Is Rohrabacher wrong on Balochistan?

Published: February 26, 2012
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The writer teaches physics and political science at LUMS. He holds a PhD from MIT and taught at Quaid-e-Azam University for 37 years.

The writer teaches physics and political science at LUMS. He holds a PhD from MIT and taught at Quaid-e-Azam University for 37 years.

Dana Rohrabacher’s resolution in the US Congress states that the Baloch people “have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country”. Expectedly, this unleashed a torrent of anger in Pakistan’s government and media which overwhelmingly saw this as a conspiracy to break up the country. Pakistan-US relations have descended another notch; attempts by the US State Department, as well as the currently visiting group of Congressmen, to distance themselves from the resolution have not worked.

Rohrabacher is easy to criticise. This extremist Republican has defended the use of torture, advocated the induction of warlords into the Afghan government, thinks trees cause global warming, and wants subsidies for rain forests to be cut down. Last July, while visiting Baghdad, he raised a storm by suggesting that Iraq pay back the United States the billions it spent after the 2003 invasion.

But this right-wing nut — obviously motivated by domestic politics rather than human rights — may actually have done Pakistan a favour by focusing world attention upon the horror of today’s Balochistan. Predictably, Baloch leaders are enthusiastically endorsing Rohrabacher’s statement, “The political and ethnic discrimination the Baloch suffer is tragic and made more so because America is financing and selling arms to their oppressors in Islamabad.”

For decades, the Baloch have complained of ill-treatment. They say their natural wealth has been expropriated by Punjab and that Balochistan’s natural gas reached remote Punjabi towns long before it was available in Quetta — and then only because an army cantonment needed it. Baloch representation in the civil and the military bureaucracy remains close to zero.

But rather than assuage national grievances, both real and imagined ones, the Pakistani establishment used the iron fist. In 1972, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reinvigorated an army defeated by India in 1971 by sending it to quell the Baloch uprising. Thousands died. In 2006, under General Pervez Musharraf the Army claimed the killing of 80-year old Nawab Akbar Bugti as yet another victory, saying this would end the insurgency. But it turned out otherwise, and Bugti’s murder was yet another thread torn loose from the unraveling national fabric. Vengeful Baloch nationalists now target non-Baloch innocents and have murdered, among others, Punjabi and Mohajir teachers.

Pakistani security forces deny any wrongdoing and General Kayani claims that military operations are no longer being carried out against Baloch nationalists. But newspaper accounts suggest that the abduct-torture-kill-dump formula may be officially sanctioned from above. Mutilated bodies are strewn across roadsides and found in garbage dumps.

Worried about further internationalisation in the wake of Rohrabacher’s bill, Interior Minister Rehman Malik is scurrying around offering palliatives and promises. But the Baloch Republican Party’s exiled chief, Brahamdagh Bugti, whose sister and niece were mysteriously murdered in Karachi earlier this month, says that “America must intervene in Balochistan and stop the ethnic cleansing of Baloch people”.

Such open appeals, in my opinion, are short-sighted because they invite heightened repression. Moreover, America’s betrayal of Kurdish national self-determination should not be forgotten. In 1975, the Kurdish Peshmerg discovered to its horror that American support suddenly vanished after Richard Nixon chose to side with the Shah of Iran and Saddam Hussain.

The official Pakistani response to Rohrabacher is still more flawed. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar termed the tabling of his bill “a violation of UN charter” and of Pakistan’s sovereignty. But this line of defence could forfeit Pakistan’s moral right to criticise other states, Syria and India included.

Consider the fact that on February 17 Pakistan voted for an Arab League-sponsored resolution in the UN General Assembly which calls upon Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to step down. This surely constitutes interference in the internal matter of a sovereign country. But Pakistan did well. In a civilised world national sovereignty must come second, and human rights first.

Pakistan has also long criticised India — and justly so — for its human rights abuses. But more people are dying in Balochistan today than in Kashmir. For all their brutality against stone-throwing Kashmiri boys, the Indians have not yet used helicopter gunships and fighter jets against Kashmiris. Pakistan, on the other hand, uses airpower as a matter of course in Balochistan and Fata.

