“Balochistan Assembly is a dummy and its members are corrupt.”

“The allegations of Mr Chan tantamount to breach of parliamentary privilege,”

[According to Mr. Achakzai, Chan abused a lawmaker’s privilege by revealing a common understanding of the true nature of the dummy assemble.]

Balochistan lawmakers warn Chan to withdraw his statement

QUETTA – The legislators of Balochistan Assembly have strongly condemned the allegations of Public Accounts Committee’s Chairman Nadeem Afzal Chan that Balochistan Assembly is a dummy and its members are corrupt.They warned that if Mr Chan did not withdraw his remarks they would bring a condemnation resolution in Balochistan Assembly which would not convey a positive massage to PPP and centre. The session of the assembly started on Thursday with Speaker Muhammad Aslam Bhootani in chair.Soon after recitation of the Holy Quran, provincial Minister for Revenue Zamarak Khan Achakzai took the floor on a point of order and came down hard on Nadeem Afzal Chan, saying Mr Chan in a TV talk- show had accused that Balochistan Assembly was a dummy because the real parties had boycotted the elections and ministers were involved in embezzlement of funds. “The allegations of Mr Chan tantamount to breach of parliamentary privilege,” he added. He said representatives of almost all the parties were present in the assembly though some parties had apparently boycotted the elections, adding that chief minister and provincial government belonged to PPP and despite that leveling such allegations by PPP leader was regrettable.Minister for Environment Mir Asghar Rind said people sitting in Islamabad did not have proper knowledge of the area and population of Balochistan and were issuing statements sitting in luxurious hotels utilizing NGOs’ funds. He clarified that no party in Balochistan had boycotted elections, however, some of them fielded their candidates indirectly. “We are not hypocrite, therefore, we contested elections openly,” he added.Shahnawaz Marri, condemning PAC chairman’s statement, said same people would also sweep in upcoming elections, adding those who boycotted the elections were sitting in Dubai and London. “Who is funding these leaders to live abroad?” he asked, adding the PPP leader should not have leveled such allegations against Balochistan Assembly.MPA Nasreen Kethran said incumbent provincial government had carried out a lot of development work despite the fact that it got development funds after NFC-Award.Other lawmakers, including Ainullah Shams, Molvi Abdul Samad, Abdul Rehman Jamali and Younus Mullazai also denounced Chan’s statement, saying he was a senior leader and he should have not used such language against Balochistan Assembly and its members. “Anchor persons always strive to make people speak such words which could lead to confusion,” they added. They suggested that through a condemnation resolution this message should be conveyed that PPP leader had breached parliamentary privilege and as for as embezzlement of funds were concerned there should be an accountability of funds and they were ready for any punishment.Upon this, speaker directed legislators to contact concerned member and he should be told to explain the allegations or withdraw them otherwise Balochistan Assembly would bring a condemnation resolution and a positive message would not go to PPP and center. Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhel, on a point of order, said establishment division should review its policy of deploying officials having Balochistan domicile forcefully in the province.He said Balochistan officials should remain in other provinces and as per rules officials of other provinces should come here and serve the people. Abdul Rehman Jamali, supporting MPA Shaikh Jaffar’s viewpoint, said Balochistan officials were performing well in other provinces and they should not be forced to return to province.He said there were other officials in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that might be deployed in Balochistan.Ainullah Shams said establishment division should review its policy and deploy officials according to the rules.


Sectarian Violence Slipping Out of Control In Balochistan Is Essential To the Imperial Plan

PAKISTAN: Sectarian violence slipping out of control in Balochistan

Relatives of missing persons stage a protest in Balochistan

QUETTA, 14 September 2012 (IRIN) – Ethnic and religious minorities in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan have faced increasing intimidation and violence since 2009, according to a recent fact-finding mission by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

“Settlers” i.e. people who have settled in the province and are not of Baloch ethnicity (a term used by Balochi nationalists even for people whose ancestors came to the region before the Pakistani state was created in 1947) are being targeted.

