate shelling on the LoC by Pakistan Army in Poonch district,” a senior official was quoted as saying in winter capital Jammu.

The official said the injured are being shifted to hospital for treatment.

Although, the number of civilian casualties on the Indian side was not confirmed by the Defense spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, but he said that the Pakistani Army is using 120 mm mortars while violating the ceasefire in Poonch district.

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Heavy shelling and firing exchanges between the two armies are continuing in the area now, reports said.

On Sunday night, Pakistan had used 82 mm mortars, RPGs and automatic weapons to target Indian positions.

“Pakistan shelling and firing started at 11 pm on Sunday,” Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said.

“Our troops are effectively and appropriately responding. Intermittent firing exchanges continued till Monday morning,” he added.

 

With inputs from IANS.

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Akbar Bugti: Remembering the Balochistan Hero on his 11th Martyrdom Anniversary

With age being no factor, the Nawab fought for Balochistan till his dying breath

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Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti died fighting for Baloch freedom. Facebook
  • Akbar Bugti was the governor and CM of Balochistan
  • The Martyr bravely died in his fight to liberate Balochistan from oppressive Pakistani forces
  • He was martyred on 26 August 2006 in a battle against Pakistani military

August 26, 2017: Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti is a name that can never be erased from Balochistan history. The Baloch hero sacrificed a prosperous and luxurious life for the people of Balochistan.

When the people of Balochistan were in dire need of help, Nawab Akbar Bugti stood up for them. With age being no factor, the Nawab fought for Balochistan till his dying breath.

Here are 15 things you need to know about the Baloch hero, Akbar Bugti:

1. Born in Barkhan, Balochistan on 12th July 1927, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti went on to attend the Oxford University in London. At just 13 years of age, Akbar Bugti was declared the chief of his tribe after his father’s death in 1939.

2. Bugti favored the separation of Pakistan from India, but while he was a Pakistani nationalist, he was a stronger Baloch nationalist. In 1947, he also advocated the accession of Balochistan from Pakistan.

3. He was appointed as Interior Minister of the State in 1958, thus starting his political career.

4. From the beginning till mid-1960’s, Akbar Bugti was imprisoned for supporting a National Awami Candidate and helping him defeat Field Marshal Ayub Khan. This had left Ayub Khan embarrassed who ordered for Bugti’s imprisonment. He was finally let go after a long hunger strike.

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5. He was appointed the governor of Balochistan by the Federal Government in the early 1970s but resigned after Pakistan Military began massive oppression of Baloch people.

6. Akbar Bugti became the Chief Minister of Balochistan National Alliance in 1988 but resigned when Gen. Muhammad Musa Khan dissolved the provincial assembly.

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Akbar Bugti in Dera Bugti. Twitter

7. Bugti, several years later, formed his political party called Jamhoori Watan Party. The party became rapidly popular among the people of Balochistan. In 1997, he was re-elected to National Assembly.

8. After the 2005 rape incident involving a young Sindhi girl and a Pakistani officer, Bugti demanded justice, but it yielded no results. Parvez Musharraf refused to speed up the trial of accused officer.

9. As heated remarks came from both sides, Musharraf launched a military attack on Bugti and his forces. The fighting continued for months with troops dying from both sides.

10. Pakistani forces on 26th August 2006 carried out the encounter of Bugti and 23 of his troops. Musharraf was quoted in December 2005 saying, “There are two or three tribal chiefs and feudal lords behind whats going on in Balochistan. My government is determined to establish its writ. It will be a fight to the finish.”

11. During the battle between Bugti’s forces and Pakistan Military, Bugti’s base of operations Dera Bugti was heavily bombarded. As a result of this offense, 1,60,000 people were displaced from the region.

12. While Musharraf hoped that Bugti’s death would suppress demands for a separate Baloch, more fuel was added to the fire that was once ignited by Akbar Bugti. Separatist movements sparked higher.

13. Musharraf always maintained that the goal was to capture Bugti alive. Some stories also say that Bugti killed himself when the Pakistani military cornered him.

14. Gen. Parvez Musharraf was acquitted of the charges against him for the murder of Akbar Bugti in January 2016.

15. One of Bugti’s quotes that define his life came in a telephonic interview with TIME in the year 2016, “It is better to die-as the Americans say-with your spurs on. Instead of a slow death in bed, I’d rather death come to me while I am fighting for a purpose.” Bugti died at 79 years of age.

Baloch people will never forget the contributions and acts of bravery exhibited by Akbar Bugti. His courage continues to inspire the very youth that seeks the same purpose: Separation from Oppressive Pakistan. 


