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Blogging Balochistan
Thursday, 24 February 2005
How the young, urban Pakistanis see Baloch?
Lately, Pakistan has grown a breed of young, rich, and upwardly mobile group in urban centers of Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, (named `burgers' by others). These burgers see themselves as different than their rural and less affluent counterparts. They wear designer jeans, their CD racks are full of CDs of Led Zeppelins, George Michaels, and Eminems, instead of Pathaney khans, and Abida Parveens. They have heard of and have discussed among themselves the Jen-Brad split or that new Mercedes car. They think of Musharraf the commando-liberal savior and the politicians, the scum of earth. They are disappointed that Musharraf had to deal with those politicians, but they approve of it because of theory of necessity. Their moms and dads are very active in NGOs, and perhaps own one or more of those booming businesses that Shaukat Aziz claims his reforms have turned around. From the mega billboards in their cities, they are aware of existence of a city in Balochistan; Gawadar. Their parents either have bought land in Gawadar, or thinking of doing that.

To them, Balochistan is an enigma. All they have seen or heard of are two types of Baloch; the sardars (Bugti, mainly), and black, curly-haired Baloch of Lyari (which they call makkoranis). They were in awe of their Bugti classmate, who had armed, wild looking, and turbaned Baloch bodyguards. Makkoranis, they have seen or met at Hawkes-bay, or while on that trip to Hub. They are totally perplexed when they see a Baloch who isn't Bugti, or isn't black with curly hair.

Current situation is one that they are confident Musharraf, and the army can handle. They are sure that it is those bloody, greedy, oppressive Sardars who are causing all this trouble. They also are confident that the `matter' is soon going to be solved.

These people will be in the positions of power and decision-making, soon. With their knowledge of and interest in Baloch and Balochistan, not many positive things can be expected.

Posted by Gedroshian at 1:31 PM EST
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Tuesday, 22 February 2005
Pull in the Explosive Gear
Dear Bugti et al,

So what are you waiting for?
Army says the captain hammad is NOT GUILTY.
24thFeb: Even before the judges could, Musharraf has found out that Capt. Hammad is INNOCENT.

Do Something. NOW.

Posted by Gedroshian at 1:28 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 24 February 2005 7:38 AM EST
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Monday, 21 February 2005
The Free Riders!!!
Has anybody thought of the Pashtoon strategy in this Balochistan game?

See, whatever is the outcome of these committees and negotiations, Pathans are bound to get a major say. They are well represented in Government, as well as, in the the anti-government camp(nationalists). Mehmood Achakzai's words now has same weightage in the committees as Ata Mengal's.

But Why?

How many rockets have Pashtoons wasted on army check posts in Pashtoon areas? How many Pathans are sitting on mountaintops to fight? are they ready to fight the army? Will they? In Quetta, they speak and work against Baloch, and not for Baloch. Last week, they came out on that strike call in Quetta, but that was only a nominal gesture.

Whatever we get, we will be sharing as equals. But are they working as hard as Baloch are?

I believe that Baloch and Pashtoons are natural allies, and will live together for next thousands of years, after the mis-adventures like Pakistan are well forgotten. This might be the beginning of that. But i feel that only Baloch are working toward that dream.

Pathans are sitting on the fence, waiting and watching.

Posted by Gedroshian at 2:09 PM EST
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Sunday, 20 February 2005
BLA, BLF Logos
I found the logos of BLA, and BLF from Balochvoice.com's MSN group.

I am not sure whether these are the original logos, or somebody made these for fun.

If these are original, How come BLA has included a map of Paki Balochistan only in its logo? why not all the Baloch lands?

Also, i am yet to see a flag of Balochistan.

