Monday July 16, 2018

Free Balochistan: Understanding its struggle movement against the oppressive Pakistan Rule

Read to know more details about Baloch people's relentless struggle against the regime since 69 years

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  • Balochistan constitutes almost half of Pakistan (44%) and is home to around 14 million people
  • By virtue of its strong natural resource reserve, it is a key energy supplier to many regions
  • There have been mass killings, rape and blood baths in the region which have made Balochistan call for International intervention

Sipping on some coffee, I watch an anchor from a leading portal interview Naela Qadri Baloch, the face of the Baloch struggle. She makes a rookie mistake by calling her a Pakistani. Tch Tch. The rage isn’t visible on her unreadable face but her words, “Humein Pakistani kehna hamare liye takhleef ki baat hai (It’s painful hearing someone call us a Pakistani)” elicits an apology from the interviewer. In a matter of minutes, Naela pours her heart out and talks about the struggle of the entire Balochistan. From the rapes to the 25,000 missing cases to the bodies found chopped off for Organ trafficking, her blow-by-blow account of what goes on in Balochistan will give you goosebumps and will definitely send chills down your spine.

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Naela Quadri Baloch. Image source: Twitter.com
Naela Quadri Baloch. Image source: Twitter.com

Activists fighting for a cause are usually backed up by a single group, but in this case, Ms. Quadri says, she has the support of an entire nation. Here are the principal facts of a soon to be an independent nation, has been penned down-

History-

On March 27,1948, the Pakistan Army was ordered to make its move of aggression towards the coastal regions of Balochistan. There’s a lot that went about leading to that day of conquest, from Jinnah accepting the accession under the barrel of a gun to the Balochistan parliament rejecting the accession as the British Empire had given an Independent status to the then country under the Kalat reign even before India. Unfortunately, the Pakistan military occupied Balochistan and their independence lasted for about 227 days after the British withdrawal.

Understanding Balochistan’s Importance-

The land mass named Balochistan is of the size of Texas, constituting almost half of Pakistan i.e. 44 percent. Amongst a myriad of reasons, there are three well-talked areas that make Balochistan economically and strategically, an important resource for Pakistan.

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I. Natural Resources

By virtue of its strong natural resource reserve, it is a key energy supplier to many regions in Pakistan. Large quantities of minerals such as copper and iron ore are found in the reservoirs. The Geographical Survey has discovered reserves of 200 million tonnes.

II. Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline

Balochistan shares its border with Iran, a major gas and oil producer and this fact has been leveraged by Pakistan. There has been a proposed 2,100km long Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline part of which will pass through Balochistan, which is estimated to be around 1500km.

III. Gwadar Port

The Gwadar port is expected to generate billions of dollars in revenue due to its strategic value. It’s the shortest route for oil supplies to China and passes more than 13 million barrel oil per day.

Current Day Balochistan-

Exploitation of its natural wealth and military atrocities has led Balochistan to follow the path of Independence like Bangladesh. Naela Qadri in her recent interview with a leading news portal said that the Pakistan army has wiped many villages by killing men or torturing them after their abduction leading to a land filled with thrown corpses. On the other hand, the Baloch women are victims of Army rape cells.

Even in the face of such horror, Balochistan’s struggle against the Pakistan rule has been relentless. 

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India’s take
Hue and cry about Balochistan’s plight is all over social media. With support from the Indian mass and PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech on August 15, the future of Balochistan seems to be optimistic. Modi said, “Today from the ramparts of Red Fort, I want to greet and express my thanks to some people. In the last few days, people of Balochistan, Gilgit, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have thanked me, have expressed gratitude, and expressed good wishes for me. The people who are living far away, whom I have never seen, never met – such people have expressed appreciation for Prime Minister of India, for 125 crore countrymen. This is an honour for our countrymen.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan has been wrongfully accusing India; the Pakistan government reported a case of an Indian spy entering Balochistan with a fake Iranian passport but these claims have been refuted by Ms. Quadri.

– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

 

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  • Rustam

    How long can India stoop. Thank God the mask Is coming off for the world to see. This isnt Gandhis India. This is RSS Hindu India showing its true colors. Bunch of clowns. Go ask the people of Kashmir, Nagaland, Assam, Punjab (i can go on and on) about “freedom” from India. U have 600 million people without toilets and you stick your nose in other countries business. What a joke. Im Balochi, we are Pakistani stop trying to create division in our land. The Pakistan china economic corridor will be built NO MATTER WHAT. Keep sending spies, terrorists and the lot, we baloch and Pashtun of this area know how to handle invaders. Please come.