Heavy locks on two empty houses in a residential suburb of Quetta, the provincial capital, stand as a testimony to what is happening – in this case the occupants chose to vacate their properties quietly in the dead of night.

“These persons were `settlers’ in Balochistan, from the Punjab. They were good people; we had known them for years, but they had to leave because it is no longer safe for people from other provinces to live in Balochistan,” a neighbour who asked not to be named, told IRIN.

With violence increasing in 2010, the central government informed the country’s Senate that 100,000 people had fled Balochistan. According to HRCP, thousands more have fled since then. At least 2,000 “settler” children have been taken out of school by their parents since 2011, the HRCP report says.

About half of Balochistan’s 7.8 million people are non-Baloch; they live mainly in Quetta and Pakhtoon-dominated areas.

“My family has lived in Quetta since the 1930s. It is the only home I know. But things are getting too dangerous for anyone who is non-Baloch,” said Khawar Jhandro, an ethnic Sindhi.

The teacher, 40, said he had already moved his family to Karachi, as “I was terrified about the safety of my children who were asked their ethnicity even at school.”

The problem, according to Tahir Hussain Khan, a Quetta-based lawyer and human rights activist, is tied to the nationalist struggle by Baloch groups, which began in the 1950s but intensified after the 2006 killing of a key Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Baloch Baloch, a spokesman for the nationalist Baloch Republican Army, an armed militia fighting for autonomy of the region, told IRIN over the telephone: “We believe Balochistan should be mainly for the Baloch people and not be taken over by those who have moved in from outside and settled here… Balochistan’s resources have been taken away by the Punjab, aided by the central government.”

HRCP says underdevelopment is one of the factors driving the grievances. According to official statistics, the province is the country’s poorest with the lowest literacy rate (30 percent).

According to the South Asian Terrorism Portal which bases its data on media reports and is run by the New Delhi-based Institute for Conflict Management, 711 persons, including civilians, nationalist militants and personnel from security forces were killed in Balochistan in 2011, and 347 the previous year. HRCP reported the discovery of 57 bodies of people who had gone missing from various parts of the province in 2012 alone.

Sectarian violence has also started to target the Hazara, a Shiite minority. Sardar Saadat Ali, chief of the Hazara community in Balochistan, told IRIN: “Our protests are ignored. The extremists targeting us on a sectarian basis just escape, scot-free.”

Balochs also targeted

Even the Balochi nationalists themselves have become a target and many have gone missing. “There are at least 500 or more missing persons in the province,” Baloch Baloch told IRIN. According to the HRCP report, the disappearance of 198 people has been officially recorded since 2000.

A 2010 report by Human Rights Watch said the Frontier Corps (FC), a paramilitary organization commanded by Pakistan’s military, was behind many of the disappearances.

The central government is concerned that it is losing control of the region. The country’s top court, hearing a case regarding law and order in Balochistan brought before it by NGOs and families of the missing, has repeatedly ordered the provincial government to take action. So has the prime minister. But these interventions, backed by the military muscle of the FC are seen by some as interfering in local affairs.

“Basically, the FC has seized all control, follows its own plans and does not allow us to function,” a senior police officer in Quetta, who asked not to be named, told IRIN.

“The military has intervened too often in the affairs of Balochistan, handicapping civilian rule,” said I.A. Rehman, secretary-general of the HRCP. Balochistan has a long history of military intervention against those fighting for more autonomy, dating back to the 1950s.


The result of this administrative disarray is fear. Tens of thousands across Balochistan are affected.

“It is unsafe to go out of the house after 4 or 5pm. I, in fact, try not to let my college-going sons leave the house at any time, except for their studies, because I am afraid they may be `picked up’ as nationalists or get caught up in some terrorist incident,” said Shaista Bibi, a mother of three – and an ethnic Baloch.

An ethnic Pakhtoon mother was just as fearful. “We will have to leave here soon. It is no longer safe for my four young children,” said Ameera Gul, 30, who had moved to Balochistan from Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province 10 years ago. The family is now planning to leave as soon as it can.