Posted by Gedroshian at 2:55 PM EST
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The Settlers in Balochistan
Balochistan is primarily the land of Baloch. The British included some Pathan areas in Balochistan for administrative or political reasons, and over the years, some areas of Balochistan have been distributed to Pakistani provinces of Punjab, Sindh, and NWFP, Afghanistan and Iran. Such meddling with natural boundaries created a heterogeneous population of many ethnicities in Balochistan. Recently, Afghan wars brought in more non-Baloch in Balochistan.

But the term 'settlers' or 'abadkar' is not used for Afghans in Balochistan. It is specifically for Punjabis and Muhajirs who have settled in Quetta. It is amazing that not many settlers can be found outside the capital.

I intend to write about their relationship with the 'natives'; Baloch & Pathans. It will be unfair to generalize, but most of the settlers can be seen as the Anglo-Indians who put forth petitions after petitions to Queen Victoria, to not let go of India, because these people thought themselves English, and subject of England, and did not see themselves as Indians. In Balochistan, it is almost the same case. The settlers have not been able to connect with the people. Their loyalties are not with the land, but with occupiers. They associate themselves with the Quaid Residency, and not the chiltan hills. Having lived in Balochistan for more than 50 years, not even 10% of them can speak a local language; Balochi or Pashto, or Brahvi. Most of them live in what used to be a safe area of Quetta; The Cantt. But with the coming problematic times, they find themselves caught in crossfire.

Some settlers says that in 70s, their house were marked by Baloch fighters. Baloch say that the government did this to make these people afraid, and made them cooperate with the occupiers. They are usually the readily available fodder for anti-sardar and anti-baloch stance in Pakistan.


Here are two conflicting views of the situation in Balochistan by the 'Settlers' in he Urdu Daily 'Jang'.

Here writes an Anti-Baloch columnist about the The future of the settlers.
Here a Pro-Baloch settler writes a letter to a columnist, and part 2.
Here is another Pro-Baloch but anti-sardar article.

So, all is not lost. There are a few settlers who consider Balochistan home, and care about people of Balochistan.

All Balochistanis are equal.

UPDATE: 24th Feb 2005

A Mr. Haji wrote a letter in Daily Dawn about the identity of non-Baloch in Balochistan, which got a few baloch very furious. I do not see any harm in calling non-Balochs 'Balochistanis'. After independence, What will we call our nation? Of course, We can't call it Baloch, because it will also include non-Baloch. Will we force them to call themselves Baloch? We can't. It is very important that we tell all the people of Balochistan (non-Baloch specially) that they will not be second-class citizen in free Balochistan. Do we want to do to non-baloch what Pakis have been doing to us?

In free Balochistan, there will be Baloch, Pashtun, Hazaras, and Punjabis too. But they will all be Balochistanis and all will have equal say, and equal rights. We, Baloch, will have to make that sure.

My Balochistan will not be another Pakistan.

Posted by Gedroshian at 9:48 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 24 February 2005 6:27 AM EST
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Friday, 18 February 2005
Bugti's ultimatum
Bugti says he is giving the government ten days to prove the allegations against him.

What is he going to do after ten days?


Posted by Gedroshian at 4:56 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 18 February 2005 5:51 AM EST
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Thursday, 17 February 2005
Baloch in the eyes of Paki and Indian Military
Here are a few links from a Paki military consortium (Pak Defence) and also from Bharat Rakshak the Indian militrary websites consortium.

Paki: Unrest in Balochistan

Indian: Probing the Baluch National Question
Indian: Options Before the Baloch Nationalists

It is simply amazing how they see the situation in Balochistan. Please also note the differences in their attitudes towards the Baloch, as well as, toward others posters in those forums.

UPDATE:
17th Feb

Here is another Paki forum, and a few threads links. The extract below summarizes the sentiments shown in that forum towards Baloch.

" do you remember the 1973-77 insurgency in Baluchistan???

have you read about it???

people said exactly the same things about those baluch tribsmen ... they will not dissappear ... when one dies another will be born ... all the usual worthless trash ...

what happened in REALITY????

we eliminated the die-hard rebels, killed those who would NOT give up ... and that whole movement was exterminated ...

those rebels lie in UNMARKED graves and even their names are forgotten biggrin

understood????

we will do the same with these foreign animals and their merceneries ...

one by one ... we will KILL each and every ONE !!!

and their names and disposal dumps will be forgotten and remain unmarked biggrin."



