Thursday, March 29, 2018

A lesson from Balochistan's history -- By Mahdim Baluch

March 29, 2018 



Balochistan had been a loosely knit tribal confederacy for centuries with major political activity and discussion being centered in and around Kalat or emanating from it. The very word Kalat was synonymous with Balochistan. The Balochistan Parliament with its upper and lower Houses, akin to the British parliamentary system, were located there and as such it acted as a central pivot holding jurisdiction for the Baloch nation. World political figures from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia attended the Darbar in Kalat as the symbolic heart of the Baloch tribal confederacy.

Officials and agents of foreign governments, including the British Raj, operated their headquarters in Kalat from where they exercised their writ and influence across Balochistan. Major political organisations and parties, including the Anjuman-e-Itehad-e-Baluchan, marking the start of a secular non-tribal nationalist movement, made Kalat its work base precisely because the Balochistan Parliament was situated there and within its walls significant issues of governance affecting the whole of Balochistan were discussed, debated and brought to some form of resolution.

Sardars from all the main tribes in Balochistan at one time or another participated in parliamentary assembly meetings in Kalat and took oaths and pledges to Balochistan. Unfortunately, some of these reneged on their promises for personal gains and sided with the occupiers, seriously damaging the union and consolidation of all Baloch areas. It is for this reason that Mir Yusuf Magsi and his revolutionary Faryad-e-Balochistan movement called for one centralised sovereign Baloch state with a constitution and a representative government. It was in order to prevent rogue sardars from barring the march of progress and emancipation of the common people.

Baloch nationalist activists from the Kalat state and the Anjuman met and created the Kalat State National Party which was a monumental move in the Baloch political history. They gathered on the 5th of February 1937 at a convention in Sibi where they elected Mir Abdul Aziz Kurd as their first president, Malik Faiz Mohammad as their Vice-President and Mir Gul Khan Naseer as General Secretary.

The party’s manifesto issued on April 1, 1937 laid out some fundamental tenets which are just as pertinent today as they were at that time.
They included:

– All Baloch should be united by eliminating the differences
– We have a glorious traditional past and we are being deprived of our national rights
– The central government of Balochistan should be a responsible government consisting upon elected representatives.
– The central government should adopt a nationalist approach
– The central government must be the custodian of the Baloch traditional heritage.
The term central government is in reference to the Balochistan bicameral parliament in Kalat. They wanted it to become truly representative and work towards the emancipation of the Baloch.
It was in the Kalat Parliament that the major resolution against merger with Pakistan was motioned as it would endanger the separate identity of Balochistan. The Baloch nationalists were functioning within the remit of the Kalat government and wanted to strengthen it on the basis of Baloch nationalism to make it a symbolic rallying point for the full unification and integration of all Baloch lands under one banner, one constitutional parliament and one representative government. This was the urgent call of the day then as it is now in order to thwart the occupiers’ attempts to divide and rule Balochistan as they please.

Consequently, Baloch nationalists maintain this unitary stance to this day and denounce Pakistani efforts to change the Baloch historical narrative. If Kalat had not been annexed, there is every possibility that the Baloch parliament might have evolved to a parliamentary democracy despite resistance from some sardars. The occupation of Kalat, the political power centre of Baloch politics, dealt the worst possible blow to the natural course of the Baloch political order.

The BRP right now is holding a position detrimental to the nationalist consensus. It is for this very reason that the statements released by the BRP leader must be categorically rejected.

The Baloch tolerate different opinions amongst their political leadership but not upon historical facts that are imperative to their sovereign status. Any seasoned politician should understand it is of prime importance that issues concerning historical sovereignty are in no way undermined.

It was in the Balochistan Parliament, Kalat, that on December 12th, 1947, Mir Ghouz Bakhsh Bizenjo delivered his famous speech citing the following words now forever etched into the Baloch psyche:

“How can we sign the death warrant of 15 million Baloch….Pakistan’s unpleasant and loathsome desire that our national homeland should merge with it is impossible to concede.”

The Treaties of 1841, 1854, 1863, 1875 and 1876 were signed by the British with Kalat and were of the same format as those they had with Afghanistan and Nepal. These recognised Balochistan as an independent state and granted it protectorate status and though they were unfortunately not honoured, are still of great historical significance to us as determinants of our sovereignty.

