Thursday, June 29, 2017

: Daughters of abducted Baloch doctor go on hunger strike

Balochistan: Daughters of abducted Baloch doctor go on hunger strikeKarachi [Pakistan], June28 (ANI) : The daughters of an abducted Baloch doctor are on a hunger strike at the Karachi Press Club, demanding the safe release of their father.
On the night of 28 June 2009, Pakistani security forces abducted Dr. Deen Mohammad Baloch, who is also a member of Baloch National Movement, from Ornach area of Khuzdar Balochistan.
His whereabouts still remain unknown since his abduction and his family has been striving for his safe recovery from past eight years.
Sammi and Mehlab Baloch, daughters of Baloch, have been struggling for the release of their father and have knocked the doors of every court in Pakistan.
They even organised dozens of protests, press conferences, held hunger strike camps and Sammi Baloch held a 3000 km "long march" from Quetta to Islamabad along with other victims' families but failed to get justice from Pakistani institutions and human rights organizations.
The entire Muslim community is celebrating Eid with their families, while thousands of Baloch families are still waiting for their abducted loved ones from Pakistani dark torture cells to be released and reunited with their families.
On 25 June Dr. Deen Mohammad's family announced to organize a three-day sit-in vigil outside Karachi Press Club from 26-28 (three days of Eid).
Daughters of Baloch have appealed to the United Nations to play its role for the safe release of their father.
Sammi Baloch, elder daughter of Dr. Baloch, said that she has used all the democratic and peaceful channels for her father's safe recovery but nobody has listened to her plea for help. She said if her father has committed any crime, he should be presented to a court of law and undergo trial according to law. (ANI)
https://www.msn.com/en-in/video/news/pakistan-brutally-exposed-how-daughters-of-abducted-balochistan-doctor-are-starving-to-invoke-govt-action/vp-BBDr4MP

The Baloch Conflict with Iran and Pakistan — book review

By Hassan Hamdam
Image result for The Baloch Conflict with Iran and PakistanIn his latest book, ‘The Baloch conflict with Iran and Pakistan: aspects of a national liberation struggle’, Dr. Naseer Dashti traces the history of Baloch national struggle in Iran and Pakistan. The book offers rich insight into the past and present political games played by various powers affecting the Baloch sovereignty and national integrity. In many ways, it is the continuation of what was left behind in author’s earlier book, ‘The Baloch and Balochistan’.  
The history of the world is full of stories of conquerors, dynasties and great empires that committed mass killings, genocides and occupation of the lands of weaker nations. In majority of the historical accounts, the powerful are glorified, and the miseries suffered by the weaker and defeated people are mentioned in passing, and their struggle to defend their land, dignity and honour against the aggressors is depicted as evil. That is what has happened to the Baloch in the books written by the victors.
It has become very difficult to unearth the correct account of the Baloch, as their history has been deliberately mutilated by writers and academics of occupying powers. For the Baloch, the irony is that those who invaded their land, slaughtered their men and women, and enslaved children became their heroes and their children are forced to sing songs of praise for them.
In the context of conquerors and conquered, to read between the lines in the history accounts of conquerors, and try to do justice by bringing a factual narrative of events is hard; nevertheless, there are certain individuals who have taken upon themselves the hard job of scrutinizing the biased version of events. Those who choose this hard and difficult path perhaps have a great reason for their decision. They perhaps believe that it will benefit a larger national cause. For some, it is perhaps to pay their share of debt to the nation and motherland, and perhaps for Dashti no path is hard. His earlier books caused him tremendous problems and he ended up being a refugee in the United Kingdom.
In this book, Dashti provides significant insight into Baloch issues with Iran and Pakistan. He also takes a deeper look into the ups and downs of Baloch resistance from the Pahlavi/Ayatollah’s Iran to the ‘God-gifted’ country of Pakistan, providing a wider picture of historical happenings, and suffering of the Baloch people in both countries. The book describes the role of different parties, individuals, and groups involved in the national struggle of the Baloch.
The first part of the book navigates briefly through the history of the Baloch where they survived the onslaught of mighty Sassanid Empire, the Arab occupation of the Iranian Plateau, and the aggressions of medieval Persian and Turkic dynasties who ruled Iran after the collapse of the Arab rule. The book unfolds the story from a wandering Baloch becoming a nation, preserving a vast land called Balochistan, and establishing its control over this large area for hundreds of years. The Baloch struggle during the Qajar dynasty and the arrival of mighty European powers in the region are among the major happenings in the tortuous history of the Baloch. The author explores the far-reaching impacts of the “Great Game” on Balochistan which was played during the 19th century by the Russians and the British in Central Asia and the Middle East, with the resultant division of the Baloch land and weakening their power. The Baloch resistance during 1920s-1970s is the story of the uprising in Balochistan against the Pahlavi regime of Iran.
Read more:  http://balochistantimes.com/baloch-conflict-iran-pakistan-book-review/

