The terribly sad state of Balochistan

Published: May 23, 2011
The writer is a development sociologist, and a visiting scholar in the Center for South Asia Studies at University of California, Berkeley

The writer is a development sociologist, and a visiting scholar in the Center for South Asia Studies at University of California, Berkeley

In 2006, Pervez Musharraf launched a military operation in Balochistan and killed a former governor and elected chief minister of the province, Nawab Akbar Bugti. This was a watershed moment in the region, which radicalised even ordinary, apolitical Balochis to join the long-standing nationalist movement for regional rights and justice. More than 50,000 Baloch were displaced during the extended military operation that surrounded the killing. Even worse, national and international organisations were obstructed from providing humanitarian relief to those people who fled the violence. Unicef came out with a report on the condition of these IDPs and it was asked to retract it.

The military operation in Balochistan has only intensified over the last five years, with many in the province seeing it as nothing but a brutal form of state repression. Reportedly, more than 4,000 people have been illegally abducted and detained. Out of these, around 149 were later found dead, usually with their dead bodies found by the roadside. The dehumanising nature of the violence is evidenced not just in the ways people are tortured — with holes drilled in the head and bodies mutilated beyond recognition — but also in the way their bodies are discarded. One note accompanying a decomposed corpse said, “Eid gift for the Baloch”.

Those who have been kidnapped, tortured and killed are not just armed militants hiding in the mountains. A vast proportion of them are from the urban middle class, including students, engineers, lawyers, journalists and activists who have been engaging in civilian protest against what they perceive to be wrong policies of the state and the establishment. As the Guardian reported two months ago, a Baloch farmer went to court to file a case for his missing son but his lawyer was murdered. When he subsequently went to the media, the president of the local press club was murdered. Now, no one wishes to speak up for him.

In this situation, why should we be surprised or offended if some children in the province refuse to sing the national anthem and local schools refuse to fly the national flag? Why do we shudder when an increasing number of people in Balochistan — including women, for the first time — shout slogans that go against the existence of Pakistan. Every dead body is an embodiment of a renewed resolve to fight the policies of the centre. This, in turn, has brought about retaliatory violence. Armed Baloch groups have also resorted to horrific forms of indiscriminate violence. They used to blow up gas pipelines. Now they carry out target killings. Of Punjabi settlers, government servants, even Chinese engineers — any blood that the elite might care about.

To address the situation, the present civilian government had introduced the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package in November 2009, promising a ban on new military cantonments, a commission on enforced disappearances and payment of overdue gas royalties. This is exactly what was needed. But the Gilani government remains powerless in the face of the forces that continue to run and rampage Balochistan. US military aid was meant to train and equip the FC to fight the intrusion of the Taliban into Pakistan. Instead, a situation has arisen where Pakistan constantly has to hear accusations that it is sheltering the Taliban in Balochistan.

Forty years ago, the eminent sociologist, Hamza Alavi, wrote that it was the Pakistani Army itself which was most threatened by the Bengali demand for regional autonomy. The Awami League, which had an absolute majority in parliament, was committed to aiding development by decentralising economic policymaking and reducing military expenditure. Moreover, army cadres were fed the self-perpetuating delusion that Bengali nationalism was ‘an Indian-inspired, Indian-financed and Indian-engineered move to disrupt the unity of Pakistan’. This was accompanied by an added delusion — that Bengali nationalism was limited to a small number of intellectuals and politicians and if they were eliminated, the obedience of the Bengali people would be restored.

These are precisely the twin delusions which were used to drive and justify a systematic campaign of violence against the Bengalis in 1971, at the hands of our armed forces and the Jamaat-e-Islami militants, alBadr and alShams. We all know the result. These are precisely the delusions that undergird the current campaign of terror in Balochistan, with new sponsored wings such as Baloch Musalah Defa Tanzeem and Sipah-i-Shuhada-i-Balochistan. Additionally, worryingly it seems that, extremist Islamic forces are being mobilised to quell the secular Baloch struggle.

Hasn’t the use of radical Islam as ‘strategic depth’ in Afghanistan already landed us, as well as our neighbours, in extremist depth? The biggest threat to our sovereignty is neither India nor the US, it’s from within, from our inability to ensure supremacy of parliament and elected civilian rule. We urgently need to have in place a system, as mandated by the constitution, where elected governments are sovereign and have control over the military and its various arms. This should be accompanied by the return of all those who have ‘disappeared’ in Balochistan in recent years.