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Why Baloch Freedom From Pakistan is Need of the Hour?

The Baloch have been fighting for their independence from Pakistan since long, and Pakistani government seems to believe that excessive use of force is the right solution

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Freedom struggle of Balochistan. Wikimedia
  • Balochistan makes 44% of the total land mass of Pakistan 
  • The reputation of Pakistani army is tarnished among the Baloch population 
  • There is a total breakdown of dialog between the civilians and the government 

New Delhi, August 22, 2017: Balochistan, the southwestern province of Pakistan, makes 44% of the total land mass of the country. However, contrary to the expectations of the development that should have taken place in the province, it is its exploitation that is more evident.

The reputation of the Pakistani army is tarnished among the Baloch population. The anti military feelings among the civilians date back to 1948. The British rule ended in the Indian subcontinent in 1947, after which the princely states were offered with the options of acceding to India or Pakistan or remaining independent. The then ruler, Khan of Kalat of Balochistan chose to remain free. But, according to some, Pakistan, in 1948, against the wishes of the Baloch and their Khan, forcibly converted Balochistan into it’s province. At that time, feelings of betrayal and resentment took roots among the civilians, which only grew more intense with the passage of time.

Inequality and discrimination against Balochistan have continued to increase, resulting in an unrest in the province. Poor representation in the Pakistani army, in parliament, has left them feeling alienated.

Although Balochistan has experienced a dramatic rise in activities of the Islamic State and its local affiliates, the government officials continue to decline the existence of the Islamic State in the province. How would it deny the death of hundreds of innocent people, who were killed in at least three major terrorist attacks is the question.

There’s a total breakdown of dialogue between the civilians and the government. The Baloch have been fighting for their independence from Pakistan since long, and Pakistani government seems to believe that excessive use of force is the right solution. What is perceptible is that Pakistan is unaware, that armies are meant to be used against enemies and not one’s own people.

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A lot of Baloch people had been abducted and executed by Pakistani agencies and army, while many of them were killed and dumped across Balochistan. The issue is indeed alarming. “Balochistan has had the dubious distinction of being the world capital of enforced disappearances where more than 2,000 journalists, singers, teachers, lawyers have been forcibly abducted, tortured, killed and dumped since 2009 – in just five years, as many as in Chile during the reign of Augusto Pinochet,” mentioned a DailyO report.

The Human Rights Watch has released several reports on abducted people in Balochistan, The freedom struggle of a province that has witnessed agony, darkness, and perpetual violence for more than a decade is, indeed, real.

-by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Pakistan Releases another Video, Claims to Destroy Indian Military Posts at Line of Control (LoC)

Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Pakistani spokesperson posted the video on his twitter handle in wee hours today

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Indian army guarding posts at LoC. VOA
  • Pakistani General Asif Ghafoor posted a video on Twitter claiming to have destroyed Indian army posts on LoC
  • ISPR declared that Pakistani army has killed five Indian soldiers
  • Indian media is categorizing the video as a “fake”

Islamabad, June 5, 2017: Pakistani army has issued a yet another video claiming to have caused destruction to Indian military posts at Line of Control (LoC). The video is 27 seconds long and shows the killing of five Indian soldiers while retaliating to India’s “unprovoked ceasefire violation” in Tatta Pani sector along the LoC.

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Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Pakistani spokesperson posted the video on his twitter handle in wee hours today. In addition to the video, he wrote, “Video clip showing destruction of Indian posts on LOC by Pak Army in response to unprovoked Indian firing on innocent citizens.”

A similar video had been released by Pakistan earlier on May 24 showing heavy damages caused to the Indian posts across the LoC, in a tit- for-tat action after the Indian Army released a clip of the “punitive fire assaults” on Pakistani positions, mentioned PTI report.

Pakistani Army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) declared that Pakistani military has killed five Indian soldiers and destroyed Indian bunkers in the firing which took place yesterday (as claimed by Pakistani army).

The ISPR stated that Pakistani troops “violently responded” and many Indian bunkers were destroyed in the firing. However, no further details of the cross-border exchange have been provided by the army.

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The Indian media is categorizing the video as a “fake”.

According to Indian Army, Pakistani army violated ceasefire yesterday which resulted in the injury of a woman. Pakistani army violated ceasefire twice in two sectors of Poonch district by firing mortar shells on forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC ,so the Indian army decided to retaliate.

There has been an environment of tension over the Himalayan region between the neighboring countries since the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav and the stay order issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the execution order of Kulbhushan.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram. Twitter: @NikitaTayal6