A few threads

Baloch Leaders Meet Us Envoy, Not good..
Baloch Leader Warns Musharraf
Who Is Supporting Bla?, Baloch Liberation Army
Gunmen Kill Five Pakistani Soldiers
Balochistan And Tibet

Posted by Gedroshian at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 17 February 2005 8:41 AM EST
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Wednesday, 16 February 2005
GOOD NEWS!!
The Inspector General of Police of Balochistan Mr. Chaudhry Mohammad Yaqoob says that there are about 40 training camps in Balochistan, and in each around 400 guerillas are being trained.

That is a total of around 15,000 fighters. That's a good number.

Posted by Gedroshian at 2:39 PM EST
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The fall of Mir Hazar
Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani Marri was a Baloch hero. WAS!!!! He is alive today, but he isn't a hero any more. He is a warlord who can be rented to fight other Baloch. He talks about development, jobs, etc...but his actions reek of personal enmity with Sardar Khair Bux, which made him to reach towards Pakis.

He decided to be the counter-force against Nawab Marri, claiming that nawab is cruel. How is he any different than Ahamadan Kalpar? The Kalpar traitor also speaks the same words. He also gets money from Government. He also has people to fight the nawab. His main contention is also the same; i am good, nawab is bad.

Here, we have a situation, where egos, that are too big, refuse to budge before the common good of Baloch.

In this interview, Mir Hazar says;"Only the government can build the infrastructure, undertake development and explore the mineral resources of our area."

Yes, We know that. But whose government??? Paki government or a Balochi government???? You fought for that balochi government, remember? What happened along the way? Was the journey too difficult? or you simply couldn't refuse the offer laid before you of riches and power???

Instead of remaining immortal in Baloch history books, Mir Hazar has chosen to be another minor tribal chief, who will be soon forgotten, unlike Mir Sher Mohammad marri, who will keep inspiring young Baloch.

As an afterthought, here are a few links to two Pro-Hazar khan articles; The Truth is out, and The ice has started melting.

Posted by Gedroshian at 9:36 AM EST
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US State Department Memo
Here is a link to a US Department of State Confidential memo of 1972 about the situation in Balochistan then, predicting war in Balochistan. The last sentence is important.


Posted by Gedroshian at 9:15 AM EST
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Sunday, 13 February 2005
Musharraf's Photo Op
Here we go. our tragedy gives Mushharraf a chance to gather his minions, and march to a few homeless maeds, and make them say Pakistan Zindabad.

Yah, Mushharraf saab, Pakistan is really going to be zindabad, if our misery is only a propaganda tool for you.

To me, that was one of the most pathetic show on TV. Musharraf throwing parcels among the crowds of children. His posture. His attitude. His speech. everything was in bad taste. And, it reduced my nation to a status of beggars.

Now, Musharraf would like us to trade our respect for a few blankets. I thank Mushrraf and his army for helping us in this hour of need. But i would have really loved it, if it was without conditions of listening to Musharraf's speeches about how good his army is.

UPDATE: 14th feb

Musharraf says that not many people died. It is just Media exaggerating things.

UPDATE: 15th Feb

Shaikh Rasheed - The Savior of Baloch



Posted by Gedroshian at 9:20 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 15 February 2005 12:40 PM EST
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Mirani Dam
Just a thought!!!

You heard of rains, and dams busting in Makkoran. What would have happened if Mirani Dam was ready? My bet is that the destruction would have been tenfold.

God help us from those who want to 'develop' us.

Posted by Gedroshian at 9:17 AM EST
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Monday, 7 February 2005
Confused
Azad Baloch used to be the Representative of Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA). But today he accepted the responsibility of the blast in Barkhan on behalf of Balochistan People's Liberation Front (BPLF).