The recognition of political, economic and cultural rights for constituent regions is fundamental for any federation to survive and is central to the functioning of a modern democracy. Yet, generations of Pakistanis have been made to believe, the army-backed logic that extending these rights is the vey antithesis of modern nationhood, because it is tantamount to ‘provincialism’ and destroys Pakistani and Muslim unity. This is our fundamental problem. A positive Pakistani identity can never be based on the repression and denial of the many histories and societies that, in fact, embody the life and spirit of Pakistan. All we have to do is acknowledge and respect them, instead of killing and dumping them.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 24th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (49)

  • Kashif imran
    May 23, 2011 - 11:58PM

    excellent articke i would add one thing in the past baloch insurgency was controlled by Nawabas and sardars but now it has been converted into mass insurgency led by well educated middle class commanders ,untill and unless you are not giving the genune rights to baloch, pakitsan can not control baloch mass insurgency.if pakistani establishment can address baitullah,Mulla nazir,Maulna fazlullah,Maulna Sufi and othe millitants concerns by signing deals and giving them huge amount of money clandestinelly why should not to talk to secular and liberal baloch who belive in democracy.These baloch’insurgents were once the part of political process when you close the democratic doors on them they had only one option to take balochistan IGFC is running the show and its true a soldier has the bullet not ballet…..Recommend

  • AnIndian
    May 24, 2011 - 12:04AM

    Nosheen Ali Ji, I salute to your Voice of Reason.

    Indeed, the popular Fear that delegating power to state governments and local governments will lead to collapse of a Nation is surely erroneous and misplaced: a Falsehood perpetuated by paranoiac, deranged individuals in the name of Nationalism.

    The fact is that in countries like India and Pakistan (which are true federations), the delegation of powers to state and local governments will lead to: strengthening of Nationhood, deepening of Democracy, effectiveness of Administration, overall Development and, (to an extent) Transparency and Accountability.Recommend

  • Anwar
    May 24, 2011 - 12:18AM

    Education….education…. education. It is the only hope for this God forsaken country!
    Dear Leaders: please educate the people of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Muhammad Mudassar
    May 24, 2011 - 12:45AM

    A very good article and we hope media will contribute to aware people of pakistan on the basis of hidden facts.Recommend

  • k
    May 24, 2011 - 12:47AM

    you made valid points but it would be good if u would hv included foreign intervention matter and the stakes of military clearly in that piece.Recommend

  • Nurmomad
    May 24, 2011 - 12:48AM

    ‘an Indian-inspired, Indian-financed and Indian-engineered move to disrupt the unity of Pakistan’

    Similar voices are still echoed from the darkness of power corridors, where they even can’t count their fingers.

    In Gilgit – Baltistan, the nationalists are being labelled as Indian agents because they demand constitutional rights and devolution of power to the region. The powers that be think these demands are centrifugal and sectarian elements are trying to hijack the political deprivation.

    I ask them, if there are external forces at play in Balochistan and Gilgit – Baltistan, then what’s going on in Bahawalpur, Saraiki Belt and the Hazarra?

    Listen to and respect the voices of the people because they make what Pakistan is. Statehood cannot be imposed on masses, people can be inspired to look forward to becoming part of the state. And that will require political and economic stability at one hand and appreciation of cultural and religious diversity at the other hand.

    Thank you Nosheen for the brilliant piece. Recommend

  • May 24, 2011 - 12:52AM

    Thank you! Recommend

  • Oneeb Munawar
    May 24, 2011 - 12:53AM

    Excellent piece.
    The army and the ISI need to stop calling the shots.
    The politicians need to man up to their duties and their people. Otherwise it’s just going to be history repeating itself. Recommend

  • Noor Nabi
    May 24, 2011 - 1:00AM

    The true aspirations of the people of Baluchistan can never be supressed. It has been tried unsuccessfully by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Zia-ul-Haq and Musharraf. The largest province of the Federation – despite supplying its natural gas for the homes and factories of the country – remians the least developed. Why? Has the Pakistani establishment not learnt a leasson from the secession of East Pakistan? To thrust imperialism in the name of national unity has not worked in the past, is not working now, and will not work in the future. Recommend

  • faraz
    May 24, 2011 - 1:24AM

    Instead of understanding the dynamics of ethnic nationalism that are spread of decades, we simply blame it on external forces. As if one day people woke up, took up arms and turned against the state. External forces may put fuel on fire and exploit the underlying malaise, but a popular insurgency can never be a result of conspiracy.