Anti-Pakistan Baloch Death Squad Kills Terrorist from Pro-Pakistan Death Squad


[Baloch death squad kills member of anti-Baloch death squad, Musallah Defa Tanzeem.  You really need a score card to keep track of all the death squads in Balochistan.]

BLA claimed to have killed a member of Govt backed death squad

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Khuzdar :

A spokesperson of the Baloch Liberation Army has informed the Online News that fighters from his Organisation have killed an active member of the Musallah Defa Tanzeem, a government back civilian death squad, headed of Shafiq Mengal.

According details Jiand Baloch, a spokesperson of the BLA said, Mohammad Ali aka Parvez Painter was an active member of the Musallah Defa Tanzeem that is why fighters from his Organisation have killed him in Azad Chowk area of Khuzdar town in Balochistan.

He further said on 30 August another spy of state forces, Abdul Khaliq Baranzai, was attacked and injured. He warned the members of civilian death squads working for state forces to mince their ways otherwise they will not be forgiven.

Baloch activists on Facebook and Twitter have accused Parvez Painter of spying against Balach Waheed Baloch, a 13 year old member of Baloch Student Organisaiton –Azad who was abducted from Khuzdar and later killed under custody. The Musallah Defa Tanzeen had accepted responsibility for abducting the young student and his killing.

The War In Quetta Is A Carbon Copy of the War In Syria

[Quetta has really been under siege lately, or, more accurately, the Hazara (Shia) of Quetta are marked for death and anyone who is near them becomes a target, as well.  The panoramic photo below is what remains of the house of Dr Azam Mengal, located in the Faizabad area of Quetta, after 80 and 100 kg of explosives detonated on his doorstep.  According to the Baloch Hal report below, “Dr Azam Mengal was currently in Dubai, and had rented the house to some people belonging to Noshki.”  Noshki has been the focal point for much of the target killings of Balochistan.

This reported attack is just the latest in a series of bombings directed at the Shia community in Quetta.  Now the Army claims to have foiled an even worse attack on some unspecified target, with the seizure of 12,000 kilos of explosives, 15 suicide vests, RPGs and detonators (SEE: Major terrorist plot foiled by security forces in Quetta).  These attacks are undoubtedly the handiwork of “America’s Islamists” (although they could also be called “Saudi Islamists,” or “Pakistan’s Islamists”), since the Sunni terrorist armies they have trained are the single force that is striving to ignite “Holy War” against the Shiites in the Greater Middle East.  America’s partners in this venture remain the same ones today, who have been killing Shias and other “infidels” in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.]   

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Quetta Blast Kills Five, Injures 11

The Baloch Hal Monitoring Desk 

QUETTA: Five people, including two women and two children, were killed and 11 others were injured on Sunday after an 80kg explosive being driven around by a suspected militant accidentally went off before he could reach his intended target. “We have found a severed head, believed to be of a militant who was killed in the blast,” police officer Mukhtar Ahmed told reporters following the incident that ripped apart a house in the Faizabad area of the provincial capital. “The target was not clear. We have launched an investigation to identify the militant. Police are also interrogating the owner of the house,” he added.

Abdul Razzaq, in-charge of the bomb-disposal squad in Quetta, told reporters that the car was carrying between 80 and 100 kg (180-220 pounds) of explosives. According to police details, the explosion occurred outside the house of Dr Azam Mengal, located on Killi Faizabad, Sariab Road. Following the explosion, flames engulfed and eventually gutted the entire house. Three cars and two other houses in the vicinity were also badly damaged. The 11 victims were shifted to the Civil Hospital and Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) by Edhi ambulances and were identified as Hassan Nasir, Zahid, Bibi Samina, Bibi Abida, Laraib, Zehra, Nadra, Yasin and Shafiullah. According to hospital sources, their condition is said to be critical.

Following the explosion, police and the FC personnel reached the scene and cordoned off the area. DIG Operations Wazir Khan Nassar told reporters that an 80kg explosive in the car had caused the explosion and massive destruction. He added that Dr Azam Mengal was currently in Dubai, and had rented the house to some people belonging to Noshki.

