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Conference on Balochistan Narrative “Internal Colonization of Balochistan by Pakistan” held in Delhi

People of Balochistan are taken away and then to send a signal of fear their bodies are mutilated and dumped

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October 1,2016: Inauguration of a book at seminar concentrated on"Internal Colonization of Balochistan by Pakistan" at Constitutional club , New Delhi. Image by NewsGram

October 4, 2016: Amid the ongoing conflict between Balochistan and Pakistan, a conference “Internal Colonization of Balochistan by Pakistan” was called at the Constitutional club, New Delhi on Sunday, October 2.

In the conference, Balochistan narrative was discussed regarding its freedom from the clutches of Pakistan and the struggle and genocide related to it. A booklet titled “Balochistan- What World Needs to Know” written by Prof Geeta Bhatt was launched as well, which raises awareness on various issues like Baloch history, culture, geography and its economy.

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Famous personalities like Mr Vivek Katju (Ex Indian Foreign Service officer), Mr Mazdak Dilshad Baloch (Baloch freedom activist), Professor Rakesh Sinha (Indian Political scientist and professor at Delhi University), Dr Tarek Fatah (Secularist and Liberal Activist from Canada) and Dr GD Bakshi (Retired Indian Army officer) were eminent part of the conference.

Indian Policy Foundation has prepared a document on Balochistan under editorial ship of Professor Geeta Bhatt (Honorary Fellow, IPF & Associate Professor, and University of Delhi). She was given editorial assistance by Vinay Joshi (Human Rights Activist and Columnist), Prerna Kumari (Advocate Supreme Court) and Dr Anil Kumar (University of Delhi).

The book’s first page represents sentiments of Balochistan’s poet through his poetry,

Muje jang-a-aazadi ka maza maalum hay

Balochio per julm ki intehaa maalum hay

Muje pakistan me zindagi bhar rahene  ki duaa na do

Muje pakistan me saat saal rahene ki sajaa maalum hay

                                                                                        -Habib Jalib (Baloch poet and activist)

“People of Balochistan are taken away and then to send a signal of fear their bodies are mutilated and dumped. Neither I nor any foreigner says this. This is as per the testimony and evidence of the Pakistanis themselves” said Ex Indian Foreign Service officer Mr Vivek Katju.

Activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch. Image by NewsGram
Activist Mazdak Dilshad Baloch. NewsGram

Mazdak Dilshad Baloch (freedom activist) a predominant figure of the conference expressed his gratitude to people for gathering in appreciable number to just to listen to him.

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Recalling history he said, “British instigated to convert Balochistan into the princely state in 1935 but “Khan of Balochistan” protested against this since 1935 to 1938, but now it’s issue of Pakistan. Britain knew to abide rules and it had little shame, but Pakistan is worst of all.”

By considering Mohammad Jinnah an offender, Baloch activist said, “It is hurtful for us Balochis that Jinnah is highly respected in Pakistan because he is a backstabber due to whom Balochistan is in such a pitiable condition.”

He also said, “Pakistan performed the military operation on us and killed thousands of people.”

To aware people with the history of Balochistan he told that, “Pakistan arrested our Khan Shahab and her queen and took her to Rawalpindi. They were made to sign session paper at gunpoint which is completely unacceptable.”

Dilshad Baloch said, Jinnah was impressed by the gold of Balochistan, at that time of partition in 1947 newly formed Pakistan neither had money nor resources and if we talk about gold “Pakistan was not in a position to see gold for the next hundred years.”

“The Pakistan’s school children are brainwashed and made to believe that as per Punjabi textbooks Balochis are uncivilised, barbaric and consistent warriors, so what we can expect from the future generation of Pakistan,” added Dilshad Baloch.

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GD Bakshi addressing a conference at Constitution club Delhi. Photo by NewsGram

GD Bakshi, a retired army officer, also confirmed his presence with an exhilarating speech. He targeted Pakistan by quoting, “No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.”

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He admired Pt. Lal Bahadur Shastri, Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that, “they are the only leaders who made India proud by their straightforward decisions.”