Now i am confused. So which organization is he in? BLA? BLF? BPLF? or is it that all these are the same with different names?


Posted by Gedroshian at 1:29 PM EST
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Sunday, 6 February 2005
Nawab Marri!!!
You hear Akbar Bugti almost daily on this or that media. Ataullah is never off the radar. But where is Nawab Marri?

He is our silent warrior. He was the first who said, "no development without political rights", for which he has been thrashed by Paki as well as Baloch media. Nawab Bugti chose to have it both ways, he allowed the gas plants to be built, and he also keeps talking about Baloch rights. Nawab marri could had easily gone for a compromise, if he had chosen so, probably rewarded with a ministerial job like Jamali and Rind. There have been all kinds of attacks on him. There is a hazari fouj (led by Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani Marri) specially tailor-made against nawab Marri. The nawab himself was arrested a few years back. I think there still are a few cases/ warrants against him.

Nobody considers him a saint. Of course, he is a sardar. Probably, he has killed more men of his own tribe, than of paki army. But he has always kept the faith in Balochistan alive. He does not speak much, but when he does, it is always about a free Balochistan.

But what has got to him, now? Does he need an official invitation to join the fight? What is holding him from openly doing what he always has talked about; freedom fight?

Some say, that BLA is actually run by Balach Marri, nawab's son. It is very possible. But i also do not consider Balach, or Hayrbeyar (his other son) to be worthy of being leader of Baloch. My utopia about BLA does not include Balach.

Nawab sahib, please die fighting, and not coughing in a hospital bed. Let us tell our kids of a warrior who died for our cause, and not as a cynic whose ego didn't permit him to act when he was needed the most.

UPDATE: 8th feb.

Nawab Marri again said today that; Armed struggle only way out. Yes!!! Nawab Sahib, We Know. Now please stop talking, and do just that.

Daily Aasap says that nawab marri isn't feeling very well, and might have to leave the country for medical reasons. Nawab Sahib, go where ever you want to, but please fight the last battle.

Posted by Gedroshian at 8:14 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 7 February 2005 8:12 AM EST
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Saturday, 5 February 2005

Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia, where people can add and edit anything written by other users.

Look at what has happened at the Baloch page. Currently it says;

"Balochi people are not struggling for freedom from Pakistan or Iran.The present Prime Ministor of Pakistan is a Balochi.They are ruling Pakistan."

Yeah, right!!!

Posted by Gedroshian at 4:25 PM EST
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Kalpars & Semi-Kalpars
Looks like that Kalpars have decided not to be Baloch any more. In their private battle with Sardar Bugti, they have taken the sides with Pakistan, against the Baloch.

Kalpar is a subtribe, of a subtribe of Bugti tribe. They used to live in Dera Bugti area, before they got into a fight with nawab Bugti. There were fights, deaths on both sides. Kalpars even managed to kill a few member of nawab's family. In early 90s, they were given state protection, and were taken to areas of Sindh, and Punjab as refugees. The Government still pays them. For their survival they are totally dependent on state, and the enemity still goes on.

But this is the latest twist where they can be used as a counter-force against Baloch fighters. They are paraded on TV, as the witness to nawab's cruelties and corruption, and as the good 'Bugties'.

Kalpar cheif now says Pakistan is our mother. Ahmadan Bugti says that Akbar Bugti Wants To Keep People Backward. Also, Ahamdan meets Corps Commander, and another Khan Mohammad Kalpar says the land is ours, please pay us.

Seems like, the government has got enough Mir Sadiqs and Mir Jaffars to unleash on baloch. In the marri areas, there is Hazari fouj. In Bugti areas, it is the kalpars and mazaris. In the Mengal area, they have Zehries and Khan of Kalat. In Makkoran, they have druglords mascarading as politicians. In Lasbela, they have Jams.