    Gas was discovered at Sui in the 1950s. It reached Punjab in the 1960s. It reached Quetta in the 1980s and Dera Bugti, where it was discovered, in 2000. Can a state survive after committing such gross acts of injustice? Are the people of Baluchistan mentally incapacitated that they wont realize this exploitation of their resources?

    We didnt learn any lesson from Dhaka fall. Those who dont learn from history are destined to repeat it.Recommend

  • May 24, 2011 - 1:38AM

    fist of all i would like to thank you for writing something (not all but a part) true about the situation in Balochistan. please you (all pakistani writers) try to write something atleast once about the real cause of Balochistan which is that Balochistan was occupied by Pakistan in 27 march 1948 by force. (dont believe the Balochs) try to find out (almost) the 14 august 1961 edition of ” The Dawn” (a leading news paper of pakistan) in which Gen.Akbar khan (who was heading the pakistani occupieing forces of that time) said that ” We were ordered by M.Ali.Jinnah to Occupy kalat (Balochistan) and khannaties (states under the rule of Balochistan)…
    If you cant get the dawn news paper go to your army and ask them for records they keeps (just in case).Recommend

  • khokhar
    May 24, 2011 - 1:43AM

    If only I could, I would abolish the army’s role in all civilian matters and send out a special envoy of peace to balochistan to appease them right now. It is a crime that so many of us brush aside the magnitude of the problem by just saying that it is Indian involvement otherwise the people of balochistan are with us! We must now compensate for what we have allowed to go on for so long by giving them more than the funds they deserve and starting education and developmental projects there right away. Personally, you can all do you tiny bit right now by creating awareness about this issue and convincing people you know, that this problem is real and that it is NOT India that is to blame but our own government (for neglect) and our security forces (for terrible human rights abuses). Don’t let this become the second time our army rips us into two. wake up!!!Recommend

  • May 24, 2011 - 2:03AM

    Thanks for a nice article. However, not just the majority but ALL of the 160 victims who were forcibly disappeared, tortured, killed extra-judicially and in execution-style and their bodies dumped on the wayside since July last year were political and freedom activists.
    Since Pakistan is a rogue terrorist state, it does not openly admits its actions.Recommend

  • Noman Sheikh
    May 24, 2011 - 2:16AM

    The short-sighted policies of the Army will disintegrate this nation. Pakistan is destined to drown in blood from civil war.Recommend

  • May 24, 2011 - 3:42AM

    Thanks for highlighting the grave Baluchistan issue, its something even neglected in press!Recommend

  • Abdullah
    May 24, 2011 - 6:36AM

    During Bangladesh war Gen Tikka Khan who was leading forces in east pakistan(then) said he wants land not people.Now same thing is happening in Baluchistan Recommend

  • khan
    May 24, 2011 - 7:14AM

    With hundreds of Baloch being tortured and killed, why has nothing been done to stop it? Obviously our generals and their agencies are beyond the control of politicians. The lives of ordinary Pakistanis does not matter, they can die in their thousands as long as our ‘ghairat’ and ‘DHA plot’ policies stays in place. Recommend

    May 24, 2011 - 8:14AM

    Every and each country in this world have created armies to defend themslves,,,, the only country who has been cursed by an army is Pakistan!!! All problems facing Pakistan,,,is her army and her intelligence agencies,,, who block each and every aspect of peace and development. This army never will be able to stand against India and so called free Kashmir,,,but also not willing to accept the fact. The very same army has blocked all efforts of peace with India. The same army, have taken away the right of people to govern and develop the country. This army has taken 120 million Pakistanis out of 140 hostage. Why? Because the other 20 million are benefiting from this hopeless situation. This 20 million, are relatives, families , dependents and bearucrats, who benefit from all and everything, the rest are jys slaves, with no voice at all. Pakistan, can surrvive and prosper, but firsr, this army and its dependent agencies, should be dissolved, new defence force should be established, provinces, should have all rights, includingh decleraing themselves independence, making peace with India unconditionally. Every thing should be transparent. Otherwise, the way of going down to history as a bad expriment of British colonialism is clear. And for Balochistan, it is crystal clear, that this nation in next 2 to 5 years time, is an independent state.And that time, the only result, will be the landlocked Punjab, who has to pay for the all deeds of 64 years of Pakistans barbarism towards Baloch, Sindhi and the Pashtoons. Pakistan is doomed to die, peacefully or violantly. There is not a 3rd way for it!!!Recommend

  • Mir Chakar Khan
    May 24, 2011 - 8:36AM

    The Baloch appreciate the support of rational and compassionate Pakistanis such as the author to our plight. However words alone will not heal our wounds. Those in charge have taken no concrete action to correct our woes. We want freedom.Recommend

