West must rise to defend Balochistan, I told London’s Rebel Media

In an interview with UK-based Balochistan freedom supporter Tommy Robinson of the Rebel Media I tell him about the dangers London and the United Kingdom are facing at the hands of Pakistan origin Islamic radicals.

It is crazy that ISI moles are now sitting in the UK parliament, serving Pakistan rather than British interests.

In the past the UK did lot of harm to people of color in her former colonies but this does not mean Britons should become sitting ducks at the hands of Islamic radicals like Anjem Chaudhry, whom is thankfully serving jail time. “Sons must not pay for the sins of their fathers,” I said.

The interview took place at the Broken Chair in Geneva. I had gone to Geneva for a week and had worked pro bono for the Balochistan cause. If you like the interview kindly  click the donate button and donate generously.

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Blood-soaked Balochistan has a new chief minister picked by army, ISI

The France-sized but God-forsaken southwestern province of Pakistan elected a new chief minister who has got the least amount of votes in Pakistan’s poll history, 544, in the last 2013 elections.

The election of Abdul Qudoos Bezinjo took place after former chief minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, who had killed his eldest brother Sardar Rasul Baksh Zehri but never got arrested nor tried, was asked to resign amid charges of fabulous corruption and ineptitude.

The new chief minister launched his twitter account this month and as of Saturday night had 106 followers while he is following 15: the Chinese embassy in Pakistan, the deputy chief of mission at the Chinese mission Lijian Zhao and the corps commander of Balochistan, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa.

It was apparent Zehri went afoul of the soldiers calling the shots in Balochistan when he went out of the way to secure the release of  family members of two militant leaders, Dr Allah Nazar and Aslam Baloch in November. The outgoing chief minister was a close friend of Cardif-based Baloch “king without a crown,” Khan of Kalat Suleman Daud.

A 14-member cabinet was also sworn in but surprisingly they did not include any members of the National Party, a party which has the reputation of getting power and perks at any cost and is headed by ports and shipping minister Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo. The main reason could be the Sardar Aslam Bizenjo, who many believes is the real chief of the NP, cannot serve in a cabinet that is headed by someone who is not equal or siyaal.

Qudoos Bezinjo’s grandfather Abdul Kareem Bizenjo was gunned down by Sardar Sherdil Tumrani, chief of a Bizenjo sub-tribe, after he refused to pay a tribal tax called shashak, or one sixth of produce from the land, to Aslam Bizenjo’s father Sardar Faqeer Mohammed Bizenjo.

Qudoos Bizenjo is being called “cheat minister” by online critics of his ascendancy to the top civilian post in Balochistan, even though the real shots are called by the corps commander of the Southern Command, Lt gen Asim Bajwa, former head of the Inter Serbvices Public Relations.

Bizenjo is the third chief minister in less four and half years. After forced annexation of Balochistan by Pakistan in March 1948, balochistan for the the first time had a chief minister, Sardar Ataullah Mengal, but his government was dismissed nine months later on february 13, 1973.

Overall the France-sized occupied territory had 16 chief ministers, of whom only two completed their full terms Jam Yusuf Jamali (December 2002 to November 2007) and Nawab Aslam Raisani (April 2008 to January 2013).

The longest seriving chief minister of the province was an army general, Lt Gen Rahimuddin Khan (July 1977 to April 1985, during the military regime of late Gen Ziaul Haq.

 

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#ChappalChorPakistan: Activists to collect worn out shoes as gift to Pakistan embassies

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Indian Americans, along with Afghan Americans and Baloch Americans in the US, in the Washington DC area have launched a novel campaign to avenge humiliation of the mom and wife of Indian naval officer Kulbushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court in spring.

Avanti Jadhav and Cheetankul Jadhav, wife of condemned India spy Kulbushan Jadhav, were made to remove their “mangal sutra”, bangles, and bindi before they could meet Jadhav on Christmas day, India’s External Affairs Ministry complained. Pakistan’s spy service ISI also stole Cheetankul’s shoes, sent it for forensic exams and now say they have found a metal object in one of them.

Soumya Sundar Chowdhury, civil engineer in the Washington DC area who is from Calcutta, West Bengal and supports the freedom of Balochistan, has launched the campaign.

“As you people all know, Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family has been humiliated by Pakistan for no no fault of their own. They took away their shoes and never returned them,” said Chowdhury. “So this New Year don’t throw away your old shoes instead get together and donate it to your nearby Pakistan embassy through Hand Delivery or Mail.”

Chowdhury made an appeal keep a note in the box of the shoes saying it is from Kulbhushan Jadhav’s extended family. “If possible record the whole event and upload it in your social media. Invite others in this goodwill gesture.”

As Pakistan media mostly sides with the country’s military, the Jadhav ladies were not only insulted by Pakistan’s deep state but also harassed by the journalists.