Is there a way out? Maybe so, but for that Pakistan must hear what Baloch nationalists are saying — and then act. In 2008, Sanaullah Baloch, who had then just quit the Pakistan Senate, wrote that “Islamabad’s recent move to grant religious self-rule to the Taliban in Swat and the denial of political autonomy to the people of Balochistan are beyond comprehension”.

Sanaullah’s list of demands — still unmet today — were not unreasonable: a) end the military operation and halt construction of military and paramilitary cantonments; b) withdraw security forces; c) repatriate and rehabilitate displaced persons; d) cancel civil/military land allotments; e) demilitarise the area; f) ensure equal wellhead prices for Baluchistan’s gas, and h) abandon torture camps and establish a “truth and reconciliation commission” for trying those involved in killing Nawab Akbar Bugti and Balach Marri.

A similar list by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur was published in 2008 wherein he rhetorically asked: a) Will the new airport in Gwadar be handed over to the CAA to ensure that a military base is not established there? b) Will Saindak’s unjust income-sharing formula be reversed to give Balochistan 48 per cent and the centre two per cent? c) Will they refrain from using Hingol National Park as a testing ground for the air force?

The Rohrabacher show will roll off the stage soon but Balochistan’s situation shall remain. More people will disappear, and the heap of mutilated corpses shall keep mounting. For now, the Pakistan Army and the Frontier Corps can ensure that there is no independent Balochistan. But their actions cannot lead to peace and reconciliation.

Men like Rohrabacher are no friends of the Baloch. But what can stop their meddling? The answer can only come once we dump the myth of Pakistan being one nation, one people. The Baloch cannot agree with ‘what is yours is mine, what is mine is mine’. If Pakistanis value the people of Balochistan rather than the wealth under their ground, they must make every possible compromise to draw them into the mainstream.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (56)

  • sharjeel aftab
    Feb 26, 2012 - 11:42PM

    punjab hasn’t recieved sui gas in a long time.for many years now,punjab has had gas stoppages for 4 days a week for CNG,industry recieving no gas supplies to run the factories,no gas to use heaters in the winter,children going to school hungry as there’s no gas to cook food.while other provinces have had the luxury of uninterrupted gas supplies except for 1 day a week closure for
    CNG.The factories in karachi have been running smoothly.there is less electricity loadshedding due to supply of gas to KESC in abundance.it’s very easy to pin everything on punjab,it’s very easy and the popular thing to blame all bad things happening on punjab. this ‘ blame punjab’ campaign based on racist hate and bigotry has gone on for far too long.

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  • sarmad yousuf
    Feb 26, 2012 - 11:46PM

    Why doesn’t Rohrabacher talk about and condemn the deliberate murders of non-baloch civilians in balochistan by militant groups he openly supports? why is it not a human rights violation when non-balochs are targetted and murdered in balochistan?

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  • Mir Agha
    Feb 26, 2012 - 11:47PM

    Simple answer? No. He is right in calling for the right of self-determination even given the convoluted “facts” he tried to establish at his stunt. The result of the referendum though, won’t be to his (or the separatists’) liking. In turn this won’t solve the issues as the government (provincial and federal) would see the result as a green light to continue their corruption and exploitation.

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  • Falcon
    Feb 26, 2012 - 11:59PM

    Great article; specially the point on how Pakistan’s message of sovereignty has not been fully thought through. Furthermore, the list proposed by Baloch leaders in 2008 is quite reasonable and workable. I wonder what is taking us so long to address the concerns of our Baloch brethren.

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  • khan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:05AM

    @sharjeel aftab:

    Its a just a few months that you havenot got gas that you are shouting your head off!!
    Imagine the people living in sui who burn wood and coal to provide heat for them and there families…
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  • Osama Siddique
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:42AM

    An excellent, balanced and reasoned article. High time to look beyond this self-defensive Punjabi position augmented by ‘blame India,’ ‘blame U.S.A,’ ‘blame sardars’ arguments. This federation has had and continues to have highly disparate economic, political and legal dispensations for its different constituents parts – you don’t create and sustain the notion of a nation like that. If anyone really cares about this issue – and if one does not then that says a lot about how much one truly care about the marginalized people of this country – then in this age of technology it takes a few hours to read up on the various narratives on Baluchistan from very different perspectives. Saying that the State and the mainstream media has kept us ignorant is no longer an excuse. High time to wisen up and speak up. An insecure, condescending, accusatory, and ill-informed perspective on Baluchistan only begets a constant creation of ‘the other’ – in this case a Baluchi. Why should then ‘the other’ feel comfortable with living in suffocating togetherness with the rest of us. I was very young when Dacca fell but from what I have read it seems that the West Pakistani view of things was as nauseatingly smug, not self-critical and self-destructive then as it is now. I guess when we don’t read history we remain condemned to repeat it. I hope it does not come to that again. But hoping is not enough. The apathetic majority has to reflect, introspect and speak.

