Tribune’s Gamechangers 2011: Baloch insurgents

For trying to unite the Baloch on one platform.


Express January 13, 2012

Balochistan – Pakistan’s goldmine and what many have started terming “the next Bangladesh”. Insurgents in the province have intensified their fight against the government since Nawab Akbar Bugti’s killing during Musharraf’s tenure, and all has gone downhill since - a stark reminder of the 1973 insurgency.

While most of the insurgency does not get much airtime in Pakistan and doesn’t issue too many statements either (much like Dr Allah Nazar Baloch), two Baloch leaders who are now in exile have featured prominently this year.

Brahamdagh Bugti reappeared after 2006 – clean shaved, dressed in a designer suit, the Baloch leader is now living in exile in Switzerland. Once part of the armed movement and assisting his grandfather, the elder Bugti, Brahamdagh now claims that he is only a political leader and is not taking part in the armed movement.

On the other hand, the self-proclaimed ‘King of Balochistan’, Khan of Kalat Agha Mir Sulaiman Dawood also once again made a call for the Baloch to stand united and press for independence.

While both leaders are far from home, many believe they still play a significant role in controlling the movement in the province and hold some clout with the disgruntled Baloch youth, who feel they are oppressed by the government and the rich Sardars of the province.

Quote: “We have to hope” – Brahamdagh Bugti

COMMENTS (3)

Maaz Ahmed | 9 years ago | Reply

Baloch people are forced by our establishment to rebel against us. what do u think that if we use gas and other resources from that area and give them the bullets in return, do u still expect loyalty from them. Balochistan has a culture of tribal leaders. u cant finish it like this. even the british's was unable to do that and divded it into A and B areas We must hear to their voice or be prepared for repeat of Bangladesh like situation.

A. Shah | 9 years ago | Reply These sardars are only interested in self-rule and own interests where they are enjoying royal life in Europe. Please don't endorse their agenda and hurt the feelings of thousands who have lost dear ones..
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