Aapke patidev ne hazaron begunah Pakistaniyo ke khoon se Holi kheli ispar kya kahengi? (your husband killed thousands of innocent Pakistanis, what do you have to say about that?)'” was a question shouted at Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife Chetankul Jadhav, according to a report in the NDTV.

Aapke kya jazbaat hain apne qaatil bete se milne ke baad? (How do you feel after meeting your killer son?)” – a journalist hurled at Mr Jadhav’s mother Avanti Jadhav, the report said.

Pakistan, which was artificially carved out of India by British mischief mainly due the anti-Hindu bigotry of Muslims from Punjab, Bengal, Bihar and some other Indian provinces, is highly paranoid when it comes to India.

Though the two countries were freed at the same time, India a secular democracy has reached mars while Pakistan has turned into a favorite destination for jihad tourism.

Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani Field General Court Martial in April on a charge of terrorism. The Pakistanis claim he was arrested in Balochistan but India says the former naval officer was abducted from Chahbahar port by the militant Jaishul Adal.

Despite being beaten black and blue in all wars against India — for instance former Pakistan army chief Gen Raheel Sharif elder brother Major Rana Sharif and uncle Major Aziz Bhatti both got the country’s highest military award Nishan-i-Haider after being tanked to death by India in the 1971 and 1965 wars– Pakistan army GHQ still believes  they will defeat India in Kashmir.

Many Indians correctly believe 1.32 billion Indians are being held hostage to Pakistan’s 6,20,000 parasitical army and the time has come for India to balkanize Pakistan.

“We need all over the world people doing this to Pakistan, the mother-load of bad ideas,” said Chowdhury.

Pakistan’s treatment of Jadhav ladies enraged India and #ChappalChorPakistan (pakistan is slipper thief) trended on twitter.

Swiss deny Bugti asylum but will PM Modi hug him as India’s son?

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is said to be the best thing that happened to India in seven decades. Modi is also known to be great hugger, even hugging germaphobe President Donald Trump, who considers shaking hand as barbaric. But the question today is will he hug Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party, as India’s own son as the Swiss government has rejected his asylum petition?

According to a news report in Geo TV, “A source in the Swiss government confirmed that Brahumdagh Bugti’s asylum application was turned down because of his links with “incidents of terrorism, violence and militant activities” and the rejection letter clearly sets out these allegations. Bugti confirmed to this correspondent that his asylum application has been rejected by the Swiss government on the basis of allegations that he has links with the banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA).”

First let me go back eight years. It was November 2009 when I first spoke with Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Balochistan Republican Party. I got a call as I was organizing the first international conference on Balochistan in the nation’s capital on behalf of the American Friends of Balochistan. I thought it was the Khan of Kalat, with whom I had spoken a couple of times and the voice sounded quite familiar. But it was not the Khan from Cardiff, but Brahumdagh Bugti from Kabul.

Bugti said he wanted to seek asylum in the US and my first question was why doesn’t he go to India. “That was my first choice too. They are ready to provide us all assistance, but not asylum.”

At the time a Congress government was in power in New Delhi. India was being led by the dehati aurat or village woman — a term reportedly used by ousted premier Nawaz Sharif for his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh. Just four months earlier, mid-July, 2009 at the Sharm el-Sheikh, Cairo, the dehati aurat made the historical blunder of indirectly admitting India was inciting violence in Balochistan in his summit with his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani. India Today described the summit outcome as Manmohan Singh’s Balochistan blunder. Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir made a fool of Shiv Shankar Menon and so did Yusuf Raza Gilani make a chump of Dr Manmohan Singh, who prime minister Modi mockingly says, “knows how to shower in bathroom wearing a rain coat.” Let alone giving asylum to Bugti, it is widely reported that Congress pacifists at times even side with the jihadis in Kashmir– just to please Pakistan.

A year later Brahumdagh Bugti arrived in Switzerland along with family, afterwards joined by about a dozen members of his Bugti tribe. He had obtained special permit for the air travel from rulers of a Gulf nation who were friends of his assassinated grandfather, former governor and chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Brahumdagh Bugti may have been in France instead of Switzerland had it not been for the massive attack on Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti’s home by the army on March 17. “The military forces started shelling the town of Dera Bugti, the headquarter of Bugti tribe and the ancestral home of the Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. Rockets and mortars also targeted his house where he was attending a meeting with his tribesmen, but luckily he survived,” according to the web site of his party, the Baloch Republican Party. In that attack, Brahumdagh Bugti’s passport with French visa affixed on it got destroyed.

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But why should India care about Balochistan?

Here are the reasons. As I consider the Baloch sons and daughters of Hinglaj Mata sakhtipeet (Hindu pilgrim site), I have always believed it is a religious and national duty of India to help the Baloch, the whole nine yards. More important than my subjective belief are historical facts that show the Baloch yearned to get freedom from the British as part of a united India but when they saw the British were bent upon dividing India, they demanded a free Balochistan.