All the above crucial insights make it completely correct and vital that the forced annexation of Kalat on 27th of March 1948 is commemorated as the date of the occupation of Balochistan. If the leader of a political party in the West had made statements of such a magnitude as rejecting this pivotal date of occupation, their political integrity would be seriously compromised especially as in some years prior they had fully supported it.

It would be better for the BRP not to adopt a version of Baloch history propagated by Pakistan. It must distance itself from this stance. Its representation of Balochistan at the UN and within international media must be seriously scrutinised as the spreading of this historical viewpoint will only damage the Baloch liberation movement. Pakistan attempts to dilute the Baloch national struggle at every turn and does not need additional help from so-called Baloch nationalists.

If a political party chooses to ignore the will of the majority on such a vital perspective as this now, how will they function and be held accountable after independence? Tens of thousands have been killed for upholding this very Baloch nationalist history, tens of thousands more have been forcibly disappeared for it. This struggle is the Baloch people’s mass uprising against a brutal genocide. The time of any single individual, tribe or entity leading or controlling anything has passed. This is now principally led by the masses originating from a variety of tribes and social backgrounds. We are working towards a free, fair and prosperous Balochistan for all Baloch.

A one-tribe party or organisation sets a negative precedent unrepresentative of the democratic mandate, transparency and accountability, values integral to Baloch mayar. Paying lip service to the democratic mandate is not good enough. We need to see jobs being advertised, interviews being held by credibly qualified persons and policies and procedures documented. Balochistan should have its most able sons and daughters leading her transition to a new civilisational power in the region. This is our destiny and we must claim it now.

Upon Baloch liberation, systems must be put into place to ensure that no one entity can loot resource revenues and allocate them according to personal favours, thereby impoverishing millions. Baloch natural resources are owned in common by the Baloch people and must be distributed equally by elected and accountable representatives clearly showing incomes and expenditures. Hundreds of billions of dollars cannot go unaccounted for ad infinitum.

The Baloch masses wish to establish a true democracy and will not permit a replication of Pakistani dynastic politics in their newly established state. In Pakistan, a sizeable number of people enter politics in order to steal state resources, not to serve the people. This is against all that Balochiat stands for. The Baloch people should be aware that any Baloch organisation that do not function according to democratic principles and processes right now are highly unlikely to do so after independence.

The history of Balochistan’s ‘accession’ with Pakistan.

March 29, 2018 



An excerpt from The Problem of Greater Baluchistan: A study of Baloch Nationalism by Inayatullah Baloch. This book presents an academic history of Baloch nationalism and is respected by all for its authentic narrative.

Col. S.B. Shah was assigned (by Jinnah) to deal with the Khanate’s affairs, with the help of Aslam, who knew the internal conflicts and rivalries among the Khan and his chiefs, including two feudatory chiefs, Ghulam Qadir, Jam of Las Bela, and Mir Habibullah Nusherwani, Nawab of Kharan.

Jam Lasbela had been a feudatory of the Khanate since the time of Mir Nasir Khan the Great and was related to the Khan’s family through marriages. Before the lapse of paramountcy, Jam tried to refuse a status as a subordinate ruler. Jam wrote a letter, dated July 6, 1947, to the A.G.G. (Agent to the Governor General) in Baluchistan requesting him to recognize Las Bela as an independent state. In the same month, he was informed by the A.G.G that Jam was a subordinate ruler of the Khanate. The A.G.G wrote further that in 1939, when Sir Metcalf informed Jam about Las Bela’s constitutional status as a feudatory state of the Khanate, this status had been accepted by Jam. In case of disobedience, the Khan was entitled to establish his authority by all means. The same message was conveyed to the chief of Kharan. Both chiefs were not satisfied with their status.

They tried at the end of February 1948, to accede to Pakistan, but Jinnah had refused them. Now the refusal by the Khanate to accede gave Pakistan the opportunity to deal directly with the feudatory chiefs of Kharan and Las Bela, and the chiefs of Las Bela and Kharan were invited by the Pakistan Government. Apart from the feudatory chiefs, Sardar Bai Khan Gichki, brother in law of the Khan and member of the Upper House of the Khanate, who opposed the accession to Pakistan, went to Karachi. The ruler of Kalat wrote:

“I had permitted Nawab Bai Khan to go to Karachi for his treatment and stressed to him at the same time to return by 25 March or least by 30 March (1948) to participate in the forthcoming meeting of the State Council of the Sardars.”
Sardar Bai Khan had some financial problems with the Khanate as he was reluctant to pay half of the revenue of the district of Kech (Makran Province) to the Khanate’s authorities.