Upon receiving news of the incident, President Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the blast and said that such dastardly acts of terrorism would not deter the people’s determination to root out terrorism from the country. The president expressed sorrow over the loss of lives and directed that the best medical care be provided to the casualties.Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and Minister of State for Information Syed Samsam Bukhari also condemned the Quetta bomb blast.

Muhammad Ejaz Khan adds: The powerful bomb blast, which killed at least five persons, including children, on Sunday went off at around 11:50am. The thud of the explosion was heard several kilometres away in the provincial capital. Panic gripped the area soon after the blast, and frightened people could be seen running around after the powerful explosion.

Confirming the number of deaths, official sources said that five persons were killed in the powerful bomb explosion. The condition of some of the injured is stated to be precarious, hospital sources said.

Eyewitnesses told The News that the billowing smoke could be seen following the loud bang of the explosion. Due to the explosion, a portion of the house caved in as well. “I saw nothing but darkness. When I opened my eyes in the hospital, I was being treated,” said one of the injured while talking to reporters.

DIG Police Wazir Khan Nasar confirmed that the explosion had taken place inside a vehicle near the house, and added that police had launched an investigation into the incident. The names of the other deceased are yet to be confirmed because the deceased recently shifted to the house, said police officials. (CourtesyThe News International)

46 insurgent camps in Balochistan: Malik

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ISLAMABAD: There are 46 insurgent camps in Balochistan in addition to 24 training camps in the vicinity of Kandahar in Afghanistan which are to foment unrest in that province, Interior Minister Rehman Malik informed the Senate on Friday.

Winding up a debate over the Balochistan situation, the minister claimed that Pakistan’s friends and foes, who had vested interest in the mineral-rich province, were equally involved in financing and backing militants in Balochistan .

According to Malik, evidence  suggested that as many as 36 of the training camps were “operating in small pockets” and they were being harboured by India, adding that the matter had been taken up with the Indian authorities without any success.

Terming farari camps as the root cause of the Balochistan unrest, Malik called for their elimination through “some monitoring mechanism, to nip the evil in the bud”.

Although no date was fixed, the House decided to have an in-camera briefing from the interior minister along with officials of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and other law-enforcement agencies to ascertain facts. The date for the briefing would be finalised soon.

Assuring the upper house of parliament that he would inform the Senators about the “current security situation”, the minister said that lawlessness had made people’s lives miserable. “Give me an opportunity and I will tell you what our friends are up to…forget the enemies [and] let me share with you what our friends are doing to us,” he offered.

In his winding up speech, Malik discussed countless evidence on the Balochistan situation, detailing India and Afghanistan’s role in creating hatred among the Baloch people against Pakistan. Without naming “friendly countries”, Malil reiterated his request for an in-camera briefing on the issue.

Presenting proof of training camps inside Afghanistan, he gave a number of official letters written by none other than the Afghan government to its security agencies, calling for funding “dissidents to create Bangladesh-like situation in Balochistan”.

Accusing India and Afghanistan of facilitating the proscribed Balochistan Liberation Army’s (BLA) fugitive leader Brahamdagh Bugti, he said that both countries were helping his (Brahamdagh’s) men in Pakistan in connection with obtaining visas, passports, financing, including provision of arms and ammunition, to carryout terrorist acts in the province.

Malik also showed proof of camps where insurgents were being trained near Kandhar and elsewhere in Afghanistan. These terrorists, he said, were later sent to Pakistan “to carry out what they are trained”. The minister insisted that no compromise would be made on the national interest and all decisions regarding opening of North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (Nato) supply route had been made keeping in view the “dignity and sovereignty of Pakistan”.

Responding to a point of order raised by Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F)‚ Malik said that the memorandum of understanding signed for the restoration of Nato supply route “will be made public”.

“We’ve not budged from our stand to implement recommendations of joint resolutions made by parliament. We still stick to them [and] further decisions will be taken in the light of parliamentary resolutions,” he maintained.

