Friday, September 16, 2005

Wanted soldiers to wage Information warfare

By Ms.Sunaina Baloch , Phd

Our brave Balochi nationalists are relentlessly fighting for freedom on the ground , leaving all mundane pleasures , sacrificing every everything , shedding their blood . We all salute them and shed tears for their martyrdom . They are doing their job in the mother land , but the question is whether Diaspora is doing their job sincerely in educating the people around the world about the struggle , oppression of pakistan .

We have number of discussion groups , individuals chat on latest developments in Balochistan , yelling at each other with views/opinions/comments etc , all in a closely guarded secret discussions . I would say this is no different to romantic chat , where outside world don’t know what happens inside .

In politics though information exchange and sharing ideas is necessary among group ( secret forums) , it will be useless if we cannot transform the decisions or opinions into actions if we don’t broadcasting to the world community . On the other hand imagine , government machinery armed with all PR tools influencing the public opinion , a childs game for them . All I wish to ask our so called “intellectuals , leaders “ of baloch community is a simple question. Do we have a strategy , time frame , milestones in place to achieve Republic of Balochistan ? . Or are we just been gravitated towards Pakistani strategy , which eventually will lead to hell . If we are in their set strategy then forget about the dreams of freedom and sing the tunes of Pakistan .

This is a game , where we have to always ensure that our opponent must be on defensive constantly , on both fronts diplomatic and military . The later can be achieved by complete domination on the streets , suffocating the Frontier corps and breaking their will . Our Balochi nationalists are successful to some extent in achieving this . However we have failed miserably on PR front , except few websites (which doesn’t make impact to the world citizenry) . The world listens , when one speak soft and hold a big stick, if you don’t speak you are either ignored or called insane . This phenomenon holds true to balochis , they are poor in public relations in the western capitals . Nevertheless this can be improved by learning from others , viz., Kurdish , Kashmiri , Tamil groups , the way they deal with media , they way they educate the public and leaders of the west . I heard from one balochi brother that "We go to UN every year and make presentations " , that's good , and I asked what he is doing , he questioned , " What should I do ?" . The need of the hour is to train our guys .

There is a need for PR machinery in place, in almost all western capitals to deal with the forthcoming events in balochistan . We have to equip our organs around the world with the right tools to win the Information warfare, in order to win the freedom . I would suggest the young generation to take a break and think our struggle as a Game , and play it safe to win the game ,instead of emotions taking control of you . We need soldiers for Information warfare , not just forum chatters , we have to relay our message to outside world which is vital for our success .

1. Raise the level of awareness in all discussion forums by joining them and posting the news items on balochistan .

2. Compile daily news nuggets on Balochistan affairs and circulate , example Baloch Unity moderator compiles daily , but if that is neatly formatted and forwarded to NON BALOCHI groups ( say baloch friendly groups) , that will be of great help.

3. Prepare a mailing list of all Think tanks of west , individuals , journalists , influencers and TARGET them with (2)

4. Organize seminars in US and EU as frequently as possible and invite leaders.

5. BE A DIPLOMAT : Finally , each balochi living abroad has to conduct themselves as a DIPLOMAT . The have to give his or her time to the cause by networking and educating balochi cause . For that they should be armed with necessary information .

6. Prepare Talking points : It would be advisable to prepare talking points and FAQ’s for all balochis .

7. Identify yourself as Baloch : Never allow others to call you as a pakistani, this is the starting point to get recognition

8. Republic of Balochistan : Tell to the prople, that world map is going to change soon , there going to be one country called "Republic of Balochistan ".

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Two explosions in Mastung

By Our Correspondent

QUETTA, Sept 9: Two bombs exploded outside the tehsildar office at Mastung on Friday night damaging its walls. However, nobody was hurt during the blasts. An official at the Mastung police station, while confirming the explosions, told Dawn on the telephone that two bombs had been planted near the wall of the tehsildar office that exploded within 45 minutes of each other — the first exploded at 8:43pm and the second at 9:25pm.

He said the walls of the tehsildar office had been damaged.

Quetta closes; 70 opposition activists arrested

By Amanullah Kasi

QUETTA, Sept 9: The opposition parties’ call for a wheel-jam strike on Friday received a positive response in the provincial capital whereas reports about partial strike were received from other parts of Balochistan. Police rounded up about 70 political workers accusing them of throwing stones on vehicles and burning tyres on roads in the city and Dera Allahyar of Jaffarabad district.

