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Sylvia Russell, a liberal feminist and grand daughter of American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) member, military scholar and real estate businessman Robert Darius PhD was raising her voice for the three Bugtis—Pahrdin, Ramzan and Mewa– unjustly condemned to death by Pakistan as her grand dad accused the ISI of being another ISIS. She and her grand father, who was the host, walked with Baloch and Pakhtun members of the AFB on Hanover Street, in downtown  Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on a chilly late Sunday afternoon to pay tributes to the fallen heroes of Balochistan.

Two days earlier, a report in Pakistan’s DAWN newspaper, founded by tuberculosis-ridden Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Friday read: “According to a Counter-Terrorism Department spokesman, convicts Muhammad Ramzan, Miawa and Mehar Din bombed the main gas pipeline coming from Sui and running along the railway track in Abadpur. He said some nearby houses collapsed because of the impact of the blast, leaving three men and a woman dead. Crops around the blast site were burnt, he added…. In the verdict, the judge announced Rs 500,000 fine which would be paid to legal heirs of the deceased and ordered confiscation of the convicts’ properties in favor of the government.”

But it is apparent DAWN could not even get the names of the Baloch sentenced to die right. Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party, named the three convicted members of his Bugti tribe, who he said were Internally Displaced Personas (IDPs) as Pahrdin son of Azim Bugti, Ramzan son of Juma Bugti and Mewa son of Thagya Bugti. Bugti accused the Pakistani army-establishment of continuing to violate human rights in Balochistan.

The DAWN report also attributed the official sources of accusing the three condemned to death Bugtis of being members of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA)– Bugtis dont have anything to do with the BLA as even Pakistan’s Deep State blames them for association with the Baloch Republican Army (BRA), not BLA. Brahumdagh Bugti’s Baloch Republican Party said, “According to DAWN report the convicted Bugti IDPs were arrested from Rahimyar Khan in 2014, but relatives of the convicted victims told BRP Media Cell that these people were abducted by the intelligence agencies of Pakistan from the house of Mewa Bugti in Sadiqabad area of Rahim Yar Khan District in 2012. They also said that victims had no affiliation with any political or armed group.”

The American Friends of Balochistan pointed out the sentencing of the three Bugtis shows there is no hope for justice for the Baloch people. “The sentencing of three Bugti men makes it apparent when it comes to the Baloch people of Balochistan, the Pakistani establishment has just one four-letter word to deal with the Baloch: KILL,” said the AFB.

History buffs can relate the sentencing to death of the three Bugtis, to a revolutionary who left a profound impact on the struggle of India against British imperialism Bhagat Singh, author of Why I Am An Atheist: An Autobiographical Discourse. Bhagat had espoused the struggle for freedom of the people of India from British colonial rule with such passion, that when his parents tried to get him married when he still doing his B.A. he said if his marriage was to take place while India was still under slavery, death will be his bride. “On March 23, 1931, 7:30 am, Bhagat Singh (age 23) was hanged in Lahore Jail with his comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev. It is said that the trio proceeded quite cheerfully towards the gallows while chanting their favorite slogans like “Inquilab Zindabad” and “Down with British Imperialism,” according to Culture India, which said Bhagat Singh’s “eminence in current times is evident from the fact that Bhagat Singh was voted as the Greatest Indian, ahead of Subhash Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi, in a poll conducted by India Today in 2008.”

“The sentencing of three Bugti men makes it apparent when it comes to the Baloch people of Balochistan, the Pakistani establishment has just one four-letter word to deal with the Baloch: KILL,” said the AFB.

This is not the first nor will be the last hanging of Baloch who demand justice for their France-sized homeland. On May 28, 2015 — the 17th anniversary of Pakistan’s deadly nuclear tests in Chagai, Balochistan–, the BBC reported hanging of three men.

The three Baloch were all members of the Baloch Students Organization, an half century old organization that has played a key role in the fight for justice for Balochistan, and were executed in jails in Karachi and Hyderabad. They were Shabbir Rind, Shahsawar Baloch and Sabir Rind. They were accused of the attempting to hijack the plane to India to protest Pakistan’s nuclear test in Changai May 28, 1998, that was three days after their hijack bid on May 24.

When injustice becomes the law resistance becomes a duty, so it is hoped that any Baloch who is sentenced to die by the Pakistani oppressors will go to the gallows, cheerful with their heads raised, raising their national slogan “Balochistan sabz baat” just like Bhagat Singh and his comrades chanted, Inquilab Zindabad.


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