Balochistan Needs the World’s Help | Quakes, Nukes & the West

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“If Islamabad’s nuclear program was India-focussed, then why are they building ICBMs that can hit targets 7,000 km away? The furthest Indian city from Pakistan is no more than 1,000 km, yet this fact seems to be not making its mark in the corridors of power in either Brussels, London or Washington DC,” he said. “And guess where are they testing and placing their long-range missiles?” he asked rhetorically. “Balochistan,” he replied to his own question.

Balochistan needs the world’s help

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

When a natural calamity strikes, often within hours the tragedy triggers a worldwide aid effort to search for survivors trapped under the debris and to house and feed the victims.

Unfortunately, there was no such luck for the hundreds of thousands who survived a massive earthquake that struck Pakistan’s mineral-rich, yet dirt-poor region of Balochistan on September 25.

Instead, the Pakistani military shut out international aid agencies, taking advantage of the crisis to launch an offensive against Baloch nationalists fighting for independence from Pakistan’s occupation.

(Pakistan’s army has denied launching an offensive, arguing it sent in more troops to help with relief efforts.)

The Balochistan tremor was so severe, it was felt as far away as Delhi in India and Dubai across the Persian Gulf. It literally raised the ocean floor in the Arabian Sea, creating the world’s newest island off the coast of the Pakistan-Chinese military base in the port of Gwadar.

Dr. Mannan Baloch, a physician and political activist of the Baloch National Movement (BNM) expressed his exasperation to me.

“The Pakistan Army has forced the entire population of 8,000 people from my village … to move into the mountains. Our homes are being destroyed and we are living without food and shelter … please ask someone to help us.”

Legislators at the European Parliament back the Balochistan cause. From Left to right: Andrew Percy MP from Britain, Russ Hiebert MP from Canada, Paulo Casaca Former MEP from Portugal,  Ryszard Czarnecki MEP from Poland and Balochistan representative to the EU, Mehran Marri.

Legislators at the European Parliament back the Balochistan cause. From Left to right: Andrew Percy MP from Britain, Russ Hiebert MP from Canada, Paulo Casaca Former MEP from Portugal, Ryszard Czarnecki MEP from Poland and Balochistan representative to the EU, Mehran Marri.

But the voices of the dispossessed of Balochistan did reach Brussels last week, the capital of the European Union, where legislators from around the globe gathered to discuss the crisis at the EU Parliament.

Among them was British Columbia MP Russ Hiebert, who emphasized the role that the international community could play to bring about positive change in Balochistan.

Speaking to the forum titled, “Balochistan – Destiny denied”, Hiebert said, “The solution lies in justice for the people, and the international community must play a role in this. Justice must be restored (in Balochistan) otherwise there will be no end in sight to the violence. Fear is a reality on the ground, even among judges which makes even the judicial system unreliable.”

The most forceful message came from U.S. congressman, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) who brought up the words Pakistan fears most, the “right to self-determination of the Baloch people”.

The congressman from Wisconsin said, “The Baloch people have (tried) for nearly seven decades to throw the yoke of Pakistani rule … Baloch activism had been met by Pakistani armour, artillery and air strikes.”

Mehran Marri, the special representative of Balochistan to the United Nations Human Rights Council, also addressed the dire conditions in his homeland. Marri, who has lived most of his adult life in exile, raised the issue of Pakistan’s nuclear threat, claiming its nukes and missiles are being placed at the mouth of the Straits of Hormuz.

After the conference he told me, “If Islamabad’s nuclear program was India-focussed, then why are they building ICBMs that can hit targets 7,000 km away? The furthest Indian city from Pakistan is no more than 1,000 km, yet this fact seems to be not making its mark in the corridors of power in either Brussels, London or Washington DC,” he said.

“And guess where are they testing and placing their long-range missiles?” he asked rhetorically. “Balochistan,” he replied to his own question.

8 comments for “Balochistan Needs the World’s Help | Quakes, Nukes & the West

  1. Akkas Raoof
    October 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Fuck u tarek ugly faty

    • Pakistani
      November 4, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      Ground realities are different Baloch Libation Army is not letting Pakistan Army and other provinces to approach earth quake effected areas. They are targeting army relief convoys. These terrorists are targeting innocent Balochs in Quetta and other cities by bomb blast etc. These terrorist are getting support from Afghanistan and Indian Intelligence Agencies.
      Most Baloch want to live in peace with Pakistan but a hand full terrorists are targeting these peace full Balochs.
      Punjabis are not allowed to work in Balochistan they are killed or forced to migrate. People are killed after seeing their identity.
      These forums are only distracting world from the real issue.
      Baloch leaders have not allowed eduaction, development of infrastructure in this province.

  2. October 23, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Fuck the pokistan and get freedom balochistan

    • Punjabi
      October 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Fuck you too bloachi, you fuckers for displacing 100,000 punjabi settlers from bloachistan. Your are not fighting freedom but this is sheer fascist moment, you fucking talk about bloach abducts but what about target killing and abduction of punjabis? identifying them from buses and shooting them looking at their IDs. Fuck your fascist movement. And fuck socalled bloach people, you are not fucking chosen ones, so stop acting like ones.

      • @Punjabi
        April 16, 2015 at 7:26 AM

        With apologies to Mr.Tarek Fatah who himself is a civilized Punjabi I find your logic of justifying persecution of the Balochis as utterly reprehensible.

        Where did you get the figure of 100,000 Punjabis being forced to flee Balochistan by the Baloch? This has been the modus operandi of Pakistani Establishment to change the demographics of any area that they feel can benefit them, be it Karachi or Balochistan and when there is a local backlash they cry foul.

        Even if we accept your figures then still the Baloch are wholly justified in fighting for their land just as the Bengalis did before. So stop whining like a baby and accept the reality. Also what the hell is a ‘blaoch’ and ‘blaochistan’?

  3. Masood Baloch
    October 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    First of all I thank Tarek Fatah for writing what my nation like to say. Those punjabi and Pakisran who say we support Baloch for their human rights but condemn their arms struggle. should know that occupation is the biggest human rights violation of a nation. They must first read the history of Baloch nation before they speak. Pakistan occupied Balochistan by force on 27 March 1948.Since then thousands of Baloch were killed by Pakistan just standing for their political rights.
    The first act Pakistan did after occupying was to ban the single political party Baloch had that was Kalat National Party which also was the single biggest block in Balochistan assembly. Now Pakistan kills you don’t listen your argument betray every promise it makes then what else it left then to fight till death or freedom

  4. Only Pakistani
    October 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Fuck the author and Fuck all the above comments and people who support baloch Freedom …BALUCHISTAN IS OUR PART PAKISTAN AND IF YOU HAVE FUCKIN PROBLEM GET THE FUCKED OUT OF THERE AND SINK IN SEA BUT ITS OUR INTEGRAL PART.

  5. noor e maryam
    October 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Thank you Sir, Tarek Fateh for writing the truth and highlighting the injustice by Pak Army/Establishment and Gpvt. And am sorry my Baloch bro and sisters for all this. Am trying my best too, but i know that’s not enough. Here I want to tell you we are with you, despite being from Punjab. And we support very much the Baloch Independence Movement. These above comments by some so n so does’nt represent us Punjab and Punjabis. We are very sorry again 🙁

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