Shopping malls, markets and shops remained closed and transport remained off the road in Quetta on the call of MMA, ARD and PONAM demanding resignation of President Gen Pervez Musharraf from the offices of president and COAS and formation of independent election commission.

Activists of the opposition parties burnt the tyres near the Science College and other streets.

Inter city transport also remained suspended till the evening.

Complete strike was observed in Chaman, Loralai, Zhob, whereas mixed response was received from Sibi, Dera Murad Jamali, Khuzdar, Hub and coastal areas.

The government had deployed heavy contingent of law-enforcement agency to meet any eventuality. However, no untoward incident or violence was reported from any area of the province.

The opposition parties expressed satisfaction over the response to the strike call and condemned the workers’ arrests.

Leaders of the MMA, PONAM and ARD said in a statement that though the strike call against anti-people rulers was given without any preparation, the response was encouraging and also reflected that people were tired of the government’s wrong policies.

The statement said that the opposition parties would continue the struggle till they achieve their goals.

LAND OFFER: The head of the Khetran tribe has renewed an offer to provide the government a plot of land in Barkhan area for a military garrison.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Argentina to invest in Gwadar port

Argentina to invest in Gwadar port

By Our Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Sept 7: Pakistan and Argentina on Wednesday identified areas for collaboration, which include gas pipeline, petroleum explorations and investment in the Gwadar Port development.

This was one of the outcomes in the first meeting of the Joint Committee of Pakistan-Argentina. Pakistan commerce secretary and Argentina secretary of trade and economic affairs led their respective side.

It was also agreed that the cooperation would be extended to other areas like agriculture, pharmaceutical products, etc.

Meanwhile, an agreement was also signed between Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Argentine Chambers of Commerce for increasing bilateral trade and flow of information between the private sectors of the two countries.

In order to further promote the flow of information between the two countries, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed between Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and its counterpart organization in Argentine.

To implement the spirit of cooperation, it was agreed in the meeting that Argentina would send a trade delegation to Pakistan in the first quarter of 2006, and EPB would hold a single country exhibition in Argentina to fully tap the market.

Train track blown up near DG Khan

Staff Report

MULTAN: Unidentified men blew-up the railway track between Darvaish Lashari and Dera Ghazi Khan rail stations at midnight on Wednesday, shortly after the Lahore-bound Chiltan Express passes by.

This was third blast on track in DG Khan this year. “A large area of the track between Kot Adu and DG Khan was damaged when a bomb exploded near level crossing no 218 some 90 miles west of Multan at midnight,” Railways SSP Multan Ahmed Mukhtar said. “The track was repaired immediately and it is clear for traffic,” Multan Divisional Superintendent Irfan Gauhar said.

Indian delegation arrives for talks on gas pipeline

ISLAMABAD: A 10-member Indian delegation led by Indian Petroleum Secretary Sushil Chand Tripathy arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday to attend the second meeting of the joint working group on the multi-billion dollar Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline starting today.

The delegation was received at the airport by officials of the Petroleum Ministry and Foreign Office, and the Indian High Commissioner.

The working group will consider issues and challenges confronting the gas pipeline project.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri met with an Iranian delegation led by Secretary Iranian Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Dr Ali Larijani and discussed the IPI gas pipeline, among other issues.

Kasuri explained to the delegation Pakistan’s increasing energy requirements and called for speedy progress on the gas pipeline project. Larijani, who had visited New Delhi last week, observed that India had shown serious interest in the project. online

Train track blown up near DG Khan

Staff Report

MULTAN: Unidentified men blew-up the railway track between Darvaish Lashari and Dera Ghazi Khan rail stations at midnight on Wednesday, shortly after the Lahore-bound Chiltan Express passes by.

This was third blast on track in DG Khan this year. “A large area of the track between Kot Adu and DG Khan was damaged when a bomb exploded near level crossing no 218 some 90 miles west of Multan at midnight,” Railways SSP Multan Ahmed Mukhtar said. “The track was repaired immediately and it is clear for traffic,” Multan Divisional Superintendent Irfan Gauhar said.

The Baloch Question

Mir Surat Khan Mari

The writers, intellectuals, and specially students of political science know well the concept of federalism. We briefly deal with Baloch reservations on Pakistan as a multi-national state, federation working, historical perspectives, and the legitimacy of Pakistani federation.