Sardar Bai Khan had been trying to contact the authorities of Pakistan secretly through his son, Sheh Umar, since August 1947. On his arrival at Karachi, he joined the feudatory chiefs of the Khanate. They met Jinnah on 17 March 1948, and informed him that “if Pakistan was not prepared to accept their offer of accession immediately they would be compelled to take other steps for their protection against the Khan of Kalat’s aggressive actions”. They accused the Khan of:

1) attempting to win over Chagai and the Makran Levy Corps,
2) inciting people of Kharan against the chief,
3) sending his younger brother to Makran with instructions to stir up people against Bai Khan,
4) attempting to control traffic in the Bolan Pass,
) spreading false and malicious propaganda against Jinnah in Baluchistan.

After their meeting with Jinnah, Pakistan’s Cabinet met in an emergency session to discuss the request of the chiefs of Baluchistan. The Cabinet decided to accept the offer in order to put pressure on the Khan for accession. On 17 March, an unconstitutional measure was adopted by the Government of Pakistan, and Jinnah accepted the accession of the feudatory chiefs as well as Sardar Bai Khan, one of the chiefs of Makran. On this occasion, Jinnah expressed his admiration of the role of Bai Khan: “Bai Khan! The present chiefs of Las Bela and Kharan are the product of the British while you are created by Pakistan!”

On 18 March, the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press statement, announcing that Pakistan had accepted the accession of Makran, Kharan, and Las Bela. With the “accession” of the areas, Kalat lost half of its territory and its connection with Iran and Afghanistan and was left without any outlet to the sea. The Pakistan Government justified its unconstitutional act and aggression on the following grounds:
1) The Khan was offering through an agent (most probably Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai, a pro-Congress leader from British Afghanistan) accession to India and was ready to provide facilities for the use of Kalat airfields.

2) The Khan offered Afghanistan the use of the seaports on the Makran coast.

3) The Khan was seeking British protections, when the news of the “accession” of the areas of the Khanate reached Kalat.

The Khanate protested and demanded a denial. Pakistan refused to accept the protest and accused the Khan of plotting against the interests of Pakistan. The Khan denied this allegation and threatened to approach the International Court of Justice and the United Nations. The Khan also warned the Pakistan Government and Jinnah from betraying him and the Baluch nation. He said, “If Kalat is to be forced into accession, this accession will not be a voluntary one.”

After the “accession” of the vassal states of Kalat, the Pakistan Government adopted a policy of dividing Kalat. The Joint Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Col. S.B. Shah, approached the Baluch chiefs Wadera Bangulzai, Sardar Shahwani, and Sardar Sanjrani in order to bribe them. He offered them an autonomous status if they acceded to Pakistan. Meanwhile, Sardar Raisani offered his cooperation to Col. Shah.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The fraudulent annexation and illegal occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan.




March 27th, A Black day in the history of Balochistan.

Every year March 27th is observed as a black day in Balochistan and in Diaspora among the Baloch people to mark the illegal and unjust occupation of their motherland Balochistan by Pakistan’s terrorist army.

Balochistan, an independent and sovereign state was forcefully occupied against the will and mandate of Baloch people by Pakistan’s terrorist army and annexed into the newly created terrorist state of Pakistan, violating all the international laws and norms.

Mr. Jinnah, the dog lover, heavy smoker and drinker, who was struggling with tuberculosis during his last days of his life was the main culprit and criminal who was hired by Khan Kalat, the ruler of Balochistan, to represent Balochistan’s case, but instead, he betrayed Khan and forced him to merge Balochistan with Pakistan against the bicameral Baloch unanimous popular vote and mandate.

Both the upper and lower houses of Balochistan’s representatives bodies unanimously and overwhelmingly voted to reject the merger idea with the terrorist state and wanted to remain independent, but Mr. Jinnah insisted on to pursued Khan for seven months after the birth of Pakistan to sign the so called document, the instrument of accession, and merge Balochistan into Pakistan against the popular Baloch vote and mandate. 

Despite that the khan Kalat had no authority to do so in his personal capacity, he was threatened and forced by Jinnah to sign the accession document under duress or else face arrest, jail term, humiliation and execution by the terrorist army of newly created Pakistan, which he unwilling did on March 27th, 1948, after the US and India turned down his request for help to save his country and people from going into Pakistan’s slavery.