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  • meekal ahmed
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Your last sentence says it all.

    This is a tragedy and I cannot understand why we have been unable to find a way out. Nothing is impossible if the will is there.

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  • ParvezM
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:30AM

    Dear Dr. Hoodbhoy, you may call Dana Rohrabacher a nut case but I think, he has done a great favor to all oppressed people and Pakistan. We should take his initiative to its logical conclusion. We should take this issue out of realm of spin and propaganda into a structured process subject to international law. You are smart enough to know that moving force behind all such moves is grab of resources by global oil and mining interests. Human rights are very important for people but the same right are used for intervention by some very oppressive powers. I suggest that Pakistan should call for an international conference to establish a set of neutral rules, applying to all countries big or small where exploitation and human rights violations are severe enough to call for action. It is also my position that security council of UN is not an unbiased body to handle these matters..Let’s get the ball rolling. If such an international regime can be established the Pakistan should be the first country to offer a referendum in Baluchistan.
    Would you care to elaborate current structure of administration, accountability, justice and law. Who collects the benefits from political process?
    If Pakistan navy has a facility at Gwader, whose interests are hurt?

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  • Cynical
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:36AM

    @Mir Agha

    Fine observation.But what it means for the Balochs is, ‘Head I win tale you loose.’

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  • Zulaikha
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:56AM

    Excellent piece , I agree Sanaullah Baloch list of demand was reasonable…but this kill and dump policy, officially sanctioned in 2009, further aggravated the situation.

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  • a pakistani
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:01AM

    Why blame punjab?
    why blame punjab when it has nothing to do in the affairs of any province? why?
    baloch people if you think that punjab is exploiting your natural gas, dont forget that you people are exploiting punjab’s food produce when a common punjabi can not access stomach full food. your children are being taught in punjabi schools and colleges. your government’s 61.5% money is from punjabi taxpayer
    punjab in a brotherly mood gave away a portion of its share of National Finance Commision award to balochistan.
    it is not punjab! it is your corrupt govt. you all should talk about
    pubjab CM donates all his salary to hospitals n schools. has ever your CM thought about that.
    I AM AGAINST ANY KILLING THAT TAKES PLACE IN MY COUNTRY but im also against the obsession with punjab
    plz grow up and get out of ill ideologies fed to you people over the years. punjabis are not bad afterall. punjabi teachers wanted to teach baloch children and instead of respecting them, BLA BRA BNP killed them.
    after all the comments passed against punjab, you people expect us to care for you people wholeheartedly?
    im afraid that is not possible
    but the doors of our hearts will remain open for baloch brothers.
    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Salma
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:19AM

    after reading Cyril in The News on Balochistan; which was nothing but a cooked up story; this piece shows there is still some intellect and intellectual honesty left in Pakistan. The state has to backoff.. and accept the demands of full autonomy. I only hear Punjabis saying ‘hum peheh pakistani hain” and this explains a lot about the inherent problem of this majority that rules us too.

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  • hassanshahjehan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:07AM

    Does Mr. Rohbacher and Hoodboy cares for the Kashmiris, Chechens, Bosnians?

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  • aysha
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:13AM

    If all is well in Pakistan, credit goes largely to Punjab, and if it is otherwise, responsibilty in the same proportion lies with Punjab.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:35AM

    Totally agreed..

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  • Noor
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:58AM

    There are only two great martial races in this part of the world: the Pakhtuns and the Rajputs. These Baloch think they are great fighters; in my village, a thousand better fighters are born every year. We know how to deal with them.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:31AM

    @Pervaiz M
    Would you dare to tell american congressman or any presidential hope full that they passed the resulation for kashmir and palestine too they are cause of all this socalled terrorism.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:07AM

    Soon FATA will be new Baluchistan after afghan war..

