Monday, 31 August 2009
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Publication of the Daily Assap in Urdu was a remarkable beginning in the journalistic era of Balochistan. It aimed to cover and highlights Balochistan issues, hence encountered on numerous occasions, direct intimidation by Pakistani ISI and other suppressive agencies. On 23rd Feb 2009, Pakistani agencies made a direct assassination on Asaap’s editor in Chief Mr Jan Mohd Dashti. He suffered serious injuries by fired bullets, but was fortunate to survive.
On 18th Aug 2009 the Pakistan Frontier Corps in Balochistan besieged Asaap office in Quetta with Artillery Tank and large number of uniformed and plain-cloth personnel. The Pakistani State curtailed the activities of Asaap journalists by presence of FC and by intimidation of Asaap employees. Sadly the Asaap was forced to stop publication and shut its office. Unfortunately the closure of Daily Asaap did not master sufficient criticism to deter further suppression of freedom in Balochistan.
As it was warned by Baloch journalist Mr Malik Siraj Akbar, it is a beginning to target Baloch news papers. On Friday 22nd Aug 2009 once again the Pakistani Frontier Corps in Quetta, besieged offices of two more Baloch news papers as they deemed pro-Baloch by Pakistan. The Pakistani Frontier Corps in Quetta following its success in closure of Daily Asaap by intimidation, making the same attempts to force closure on English newspaper Daily Balochistan Express and Urdu paper Daily Azadi, both published by Siddique Baloch.
Baloch journalist Mr Malik Siraj Akbar who has been writing on Balochistan is also being targeted for revealing the tense and oppressive situation in Balochistan. The Pakistani State is engaged in a systematic manner of suppression and oppression of Baloch people and Baloch media.
Balochistan National Movement (Balochistan Raji Zrombesh) strongly condemns Pakistan for the policies of intimidation and suppression of Baloch media in Balochistan. Balochistan National Movement seeks support of journalists and defenders of freedom of expression thorough-out the World for existence of a free Baloch media, and seeks their support to join us in condemnation of Pakistan for curtailing Baloch media.
Balochistan National Movement recognises that Daily Asaap, Daily Balochistan Express, Daily Azadi and Baloch Journalists are victims of Pakistan State’s suppression. Iran and Pakistan are occupying invaders in Balochistan; therefore they see no limit to their oppression on Baloch people. The Baloch struggle for freedom demands from Baloch forces to be concerned on our surrounding issues let it be today Asaap, Balochistan Express, Mr Malik Siraj Akbar or faith of disappearing Baloch.
Balochistan National Movement (Balochistan Raji Zrombesh)
Friday, 28 August 2009
As far as Balochistan is concerned then its biggest problem is being in the same union with Punjab (Pakistan).
This is not the first time the government is saying that it will resolve Balochistan's problem, this is their daily routine to say all these but when it comes to act then the only thing Pakistan could do is to deploy more FC, Police or any other security personnels in the sensetive areas of Balochistan to even more worsen the situation.
Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti (79), the former governor and chief minister of Balochistan, was killed on August 26, 2006, in a military operation ordered by the then President General Pervez Musharraf.
The protest here was organised by the pro-liberation American Friends of Balochistan. Its activists began their protest in front of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where Muslim Lakhani, who had heaped praise on the military regime of Musharraf, is a council member.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Bugti was killed in a military operation on his cave hideout in the Dera Bugti region of Balochistan.
In the months before, he had become the face and voice of anti-government resistance in the troubled province and General (retired) Musharraf had vowed to get him.
But through this time, Bugti also continued to maintain friendly ties with Pakistan's political leaders, including the ruling Pakistan Muslim league (Q).
His killing sparked rioting in Balochistan, with the people of the province rallying against General Musharraf. Jamil Bugti approached the court in Sibi seeking its help in getting a First Information Report registered against the military ruler and others in his regime, including the then Prime Minister, Balochistan Governor and Chief Minister, following a police refusal to register the case.
The court is to take up the petition on September 2.
General Musharraf lives in London these days. Given the mood against him in the country, especially after the July 31 Supreme Court verdict declaring his November 3, 2007 emergency unconstitutional, his return to Pakistan is most unlikely.
Demands for his trial on charges of treason, particularly from the Pakistan Muslim League (N), are growing by the day.
And earlier this month, acting on a court order, a police station in the Pakistan capital registered a case against General Musharraf for wrongfully detaining the judges of the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Ifthikar Muhammed Chaudhary, when he imposed emergency rule on November 3, 2007.
Shops were closed and traffic stayed off the roads due to the shutdown called by Bugti's Jamhoori Watan Party and Baloch National Front. It was backed by other Baloch nationalist parties. Special prayers were also organised for Bugti, former governor and chief minister of the energy-rich province.
Gunmen belonging to an unknown group ambushed a security check point and tried to blow up a gas pipeline near Jafarabad last night, the Geo news reported. In a gun battle, security forces killed seven of the attackers and captured as many.
Three hurt in Quetta grenade attack
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
August 26th is the day to pay tribute of respect to one of the famous names in Baloch history. It is the day of paying tribute to the very courageous leader and the towering personality of the Baloch national struggle. It is the day of paying tribute to the martyred hero of a noble struggle for freedom and dignity of a long subjugated nation. It is the day of remembering a dignified walk to martyrdom of a hero, which has rekindled the flame of hopes and dreams for a bright future among the Baloch people.
We request to all Baloch , Sindhi and other human rights activists to take part in the event to pay tribute to the Baloch national hero.
Your participation is much appreciated
University of London Union BuildingMallet Street,
London WC1E 7HY
Date: Sunday 30 August 2009
Nearest Tube Stations: Russell Square, Euston Square
Organisers and Contacts:
Baloch Human Rights Council Samad Baluch - 07825087032, Hasan Hamdam 07916288895
World Sindhi Congress Haleem Bhatti - 07939177286, Lakhu Luhana 07533666013