A free and independent country was swallowed by a terrorist state and the world unfortunately and criminally looked the other way. 
Since then, thousands Baloch people have been killed and disappeared as till-to-date Pakistan’s terrorist army still trying to quell the uprising of Baloch citizens who are, despite being weak, bravely fighting the occupying forces to free their motherland from the Pakistan’s illegal and unjust occupation and to restore their sovereignty over their motherland, its coasts and resources, which Punjabi occupying forces are robbing at gun point, now even with the help of Chinese imperialist. 

Under the illegal occupation, Balochistan despite being rich in natural resources has been kept purposefully backward by the Pakistan’s occupying forces and Baloch citizens has been forced to lives below poverty lines. There is no roads and infrastructure of modern conveniences and no healthcare or any modern educational institutions. 

Baloch people every year mark the day with protests against Pakistan’s illegal occupation of their motherland in Balochistan and worldwide. They burn Pakistan’s flag to express their anger and frustration against Pakistan.

The Baloch people have not and will never accept the Paki illegal and unjust occupation of their motherland by Pakistan and they are asking the world community to take notice of the ongoing human rights violations that are being committed by the Pakistan’s terrorists occupying forces in Balochistan against the Baloch people and help them to regain their freedom and independence from the terrorist state of Pakistan.

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The so called "INSTRUMENT OF ACCESSION OF KALAT STATE"

WHEREAS the Indian Independence Act, 1947, provides that as from the fifteenth day of August, 1947, there shall be set up an independent Dominion known as PAKISTAN, and that the Government of India Act, 1935 shall, with such omissions, additions, adaptations and modifications as the Governor-General may by order specify, be applicable to the Dominion of Pakistan;
AND WHEREAS the Government of India Act, 1935, as so adapted by the Governor-General provides that an Indian State may accede to the Dominion of Pakistan by an Instrument of Accession executed by the Ruler thereof:

NOW THEREFORE,

I, His Highness Baglar Begi Khan of Kalat (signed) Ruler of Kalat State in, the exercise of my sovereignt; in and over my said State DO hereby execute this my Instrument of Accession and
1. I hereby declare that I accede to the Dominion of Pakistan with the intent that the Governor-General of Pakistan, the Dominion Legislature, the Supreme Court and any other Dominion authority established for the purposes of the Dominion shall, by virtue of this my Instrument of Accession, but subject always to the terms thereof, and for the purposes only Dominion, exercise 1n relation to the State of Kalat (hereinafter referred to as “this State”) such functions as may be vested in them by or under the Government of India Act, 1935, as in force ,in the Dominion of Pakistan on the 15th day of August 1947 (which Act as so in force is hereinafter referred to as “the Act”).

2. I hereby assume the obligation of ensuring that due effect is given to the provisions of the Act within this State so far as they are applicable therein by virtue of this My Instrument of Accession.
3. I accept the matters specified in the Schedule hereto as the matters with respect to which the Dominion Legislature may make laws for this State.

4. I hereby declare that I accede to the Dominion of Pakistan on the assurance that if an agreement is made between the Governor-General and the Ruler of this State whereby any functions in relation to the administration in this State of any law of the Dominion Legislature shall be exercised by the Ruler of this State, then any such agreement shall be deemed to form part of this Instrument and shall be construed end have effect accordingly.

5. Nothing in this Instrument shall empower the Dominion Legislature to make any law for this State authorising the compulsory acquisition of land for any purpose, but I hereby undertake that should the Dominion for the purposes of a Dominion law which applies in this State deem it necessary to acquire any land, I will at their request acquire the land at their expense or if the land belongs to me transfer it to them on such terms as may be agreed, or, in default of agreement, determined by an arbitrator to be appointed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

6. The terms of this my Instrument of Accession shall not be varied by any amendment of the Act or of the Indian Inde­pendence Act, 1947, unless such amendment is accepted by me by an Instrument supplementary to this Instrument.

7. Nothing in this Instrument shall be deemed to commit me in any way to acceptance of any future constitution of Pakistan or to fetter my discretion to enter into arrangements with the Government of Pakistan under any such future constitution.

8. Nothing, in this Instrument affects the continuance of my sovereignty in and over this State, or, Save as provided by or under this Instrument, the exercise of any powers, authority and rights now enjoyed by me as Ruler of this State or the validity of any law at present in force in this State.