From day one, the Baloch rejected the Two-Nation Theory of Pakistan’s tuberculosis ridden founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Just look at these words; they seem as if they are words printed today in a newspaper or magazine: “From whatever angle we look at the present government of Pakistan, we will see nothing but Punjabi fascism. The people have no say in it. It is the Army and arms that rule.” But this statement was made 69 years ago by the first hero of the Baloch uprising against Pakistan, Prince Abdul Karim, while he was in exile in Afghanistan. Prince Abdul Karim had used these words in a letter to his elder brother – the “King” or Khan of Kalat Mir Ahmadyar Khan – cited in The Politics of Ethnicity in Pakistan, by Farhan Hanif Siddiqi.

Historians wonder if India lost Balochistan and much of India territory to Pakistan because of Lady Edwina Mountbatten-crazed Nehru’s haste in becoming the prime minister? And they may be right in raising the question. Pawan Durani, a journalist and blogger from Srinagar, who now lives in Delhi, tweeted on October 26, 2012: “In 1947, the King of Kalat [ #Balochistan ] acceded 2 #India. Unfortunately Nehru rejected that. Rest is history. Baloch cont 2 suffer.”

London-based think-tank The Foreign Policy Center, FPC, concurs that the Baloch were let down not only by the British but also by the founding fathers of India. The story goes thus. The Baloch sovereign Khan of Kalat Mir Ahmadyar Khan, whose most tragic blunder was to have Muhammad Ali Jinnah as his lawyer in his legal dealings with the British Raj, was said to be very fond of listening to the All India Radio (AIR) broadcasts in the evenings. On March 27, 1948, what he had heard on an AIR broadcast left the Khan of Kalat shell-shocked. The FPC cites an AIR broadcast from that day, which reported a press conference by VP Menon, the secretary in the Ministry of States: “Menon revealed that the Khan of Kalat was pressing India to accept Kalat’s accession, but added that India would have nothing to do with it.”

Hakim Baloch, a former chief secretary of Balochistan, author and historian, who has written several books on Balochistan, agrees that AIR did indeed broadcast Menon’s statement – the very next day, Sardar Patel issued a contradiction that no such request from the Khan of Kalat was ever received by India. Again on March 30, 1948, Nehru went to great lengths to deny what VP Menon had said. The Khan of Kalat too denied the report, but by this time, the Pakistani guns were pointing at the Khan’s head.

As India’s founding fathers closed their eyes on Balochistan, Pakistan was already working overtime to occupy Balochistan. For example, on March 22, 1948 Pakistan prime minister Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan presided over a meeting of the three services chief to oversee the military invasion of Kalat and Mekran. “He was briefed by the army, air force and navy chiefs about the steps these armed services have taken in a number of Balochistan cities, such as Turbat, Pasni,” says Quetta-based Baloch scholar Surat Khan Marri.

While Indian leaders were busy issuing contradictory statements, Pakistan acted swiftly. According to human rights defender Waseem Altaf in Viewpoint: “On orders emanating from Mr Jinnah, Balochistan was forcibly annexed to Pakistan on 28th March 1948 when on 27th March 1948, Lt Colonel Gulzar of the 7th Baluch Regiment under GOC Major General Mohammad Akbar Khan invaded the Khanate of Kalat. General Akbar dragged the Khan of Kalat to Karachi and forced him to sign on the instruments of accession while Pakistan Navy’s destroyers reached Pasni and Jiwani.”

The Khan of Kalat tried his best to retain the independent status of his state, knocking every neighbor’s door. “The Khan of Kalat had tried for an arrangement with both Iran and Afghanistan as well,” said Hakim Baloch. “He had also pondered over a deal with London on the lines that the UK had with Oman,” he added. That deal envisaged Balochistan to remain a British protectorate for 25 years– to emerge on the world map by 1972.

In March 1946, Baloch nationalist leaders went to India to meet with Congress leaders to seek support for a free Balochistan. The team was led by Mir Ghaus Baksh Bizenjo,  president of the Kalat State National Party. They met Congress president Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Bizenjo, who later became the governor of Balochistan confirmed to me four decades later in 1988– a year before his death– that Azad refused to support a free Balochistan on the grounds that raising the issue would give the British colonialists a pretext to delay their departure from India. I had asked Bizenjo, who used to stay at my uncle’s Mustikhan Lodge in Karachi, why he had changed his stance from being an advocate for a free Balochistan in 1946 to demanding provincial autonomy in his political career, later. Bizenjo said after India’s refusal to stand with the idea of a free Balochistan, he calculated that the Baloch were not in a position to fight Pakistan’s military might on their own, so he toned down his demand to provincial autonomy. According to scholar Hakim Baloch, “Maulana Azad believed that Balochistan would not be a stable state.” Azad ruled out any help to Balochistan as he believed an independent Balochistan will serve as a British base and would undermine the independence of the subcontinent.”