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  • C. Nandkishore
    Feb 27, 2012 - 7:44AM

    *But more people are dying in Balochistan today than in Kashmir. For all their brutality against stone-throwing Kashmiri boy

    Ha, Mr. Pervez Hoodbhoy. When Kashmir is raised the wave theory still persists. You are refusing to be a Max Planck. Stone throwing indicates there was no brutality. Had there been brutality stone throwing would have stopped and they would have taken to guns like the Baluch. The fact that after every Friday prayers there was stone throwing indicates that they were paid for stone throwing. For the last two years there has been no stone throwing and Kashmir had 2 million tourists.

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  • ParvezM
    Feb 27, 2012 - 7:56AM

    @Ali Tanoli:

    If American congress is going do this to B’stan, they better step up to big stage and make it clear what the rules of self-determination are. This includes Kashmir, Palestine and many places where their friends enjoy mafia rule. What I’m pointing out to good Dr. how to play a good game and use the nut cases to everybody’s advantage.

    I was thinking of the use of NPT by America for furthering their political objectives.

    For me angry retorts good for the moment but revenge must be served cold, persistent and deep.

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  • MarkH
    Feb 27, 2012 - 7:57AM

    @ParvezM:
    The abuser making recommendations of how much abuse is too much is ridiculous. It’s like saying “we want to abuse our people so unless it’s beyond what we do, it’s acceptable.”

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:31AM

    @Noor: ” There are only two great martial races in this part of the world: the Pakhtuns and the Rajputs.

    What if Indian Rajputs join the fight on the side of the Baluch ?

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  • Sajida
    Feb 27, 2012 - 9:50AM

    US has become addicted to meddling and it is not healthy for it as well as needed funds are being sent abroad;when country is rotting at home. It not a sign of sanity;it is a sign of some deep problem. Rohrabacher is home to the state where future majority cannot even pass high school. Neodeveloping country here we come.

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  • vasan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 9:56AM

    hassenshahjehan: As a duty of a loyal citizen, Dr Hoodbhoy cares for Pakistan first. Nothing wrong with that. He also finds it ridiculous to poke into other countriies’ affairs. Since the American Senator Rohbaker did not find any such human right violations in his mother country, he picked on Balochistan, which in his opinion, is suffering the most in human rights. So once you fix Balochistan, he might move on to the next country, That is my guess.
    Does it offer a reasonable answer to your question
    Ali Tanoli : The answer lies in your question. Kashmir and Palestine are the cause of ,“socalled” terrorism. But u know the answer to the question “Who is the real cause of real terrorism”. Dont u.

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  • ParvezM
    Feb 27, 2012 - 10:08AM

    @MarkH:
    At least present a complete, comprehensible thought..

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  • OM
    Feb 27, 2012 - 10:51AM

    Punjab has not had gas supply for 4 days in a week….. thats 3 days more than Balochistan

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  • Sadia
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:08PM

    @Noor:
    the days of martial races have passed long ago. this is the age of economic dominance which can be achieved only by intelligent, educated people, not ‘martial races’.

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  • sarim
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:51PM

    excellent article. can we have some columnists like Hoodbhoy in our crazy Urdu press as well

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  • Truth Seeker
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:13PM

    @MarkH:
    “The abuser making recommendations of how much abuse is too much is ridiculous. It’s like saying “we want to abuse our people so unless it’s beyond what we do, it’s acceptable.”
    I see more than 95% of Pakistani commentators here show solidarity with their Baluchi brethren and condemn any atrocities incurred upon them by the law enforcement agencies. Nobody is saying what you are implying, and if anybody is saying so, it might be the reaction of someone personally affected by the, equally condemnable, target killings by Baloch insurgents.

    I wish Mr. Rohrabacher also had tabled similar Resolutions in support of Kashmiri and Palestinian people had he had so much care about the human rights violations. And you, Sir, at least once, condemn India and Israel also in your comments – never saw this happen.