9. I hereby declare that I execute this Instrument on behalf of this State and that any reference in this Instrument to me or to the Ruler of the State is to be construed as including a reference to my heirs and successors. Given under my hand this 27th March 1948. Nineteen hundred and forty eight.

Signed by: His Highness Baglar Begi Khan of Kalat
(Ruler of Kalat State)


I do hereby accept this Instrument of Accession.
Dated this 31st March 1948 Nineteen hundred and forty eight
Signed by: Ma Jinnah 
(Governor-General of Pakistan)

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If someone look at this bogus and fake document of Accession, they can easily see the face of fraudulence clearly exercised by Mr. Jinnah. There is no evidence when this agreement was signed, where it was signed, who signed it and in the presence of whom, it was signed. 

There were no witnesses whatsoever! This is supposed to be an agreement between two states! How more absurd can it be? The fact is, even if you marry someone, you need at least two witnesses. 

What kind of marriage was this where there were no witnesses at all and on the top of that the bride and groom had signed it on different dates and that tell you the whole story right there that it was fake, fraudulent and bogus. 

More importantly, that absurd agreement was signed under duress because, during that period, the Khan of Kalat was taken hostage. 

The Pakistan officials claim that he signed the treaty by his own free will, we know this is all concocted by Pakistan, as we know instead of treating him with respect, they exiled him to Punjab and kept him under house arrest for 4 years, he was not even allowed to see his children and we are not even sure if what he signed was a blank paper.

However, we are sure that he would never have willingly signed that document as both Parliaments in Balochistan rejected joining Pakistan and he would not have gone against the will of his people. Either way, whether he was coerced to sign the document or not, he was not mandated by the Baloch people to sign it anyway, as the Baloch bicameral parliament already rejected unanimously the merger idea with Pakistan and wanted to remain independent. 

Can the Queen Elizabeth of England alone decide to join or make Britain part of Germany without the consent of Parliament or the mandate of the British people??? 
                                             






Sunday, September 17, 2017

Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, 2017



A binding independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan has been scheduled to be held on 25 September 2017. It was originally planned to be held in 2014 amidst controversy and dispute between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government of Iraq.
Longstanding calls for Kurdish independence[5] gained impetus following the Northern Iraq offensive by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in which Baghdad-controlled forces abandoned some areas, which were then taken by the Peshmerga and controlled de facto by the Kurds.
The referendum was announced and delayed on several occasions as Kurdish forces co-operated with the Iraqi central government for the liberation of Mosul, but by April 2017 it was being seen as happening some time in 2017.
On 7 June 2017, President Masoud Barzani held a meeting with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU), the Kurdistan Islamic Movement (KIM), the Kurdistan Communist Party, the Kurdistan Toilers Party, the Kurdistan Toilers and Workers Party, the Kurdistan Development and Reform Party, the Erbil Turkmen List, the Iraqi Turkmen Front, the Turkmen Development Party, the Armenian List in the Kurdistan Parliament, the Assyrian Democratic Movement and the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac Popular Council, where the independence referendum was confirmed to be held on 25 September 2017. The Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamic State in Mosul on 10 July 2017.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Baloch Nation stand by with their Kurdish brothers on their historic referendum for Freedom.

PRESS RELEASE



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 16, 2017

Washington, D.C: - Baloch Nation congratulate and stand by with their Kurdish brothers on their historic referendum for freedom and share their joy and enthusiasm to cease the opportunity to embrace the path of freedom and to be FREE as a FREE nation among the nations of the world, which was long overdue,” said Dr. Wahid Baloch, President of Balochistan National Congress (BNC) - Washington D.C Chapter.

His Excellency Qubad Talabani 
and Dr. Wahid Baloch


Dr. Baloch who met with His Excellency Qubad Talabani, the U.S representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government, in his office in Washington, D.C in 2006, and extended solidarity to him on the behalf of Baloch Nation in person, said that the Baloch people are the closest friends, ally and kin to Kurdish people and that they will always stand by with their Kurdish Brothers and sisters through thick and thin.

 He said, Kurdish people have gone through a lot sufferings and sacrifices to make for this brilliant and bright day to come in their lives for a brighter and better future for them and for their future generations and their dream has come true to be free and independent as a FREE nation among the nations of the world.

“We are extremely happy and overwhelmed with joy to see our Kurdish Brothers and sisters made it through this tough times and overcame all their difficulties to finally make it happen. This is a great accomplishment and we are extremely happy and overwhelmed with them on this occasion for their success and path to freedom,” said Dr. Baloch.