Thursday, November 24, 2016

BHRC (UK) condemns the illegal detention of Wahid Baloch and appeals to Human rights organisations to intervene to save the life of Rights activist

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Press Release

Baloch Human Rights Council (UK) strongly condemns the kidnapping and illegal detention of the Baloch writer Abdul Wahid Baloch by Pakistani intelligence agencies.
Image result for save wahid balochAbdul Wahid Baloch, is a well-known social worker, writer and activist. He was picked up by security agencies four months ago but no one knows where he is being held. Like tens of hundreds of other Baloch social and political activists, he has completely disappeared from the radar. His family and friends have not been told about the whereabouts of Mr Baloch. He has so far been neither charged nor produced before a court of law.
Image result for stop baloch genocideOn 26 July, he was returning from a wedding in Karachi when he and a friend were stopped by two law enforcement agents. After checking their IDs, the officers arrested Mr Baloch and his friend was allowed to go who informed Mr Baloch's family about his arrest. The family then made inquiries with the Police who denied any knowledge of the arrest. They then tried several times to report his disappearance to the local police station but all in vain. Police simply refused to listen to them and file an F.I.R. (First Information Report). In the Pakistani legal system the courts won't entertain a case without an F.I.R., i.e., a proper police report. After losing hope in the police they filed a suit in the provincial High Court. The judges ordered the police to file an F.I.R. and at the same time ordered them as well as all the secret agencies to produce Mr Baloch before the court on August 16th. Despite the court order, neither he has been produced before the court nor has a formal F.I.R been lodged against the kidnappers of Mr. Baloch.
BHRC believes that disappearance of Mr. Abdul Wahid Baloch is in accordance with the continuing policy of the Pakistani state to physically eliminate the cream of the Baloch society. The Pakistan military and its secret agencies are free to arrest, detain, torture and kill the Baloch people from all walks of society with impunity. Taking into account the track record of state security agencies regarding the Baloch political and social activists, Mr Baloch's life is in grave danger.
BHRC believes that such crimes of the Pakistani intelligence agencies tantamount to genocidal acts punishable under international laws. BHRC  therefore appeals to the international community to take notice of the brutalities of Pakistani army and its agencies which are involved in crime against humanity on daily bases.
BHRC is highly concern about the physical security of Mr. Abdul Wahid Baloch and therefore appeals to all human rights & freedom loving, democratic organisations, parties and individuals to take cognisance of such inhuman activities of the Pakistani state agencies and put pressure on Pakistan to save Mr. Abdul Wahid Baloch’s life.


Issued By:
Secretary General
BHRC (UK)

Dated; 20 November 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

PAKISTAN: Military intensifies operation in Balochistan


Pakistan’s security establishment has been conducting military operations in Balochistan since 2001, to obtain control over the Baloch land and resources. Tortured and bullet-riddled bodies of Baloch missing persons are found daily in the province. Resistance by the cornered populace is perceived as insurgency and a threat to national security. The construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has given the government further excuse to accelerate the military operation against the insurgency fighting for their legitimate right to control their resources.
The Baloch ethnic population perceives the Corridor project as a plan to convert them into a minority in their own homeland, and have openly opposed it on every level. This opposition has fuelled military atrocities such as burning houses and conducting aerial bombardments, victimising children and women.During the past month, many Balochistan districts were seized by security forces. Many persons were killed, including children and women, while dozens went missing after arrest. In the latest development, some parts of the Bolan district have been seized. People are not allowed to go outside as security forces search for militant separatist leaders. All houses were searched, with women and children being manhandled and many persons injured.
Read More: http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-051-2016#.VxmCas1gA7o.blogger