In hindsight, Maulana Azad’s stance was proven to be flawed: Pakistan became the renter state of the US-West, Saudi Arabia and now China continuously causing grief to India. Vikram Sood, former Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) chief, points out to the visits of Baloch leaders to India, including the Khan of Kalat. “They wanted to draw attention to the fact that their state was different and wanted to be treated on par with Nepal,” Sood wrote in an article in February 2006, when Baloch statesman Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was still alive. The former RAW official regrets that the founding fathers of modern India were too engrossed with Kashmir and Hyderabad to see the strategic significance of a sovereign Balochistan.

While the Pakistan Army occupied Balochistan, according to another Indian scholar Deepak Basu, “India stood by silently. Lord Mountbatten, Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru or Maulana Azad, then the president of India’s Congress Party, said nothing about the rape of Balochistan.”

On August 15, 1947 Jinnah recognized Kalat State (a huge chunk of Balochistan) as a free state. The state had a foreign minister named Douglas Yates Fell, while my late uncle A. Sattar Mustikhan became Kalat state’s ambassador to Pakistan. The national flag of Kalat state flew over our family home in Karachi’s Gandhi Garden district from August 15, 1947 to March 28, 1948.

Balochistan has a rich Hindu heritage. In addition to Hinglaj Mata sakhti peet and one of the world’s oldest Hindu civilization sites Mehergarh, it is a fact Kalat, the center of Baloch tribal confederacy, was once called Kalat-e-Sewa (Sewa’s Fort), after Sewa, a legendary Hindu hero of the Brahui-speaking Baloch people.

Some Indians believe that had the Baloch leaders in 1946 met with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel instead of meeting Maulana Azad, the results  may have been different. These same nationalists also believe prime minister Modi wants justice for Balochistan, not merely use Baloch as proxies in tit-for-tat war games over Kashmir. We hope they are right and Shri Narendra Modi Ji will welcome Brahumdagh Bugti to India so everyone in the world, including Balochistan, knows Mother India does care for her Baloch sons.

The main reason why the Swiss have not taken into account the brutalities that Bugti has faced at the hands of Pakistan army and ISI– killing of more than 7,000 of his tribesmen including his grandfather, sister Zamur Domki and niece Jaana Domki– is that Switzerland is a highly racist society. A recent Universal Periodic Review by the UN just 12 days ago asked Switzerland to do more to fight against racism.

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Gen Asim Bajwa, the ‘Joseph Goebbels’ who is ruling Balochistan

Guess who is a serving army officer with the largest number of twitter followers in Pakistan or perhaps in the world? Don’t go any further. Visit the Quetta cantonment, the main center for the military occupation of Balochistan and meet the corps commander of the XII Corps or army Southern Command, Lt Gen Asim Bajwa.

The Muzzafargarh-born three-star general, who became the Inspector General of arms of the Pakistan army after his stint as the army’s spin doctor as director general of the Inter Services Public Relations, was posted as commander to ensure Baloch live under Pakistan army bayonets.

“Lt-Gen Bajwa remained the director general of the ISPR for over four years and is credited with building a positive image of former army chief Gen (retired) Raheel Sharif. Bajwa – the first three-star general to head the military’s media wing – is also the first to use social media platforms such as Twitter to project the army and its policies,” according to The Express Tribune, whose editor is one of the few guys followed by the general.

The main reason this general has been posted as the man to rule over Balochistan is to project a positive image of the army’s secret, bloody, dirty war there. His task is to mislead the world that the Pakistan army is the good guys fighting the dirty Baloch rebels– once called the wild herds of southwest Asia.

The tweets and actions of at least one militant leader, Dr Allah Nazar, chief of the Balochistan Liberation Front– the Baloch Che Guevara– is making the general’s task much easier it seems.

Last week Dr Nazar tweeted that he has directed his guerrillas to kill two of his chief political opponents, federal ports and shipping minister Mir Hasil Bizenjo and former chief minister Dr Malik Baloch. Then on Tuesday, the BLF killed 15 Punjabi wannabe emigrants to the West in Kech district on a charge they were working on a CPEC project for the army-run Frontier Works Organization.

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Popular poet Rahmatullah Shohaz, killed by the BLF in January 2016

The deceptive craftiness of Gen Bajwa, the Joseph Goebbels of Balochistan, could be seen in a report about the killing of Younis Taukali, the BLF commander allegedly involved in the massacre of the 15 Punjabis. The DAWN report reads the army said Taukali “was wanted for multiple murders, including that of Rehmatullah Shohaz, a founding member of the Baloch National Movement (BNM).” The killing of poet Shohaz, who was well loved by local Baloch in January last year, was unjust and uncalled for but the question here to ask is since when have the Punjabi generals become such well wishers of the BNM or for that matter any other Baloch patriotic parties.