Pakistani historians and intellectuals trace the concept of Pakistan from a resolution adopted on 23rd March, 1940 at Lahore calling for an independent and sovereign states-for Muslims of sub-continent “ which constitutes the areas, in context of present Pakistan federation—Sindh, , Punjab NWFP and Balochistan. In this demand and plan, let us see where “Balochistan” is located in the map of Sub-continent. We should be very clear that it was 1940.

(i) Baloch confederacy - Kalat State was independent and sovereign - all its affairs with British Government were being dealt by the British foreign office under certain agreements signed between the two as sovereign states.

(ii) There also existed an area called British Balochistan which consisted of Baloch lands obtained by British on lease – Quetta, Nasirabad, Chagai, Mari, Bugti Agency and Pushtoon lands mostly occupied in the wake of Gandumuk agreement signed under duress, as was the case with Kalat rulers. British Balochistan was Pre-dominantly an area of Pushtoon population, British Balochistan was ruled as a part of British Indian Union though the area other wise was outside he sub-continent.

Pakistan Plan for Muslim’s of Sub-continent

Interestingly neither Baloch confederacy, nor British Balochistan were and are Geo-politically, historically or culturally i.e. in the context of civilization formed a part of sub –continent and Baloch unit starts from the west of Indus River to Kerman and from south of Helmand River to Arabian Sea. This Baloch unit is no part of sub-continent, Middle East.. Politically it may have changed hands to Persian, Kabul and Delhi Empires, but it always remained a unit and principality - predominantly a Baloch populated region from known history.

As far cultural unit or in the context of civilization, sub – continental civilization ends at river Sindh. All experts also agree that Mesopotamian civilization finishes at Kerman. Central Asian and Chinese civilization concludes at Helmand. it has been proved that Baloch unit has indigenous cultural development of it own nevertheless, one can find strong influences of Mesopotamian, central Asian and Indian civilization on Baloch unit due to various trade routes across the Baloch unit linking these civilizations. There fore, the plan of a separate Muslim state in “sub continent” does not legitimately include Baloch unit which in all respect was outside sub-continent. The unit was also not included in British Indian union, as was the case with Afghanistan with a lot of geo – political similarities to Balochistan.

As far as the claim of a referendum in British Balochistan or Kalat is concerned, it never materialized. In British Balochistan, it never took place. From stipulated date fixed for so called referendum about a week ago, all Baloch hierarchal leaders of British Balochistan Sindh and Punjab unanimously approached British authorities to allow them to determine their future with Baloch confederacy. Later on, before inception of Pakistan, Kalat State declared Independence and then both the Houses of Kalat state again unanimously rejected annexation with Pakistan. In 1948, Kalat was raided.

There had never been a federation plan for Pakistan in the real sense of the concept of federation. Present Pakistan until 1970 had a unitary status. The constitution making in seventies does not have legitimacy. The elections were held included East Pakistan. After Bangla Desh independence, for the rest of Pakistan those elections were meaningless .However, the constitution was framed under duress and Baloch majority of elected members rejected the same. All Baloch members from Balochistan except one did not sign the process. Today when we are talking of a federal solution, the question arises under what dispensation and arrangement? And if at all, some day in the future, there would be an agreement or constitution what Guarantees Baloch would receive – whether Baloch rely on Pakistan promises with all their 53 years experiences of broken pledges even those on Quran. There is another big question, today whether internationally – all nation of world included, is there any one who would rely on the words of Pakistan?

Federation means a state with multi-nationalism and consensus of parties as a whole. Now the question is, who we define Baloch identity (party as a whole), if we evolve a solution to Baloch question in the federation of Pakistan. Baloch are living in a large number in Iran, Afghanistan and in Diaspora. Moreover when they have expressed their consensus for Pakistan and not for another neighboring Muslim county .To know
Baloch and his aspirations we need to know his antagonism in the region in historical perspective.

First Baloch antagonism with Persians could be traced 6th century AD. In Sasanian era, when Anausherwan, known as the just and to Baloch, the cruel, was the ruler of the empire.

According to Firdusi, Baloch had devastated men, material and the land. The Sasanian Kings though were themselves Zoroastrians but were not Mazdaki. The king of the day was under strong pressure from fundamentalists to crush the evil of Baloch liberation resistance and of the Mazdakis the Zoroastrian sects to which Baloch belong to. Baloch were heavily raided and Firdusi explained their genocide as there remained no Baloch, nor any sign of them.