PAKISTAN: Military intensifies operation in Balochistan — Asian Human Rights Commission

PAKISTAN: Military intensifies operation in Balochistan — Asian Human Rights Commission

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

BHRC Letter to UNHCR , requesting to help Baloch refugees in Greece


There are an estimated 300 Baloch refugees in different camps in Athens , Greece, some of them having families with them. The Greek Governments generally considers them as Pakistanis. Since Balochistan is a conflict area where people suffer harsh persecution and death on pure suspicion by Pakistan Army. The international media is not allowed to report from Balochistan. Even the Pakistani media is under order by the Pakistan Army not to provide news or documentary coverage. It is our finding that the human rights situation in Balochistan is dire and terrifying akin to Syria. 
Therefore Bhrc has written a letter TO UNHRC requesting for urgent consideration of their cases. please read the full text of the letter below;




United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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Dated:  2 December 2015

Subject: Baloch refugees in Greece

Dear High Commissioner,

There are an estimated 300 Baloch refugees in different camps in Athens, some of them having families with them. Baloch Human Rights Council request for urgent consideration of their cases and appeals you for assistance and help. 

Dear Sir,

These Baloch refugees fled their homeland Balochistan as it is currently under a brutal military operation by the Pakistan Army. The Army has been conducting military operations in pursuit of members of the Baloch resistance organizations which are resisting the exploitation and subjugation of the Baloch by Pakistan for the last many years.

As a result, most of the areas in Balochistan are affected by this ongoing conflict between the Pakistan Army and the Baloch resistance fighters. In the last few months, Pakistan Army escalated the conflict by deploying a very large number of ground troops, aided by jet fighters and helicopter gunships.

It is reported by Baloch human rights activists in Balochistan that the Pakistan Army has been carrying out indiscriminate aerial bombardment in recent months. Many houses were burnt down and destroyed by the military operations of Pakistan army.

The Pakistan Army allegedly suspect Baloch villagers for giving help and sanctuary to the Baloch fighters. Therefore there has been a large mass displacement of villagers. Many of them fled their home for fear of reprisal from Pakistani Army. Many of the innocent Baloch people have been abducted, tortured and subsequently killed by the Pakistan Army; and their bodies have been dumped either on roadside or in remote areas in Balochistan. Thousands are believed to be missing. Pakistani government admitted that eight thousand Baloch are missing.
The Baloch refugees in the Athens camps are the fortunate ones who could fled and reached Europe. They require protection on humanitarian grounds.

It is brought to our attention by these Baloch refugees that they are not permitted to travel and seek asylum in another EU country because they are considered to be Pakistani. In a recent EU directive, Pakistanis are considered differently from Syrians and Iraqis.

Our plea to you is that Balochistan is a conflict area where people suffer harsh persecution and death on pure suspicion by Pakistan Army. The international media is not allowed to report from Balochistan. Even the Pakistani media is under order by the Pakistan Army not to provide news or documentary coverage. It is our finding that the human rights situation in Balochistan is dire and terrifying akin to Syria.

Therefore the Baloch refugees in Athens camps must be considered in a special category, not Pakistani as general by the Greek immigration authorities so that they might be able to  seek refuge in another EU country.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Your Sincerely,


General Secretary
Baloch Human Rights Council (UK)
info_bhrc@yahoo.co.uk



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CC: Greece Foreign Minister & Secretary General Of the foreign Minister
CC: Amnesty International Secretariat 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sindhis and Balochs protests against ruthless military operation in Balochistan and brutal murder of Raja Dahir Bhambro