Asim Bajwa has an incredible number of followers on twitter: 3.19 million but follows only 33, none of them is a Baloch. Bajwa, a clansman of army chief of staff Qamar Javed Bajwa is not even following the Khawaja Khairuddin of Balochistan and friend of Indian politician Mani Shankar Aiyer, federal ports and shipping minister Mir Hasil Bizenjo. But then  why should a modern day Khalid bin Waleed, follow his slaves and servants–the Baloch apostates.

Quetta using silver bullet to kill Baloch owned newspapers

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Corrupt and dishonest officials in the Balochistan capital of Quetta are bent upon to strangulate the credible local newspapers economically for political reasons, according to reports.

The newspapers under attack include Balochistan Express, Daily Azadi and Intikhab, owned by Baloch publishers. Balochistan Express and Daily Azadi are owned by veteran journalist Siddiq Baloch, who once used to work for Dawn newspaper. Intekhab is owned by Anwar Sajidi.

An appeal by the newspaper managements said political parties, human rights activists and all right minded people should condemn arbitrary action against genuine and credible newspapers known for their professionalism and independence in reporting.

These newspapers do not openly defy the existing systems but try to work within the constitutional frameworks, but corrupt officials in the administration are still trying to spell their death.

On the other hand, Khadim Lehri, Baloch editor of the pro-freedom daily Tawar newspaper was hounded by the intelligence sleuths and has been forced to go into hiding.

Quite a few journalists and contributors of the Daily Tawar were abducted, tortured, killed and their bodies dumped since 2010.

Lala Hameed Baloch, a senior journalist of Tawar was on October 25 2010,  abducted by Pakistani military and its notorious agencies at Karwat while he was going to attend marriage of a closed relative in Dasht Kunchiti. He was tortured to death and his body was dumped on November 18, 2010 alongside the body of Hamid Ismail at Hiroonk, a village 55 kilometer away from Turbat city. A paper was found in his pocket, on which it was written “An Eid Gift for Baloch Nation”.

The Committee to Protect Journalists reported Javed Naseer Rind, an editor and columnist with the Urdu-language Daily Tawar, Rind was kidnapped in his hometown of Hub in southern Baluchistan province on September 11, 2011. “Rind’s body was found in Khuzdar on November 5, nearly two months after he was abducted, according to news reports. The journalist had been shot multiple times in the head and chest, and his body showed numerous signs of torture, local news media reported.

According to BBC English, the mutilated body of Daily Tawar journalist Haji Abdul Razzak has been identified by his family, a day after it was found in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi August 21, 2013. The Balochistan-based journalist was abducted since 24 March and was tortured to death. The BBC report said, “only his arms and legs were sufficiently intact to enable identification.”

Several other Baloch journalists who used to write for Daily Tawar were also abducted and later killed under custody included Ahmed Dad Baloch, Nawaz Ahmed Marri, Rahmatullah Shaheen, Munir Shakir and advocate Ali Sher Kurd.

Gwadar: Chinese show interest in talking to Baloch

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“No matter how hard they try to turn Gwadar into Dubai, it won’t work. There will be resistance. The pipelines going to China will not be safe. They will have to cross through Baluch territory, and if our rights are violated, nothing will be secure,” citing a Baloch activist, US scholar Robert Kaplan wrote an article in the influential The Atlantic. As resistance mounts to the CPEC in Balochistan, the Chinese are realizing that they can’t have Gwadar on millions of dead bodies of the Baloch and appear to be keen to talk. I was myself pleasantly surprised to see Lijian Zhao, the deputy chief of mission at the Chinese embassy in Islamabad– the Chinese point man on Gwadar–, who had previously blocked me on twitter, has now unblocked me.

This year, the Chinese officials also began routinely attending the Baloch events at the Palace of Nations in Geneva and even speak out at the events to convince the Baloch that the CPEC, which is a nearly 1900-mile network of roads, railways and pipelines to transport oil and gas from Gwadar Port to Kashgar city in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, is in the best interests of the Baloch people.

The Chinese are throwing dollars like crazy to win over the Baloch. “The Chinese have purchased many Balochistan journalists,” warns Inayatullah Baloch of Iowa. “The Chinese are directly giving guidelines to these journalists not to write a single thing against the CPEC,” Baloch says. He says his sources have told him that the Chinese are being stationed alongside Pakistan troops all over Balochistan.

The CPEC which is a component of President Xi Jinping One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative for global dominance will shrink “China’s routes of oil and gas imports from Africa and the Middle East by thousands of miles, making Gwadar Port a potentially vital link in China’s supply chain,” according to Global Security.