Baloch antagonism to Persian had soon expressed itself when Arabs attacked Persia. Persian and Arabs had equal fighting force and Baloch were a deciding factor. The entered into an agreement with Arabs and sided with them in the battle field of Qadisiyah. Persians were defeated. Against the Shiaism which is an _expression of Persian hate to Arab Sunnism, the Baloch remain Sunni.

Politically Persian never withdrew their claim to Baloch land even today. Shah of Iran publicly proclaimed, if Pakistan faces a Balkanization, Iran’s frontiers would be readjusted. And in great divide of Balochistan, in the wake of Great Game, drawing unilateral boundary lines; (Gold Smid, Durand and Macmohan) a big chunk of Balochistan was given to Iran and another area to Afghanistan. Similarly, in the name of administrative arrangement British had annexed Baloch areas of D.G. Khan etc. to Punjab and Jacobabad etc to Sindh besides annexing leased areas to British Indian Union. The policy of changing frontiers of Baloch land in the name of administrative constituencies for the purpose of demographic imbalance in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan continues till today.

Before inception of Pakistan during a vote in British Balochistan, Baloch form Punjab and Sindh opted to be included with Baloch confederacy. Later on British planned for a vote in British Balochistan, which was never held formally. Very interestingly, the big player of that drama in British Balochistan, Nawab Jogezai had received a good news and confirmation from British authorities to be a member of Pakistan National Assembly before Pakistan’s creation. Similarly, Mr. M. A. Jinnah who was pleading Baloch confederacy case received a letter that Baloch are incapable to shoulder their international responsibilities in case of their sovereign status, may not be given the choice.

Apart from the present unannounced punitive action against Baloch today, four large-scale punitive actions were launched in the past, which affected entire Balochistan, small actions are numerous, and the question is why? Till today there is no answer from Pakistan. Baloch have yet to comprehend the reason. The entire world knows what role Baloch is playing in Pakistan policy and decisions making. What share the Baloch has in establishment and Army. What is their share in finances? How many of them are languishing in Pakistani prisons without trial-not to speak the credibility of judiciary in these countries. Why such a large number of Baloch are in Diaspora?

Today Pakistan and Iran are breeding grounds for fundamentalism. They are a menace of Militarization (only to suppress and terrorize the weak nations). Against these antagonism and contradictions there is a Baloch liberalism and heterogeneity, which had always been in the history a symbol of peace and adjustment, would never be adjustable to Pakistani arrangements. Moreover, as seen by Paul Kennedy and Dr. Briezinski, the world of 21st century requires implementation of U.N. decisions. Do we believe that Pakistani State is in a position to implement U.N. decisions? Both the experts believed that in 21st century only national states would be able to implement UN decisions. Baloch nation hood and heterogeneity are beyond any doubt. Peace and prosperity in the region lies in determining Baloch identity and aspirations. BNS

Ali Asghar Bungulzi's mother crying , PAKI'S QUIT BALOCHISTAN

The picture of Ali Asghar Bungulzi's mother here crying for his son is heart-breaking and only a mother can understand the pain she is going through. This is
really too much. How long our mother's will suffer like this for their young Sons. How long our youths will be victims of Pakistani State Terrorism and tortures and When will these tortures and kidnapping will ends? When our young generation will have jobs, education and better future, instead of spending their life in Pakistani torture cells? I ask the the readers and our Nationalist Leaders to look into the

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Senate body to take up missing Baloch sisters issue

Mariana Baabar

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Human Rights Committee in its meeting on Monday will decide about taking up the case of Baloch sisters missing since June and about whom the government had denied having any knowledge of their whereabouts before the Peshawar High Court.

A notice was received in the office of Human Rights Committee of the Senate soon after The News report published on Saturday giving full facts of the case. This invoked interest of the senators about the fate of two hapless sisters missing for the past several months, The News has learnt.

The notice by a member of the Committee, Senator Farhatullah Babar of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians says, "The matter of two young women missing, apparently abducted, for the last several months is a grave matter involving the following serious issues: Firstly, it is the State’s inability to locate missing or abducted citizens and arrest and punish the culprits. Secondly, upholding human rights of the detainees. Thirdly, are there procedures and laws governing the arrest and detention of suspects?