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  • Truth Seeker
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:54PM

    @Author
    “But this line of defence could forfeit Pakistan’s moral right to criticise other states, Syria and India included.”
    “I fail to understand how this line of defense affects our right to demand for a plebiscite in Kashmir. In case of Syria, we shouldn’t and shouldn’t have interfered in her internal affairs. However, in case of Indian Occupied Kashmir, we have every right to raise our voice on every forum because its is an internationally accepted disputed territory, while Baluchistan is not.Recommend

  • sameer
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:57PM

    @Noor:
    The Myth of the might of ‘martial races’ should be left to past, otherwise comments like your’s will highlight your ignorance. Take for example the ‘Pushtun’ as a martial race then you only have to look over the past 1000 or so years and learn that every invader into this region raped, pillaged and looted through the lands of the Pustun and that includes the The Greeks,Turkhan, Arghun and others (Lets not even talk about the indigenous Sikhs who were in a minority but took pushtun lands with impunity)…the only true martial fighters are those that defend their homeland, i.e the sindhi King Raja Dahir from the Arabs (he beat them 11 times), the deltaic people of the indus who defeated Alexanders armies, the vietnamese, the Bangladeshis and now the Baloch…All other conquestidors are irrelevant….imho

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  • Sharfuddin
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:05PM

    A good article and some good comments; Baloch desperation needs to be addressed. The army should retreat from the province and let the politicians sort out matters. There is a lot of talk about lessons of history. Recent examples of movements ending in failure are Tamil elam, Kurdistan, Chechnya, Kashmir and Northern Ireland. Bosnia and Kosovo happened with active support of America. Bangladesh too happened when communist Russia signed a treaty with India. If there had been no such treaty or if we had the bomb, then, Indira, (reckless that she was) wouldn’t have dared to intervene. Even today India is not interested in changing borders in South Asia, she would rather bleed the Pak army in a long drawn out insurgency. Baloch leaders should heed and take lead from examples of King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. The civil society in Pakistan is both active and receptive and Baloch people can draw tremendous sympathy to mitigate their real agony. The alternate is suffering for all but mostly the Baloch people and such causes (National Liberation) are not worth dying for or murdering others.

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  • Truth Teller
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Bengalis blamed Punjabis & now Baluchis blaming Punjabis! It must be correct! Superior race syndrome among Punjabis must end if Pakistan has to exist.

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  • Truth Seeker
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:33PM

    @Author
    “For all their brutality against stone-throwing Kashmiri boys, the Indians have not yet used helicopter gunships and fighter jets against Kashmiris. Pakistan, on the other hand, uses airpower as a matter of course in Balochistan and Fata.”
    Because you don’t need helicopter gunships and fighter jets to kill stone-throwing protesters; only LMGs are more than enough for the purpose. However, you need them to fight against terrorists/militants who are very well trained, battle hardened, and well armed with heavy weaponry.
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  • cybernaut
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:02PM

    @Truth Seeker: India didnot use gunships or fighter jets in 90s during militant insurgency in Kashmir !!!. Some Militaries are strong on school textbooks and not in real fareware whereas ..hope u got the gist of it

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  • Feb 27, 2012 - 7:13PM

    Dear Professor again an outstanding piece from an outstanding mind. I only add that “Sanaullah’s list of demands — still unmet today — were not unreasonable: a) end the military operation and halt construction of military and paramilitary cantonments; b) withdraw security forces; c) repatriate and rehabilitate displaced persons; d) cancel civil/military land allotments; e) demilitarise the area; f) ensure equal wellhead prices for Baluchistan’s gas, and h) abandon torture camps and establish a “truth and reconciliation commission” for trying those involved in killing Nawab Akbar Bugti and Balach Marri.” are the only alternative to get away from the quagmire the Punjabi-Military clique has landed into in Baluchistan, nay, also in Sind, Pakhtunkawa, and even in Punjab itself..

    The grief that remains is that The Punjabi-Militaryi ruliing clique has not learnt any lesson from 1971 episode and the creation of Bangladesh’s. I suspect before this generation reaches 2047, there will be no one to remember a great son of India Muhammad Ali Jinnah who stood for a cause which after his death was trampled underfoot by the Allah-Army and America None can help Pakistan until the present ruling clique starts discussing with the Baloch leaders in line with the suggestions of Sanaullah quoted above.