    • pravth

      hahhahahha…Porkistan is now crying…hahahhaha… dont worry, we will take back POK…we will surely free baloch…In Kashmir..onlt muslims are crying…plz take them to porkistan as mujahhirs…. Naga Assam and Punjab…heehe.. no one wants freedom… you know nothing Baby..hahhah

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  • Rustam

    How long can India stoop. Thank God the mask Is coming off for the world to see. This isnt Gandhis India. This is RSS Hindu India showing its true colors. Bunch of clowns. Go ask the people of Kashmir, Nagaland, Assam, Punjab (i can go on and on) about “freedom” from India. U have 600 million people without toilets and you stick your nose in other countries business. What a joke. Im Balochi, we are Pakistani stop trying to create division in our land. The Pakistan china economic corridor will be built NO MATTER WHAT. Keep sending spies, terrorists and the lot, we baloch and Pashtun of this area know how to handle invaders. Please come.

    • pravth

      hahhahahha…Porkistan is now crying…hahahhaha… dont worry, we will take back POK…we will surely free baloch…In Kashmir..onlt muslims are crying…plz take them to porkistan as mujahhirs…. Naga Assam and Punjab…heehe.. no one wants freedom… you know nothing Baby..hahhah

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Russia Using World Cup To Gloss Over Its Human Rights Record: Activists

FIFA President Gianni Infantino insists world football's governing body is engaging Russia on the issue

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People play soccer at the Red Square during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, June 19, 2018.
People play soccer at the Red Square during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, June 19, 2018. VOA

Human rights campaigners say Russia is using the glitz of the World Cup to try to gloss over its deteriorating human rights record — and they want tournament organizer FIFA to use its leverage to force change.

The 12 Russian host cities have enjoyed a World Cup makeover, as Russia presents a friendly face and photogenic scenery to hundreds of thousands of visitors. Tanya Lokshina, Russia program director at Human Rights Watch, is urging visitors to dig a little deeper.

“Our message to the fans is: Take a little time and learn more about the human rights crisis in Russia today, about what is, in fact, happening under the tournament’s glitter.” She described the situation as the biggest crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union.

“Russian citizens are denied their rights to speak freely, to protest freely, and people actually go to jail for posting online things like ‘Crimea is not Russia.'”

 Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov looks out from a defendants' cage as he listens to the verdict at a military court in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Aug. 25, 2015.
Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov looks out from a defendants’ cage as he listens to the verdict at a military court in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, Aug. 25, 2015. VOA

Among those locked up is Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who criticized Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and is serving a 20-year jail term on terrorism charges.

In the Russian republic of Chechnya, Oyub Titiev, director of the human rights group Memorial, has been detained on drug charges, which his supporters said are false and politically motivated.

Before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the release of several political prisoners. Campaigners are hoping he may repeat the gesture.

“We got a confirmation from FIFA that the organization’s leadership is engaging on the issue and hoping for a positive resolution,” Lokshina said.

Oyub Titiyev, the head of regional branch of Russian human rights group Memorial, attends a court hearing in Grozny, Russia, March 6, 2018.
Oyub Titiyev, the head of regional branch of Russian human rights group Memorial, attends a court hearing in Grozny, Russia, March 6, 2018. VOA

FIFA President Gianni Infantino insists world football’s governing body is engaging Russia on the issue.

“Concrete progress has been made in terms of human rights and the way we are dealing with human rights questions. Also through football and through an event like the World Cup,” he said in a recent interview.

On the opening day of the World Cup, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was arrested after staging a protest outside the Kremlin, calling for an investigation into the torture and disappearance of several gay men in Chechnya. In 2007, Tatchell was attacked in Moscow by neo-Nazis and suffered partial brain damage.

A short walk from the Kremlin lies Diversity House, set up to provide a safe space for LGBTQ and other minorities to watch the games. Pavel Klymenko, of the equality campaign group FARE Network that organized the facility, said it is intended to make a political point.

Russian police detane gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, center, as he holds a banner that reads "Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people" near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, June 14, 2018.
Russian police detane gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, center, as he holds a banner that reads “Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people” near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, June 14, 2018. VOA

“This house is a way of saying to everyone — to the footballing world, to the Russian society — that minorities are part of the game, part of society.”

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The fear is that once the fans and footballers return home, Russia’s human rights crackdown may intensify. (VOA)