The mover said that the press first reported on June 10, 2005 the arrest of two sisters Arifa and Habiba Baloch in Swat on suspicion of being would be suicide bombers. On August 22, 2005 during hearing in a habeas corpus petition in the Peshawar High Court the respondent government agencies reportedly denied knowledge about the whereabouts of the missing women. The court then advised the petitioners to withdraw their petition and move an amended one if they had got any clue to the whereabouts of the women, he said.

"As of today the whereabouts of these missing women aged between 18 and 20 are still not known," he further said.

Speaking to The News, Senator Farhatullah Babar said, "The issues raised by the disappearance of Baloch sisters have assumed special importance in the light of mysterious disappearance of two brother doctors in Karachi last year for eight months. The state agencies also denied any knowledge about them until they finally re-appeared and it was admitted that they were in the custody of state agencies during this period".

Senator Farhatullah Babar asked the Chairman Human Rights Committee Senator S M Zafar to admit the item for discussion in the requisitioned meeting of the Human Rights Committee on Monday.

When asked Babar confirmed that he had formally asked the Committee chairman to take up the matter in its meeting Monday. He said, "In the wake of 9/11, incidents of human rights violations by state agencies have increased and there is an urgent need to bring them under the scrutiny of parliamentary bodies and legal framework".

He said it was alarming that there was no legal framework to question the agencies in matters relating to abduction and detention of suspects and cited the case of Afzal doctors in Karachi last year who were in detention for eight months.

In 1999, in a case involving a senior journalist, Najam Sethi, the Lahore High Court had rejected the writ petition because "the court had no jurisdiction over a military institution (ISI)", proving the contention that some state agencies operated beyond the purview of normal laws of the land, he said.

He said the PPPP has all along demanded that the state agencies be brought under some legal framework and made accountable.

Sometime back on October 20, 2003 a question was put to the defence minister in the Senate "whether there was any law or statue, and if so to state the law, under which the ISI was authorised to conduct raids and detain and interrogate suspects"? The question was however ‘killed’ in the chamber of the minister and not allowed to be raised in the House on the ground that "the subject matter of this question is of secret and sensitive nature as it asks for information on a matter prejudicial to the integrity and security of the country". The question is therefore "inadmissible under rule 47(xviii) (d) and (xxi) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 1988," the Senate Secretariat said in a letter to the mover.

Subsequently, a resolution was moved in the Senate that said: "This House calls upon the government to enact suitable legislation to regulate the functioning of intelligence agencies and the ISI particularly with respect to issues relating to raids, detention and arrest of suspects in the country".

The resolution was also killed in the chamber and not brought up on the floor of the Upper House because the subject matter of this resolution "was of secret and sensitive nature" and was declared inadmissible under rule 121(4) (f) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 1988.

"It is a measure of sustainable democracy under General Musharraf that the Parliament is not even being given copy of a law let alone allowed to make laws," he said commenting on the decisions to declare the question and resolutions inadmissible.

Babar said the question of disappearance of Baloch women was important from several perspectives. If the women had disappeared on their own or were abducted by non-state actors it reflected poorly on the state’s ability to investigate and recover them. If they were in the custody of agencies it would be a violation of Article 10 sub-section 4 of the Constitution.

"Under this provision of the constitution no person even if detained under any law of preventive detention is to be kept under detention for more than three months unless the appropriate Review Board has after affording him an opportunity of being heard in person, reviewed his case and reported before the expiration of the said period, that there is, in its opinion, sufficient cause of such detention," he added.

Three Mazari tribesmen shot dead

By our correspondent

JACOBABAD: Three Mazari tribesmen were killed in an attack near Sui on Saturday. Three Mazari tribesmen were going to Sui from Kashmore when they reached near Deeni Khat eight unknown armed men intercepted their car and opened indiscriminate fire, killing Haroon Mazari, Ahmed Gul Mazari and Payaro Khan Mazari on the spot. Following the killing, hundreds of Mazari tribesmen blocked the main
Indus Highway
by putting bodies on the road, causing suspension of traffic for four hours Later, the protesters dispersed peacefully. No case was registered till the filing of this report.

Delhi vows to push on with Iranian gas pipeline

TEHRAN: Energy-hungry India said on Saturday it would push on with plans to build a $7 billion gas pipeline from Iran, undaunted by the increasing threat of United Nations sanctions against Tehran.