But the Baloch don’t want Chinese presence, under the bayonets of Pakistan army. It is a matter of life and death for the hapless Baloch because if China succeeds in taking over Gwadar port’s under the watch of Pakistan army, there will be no Balochistan—land of the Baloch—as they will become outnumbered and marginalized in their ancestral homeland. It will be best for Beijing to stall the project instead of drowning its $62 billion in the waters of the Baloch Gulf—the name Baloch nationalists give to the Persian or Arabian Gulf—until the key issue of Balochistan right to self determination is resolved.

As Pakistan’s leaders are brown-nosing China, the Baloch who actually own the port are raising their voice of dissent. “If the tiny Diaoyu Islands are a matter of pride and principle for China and Japan, Gwadar is also a matter of life and death for the Baloch. Any unilateral decision by Islamabad concerning the fate of Gwadar will be opposed by the Baloch at all levels,” former senator Sanaullah Baloch, wrote in The Express Tribune. He said, “There is grave concern that a large-scale Chinese presence will further militarise the Balochistan coast and the Makran region, where a non-Baloch security apparatus, that is, the FC (Frontier Corps) and the Coast Guards, has massive presence, causing immense unrest.”

Lijian Zhao, the Chinese diplomat referred to earlier, personally protested on twitter, “Diaoyu Islands are disputed territory between China and Japan. Is Gwadar disputed? Chinese are here to help Gwadar. Please be reasonable.”

The Baloch dont see any benefit of the CPEC as long as the Chinese work with the Pakistan generals. “So far as CPEC is concerned, the Baloch are resolved to sabotage China’s work and have succeeded in their efforts to some extent,” says Kachkol Ali Advocate, a former opposition leader and fisheries minister from Balochistan, who lives in Oslo, Norway. Ali  believes a maritime great game is being played out in Gwadar. “The Baloch are doing what they can, according to their resistance capacity. But actually there are big powers involved with Gwadar particularly India, Dubai, Singapore, Iran and the USA.”

China’s greedy looks on Baloch waters are not new, however. Six centuries ago, during the Ming Dynasty the Chinese were present in the warm waters of the Gulf. The most famous Chinese maritime explorer and castrated Admiral Zheng He commandeered his 63 ships and over 28,000 men to Hormuz. “His giant ‘treasure ships’, packed with the finest goods and most sophisticated weaponry of the time, went to 37 countries over 28 years, exacting tribute for the Dragon Throne and extending China’s influence across much of the globe,” according to the BBC.

The CPEC has united the Baloch and the Hindus, both locally and globally, like never before. Scholar Robert D Kaplan wrote, “Indeed, as the (Pakistan) government builds roads and military bases, Baloch and minority Hindus are being forcibly displaced. Both groups are thought to harbor sympathy for India, and they do: in Baloch and Hindu eyes, India acts as a counterweight to an oppressive Pakistani state.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alas, Baloch nawabs, sardars finally talking to one another!

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The news was like music to many Baloch ears, but some critics remained skeptical.

The London-based news portal Baloch Warna News broke the news. At least two feudal lords have announced plans to bury the hatchet.  The pro-freedom Baloch leaders Brahumdagh Bugti, president of Baloch Republican Party, and Hyrbyair Marri, head of the Free Balochistan Movement, held a telephonic conversation on Monday about cooperation in the Baloch freedom struggle.

Just a day earlier, Bugti had issued a separate, joint statement with Marri’s younger and estranged brother Nawab Mehran Marri saying they were joining hands in an effort to highlight the genocide being inflicted on Baloch people in Pakistan-occupied Balochistan.

The Marri brothers had not been on talking terms for more than eight years now after a dispute over accountability of freedom resources. The two brothers were on good terms until the arrest of Hyrbyair Marri and his close associate Faiz Baluch in December 2007. Mehran Marri is brother-in-law of Brahumdagh Bugti. Bugti on the other hand was not on talking terms with Hyrbyair Marri as the latter had allegedly reneged on returning one of Bugti’s favors.

Bugti and Marri who are among political successors of the two neighboring tribes of Bugtis and Marris in Balochistan have agreed to initiate talks and resolve future problems of the Baloch freedom struggle. The statement added, “The regional political scenario and Baloch freedom struggle requires that all problems should be solved with mutual consent and principled and long-term cooperation should be established for the freedom of Balochistan.” In this regard, a meeting will be held in Geneva on November 18 to discuss problems and requirements of the Baloch freedom struggle.

It was not clear if the thaw between Bugti and Marri also includes the younger brother Nawab Mehran Marri, or the Marri’s brother-in-law Mir Javed Mengal. The family feud between Hybyair Marri and Javed Mengal was in such bad taste that Hyrbyair Marri lodged a case against Javed Mengal for keeping him out of his mother’s funeral rites.

Daud and Bugti have not been on talking terms for more than eight years after Daud told a memorial meeting in London that Bugti’s grandfather, former governor and chief minister of Balochistan Nawab Akbar Bugti, did not sacrifice his life for the freedom of Balochistan but for his personal honor.