We, baloch, might not be that strong that we think we are.

UPDATE: 8th Feb.

An ex-official in Balochistan said today that the policy to use Kalpars against Nawab Bugti was first devised in 1993 by Benazir Government.


Posted by Gedroshian at 10:59 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 7 February 2005 7:59 AM EST
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These guys are paranoid

The Israelis are coming :)





Posted by Gedroshian at 10:15 AM EST
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Friday, 4 February 2005
Bush for Baloch?
Bush said in his State of the Union Address on 3rd Feb:

"And to the Iranian people, I say tonight: As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you."

Really? America will support Baloch? When will that day come? When America is busy lending a few more years to countries like Pakistan to exist, liberty for Baloch doesn't seem that high on her list of To-Dos.

But then Condi already said that Iran isn't on the agenda. Huh?




Posted by Gedroshian at 3:08 PM EST
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Che a Chaare (what do u seek?)
Che a Chaare o bangulein warna (what do u seek O handsome lad)
O watan maat e asirat o umaet (O motherland's hope and wish)

Thaee Watan Burta Sillein Houn waraan (Your country has been snatched by blood thirsty barbarians)
Handey Maa Aasman a dast nabeeth (even open skies have no place for you)

Ae nahanth jammrani grand o girok (these thunders and lightening are not from clouds)
Chamm thaee sabzein kohsaran sakk anth (why do u look at these mountaintops)

Bamb o toup e golo laganth ke kapanth (These are the bombs and tanks that fire)
Koh o dashtan mey pad ma pad tarak anth (which fall on our lands, one after another)

Suhr anth hounan cha mey yalaani, talar (these mountains are red from our comrades' blood)
Siyahein haak o purr anth gulein hankein (the land is black and the greenery ashen)

Guzn o luchi a nijeinta dantaan (misery has set its teeth upon us)
Bastaganth dung o zung aan raah tankein (and the dacoits have blocked our way)

Seth o boutar o samraaj e dallal (the sellers of our nation)
Hakim o kardaar o Khan o wazir (the ruler, leader, and the chief)

Samraaj e panah e chaer a kannanth (they are being supported by the oppressor)
Loutt o pull, kusht o kosh, band o begir (they kill, plunder, and gag us)

Paisla che inth, bangulein warna (what is your decision, o lad?)
Was wasaan nei dil a cha darr bikan (take out all hesitances from your heart now)

Zind pa muhtaaji o pa chamm jahli (life in misery and with dishonor?)
Mout sobaani ya pa qoum o watan (or a glorious for your nation, and country)

Mir Gul Khan Naseer
Central Jail, Sahiwaal, Punjab
7th July 1968

Posted by Gedroshian at 8:59 AM EST
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Paki Army a sissy?
What is keeping paki Army from openly going after the 'miscreants' in Balochistan? Why not an all-out operation?

Even, after all those sabotage acts on rail tracks, power towers, police stations, Quetta cant, Gas pipelines, have the Hussains (Shujaat & Mushahid) managed to keep the faujis calm?

We are not talking about a thinking, and compassionate army here. It is pak Army. It has killed people before for lesser reasons. so why not this time?

Today, there was a bomb blast at an exhibition centre at Karachi, which the Musharraf Pasha had inaugurated. I do not know for sure yet, but if it was from us (i mean BLA) this definitely was one of the most provocative ones. And Army has still not started the killings in large numbers. Strange, isn't it?

Perhaps, the army cares about the Baloch now? No way
Maybe, the army has stopped producing General Guls & Begs? doesn't look like so.
Or, the army is working for a polictial solution? why is it making the cant at Sui then?
And, will the army let go of BLA for a reconciliation with Baloch people? no chance.

So, it probably is the time frame and intensity of a military operation in Balochistan that we look towards, and not the probability whether it is going to happen or not.

We await.

Posted by Gedroshian at 6:56 AM EST
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