The International Atomic Energy Agency on Friday said questions remained about Tehran’s atomic activities and confirmed Iran had resumed its nuclear fuel work, setting the scene for a possible referral to the UN Security Council.

When asked what effect such political pressures could have on the pipeline project, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters: "We have an interest in taking it forward, India needs gas."

Sarna was speaking during a visit by Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh to Tehran. India has to tread a tightrope in pipeline talks, trying to satisfy it ravenous appetite for hydrocarbons while not upsetting Iran’s arch-foe Washington.

India has expressed hope Pakistan, Iran and it could hold a joint meeting to straighten out terms of the deal before the end of the year. Sarna said no venue had been chosen.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the new government, which took over last month, was as committed to the pipeline project as its reformist predecessor.

UAE offers to invest in gas pipeline project

Muhammad Saleh Zaafir

ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has offered to invest in any of the gas pipeline projects from Iran or Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India.

Trans-Asia of UAE is prepared to come forward for building the pipeline that would cost US $ 4.2 billion. The interest has been conveyed to the authorities concerned here.

Ali Muhammad Al-Shamsi, UAE ambassador while talking to The News exclusively in his diplomatic enclave office here Saturday said that UAE has taken a deliberate decision to make investment in Pakistan in a big way in the backdrop of the longstanding brotherly ties between the two countries. Presently, Pakistan is the biggest destination for UAE foreign investment.

The envoy said his country understands that investment in Pakistan is secure and the country has no problem with regard to the stability and security. "My country has resolute faith in the vision of Pakistan’s leadership that is determined to proceed ahead on the path of progress and prosperity," he said.

The ambassador who has just returned from Abu Dhabi after having consultations with his government, said that UAE has invested more than US $ 9.5 billion in Pakistan during the last four years and its investment will reach US $ 15 billion by 2007. Major investment has been made in real estate including housing projects, construction of shopping malls and telecommunications. The amount in real estate investment has surpassed US $ 4 billion and in telecommunications sector US $ 3 billion. The ambassador mentioned setting up of Lahore Sports City with special reference and said the Federal Government and Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervez Illahi have provided admirable assistance in the development projects.

The existing boost in the investment came in March 2004 when Sheikh Hamadan bin Zahid Al-Nahyan, deputy prime minister of UAE visited Pakistan. He is a very keen friend of this country, the ambassador added. He said UAE investors are also waiting to come in a big way to Pakistan for investment in the oil and gas sector.

To a question, Ali Muhammad Al-Shamsi said the most sophisticated two German power plants that were installed in Abu Dhabi would be shifted to Karachi soon. UAE government has gifted to Pakistan the 300 Megawatt capacity plants as a gesture of goodwill and brotherly sentiments.

The governments of Pakistan, the UAE and Wapda have already entered into an agreement for shifting of the plants to Pakistan. The plants would be dismantled first and then reinstalled in Pakistan. Wapda experts are inspecting the plants so that technical expertise for the shifting could be made available, the ambassador said.

To yet another query, Al-Shamsi said his government would provide complete assistance to Trans-Asia for achieving the purpose of investment in the field of oil and gas since the government believes that such strategic projects could greatly help establish stability and harmony in the region.

The proposed gas pipelines from Iran and Turkmenistan would be having the potential to improve the political atmosphere of the area, he asserted.

To a question about Pakistan-Israel contact, the envoy said that his government has always been kept on board by Pakistan in the process of consultations regarding important developments. "It did not come to us as a surprise".

The decision taken by Pakistan is well within the purview of its sovereign rights. Every nation has the right to serve and safeguard its national interests in the best possible manner. The interaction should help the cause of Palestinians and Muslims in realisation of their demands, he viewed.

Pipeline blast

LAHORE: A gas pipeline near Kashmore, Sindh blew up on Saturday night, suspending gas supply to Kashmore, Guddu city and some areas of Rahim Yar Khan, the Geo news channel reported. daily times monitor

Friday, September 02, 2005

What else is left with us than to wage diplomatic and military battle

Sunaina Baloch, Phd
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The Baloch leadership made it clear to Pak government that balochistan's resources are not "national assets" but belongs to balochistans , Nawab Akbar Bhugti in his recent interview stated "Suie gas is Balochistans produce not a national asset" .