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  • Truth Seeker
    Feb 27, 2012 - 7:28PM

    @Author
    “The answer can only come once we dump the myth of Pakistan being one nation, one people.”
    please enlighten us how the Americans are one nation and what’s wrong with Pakistanis being one nation. Here is the American oath of allegiance.
    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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  • Truth Seeker
    Feb 27, 2012 - 7:42PM

    @Author
    “Sanaullah’s list of demands — still unmet today — were not unreasonable: a) end the military operation and halt construction of military and paramilitary cantonments; b) withdraw security forces;”

    I am completely at loss to understand, if Baluchistan is part of Pakistan, then how someone can demand not to build military cantonments, or garrisons, or air bases, or naval bases there, and totally withdraw troops to make it undefended territory. Is there any such country in the world where people make such demands and the government follow.

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  • usman
    Feb 27, 2012 - 9:14PM

    Please do land reforms as did india in 1970 where they abolish feudal status and stripped off pricely titles as they did. Make sure that nobody use the title of sardar and Makhdom because we all equal. In this age how people led by tribal leaders . Feudal and tribal mentality must be abolished because they never allow people to progress. Recommend

  • blacksheep
    Feb 27, 2012 - 9:36PM

    The problem with Baluchistan are the Balochi politicians and their exploitation of their own people, Just as the rest of Pakistan. So balochis, sindhis, punjabis etc etc, are all sick of the corrupt mulla and politicians and we just need to fix ourselves and the country will change.

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  • imtiaz
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:10AM

    the rouge factor in balochistan is not raised in punjab, bolushistan is self sufficient. no goverment in balochistan is made by people in punjab. their own goverment is sleeping, nobody has overlook them. the most famous over looker nawab bughti remained cheif minister of balochistan, during his tenure he just grabbed the 9000 acre of sui. the amount of royality paid by federal goverment to him has not been revealed. even a small part of that royality could have produced a miracle in balochistan but he build a private army. the baloch leader are of the worst type of politician. the whole lot of PMLQ joined PPPP, in return of nothing. the sindhis politican has diverted water during floods in to balochistan nobody complained. nobody in punjab has ever thought about demograph profiling of people living in punjab. baloch make substantial part southern punjab population. these baloch are living without a threat in these area, similarly a large community is living in sindh. why these baloch are so endanger in balochistan. the sitting president is a baloch, sitting cjp is punjabi living in balochistan, the jamali the former prime minster of pakistan, what these people are and were doing. the problem of balochistan reside in their mind. what they will do with this independence when their mind is still slaves of their sardars. they are following the policy of that all evils lies with punjab. when one of the bughti entered in pakistan from balochistan he has army rouge element of 40 vehicle end fully loaded. one of the bughtis got killed in dance party in karachi. the goverment should check the foreign player, and those asking for right self determination they have interest in balochistan.

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  • Inamullah Baloch
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:57AM

    Dr. Sahab

    Please do what you are best at. Dont poke your nose everywhere.
    I wonder why I always see you as western spokesman and anti-Islamic. I am out of very few educated youth of Panjgur, for this I thank Allah, who elevated my father to a very good position in Govt Service which gave us a chance to escape the “Sardars” rule and able to get Good education.

    I know, there is no Freedom Struggle going on in Balochstan. Its the struggle being fueled by the tribals Sardars who are feeling their days of ruling being counted.

    Mr. Stop becoming one more so called intellectual. For God sake Amry is a national institution and it is suppose to be present in length and bredth of the country. I think you want American army to be here.
    You have given me all reasons to HATE YOU.

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  • Zalmai
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:33AM

    @Sameer
    Raja Dahir? Another obscurantist. Nobody knows anything about Sindhis or their martial credentials while the name Pashtun is synonymous with warrior or martial, the world over. I rest my case.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:04AM

    @Truth seeker
    When time comes to condenm human rights violation in kashmir palestine and chechnys all the champions get sleep drug lik they dont know any thing and if some one say he is terrorist.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:25AM

    @sameer
    may be u are in dope man did u ever read it history why pashtun are famous for there bravery and why mughals ables to captured india and rules who were lodhis, who is ibrahim lodhi and who was all others why there are pathan kots in india why pukhtun went to kashmir and why we expanded our bounderies that far in pakistan and why punjabis dhosals not famous for marcial race???

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  • Nerus
    Feb 28, 2012 - 5:39AM

    If Balochistan is an internal matter of Pakistan, so are Gujarat and Babri Masjid internal matters of India.