To another point of order raised by Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) over the law and order situation in Karachi‚ he said security arrangements in the Sindh metropolis had improved a lot by reducing sectarian and ethnic polarisation. Malik claimed that the total number of missing persons in Balochistan was 36, in Punjab it was 222 and 100 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He said that the Chief Justice of Pakistan had made tireless efforts to recover these people. He went on saying that the government under the directions of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court would find a solution to the issue, adding that he would provide all details about missing persons to the apex court as directed.

The house was prorogued indefinitely.

Supreme Court of Pakistan accused security forces for abductions in Balochistan

Supreme Court of Pakistan accused security forces for abductions in Balochistan

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Quetta :

The top judge of Pakistan’s highest court on Wednesday accused the paramilitary Frontier Corps of involvement in the disappearance of a third of all the missing persons in Balochistan.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court is investigating cases of missing people in Balochistan, where the military has retorted to brutal killings, bombardment of villages, abductions and other human rights violations in its bid to put down the Baloch peoples’ struggle for freedom.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, returned to Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, to hear cases of the families of abducted Baloch and those who have been killed by Pakistani security forces under their on-going policy of ‘kill and dump’ across Balochistan.

The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, an organisation striving for the save recovery of abducted Baloch, says that over 14,000 Baloch activists hailing from different spheres of life have been abducted by Pakistan FC and intelligence agencies. They say that over 450 people from the aforementioned number of abducted Baloch have been killed under custody and their brutally tortured and bullet riddled bodies were found dumped across Balochistan.

VOA’s Deewa Radio on Wednesday quoted Nasrullah Baloch, the chairman of VMBP as saying, “every day Frontier Corps and secret agencies kidnap political workers in broad daylight and keep them in their illegal torture cells, then we receive their bullet-riddled, mutilated dead bodies.”

“Enough evidences are available for involvement of the Frontier Corps in picking up of every third missing person” in Balochistan, Mr Chaudhry remarked during a hearing.

The court also heard a case involving the abduction of 30 Baloch men and killing of two members of BSO-Azad in the Totak village of Khuzdar district of Balochistan in February last year. The FC officials have been ordered to produce people from the Totak incident which it had in custody.

It is worth recalling that on 18 February 2011 the Pakistan FC and other security forces had attacked the Torak village near Khuzdar. Two members of BSO-Azad namely Naeem Qalandrani and Yahya Qalandarani were killed and arrested over two dozen members of Qalandarani Baloch tribe were abducted. The bullet ridden body ofMaqsood Qalandrani was found dumped in Quetta on 16 July 2011. The rest of the people abducted in February last year are still being illegally held by Pakistani intelligence agencies.

Balochistan, which also straddles Iran and Afghanistan, is rich in in natural resources including Oil and Gas, but the Baloch people remains one of the most deprived in South East Asia. Rights activists have accused the military of mass arrests and extra-judicial executions in its bid to counter a national liberation struggle.

International Human Rights Organisations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Asian Human Rights Commission have extensively reported on Pakistani atrocities against Baloch people. These groups say that abductions are often carried out in broad day light in presence of multiple eye-witnesses – family members and fellow passengers.

In June this year the UN human rights Chief Navi Pillay voiced concern about “very grave” rights violations during Pakistani military operations. She had said disappearances in Balochistan had become “a focus for national debate, international attention and local despair”

Chinese survey team attacked in Gwadar, one killed


Chinese survey team attacked in Gwadar, one killed

Occupied Balochistan: A spokesperson of the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF), Mr Doda Baloch, has said that fighters from his Organisation have attacked a Chinese survey team few days back, as a result one person was killed and another has been wounded.

While speaking to NNI on Sunday Mr Doda Baloch has accepted the responsibility for the attack on Chinese team. Doda Baloch warned that “no investors, be them national or International, will be allowed to invest in Balochistan without the consent of Baloch Nation.”

The BLF spokesperson further said that the Baloch resistance organisation (we) have made it clear through their pamphlets and press releases that Baloch are struggling for their national liberation and national preservation, therefore no capitalist should invest on Baloch land and the common labourers should refrain working for the investors [to avoid any harm].

Courtesy: Daily Tawar