  • Fouzia
    May 24, 2011 - 9:06AM

    Nosheen, agree with most but not all of what you have written. While Balochistan has suffered for sure, no part of Pakistan remains uneffected by the Army and its atrocities. In almost every city with cantonement the civilians are # 2 citizens who have to bear calmly all sorts of injustices- small and big- at the hands of the cantonement dwellers. A few things we need to do include:
    1) Learn from fall of Dhaka- we have to admit that Pakistan Army and Establishment were by far teh biggest culprita and look at the policies of the centre that led to the feeling of exploitation and oppression in the the East Pakistan (and now Balochistan) and address them.
    2) However, people of Balochistan should know that people in otehr provinces are with them. NO ONE thinks it fair or right that Sui gas reached areas in Balochistan much later than areas in other provinces and many other such injustices. I think it is time for a Pakistanis for Balochistan movement that so many of us already believe in.
    3) Peaful protests ALL over PAKISTAN supporting the recent steps taken by the provincial government but also asking for additional steps. Recommend

  • akthar zafar
    May 24, 2011 - 9:31AM

    why don’t our bleeding heart liberals talk about the ethnic cleansing of punjabi settlers in balochistan also? all this hue & cry about the missing people & the bodies being found,why no interviews with the relatives of the punjabis killed only because they were punjabis,why no talk shows about these killings??

    why no tweets about the punjabis killed after seeing their ID cards to know where they were from?? this one sided treatment of the issue by the media is unjust in the extreme.Recommend

  • Kamran Asdar Ali
    May 24, 2011 - 10:16AM

    Nosheen, thank you for sharing this important and necessary piece of writing.I also appreciate your linking it to 1971 and showing the parallels. The annexation of Baluchistan happened in 1948 and we have continued to treat it as a colony. Recommend

  • Anam Aftab
    May 24, 2011 - 11:12AM

    Excellent Article!Recommend

  • khan
    May 24, 2011 - 11:18AM

    Soon we will have an Army without a country.

    It becoming more and more obvious that all our military leaders must have been hiding behind the door when God was handing out the brains. Clueless, they have repeatedly taken refuge behind the banner of self-proclaimed ‘super patriotism’. Having lost all wars, they appear convinced that mere slogans and vilification of others will save the country. Recommend

  • Tribune Reader
    May 24, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Why does no one ever raise the following Questions:

    Why is the Baloch private sector not doing anything towards development and industrialisation in the province?

    Why the Baloch elite, the millions it could spend genuinely helping the Baloch people is instead using millions of dollars of their resources to arm the Baloch youth and turn them against their own country? The millions spent on guns, could be spent on schools, hospitals, infrastructure, housing etc for the Baloch people.

    Why are the Baloch silent on the ethnic cleansing on Punjabi settlers and the open broad day light murders of intellectuals and academics visiting Baloch universities?

    Why are Punjabi civilians being punished for the crimes of the state or the armed forces?

    Why is the BSO (Baloch Student Organization) silent when ethnic non Balochi’s including other students face discrimination, harassment based on their ethnicities?

    Why is the same BSO not choosing a re-conciliatory diplomatic approach in working for a sustainable solution with the provincial and federal government instead of openly advocating hatred for Pakistan and the Government of Pak?

    Why is it silent when the infrastructure is destroyed by their rebels, if you blow up the gas pipeline, your not only halting gas supply to the rest of Pakistan, but also your own province?

    If the Baloch rebels and the BSO want those held accountable for crimes against Baloch people by the Pak army, are they willing to hold their thugs accountable that are conducting ethnic cleansing in the province?

    Is the BSO willing to hold those accountable who have been advocating anti-pak sentinments accountable when situation becomes stable and sustainable?

    There is more than 1 side to this coin, beyond blind unconditional empathy for the Baloch people that Pakistani journalists are feeling? Very few are even daring to mention the ethnic cleansing of Punjabis, and other non ethnic Baloch groups, very unfortunate. Even fewer are daring to suggest, that this is just a fight for power, land, resources and control by the Baloch elite.Recommend

  • Imran
    May 24, 2011 - 12:01PM

    A good writing. Very few people take a critically perspective view of the post-Bugti Balochistan. While the disenfranchised Baloch rose against the brutality of the army, there came a rapid increase in the incidents of sectarian killings, targeting the unarmed Shias. Hundreds killed by LJ, an organization formed and supported by the state, since then in sectarian-related killings don’t receive media attention. But locally, the state wanted/wants to flame the Shias’ anger against Baloch which it has failed to do so far. Recommend