Press Release
On the 2nd August 2015, the Baloch and Sindhi communities in the UK gathered in front of UK Prime Minister’s 10 Downing Street residence in London to protest against the ruthless military operation in Balochistan, particularly the current operation in Awaeran and brutal murder of Sindhi nationalist leader Raja Dahir Bhambro.  The protest rally was organized by World Sindhi Congress (WSC) in collaboration with Baloch Human Rights Council (UK), Baloch Students and Youth Association and Baloch Republican Party. A large number of Sindhis, Balochs and representatives of other human rights organisations participated in the protest rally which was addressed by Abdullah Baloch of Balochistan National Movement, Mr Graham Williamson of Nations Without States, Mansoor Baloch of Baloch Republican Party, Mir Ghulam Hussain of Baloch Human Rights Council (UK), Noordin Mengal, the Baloch Human Rights Campaigner and Dr Hidayat Bhutto and Dr Lakhu Luhana of World Sindhi Congress.
The rally chanted slogans against the killing of the Baloch and Sindhi people by Pakistan army.  The speakers strongly condemned the ruthless and inhumane military operation in Awaran, Balochistan against civilian people in which hundreds of innocent lives have been lost. The speakers also strongly condemned the brutal murder of Sindhi nationalist leader Raja Dahir Bhambro.
The speakers requested that the international community raise their efforts and put more pressure on the Pakistani government to stop the military operation in Balochistan and disappearances and extrajudicial killings of Sindhi and Baloch people.
At the end of the rally, a delegation comprising of Dr Hidayat Bhutto, Noordin Mengal, Samad Baloch, Ali Memon, Gul Sanai and Dr Lakhu Luhana went to 10 Downing Street to submit the memorandum  to Rt. Honourable David Cameron, the British Prime Minster, requesting his help to press on the Pakistani government to stop atrocities against Baloch and Sindhi people. The letter also requested that British aid to Pakistan should be conditioned with strictly observance of human rights.  It was also requested that an international commission should be constituted in order to investigate the crimes against humanity being perpetrated by Pakistan in Balochistan and Sindh.


 View the Pitures of the demo;

Memorandum handed over to Prime Minister David Cameron;

02 August 2015

Rt. Honourable David Cameron
Prime Minister to Her Majesty’s Government
10 Downing Street
London

Dear Honourable Prime Minster,
Subject: Genocide in Balochistan by Pakistani Army
We would like to draw your kind attention towards the gruesome violations of human rights by the Pakistani armed forces and intelligence agencies in Balochistan during recent months.
Although, violation of human rights is part of the ruthless war, which the Pakistani military has been waging in Balochistan for the last many years, recent killings of civilians and blockage of a whole area in Awaran region of Balochistan has surpassed all previous brutalities. During the month of June and July hundreds of innocent men, women, and children have been mercilessly killed by aerial bombardments, hundreds of thousands have been displaced, and several hundred are missing.
Excellency,
Crude military power has been the only way adopted by almost every Pakistani Government in dealing with the Baloch discontent. The Pakistani army, perceiving the Baloch nationalism as a grave threat to the state, launched major military offensives in Balochistan during 1948, 1958, 1962, and 1973. The ongoing military campaign is the bloodiest one causing internal dislocation of thousands of the Baloch. Violation of basic human rights of the Baloch is the most painful aspect of the Baloch-Pakistan conflict. Extra judicial killings, harassment, kidnapping and inhuman torture of the Baloch leaders, political activists and intellectuals are the normal state responses to the Baloch political mobilization and expression of Baloch national aspirations. The Pakistani military establishment has created numerous religious terrorist organizations as proxy death squads comprised of drug peddlers, dacoits, and social outcasts. These organizations which are working with different nomenclatures have been commissioned by security agencies the task of physically eliminating the Baloch intellectuals, political, and human rights activists. The graphic details of human rights violation in Balochistan have been published by different non-governmental organizations and international humanitarian institutions affiliated with the United Nations.
There has been a steady rise in the magnitude of the abduction of the Baloch by Pakistani secret agencies for the last many months.The situation for the Baloch is alarming. They are living a life at the gunpoint in the shadows of inhuman atrocities by the most atrocious state establishment in contemporary world. The war against the Baloch is being waged without witnesses. They are refusing access to foreign observers, journalists and humanitarian organizations. We believe that no state should be above International Laws. Those who are responsible for grave violation of human rights must be held accountable The Baloch are facing a systematic genocide. They need urgent help from the civilized and democratic world. This is high time for the international community to rise and act before it is too late for the Baloch.
Excellency,
We request that this petition be taken as an urgent humanitarian appeal. We hope that the honorable Prime Minister may kindly take a personal interest in pushing for a thorough and independent international investigation into the serious abuses of human rights and humanitarian laws by the Pakistani Army in Balochistan. We strongly request you to press the Pakistani army establishment to stop all atrocities against the Baloch political, social and human rights activists and civilians. Your immediate intervention could save not only countless innocent lives but could also prevent the present situation from developing into a total genocide of the defenseless Baloch people.
We will be grateful if Her Majesty’s Government could press for the establishment of an international commission to investigate the heinous crimes against humanity committed by the Pakistani State establishments in Balochistan.

