PakNewz****-Earthquake Survivor's situation in Balochistan, Pakistan.
Balochistan, March 15: Ignore the people of the region and exploit the natural resources – this is what is happening in Balochistan province in Pakistan. The Balochs have been living in misery since 1948, ever since the free and sovereign state ruled by the Khan of Kalat was forcibly annexed by Pakistan. The Balochs have been waging a low level insurgency against the forceful occupation of their homeland since then. Prince Abdul Karim Khan opposed the atrocities of Pakistan and launched the first Baloch National Resistance Movement in May 1948.The movement, whether armed or political, is their struggle for human rights, honor, identity and national salvation.It seeks to control Baloch affairs and destiny – economically, politically, socially and culturally.
Balochistan, March 29: Political activists, youth, students or women – No one in Balochistan has the right to raise their voice against atrocities committed by Pakistan. And, those who dare, are forcibly detained by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies. The issue of enforced disappearances has been a major source of unrest among the Balochs ever since the Musharraf regime launched a military operation in Balochistan in 2004. Baloch nationalist parties claim that around 4,000 Balochs are missing from across the province.
Quetta, September 20: Pakistan's federal interior minister Rehman Malik visited Balochistan recently where he suggested that a Swat-like operation should be launched against Baloch nationalists. But then, he quickly backtracked. He identified five Baloch organizations as militant outfits and imposed a ban' on them. The organizations include-Balochistan Republican Army, Baloch Liberation Front, Balochistan Liberation United Front, Baloch Defaee Tanzeem and Lashkar-e-Balochistan. The assets of these groups were frozen as part of the Pakistan government's decision to go after Baloch nationalists. Rehman Malik wants to curb militancy in Balochistan and has said that all police powers will be transferred for three months to the Frontier Corps (FC).
Balochistan, November 08: The Pakistani province of Balochistan seems to be perpetually in a state of crisis. Incidents of target killings and bomb blasts are on the rise. Young people often go missing and leaders are targeted and killed in the region. The people of Balochistan say that the Pakistan government and its law enforcement agencies are to blame for violations of human rights in this province. In 2010, violence has surged in Balochistan. Human rights activists are concerned about an increase in target killings. Human Rights group Amnesty International called on Pakistan to investigate the torture and killing of more than 40 political leaders and activists in the region from June to September in 2010 against a backdrop of increasing political unrest and Pakistani military activities in the southwestern province which borders Iran and Afghanistan.
Quetta, December 20: Pakistan remains the most dangerous place to work, for journalists. On an average a journalist dies every month in the country leave, aside innumerable abductions, arrests and threats faced by the scribes. And, Balochistan is a perfect `hell’ for the media. For decades, Baloch people have been fighting for an independent, democratic Balochistan. Pakistan has reacted with oppression through its army and secret agencies to finish off the movement. The media is not allowed to report Pakistan’s brutalities in the region. In 2010 over half-a-dozen Baloch journalists were targeted by Pakistani security agencies.
Balochistan, January 10: Inhuman acts of brutality by the army and intelligence agencies are widespread across Pakistan. However, the incidents of forced disappearances, unlawful detention, torture and killings of Baloch people have shocked everyone. The victims of state terrorism in Balochistan include students, lawyers, doctors, political activists and other members of public who have been asking for justice, equality and freedom. The year 2010 witnessed a sharp rise in the deaths of Baloch missing persons: Around 60 bodies were recovered within an alarmingly short span of 6 months. According to the New York Times, the Obama Administration has expressed `alarm’ over reports that thousands of Baloch political activists have fallen into the hands of Pakistan’s police and security forces, and that some may have been tortured or killed. The issue came up in a State Department report to Congress on November 23, 2010.