Saturday December 14, 2019

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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Map of Pakistan. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • 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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Climate Activists Unite and Support Greta Thunberg Against Her Climate Change Fight

Activists Cheer for Thunberg, Urge Climate Action in Madrid

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg a is a young climate activist from Sweden. Wikimedia Commons

Activists of all ages and from all corners of the planet demanded concrete action Friday against climate change from leaders and negotiators at a global summit in Madrid.

A march was led by dozens of representatives of Latin America’s indigenous peoples — a mark of deference after anti-government protests in Chile, the original host of the summit, resulted in the talks suddenly being moved to Europe for the third year in a row.

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg declared from a stage that “change is not going to come from the people in power, it’s going to come from the masses.” A crowd of thousands responded, chanting, “Greta! Greta!”

Organizers said 500,000 people turned out for the march, but authorities in Madrid put the number at 15,000 without an immediate explanation for the disparity in the count.

The Swedish teen was followed on her first day in Madrid by a swarm of cameras and reporters, as well as curious members of the public wanting to take video of her on their smartphones, from the very first step she took out of an overnight train from Lisbon.

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, talks with other climate activists youth at the COP25 climate talks summit in Madrid. VOA

Critical banner

Two young activists earned cheers as they abseiled from a bridge and strung out a banner saying: “Just 8 years till 1.5 degrees C. HOW DARE YOU?” — a reference to scientists’ forecasts of rising temperatures and what activists complain is a lack of a convincing political response to the threat.

The crush as people tried to get a glimpse of Thunberg led her to pull out shortly after the start of the march, saying police had advised her to leave for safety’s sake, and she climbed into an electric car.

A Madrid police spokeswoman who spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to be named in media reports said that it had only been “suggested” that Thunberg leave after she appeared “overwhelmed” by the attention and that police never ordered the activist to abandon on safety grounds.

Earlier in the day, the 16-year-old had said at a press conference that calls for real action against climate change were still being “ignored” by political leaders despite their continuous praise of the global environmental youth movement she helped create.

Thunberg hoped the COP25 summit would lead to “something concrete” and “increasing awareness among people in general,” but she said that after more than one year of student strikes, “still basically nothing has happened.”

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Demonstrators march to demand world leaders take real action against climate change, during a protest in Madrid. VOA

“The climate crisis is still being ignored by those in power,” she added.

Carbon market rules, compensation

During the December 2-13 talks, nearly 200 countries are meant to streamline the rules on global carbon markets and agree on how poor countries should be compensated for destruction largely caused by emissions from rich nations.

An official directly involved in the negotiations said that despite a few setbacks, the technical negotiations were progressing, although many issues were being left for ministerial-level meetings in the summit’s second and final week.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the discussions, added that a political declaration on greater “ambition” — a buzzword at the summit — was shaping up to be “difficult to achieve.”

“A summit that doesn’t end with enhanced ambition would be something that nobody would understand if we take into account what the streets and science are telling us,” the official said.

The talks came as evidence mounts about disasters that could ensue from further global warming, including a study published Friday predicting that unchecked climate change could devastate fishery industries and coral reef tourism.

The study commissioned by 14 nations whose economies rely heavily on the sea says climate change could cause hundreds of billions of dollars in losses by 2050, adding that limiting global warming would lessen the economic impact for coastal countries, but that they also need to adapt to ocean changes.

Leaders ‘afraid of the change’

Demands for greater action by nongovernmental organizations and a whole new generation of environment-minded activists were expected to take the spotlight with the presence of Thunberg in Madrid.

Past appearances have won her plaudits from some leaders and criticism from others who’ve taken offense at the angry tone of her speeches.

Asked about the skepticism on global efforts to fight the warming temperatures expressed by some world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, she said: “Some people want everything to continue like now. They are afraid of the change that we, the youth, are bringing.”

People attend a climate change protest march, as COP25 climate summit is held in Madrid, Spain. VOA

“They try so desperately to silence us,” she added.

Next to her, Vanessa Nakate, a 22-year-old member of Uganda’s chapter of Fridays for Future, said that young activists don’t want more promises.

“We are tired of the praises that you keep giving the activists,” she said. ”We want you to act.”

During a brief visit to the summit venue earlier Friday, Thunberg did not appear unsettled by the commotion surrounding her presence.

“It’s absurd. I laugh at it. I do not understand why it has become like this,“ she was quoted as saying by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

“I don’t like being at the center of the focus all the time, but this is a good thing,” she told Aftonbladet. “As soon as the media writes about me, they also have to write about the climate crisis. If this is a way to write about the climate crisis, then I guess it is good.”

American participation

Separately Friday, an alliance of American states, cities, academic institutions and companies opened its own venue at the U.N. climate talks, aiming to show that despite the federal administration’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris accord, many Americans remain committed to the treaty’s goal of curbing global warming.

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Elan Strait, who manages the “We Are Still In“ initiative for the environmental group World Wildlife Fund, said the movement is “a short-term band-aid not only to get those carbon dioxide emissions down but also to encourage policymakers to lay the ground for further achievements.

Over 3,800 organizations and corporations representing 70% of U.S. economic output have joined the coalition, organizers claim, amounting to roughly half of the country’s emissions. (VOA)