Yours faithfully,

 General Secretary Baloch Human Rights Council (UK)

Noordin Mengal, Baloch Human Rights Campaigner

Lakhu Luhana, Chairman World Sindhi Congress

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Demonstration in London (UK) against Pakistani State military operation in Balochistan & Sindh

World Sindhi Congress has organised a protest rally with the collaboration of Sindhi Baloch Forum, Baloch Human Rights Council (UK), Baloch  Republican Party and Baloch Youth Students Organisation  in front of British Prime minister's official residence :

10, Downing Street,SW1A 2AA  London on Sunday 
2nd August 2015 from 11 am to 2 pm.

Nearest underground: 
Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines )

The protest is against the Pakistani state's ruthless & indiscriminate military operation against the Baloch civilians in AWARAN in Particular and in Balochistan in General and also against the systematic elimination of Sindhies in Sindh.

The protest will urge The UK and UN authorities  to end their deafening silence on these appalling human abuses and play their due role to bring an end to it.

All Baloch, Sindhi and human rights activists and  democratic , peace lovings are requested to participate in the demo.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sabeen Mahmud tells BBC, Pakistan spy agency ISI harassed her for speaki...

Sabeen Mahmud tells BBC, Pakistan spy agency ISI harassed her for speaking about Balochistan

Rights activist Sabeen Mahmud dared to discuss a neglected region (Balochistan) of her country. Then she was killed.

Image result for Silencing sabeen to silence balochistanHuman rights activist Sabeen Mahmud, 40, was heading home with her mother on Saturday when she was fatally shot by gunmen on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan’s major southern port city. Days later, the killing remains unsolved. But her supporters wonder: Did she take on a topic that’s just too taboo in Pakistan? Earlier that fateful Saturday, Mahmud had hosted an event, “Take 2 of Unsilencing Balochistan,” at a cafe she had co-founded. The forum aimed to highlight the human rights abuses in the western Pakistani province, a subject that gets little attention in the country’s mainstream media.
The state has been fighting separatists in Baluchistan, Pakistan’s largest and poorest province, over several decades and often accuses India and Russia of supporting the insurrections with weapons and money. Thousands of people have gone missing in the province during the turbulence, and many say the state has had a hand in the disappearances. Mahmud’s seminar focused on that and other human rights issues in Baluchistan. Fellow activists accused Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, of a role in her killing. “She was killed by those who felt threatened by her. They saw that she could not be contained, so they decided to eliminate her. She is on record saying that people from the intelligence agency visited and questioned her,” said Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, a veteran of Baluch struggle and human rights activist. Amid the accusations, Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, a spokesman for the Pakistani army, condemned Mahmud’s killing and tweeted, “Intelligence agencies been tasked to render all possible assistance to investigating agencies for apprehension of perpetrators & bring them to justice.” Mahmud co-founded T2F, a cafe and community space. According to its Web site, T2F “provides citizens with a platform for social change through rich cultural activities, public discourse, and advocacy using progressive ideas and the new media.” Dawn, Pakistan’s leading newspaper, described Mahmud as a “woman of many talents that mostly revolved around creating digital platforms for arts and culture.” Little headway appears to have been made in an investigation into her death. Protests were held in major Pakistani cities on Tuesday, with demonstrators condemning the killing and demanding a thorough investigation. Pakistan is one of the most dangerous places for journalists in the world, and Baluchistan is a virtual no-go area. In the recent past, many who have dared to talk or write about the human rights issues in that province have either fled the country or kept a low public profile. Here’s why: There is a general perception that talking about Baluchistan can get one killed. Local journalists say they are unable to report because they fear for their lives. Many have quit the profession. Some say they are trapped between the state and the separatists — they get a bullet from either side no matter what they report. “The army reacts violently to open discussions on Baluchistan as they have committed serious human rights abuses in the past 11 years. They arrest young Baluch political activists, torture them in custody, and later on kill and dump most of them. The Supreme Court has reprimanded the army, but they have never been accountable to anyone,” said Malik Siraj Akbar, an exiled Baluch journalist.  The army did not respond to calls and e-mails seeking a reaction to the accusations. In the past, however, the military and other security agencies have consistently denied any role in the killings and disappearances in Baluchistan.
Courtesy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/04/28/pakistani-activist-sabeen-mahmud-dared-to-discuss-a-neglected-region-of-her-country-then-she-was-killed/