Pakistan accuses Brahumdagh Bugti, Hyrbyair Marri, Mehran Marri and Javed Mengal of allegedly heading the militant outfits Baloch Republican Army, Balochistan Liberation Army, United Baloch Army and Lashkar-i-Balochistan, respectively. These leaders however publicly deny any links with any militant outfit.

The differences between the feudal lords are all the more troubling and tragic as all of them lost a sibling to Pakistan army brutalities. Javed Mengal eldest brother Asadullah Mengal was one of the first victims of enforced disappearances way back in 1976; Mehran and Hyrbyair Marri’s brother Mir Balach Marri died November, 21 2007 in the Baloch battlefields; and Brahumdagh Bugti’s sister Zamur Domki was ruthlessly executed January 31, 2012 by Pakistani intelligence on the streets of Karachi.

One of the most important leaders on ground zero, is Baloch Che Guevara, Dr Allah Nazar. He is the only none feudal leader who publicly owns the militant outfit Baloch Liberation Front. Dr Nazar refuses to leave Balochistan and is politically supported by the Baloch National Movement.

Feudal lords of Balochistan sometime exhibit extremely rude and jungle-like behavior even in the West.

Some staunch critics don’t care about the unity news much.  “Zero plus zero plus zero is equal to zero,” France-based Dr Ali Akbar Mengal, said. Dr Mengal believes nawabs and sardars are cancer of Baloch society.

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Happy Diwali.

It was very nice to attend the Diwali event organized by the BAPS and several Hindu Diaspora organizations at the Russell building of the US Senate Monday.

According to the premier advocacy Hindu American Foundation (HAF) there are several stories about the origin of Diwali. According to one story, “Over a thousand years ago, there was a kind, humble, and much beloved Prince named Rama who was soon to be named King. Instead, his jealous stepmother found a way to have Rama banished to the forest for 14 years. His wife, Sita, and brother, Lakshman, went with him because they did not want to leave his side. One day, a demon king named Ravana saw Sita and fell in love with her beauty. He hatched a plan and eventually kidnapped her. Rama went in pursuit of Ravana and fought a great war to win his beloved Sita back. After their reunion and completing their 14 year exile, Rama, Sita, and Lakshman returned home to Ayodhya where the people rejoiced and lit lamps all over the kingdom to welcome them back. Shortly after, Rama was crowned King of Ayodhya.”

Another story for Diwali is about the victory of Krishna thousands of years ago over the demon Narakasura, whose evil doings grew greater by each passing day — just like the black deeds of Pakistan army and ISI. According to HAF, one day Narakasura decided to kidnap all the beautiful young damsels of the kingdom named Svargaloka. “The inhabitants of Svargaloka could take it no longer. They called upon Lord Krishna to save them from Narkasura’s terror. Lord Krishna came as soon as he heard and fought the demon in a fierce battle. Lord Krishna defeated Narakasura….”

The HAF web site says Sikhs also recognize Diwali to celebrate the release of the Sixth Guru, Hargobind, one of their spiritual leaders, from captivity by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir. For Jains, Diwali is the day Lord Mahavira, the last of the Jain Tirthankaras (Ford-maker or Savior), achieved enlightenment or nirvana/moksha. Lastly, Buddhists, especially Newar Buddhists, commemorate Diwali as Ashok Vijayadashami, the day the great Emperor Ashoka embraced Buddhism as his faith.

But when will the real Diwali be celebrated in Balochistan? When will the innocent and hapless people of Balochistan be delivered from the clutches of the Pakistan army or Ravana and the ISI or Narakasura? When will their human dignity be restored? When will Baloch women and children come out of the fear of being abducted? When will the youth breathe the fresh air of freedom without being tortured, killed and their bodies dumped by the Pakistani security services? When will Pakistan troops stop looting and burning Baloch homes and villages and killing livestock? When will deadly helicopters stop hovering over Baloch villages, firing on the civilians on the ground or throwing the bodies of freedom fighters to instill fear? When will the Pakistani forces stop tying the bodies of freedom activists behind their trucks to drag in the remote Baloch areas to create terror in the brave tribesmen hearts? In short when will the dark, dreary and cold night of Pakistan’s colonial rule in Balochistan end?

These were some of the questions in our mind when I and my friend Krishna Gudipati, director of the premier American Friends of Balochistan (@AFB_USA), braved the cold and wet weather, to attend the Diwali with the aim to do what is called in Hinduism puniya karma or good in the world (To be honest, I have personally reached the breaking point). Gudipati approached Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who in my humble view– mark my words– is destined to become the first woman and first Hindu president of the United States, either in 2020 or in 2024. Gabbard has all the qualities and ingredients that go into making a great president. “Gabbard was shocked to hear about the Pakistan army atrocities, including abduction of Baloch women and children,” Gudipati told me.