  • Mir Chakar Khan
    May 24, 2011 - 12:58PM

    We appreciate your sympathies but the Baloch patience has run thin. I think the time for us to stand with the establishment has run out. A few liberals protesting does not seem to have given us our rights. Our only hope is independence.Recommend

  • May 24, 2011 - 1:45PM

    Don’t bother, Nosheen. We’re way too busy flooding the diplomatic vale with tears over India’s transgressions in Kashmir. We have no time to evaluate our own actions in Balochistan.Recommend

  • Imran
    May 24, 2011 - 2:43PM

    Tribune Reader, you could be man enough to write your name and openly support the state narrative instead of using TR. :)Recommend

  • Aamir
    May 24, 2011 - 2:44PM

    Sorry Baluchistan… we all are responsible for your miseries…please forgive generation will surely make difference..InshaAllah..I pray for you all…Recommend

  • Ali Wazir
    May 24, 2011 - 3:41PM

    What a great country we live in. Army is effectively at war with all the tribal areas, Swat and Baluchistan. And still must support the troops, Salute the Shuhada… lolRecommend

  • Tribune Reader
    May 24, 2011 - 3:48PM

    What a joke, u actually expect me to put myself in harm’s way by revealong my identity in an era where the worth of a human life is non existent and people in this country are killed by trigger happy lunatica for having an opinoon, no way buddy. I am not interested in being on the receiving end of a bullet Of the BLA or BLF etc. Dream on!!!!!!Recommend

  • Badshah
    May 24, 2011 - 4:34PM

    Why Express Tribune publishes articles which an ordinary A Level student can write!Recommend

  • Ameer
    May 24, 2011 - 6:31PM

    @Tribune Reader:
    answer of your WHYs are available in everyones mind.

    but let u answer fisrt.

    let me know who started this all bloodshed????
    Baloch or Pakistan……????

    where the bloodshed is going on….
    Balochistan or Karachi,Lahore or Islamabad….????

    Who used force and conducted military operation by bombarment on the royal mosque of Kalat state BY annexing a peice of land by killing hundreds of innocent people……..
    Pakistan or Balochistan……????

    Who took oath by puting hand on HOLY QURAN for peacful negotiation……
    Nawab Nouroz khan or General Tikka Khan OF PAK ARMY….?????

    Go through the history and than raise questionsRecommend

  • Ameer
    May 24, 2011 - 6:38PM

    Well done Nosheen.

    i must appreciate your knowledge and meterialistic approach.
    i will say nothing but just add some information regarding your topic.

    yesterday 2 bullet riddled bodies of missing persons found in murgap area of turbat mekran.

    today 2 more bodies of missing balochs are found in the same area of Murgap Turbat Mekran.

    Even today 2 other bodies of missing balochs were found in gwargo Panjgur Mekran.

    what are your comments my dear country fellows….??

    can u imagine the sorrow of their mother and sisters who have been waiting for their beloved ones abducted by secret agencies….??

    but fact is that they were really expecting dead bodies which they got today.

    treat this with your family than you can feel the painRecommend

  • Noble Tufail
    May 24, 2011 - 7:55PM

    very very good article indeed Nosheen. you have diagnosed the ailments very well. hope someone responsible for Baluchistan reads it too!!Recommend

  • Fouzia
    May 24, 2011 - 8:13PM

    @ Mir Chakar Khan
    I am half Baloch and half sindhi and ALL Pakistani. Working in development sector with all provinces and regions in Pakistan I have travelled to all but 8 to 10 districts of Pakistan (of the approx 120). Nowhere in Pakistan have as I seen as much corruption and local oppression as in Balochistan. Norther Sindh and Southern Punjab would be very distant second and third.
    I do not mean to undermine the atrocities of the ‘establishment’ but anyone who thinks that therein lie the roots and reasons to all problems is just fooling them selves. Baloch leaders are as much to blame. I have seen audit reports of Balochistan government and been part of negotiations where the local tribal leader have pushed back on any efforts for opening new schools or health centres and other development initiatives in their areas and have agreed only when they were given ‘freedom’ to embezzle funds. The resulting work does not even qualify to be called any kind of development.
    one very good example is road- independent reports from World bank and IMF show that together federal government, Balochistan goverments and numerous contributions from Punjab and Sindh over the last 4 to 5 decades were enough the construct roads all over Balochistan and repair/ reconstruct over 50% of these. All these funds were at the disposal of the Balochistan government. Where are the roads? nonexistent. And where are the Baloch leader- millionnaires with all their children living in multi million dollar mansions in California and else where in the developed world.
    While the worlds moves to forming EU and other larger blocs, we want to disintegrate further. That is just like us- 2 centuries behind the rest of the world!!Recommend