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A New Pakistan Army Ploy in Baloch Genocide

گیشکورفورسز کے ہاتھوں اغوا ہونے والے بلوچ فرزند کی نعش برآمد
Geeshkaor (Awaran) Balochistan, February 18, 2015: On February 11, Pakistan Army abducted Saddam Baloch, 21, a serving constable of Balochistan Levies Force (government employee) from Sundom area of Geeshkaor in earthquake hit District of Awaran and disappeared him. After that a Pakistan Army official, identified himself as Colonial Kashif, called his father Dr. Sanaullah Baloch to come and get his son released. Initially he hesitated but on February 15 he finally decided to go and get his son released. But when he reached at Pakistan Army camp he was also arrested and put under arbitrary custody. Dr. Sanaullah Baloch was brutally tortured to death. His mutilated body was dumped in Geeshkor bazaar near the Pakistan Army camp this morning and his son's mutilated dead body was also found in the area.
گیشکور(سنگر نیوز)فورسز کے ہاتھوں لاپتہ ایک اور بلوچ فرزند شہید، ڈاکٹر ثنااللہ کی تشدد زدہ لاش برآمد،یہاں آمدہ اطلاعات کے مطابق گیشکور سے فورسز کے ہاتھوں اغوا ہونے والے ڈاکٹر ثنااللہ کی لاش آج ملی،واضح رہے کہ فورسز کی گیشکور دھمگ آپریشن کے بعد علاقائی معتبرین مطابق خود کمشنر قلات ڈاکٹر اکبر نے ان میں سے نو کی تصدیق کی ہے ، معتبرین کے مطابق چودہ فروری کو کوئٹہ میں چیف سیکریٹری اور سیکریٹری داخلہ سے اس مسلئے پہ بات ہوئی تھی جہاں کمشنر قلات نے انہیں بازیاب کرانے کی یقین دہانی کی تھی جن نو فرزندوں کی نشاندہی اور تصدیق خود کمشنر نے کی تھی اس میں لاپتہ ڈاکٹر ثنااللہ بلوچ بھی شامل تھے جنکی آج تشدد زدہ لاش پھینکی گئی ۔ گیشکور کے علاقے زک اور سنڈم سے تمام آبادی کو فورسز نے نقل مقانی پر مجبور کر کے علاقے خالی کرا لیے  http://dailysangar.com/%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%B4%DA%A9%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%81%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%B2-%DA%A9%DB%92-%DB%81%D8%A7%D8%AA%DA%BE%D9%88%DA%BA-%D8%A7%D8%BA%D9%88%D8%A7-%DB%81%D9%88%D9%86%DB%92-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%DB%92-%D8%A8/

Friday, January 2, 2015

Zikris under attack in their own home land Balochistan

AWARAN: There is complete silence around the Khana-i-Zikr in Teertej, Awaran, on a cloudy afternoon last week. The fresh paint on the structure of the praying area makes it stand out among the straw and mud-houses scattered across it. A woman, Naz Zaitoon, sweeps the main entrance leading towards the Khana-i-Zikr with her two young daughters in tow. Soon it will be time for the Zohr prayers and men will start gathering for Zikr, she says.  In a chapter titled Zikris of Balochistan in the book, Oxford in Pakistan Readings in Sociology and Social Anthropology, historian and writer Dr Inayatullah Baloch writes: “The principal Baloch sub-groups belonging to the Zikri sect are the Sajdis, Sangurs, Rais, Darzadas, Meds and the Koh Baloch. Some followers of the Zikri faith are also found among the Baloch nomads in the Khuzdar and Kharan regions of eastern Balochistan.” About the sects’ persecution, he adds: “Zikris faced persecution in the eighteenth century by Mir Nasir Khan the Great, the Sunni Muslim ruler of the Khanate of Balochistan in Kalat. At that time nearly all of the sect’s religious and historical records were destroyed, and the information which survives is from the few religious works which were preserved through oral traditions and the writings of non-Zikris.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1154575