I had a chance to talk with Congressman Anthony G. Brown, (D) 4th District of Maryland. I told him about the unconscionable crimes against humanity being carried out by the Pakistan army and spy service ISI in France-sized Balochistan, which forms more than 40 percent of the land mass of Pakistan but has less than 10 percent of the population. He wanted to know more and pulled out the single visiting card he was left with and asked me to meet to get a better understanding.

Congressman Pete Olson, (R) 22nd District of Texas, also attentively heard about the scorched earth policies of Pakistan security forces in Balochistan. Olson shook his head in dismay and sympathy for the Baloch people of Balochistan when I told him about the killings, torture and abductions of women and children. He and his legislative director Richard England appeared to be willing to lend an ear to Baloch woes and help get justice for them. Quite a few congressmen from Texas, notably Louis Gohmert, are already sick and tired of Pakistan’s double games and want to support a free Balochistan.

However, since Balochistan is still not on the State Department radar, many people in the US don’t know Balochistan is the world capital of enforced disappearances. At least 8,000 Baloch are victims of enforced disappearances but the abductions after which the victims disappear continue unabated. Monday, as many as 40 civilians who were not combatants, were forcibly abducted from the Awaran area in Balochistan, said former Balochistan fisheries minister Kachkol Ali Advocate, who lives in exile in Oslo, Norway.

In this context, it was heartening the Amnesty International Monday called upon Pakistan to end enforced disappearances. Amnesty said it “is alarmed by reports it has received of a wave of enforced disappearances that have taken place over recent days, particularly of activists in the southwestern province of Balochistan, and calls upon the Pakistani authorities to immediately carry out independent and effective investigations with a view to determining the fate and whereabouts of all missing people.

“Enforced disappearances are a blight on Pakistan’s human rights record, with hundreds and possibly thousands of cases reported across the country over the past several years. Victims of enforced disappearances are at considerable risk of torture and other ill-treatment and even death. To date, not a single perpetrator of the crime has been brought to justice,” Amnesty decried, adding, “The Commission on Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances received nearly 300 cases of alleged enforced disappearances from August to October 2017, by far the largest number in a three month period in recent years.”

The key international human rights body said after its last visit to Pakistan, in 2012, the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances, noted that there is “a climate of impunity in Pakistan with regard to enforced disappearances, and the authorities are not sufficiently dedicated to investigate cases of enforced disappearance and hold the perpetrators accountable.” Amnesty International notes that this situation has not improved over the past five years.

Amnesty International demanded of the Pakistan’s authorities to publicly condemn enforced disappearances, recognize enforced disappearances as a distinct and autonomous offence, and call for an end to this cruel and inhumane practice. “Pakistan has thus far failed to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance – a glaring omission that casts an unflattering light on the country’s claims to be committed to the highest human rights standards.”

Amnesty International pointed out the UN Human Rights Committee – the treaty-monitory body that oversees how States implement and comply with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – took note of Pakistan’s record on enforced disappearances and recommended that the country: “Criminalize enforced disappearance and put an end to the practice of enforced disappearance and secret detention.”

 

Poultry

As if a cruel joke, the UN general assembly on October 16 elected Pakistan as a member of the UN Human Rights Council– a move that was widely condemned by Baloch Diaspora activists. “It is like a monkey being asked to guard the bananas,” said Inayatullah Baloch, who now lives in Iowa and is member of the American Friends of Balochistan (AFB). Bhawal Mengal of the World Baloch Organization, London, in a tweet likened Pakistan’s election to the rights council as a fox being made the in-charge of a poultry farm.

Amnesty said In its election pledge as member of the UN Human Rights Council, Pakistan said that it is “firmly resolved to uphold, promote and safeguard universal human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.”

For that claim to be taken seriously, and for Pakistan to fulfil “the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights” expected of all Council members, it must make ending enforced disappearances a priority and hold all suspected perpetrators – including military and intelligence personnel – to account, through fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.

Once confined to the restive territories of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Baluchistan, enforced disappearances have spread to other parts of the country, including urban centres and major cities. In early January 2017, five human rights defenders were abducted from the capital Islamabad and parts of Punjab province. Four of the defenders returned to their homes between 27 and 29 January. Two of the defenders have since said that they were threatened, intimidated and tortured by people they believed to belong to military intelligence.

After the last Universal Periodic Review in 2012, Pakistan’s government made a commitment to take “effective measures against enforced disappearances” and to “combat impunity for all those who attack human rights defenders”. Later this month, when Pakistan’s human rights record is subject to scrutiny again, the government must finally take urgent steps to turn those commitments into reality.

Raj Shah, 32, Deputy Assistant to President Donald J. Trump and Principal Deputy Press Secretary, also attentively listened to the story of crimes against humanity, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and near genocidal situation in Balochistan.