  • May 24, 2011 - 10:51PM

    its realy feel better that some where in pakstan their are some peple who write about baloch..every day we are reciving dumb and bullet hit bodies,yeserday in turbat two people body found,kileed by bullets on cheast and head.we request people like u plese come forward and give an helping hand to our nation being genocide,please plau ur role.Recommend

  • Naveed Baloch
    May 25, 2011 - 12:55AM

    Well i appreciate nousheen and her grip on the issue, it would have been much better to cite the historical facts (annexation of 1948 etc) as well. Anyhow it was very well written and being cognizant of the nuances of the Baloch Issue is truly laudable. And agreed with all of you guys except “tribune reader”. And for him i would say that every thing has some background/base and nothing comes up in air, for instance, if Pakistanis are hated all around the world and in so called “our muslim brother” countries has some facts. A man, family is judged by the opinion of his neighborers and likewise state too. Ask Iran, Afghanistan or India about Pakistan. This is the reality and closing the eyes will not change it. Baloch are suffering the worst brutality and atrocities of contemporary history and may Allah quell them soon. Recommend

  • Naveed Baloch
    May 25, 2011 - 12:57AM

    Our voices are gagged and can say anything moreRecommend

  • May 25, 2011 - 1:05AM

    Nosheen: Well done., excellent article. Recommend

  • Legionnaire
    May 25, 2011 - 7:22AM

    Today when Pakistan is facing an arm struggle in its own backyard why doesn’t it conduct a referrendum in Balochistan just like their demand in K-ashmir?

    The policy of bleeding India by t-e-rr-0-rism is in turn bleeding Pakistan today. Recommend

  • shaari baloch
    May 25, 2011 - 12:20PM

    Nosheen, nice piece of article. You have atleast the courage to speak about the Baloch situatuion. Mohammad Hanif of BBC also is a courageous man hilightling the issue. But one thing i would say, as i have first hand knowledge of balochistan, is that, the current movement of independence is simply fought and led by common masses. No sardar and Nawab is invovled in this struggle. The people who are harping on the same lines that some elite sardar and nawab are fighting this war are absolutly WRONG. i would say they are 180 degree wrong, they only watch GEO news nd other rubbish news channel and form their opinion from there. They are just firing in darkness, and they don’t have first have knowledge, and i would say they are completely ignorant about the present situation in balochistan.Recommend

  • Muneeb Ali Rizvi
    May 25, 2011 - 2:13PM

    But why is military doing this? I am not defending or justifying the act, but it should be reaction of something. Is it?Recommend

  • gregory peck
    May 25, 2011 - 7:13PM

    2 or 3 bad people not makes everyone badRecommend

  • meer
    May 26, 2011 - 12:52AM

    The most interesting thing about the article is the writer herself talking about a province shes hardly ever lived or has any knowledge of the ethnic and social divides that exit in the local population. Does any one of the learned people who have comment no the percentage of pasthuns in Balochistan or that it was the now glorified Nawab Bugti who launched the first military operation in Balochistan . Lets not buy whatever we are fed and rely on fabricated info , the bottomline is the current assembly has been elected by the people of Balochistan so why are the blaming anyone else for there woes cant they stand up and ask there sardars or MPAs to put things right.Recommend

  • rana zubair
    May 26, 2011 - 7:29AM

    it does’nt matter who is who n where is he/she living, the thing is that the problem is really genuine.Recommend

  • faisal
    May 26, 2011 - 10:07AM

    Questions for those who may know the answers: Why isn’t anyone doing anything about the current state of affairs in Balochistan? Does the country’s ruling elite believe shoving all this under a carpet and keeping their fingers crossed will ensure that things will workout? Or are they simply so mis-informed (want to be NOT informed) that they don’t even know what’s going on in their country?!!Recommend

  • Rabia
    Jun 7, 2011 - 8:36AM

    Thank you Nosheen Ali for speaking up, writing about something that is barely mentioned in local, national and international media. The atrocities occurring in Balochistan are horrific, and the first step to protesting them is to educate ourselves and speak out. Pakistanis are responsible for this as long as we stay silent and ignore what is happening in our own country.
    Thank you again.Recommend

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