Fears grow in Balochistan

Growing incidents of religious extremism and violence in the Baloch-dominated areas of the Balochistan province, especially in the coastal region of Makran, are a cause of serious concern, political activists and security analysts say. Last week, pamphlets warning parents not to send their daughters to schools were distributed in various parts of the Makarn region. On December 4, two unidentified men on a motorcycle killed prominent educationist Zahid Askani in Gwadar city. A militant group calling themselves as Daesh – the Arabic name for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS – claimed responsibility for the attack. They told reporters he was killed for promoting an education system that contradicted Islam and the Sharia law. Askani headed the Oasis school system in the region. In July, militants attacked a school bus taking girls to the Oasis school. They toched the vehicle and beat the driver and staff. Extremist outfits have also targeted religious minorities in the region. In late August, eight worshippers were killed and nine others injured in an attack on a mosque belonging to the Zikri sect in the Awaran district. Civil society organizations and Baloch nationalist parties believe that new madrassas and increasing activities of banned Jihadi outfits are hurting the traditional progressive landscape of the province. An education official in Panjgur said more than 25 schools in the district have received threats in August from a little known organization Tanzeemul Islam al Furqan. “The organization wants English medium and coeducational schools to close down,” he said, adding that a number of families had moved to Quetta and Karachi after a forced closure of schools. section of Baloch nationalist leaders and intellectuals says extremist groups are being patronized in the region to weaken Baloch nationalist parties and the ongoing separatist movements.“It is a conspiracy to weaken the Baloch political struggle,” said a Gwadar-based political activist. He said religious charities linked with banned militant outfits were brought into the earthquake-hit Awaran and other parts of Balochsitan, while the government did not allow any reputable international aid organizations in the area.The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has also expressed concerns about the increasing religious militancy in Balochistan. “The rise of extremism in Balochistan province is very alarming,” HRCP chairwoman Zohra Yusuf says in a statement. “That the militants pose a very serious and growing threat to the girl students, their teachers and common people of Panjgur is evident from distribution of threatening flyers followed by the attacks.”
http://www.thefridaytimes.com/tft/fears-grow-in-balochistan/

A “Pending Issue”: Pakistani Balochs seeking shelter in Afghanistan

Baloch activists, regional human rights advocates and media reports speak of a Pakistani government campaign of assassinating suspected members of the Baloch movement and other opposition figures (see for example here) and of leading a “hidden war”. Last August, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch urged Pakistan’s government “to stop the deplorable practice of state agencies abducting hundreds of people throughout the country without providing information about their fate or whereabouts.” They also stated: “Balochistan is of particular concern because of a pattern of enforced disappearances targeting political activists, human rights defenders, journalists, and lawyers. Disappeared people are often found dead, their bodies bearing bullet wounds and marks of torture” (the full statement can be found here; one earlier report here). The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expressed “shock and deep concern” over the discovery of three mass graves in Balochistan on 25 January 2014. More than 100 bodies were recovered in the Tootak area in Khuzdar district, 265 kilometers south of Quetta. These graves were suspected to be of Baloch missing persons who were arrested and subsequently extra judicially killed (see more details here). As a result of the war in Balochistan, the trend of refugee movements in the area has changed again. While millions of Afghans have been fleeing to Pakistan over the last four decades, now Pakistani Balochs are flocking to Afghanistan. Many of them cross the border into Nimroz province where Balochs make the largest ethnic group.
“There are at least 1000 of us in Nimroz, and those are just the ones we know about,” says one of about a dozen Balochs gathering inside a humble adobe house in Haji Abdurrahman, a tiny village in the outskirts of Zaranj, Nimroz’s provincial capital, 1000 kilometers southwest of Kabul. Many of the Baloch refugees in Nimroz are struggling to survive. Sukiah Bugti, a 35-year-old social activist, says he arrived in 2010 from Nasirabad district after his brother disappeared; he has been missing ever since. Jawan Bugti, in his 50s, fled his village, Dasht-e Goran, in 2007 after it was bombed. And Wash Bugti, a 21 year-old student, arrived from Sui as a child in 2006. His father has been missing since 2005. These are just a few cases on an endless list. Most live on occasional construction jobs or farming.