“Pakistan who blames India on Kashmir issue every time has hidden its atrocities done on Balochis for a long time,” said an Ex-Army General.

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Reminding of History he said, “Pakistan killed 30 lakh Bangladeshis, raped their 10 lakhs women and burdened us with 6 crore refugees.”

Dr. Tarek Fatah said, “Sindh is mentioned in India’s National Anthem, then how come Hind without Sindh is formed?”

Tarek Fateh (Secularist and Liberal Activist) addressing the conference at constitutional club, New Delhi
Tarek Fatah (a Secularist and  Liberal Activist) addressing the conference at constitutional club, New Delhi, NewsGram

“You have allowed every Muslim of Delhi to wear Yashmak. What did not occur in 1947, you made it happen in 2016. If other countries can abolish Yashmak system then why India can’t,” he said.

“What is India Afraid of?” said, Dr Tarek Fateh. “Will you come to your senses when the bomber attack in Yashmak? Balochistan Insha’Allah was and will remain free forever,” he added.

All the members ended the conference by criticizing the Uri attack and suggested a strict behavior against the Pakistan. They also admired India’s approach to teaching Pakistan a lesson in form of surgical strike.

The members present there added that “India will always support the freedom struggle of Balochistan whether other countries of the world support or not.”

Before concluding, Balochistan Freedom Activist Dilshad Baloch said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the question of human rights violation in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort and it has given immense satisfaction to the people of Balochistan who have been a victim of state repression of the successive Pakistani regime. Their struggle for freedom from the internal colonialization of Pakistan got a fillip and their voice got legitimacy.”

“From the core of our heart we are thankful to PM Modi and India to raise this issue at Global level,” he said.

NewsGram’s correspondent Aakash Mandyal covered the event in New Delhi. Twitter: @Aakashsen6

 

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#BalochGenocide: An Unfortunate Reality to which the World must Pay Attention to

The United Nations has failed to break the ice. Human right violations have failed to bring the attention of global organizations

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Pakistan is committing inhumane crimes against its own people in the Balochistan province creating an environment of genocide. Twitter
  • The Balochistan province of Pakistan is going through the worst Humanitarian crisis
  • The atrocities committed by the Pakistani forces as well insurgent groups have resulted in destruction of families of the Baloch community
  • It is important that the world community stands with Balochistan and investigate the human rights violations

Balochistan, August 18, 2017: The Balochistan province of Pakistan is in dire need of help from the international community. Ignored by its government at the center and oppressed by the military, the Baloch community is taking desperate measures to call for help from outside.

Balochistan has been an area of instability. Additionally, the coming of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is estimated to have adverse consequences for Balochistan.

ALSO READ: World Baloch Organisation Activist Azghar Baloch brings Human Rights Violations to the notice of International Community

The United Nations has failed to break the ice. Human right violations have failed to bring the attention of global organizations.

Abductions and murders surround the lives of Balochistan people. The Chairman of Human Rights Commission in Balochistan, Taj Baloch, has blamed the Pakistan army behind the Balochistan Genocide.

In Berlin, exiled Baloch activists and leaders organized an event titled ‘China’s One Belt One Road Initiative – It’s Adverse Impact on Balochistan & the region’ in which speakers expressed their concerns over the economic reform.

Even the World Balochistan organization has made serious attempts in gathering support for Balochistan from foreign nations. Recently, Azghar Baloch, an activist for the organization, made an appeal from outside the White House called on the international community to stand for the human rights of Baloch people.

Nawab Akbar Bugti was a strong opposer to Pakistan atrocities in Balochistan. He was vocal about the need for Balochistan to separate itself from the inhumane behavior of Pakistan. Nawab Bugti was assassinated on 26 August 2006 by the Pakistani military. To commemorate the anniversary of the martyr, Baloch Republican Party has called for a Balochistan wide strike.

This year when the G20 Summit was held in Germany, Baloch activists turned up outside the venue to protest for Baloch genocides and investigation into

– Compiled by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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