Referring to the development projects ,Senator Sanaullah Baloch secretary information of Balochistan National Party said in an interview to "The News" that "the ownership of the development projects in their area must rest with Baloch. While we are ready to share the benefits of these development projects with others, we do not tolerate someone taking away everything from us and then giving something to us as in charity. The dream of development of Balochistan can only be realized by Baloch themselves. The development of Balochistan should not be dictated by changes in international situation. "

The main irritant to balochis is the presence of large military apparatus in their province and harassment of suspected nationalist activists and leaders . Pakistan has set up 584 check posts , about 33,000 Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel along with 12,000 coast-guards deployed . Analysts say aggressive military operations by Pakistan will only lead to international outcry and more militancy by nationalist forces , the only way out for Pakistan is to give Balochis their share of pie from the revenues of Oil and gas and dialogue

Gwadar occupies strategic waterways that connect energy-rich Central Asia with the rest of the world. Khuzdar, Kohlu, and Dera Bugti sit on the largest chunk of Pakistan’s 24 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas reserves. Dera Bugti is Pakistan’s energy capital, the three gasfields – Sui, Uch, and Pir Koh – together account for almost half of the nation’s total annual production of 0.875 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which is valued at $3 billion. All four areas are divided among as many major tribes: Gichkis (Gwadar), Mengals (Khuzdar), Marris (Kohlu), and Bugtis (Dera Bugti). They are all united in their resistance to what they claim is colonization of their land and its resources.

Baloch nationalists are liberal and follow secular political philosophy , "So to defeat this philosophy of ours, intelligence agencies with funding from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other countries are setting up madrassas in Balochistan. A particular group which enjoys special privileges is being inducted in the political structure of Balochistan. They are semi-literate, religious extremists. (But) they are a gathering of people without any political acumen." said Senator Sanaullah Baloch

What else is left with balochis than voicing and responding with all our means available , against oppresive punjabis sucking our blood , culture and resources to quench their insatiable satanic appetite eversince a mythical pakistan was formed . Mr.Mengal has rightly pointed out sometime back that balochis will never hesitate to take help from any satanic powers /countries in the world , if pakistan continues it's diabolic acts in balochistan . The reporter questioned whether the power/country could be India , pat came the answer from Mr.Mengal ("Bharat mei insan rehte hi, bharat insanon ke mulk hi") "Humans live in India, India is a land of Human beings" . This is a shocking snub to the pakistani reporter , reminding how cruel pakistani establishment is . I WILL COVER MY DISCUSSIONS WITH HINDUS LATER

Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, doing a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, said according to a recent survey taken in Balochistan, 65 percent of those polled favoured “armed struggle” for the achievement of their objectives .

Now Baluch nationalists are now far better armed both diplomatically and militarily. For the past two years, Balochis have been dominating the national news. They have rapidly won the masses and classes to their cause of “Justice for Baluchistan”. Their diplomatic and military successes at home have caught the world’s attention as well.

Balochis must bare in mind the strengths and weakness , and strive constantly to convert weakness into strengths . Demography is not in favour , but Geography is. Punjabi forces can't dare to venture into baloch areas . One of the rules of the game is "rule the streets" , never give upper hand to enemy in the streets .In South Waziristan alone, the Punjabi forces has lost almost one soldier for every militant it has killed. To be exact, 251 officers and men died in South Waziristan as compared to 306 Baluchs. REMEMBER THIS QUOTE : "Right lies in might"

Dr.Wahid Baloch , head of BSO-NA Baloch Society of North America , told to IntelliBriefs reporter that "we welcome all kind of help and support from our friends, including our Hindu and Jewish friends, to combat the menace of Pakistani Terrorism against our oppressed people." . President of Baloch Unity , Dr.Jumma Khan Ramkhani Marri said , "I like Hindu Unity and i'm a strong supporter of all nationalist forces in India" , he is in touch with many hindu leaders and is conducting backdoor diplomacy for forging relationships with hindu organizations . What more , we have to finalize the ties and start engaging in dialog . This reporter who mailed me this piece was from India who is a muslim , who said I'm indian first and then muslim. I was shocked to listen to this statement , beacuse my impression about Indian muslims was something contrary.

Forging relations with our sympathizers and galvanizing their ,support coupled with shrewd Public relations to educate the public in West, Arab and Indians in particular should be paramount in our action items. Don’t forget that all neighboring countries, stretching from south to central to western Asia, are potential allies of the Bloch freedom struggle . Realise the potential and work for greater balochistan.