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  • CK
    Feb 28, 2012 - 6:14AM

    I am not a fan of the writer but I agree with most of what he is saying.

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  • Shintoism
    Feb 28, 2012 - 6:48AM

    @Truth Seeker:
    Because we claim over selves as American first and religious/black-white-brown american second. While most of Pakistanis calls him/herself Muslim first and Pakistani second.I am an naturalized US citizen and I do believe in “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” with emphasis on ‘Indivisible’ and ‘justice for all’. We do not call any of our citizens non american because they do not follow religion of majority. Everybody has same rights, regardless of their religion/color/ethnicity. That is why we are what we are, a melting pot. As for building defense bases in Baluchistan, go ahead but also build infrastructure in area so general population can see that you are interested in bringing them progress, not oppression. In the end all human beings want only the best for themselves and their families, as long all the basic necessities are fulfilled.

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  • Human being
    Feb 28, 2012 - 6:59AM

    @Ali Tanoli:
    Sir, please refrain from commenting till you get a spelling checker for yourself. I have been reading your comments for a while and most of the time, I can not figure out what are you trying to say. And why forget Uighur along with everybody you have mentioned. And finally, do not tell me that you lived in ME/ traveled the world or you have a German friend who told you such and such things.

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  • Truth Seeker
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:34AM

    @cybernaut:
    “India didnot use gunships or fighter jets in 90s during militant insurgency in Kashmir !!!. Some Militaries are strong on school textbooks and not in real fareware whereas ..hope u got the gist of it”
    While there is no proof you didn’t use gunships in 90s, use of Tanks by Indian Army to kill people demanding independence is a fact. Here is a proof – On October 31, 1984, India’s used Tanks in Operation “Blue Star” to wipe out Sikh separatists in Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab – approximately 1,500 civilians exterminated.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Bluestar

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  • Zalim singh
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:00AM

    nope

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  • Prakash
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:08PM

    @Truth Seeker : Even if your assertion is true,Operation blue star was one to one armed struggle to flush out heavily armed insurgents occupying holy place and it is not in Jammu & Kashmir.Where is Khalistan movement now ,AND India has Sikh as Prime Minister.Golden Temple has been rebuild to its old glory and people from every faith visit the place every year in millions after occupation of insurgent was cleared. Use of tank may be symbolic in blue star on the streets, but air strike gives completely different dimensions – on the line of enemy attack.

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  • Truth Seeker
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:22PM

    @Shintoism:
    “Because we claim over selves as American first and religious/black-white-brown american second. … I am an naturalized US citizen and I do believe in “I pledge allegiance …”
    A weak or two ago – in response to my comment that most Indians would abandon their “Hindu Land” if given the immigration of America or Europe – an @Indian valiantly asserted that they would never do that, but here you say otherwise; confirming my point of view. Now who should I believe.
    “most of Pakistanis calls him/herself Muslim first and Pakistani second.”
    In my humble opinion, it’s an intellectual dishonesty to present your thoughts as of the other side. We like to be considered as Pakistani Muslims, Pakistani Christians, and Pakistani Hindus. By the way, is it wrong if Muslims of Pakistan care for and consider the Muslims of other countries as their brothers. Don’t Hindus do the same?

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  • ashok
    Feb 29, 2012 - 9:40AM

    @ TRUTH SEEKER

    The first condition for seeking truth is to become unbiased. You have Jehadi blinkers which will not let you see the truth, let alone seek the same.

    Ask Google uncle and he will tell you the truth that Dana Rohrabacher not only drafted a resolution against India about Kashmir but also for the referendum in Punjab also in 1997.

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  • Arslan
    Feb 29, 2012 - 3:38PM

    Yet another brilliant piece Sir, you summed it all “If Pakistanis value the people of Balochistan rather than the wealth under their ground, they must make every possible compromise to draw them into the mainstream”

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  • Cynical
    Mar 9, 2012 - 4:01PM

    @ Inamullah Baloch: Can you Name a single Sardar from Panjgur? leave alone the one you had to ‘escape’ from. With the education that your father’s elevated position you bought, do not spread disinformation.
    There is no sardar in panjgur. i know panjgur like back of my hand.
    And do not think that using the surname of Baloch will give you the god given right to represent the Baloch people.

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