He said, like the Kurdish people, the Baloch people and their motherland, Balochistan, is also divided into three countries, Viz, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, by Goldsmith lines and artificial borders, drawn by the British rulers to ‘divide and rule’, and Baloch citizens are being subjected to daily humiliation, subjugation, discrimination and torture in their own homeland by the foreign occupying forces.    

He said that It is time for the world community to recognize that no any artificial border can separate the families and blood kins for too long and that these artificial borders and Goldsmith lines must be abolished once and for all as these are totally unjust and they violates the international laws.

He said, like Kurds, Baloch people have also a long history of struggle for freedom and justice to re-unite their motherland and to re-gain their lost and stolen independence from the foreign occupiers.  He said, today it is FREE Kurdistan and tomorrow, God willing, it will be the FREE Balochistan. He asked the Baloch Diaspora to shun their pity differences and join hands together like Kurds to make their dream to come true.
                                      
https://balochistannationalcongress.blogspot.com


Friday, September 15, 2017

Pakistan: A peaceful Batwara is the ultimate solution of Pakistan's problems




A peaceful solution without any further bloodshed and violence is the ultimate solution of Pokistan or else Pakistan will break apart and Punjab will ends up as a deadlock state among all anti-Punjab states (Sindhudesh, Balochistan, Pakhtunistn, Afghanistan, Iran and India) and will not survive. It is better for Punjabis to take heed and do the right thing to end their monopoly, exploitation and discriminative abusive policy directed against the other provinces and accept their genuine rights and demands and accommodate them well equally without any further delay. 
You can not have peace until your all federating units are treated and accommodated fairly and equally and their genuine demands and reservations are accepted by Punjab. 
Baloch demands are simple, genuine and just. Here are few that needs to addressed immediately to get started to solve the Balochistan's conflict peacefully within the federation without further violence and bloodshed.
1. The Pashtun FC, an anti-Baloch force who is busy in kill and dump and Disappearances of Baloch citizens, should be removed from all Baloch towns and cities immediately and replaced by the local jobless angry frustrated Baloch citizens to make them feel accommodated and counted citizens of Pakistan.
2. The Pashtun FC should be deployed on Pak- Afghan border to check the infiltration of Taliban terrorists and drug smugglers. 
3. All Pashtun area of Balochistan should be joined with KPK province and Baloch areas of Punjab, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur, should be rejoined with Balochistan to restore and protect Balochistan historical demography. 
4. All Afghan refugees living in Balochistan must be returned back to Afghanistan without any further delay, their Fake ID cards, birth certificates and Pak Passport should be canceled and their names removed from the Balochistan voter's registration list and Census record.
5. Constitutional amendment must be done to guarantee that there will be no demographic changes in Balochistan.
5. The right and demands of Baloch citizens to use and utilize their own natural resources, including the trillions dollars Rekodiq and Sandak Gold and silver reserves, Sui gas royalties and all proceeds from the Gwadar port and CPEC, should be accepted, upheld and honored to uplift the lives millions Baloch citizens who are living in extreme poverty and in Stone Age in their own homeland. 
5. The wide spread joblessness and corruption in Balochistan must be addressed on priority basis and Balochistan's job quota of Baloch citizens must be honored both in the federal departments, Pakistan's armed forces and in the foreign services to accommodated the jobless Baloch youths to make feel counted and proud citizens of Pakistan. 
6. The widespread corruption in Pakistan must be addressed honestly and sincerely and a fool proof system of check and balance must be put in place backed by a free and independent powerful judiciary to ensure transparency and rule of law in every department. Those who violate the law and steal national wealth fraudulently must be held accountable and sent to jail, their properties and assets forfeited and they must be declared ineligible to run for any office or job within the Government.
These are all genuine and just demands that the Baloch citizens are making for decades and they must be addressed and accepted by the rulers without any further delay. But, if the rulers in Islamabad continue to ignore and reject the genuine demands of Baloch citizens, we have no option left to knock the doors of the international bodies, including the ICJ, ICC and UNO, to seek justice for our people. 

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Balochistan: A picture says a thousands words.


Balochistan despite being rich in natural resources, but its citizens are living below poverty lines with no drinking water, no jobs, no education, healthcare or any other infrastructure.
It is time for a peaceful Batwara without any further bloodshed and violence. 
A peaceful Batwara is the ultimate solution of Pakistan and is also in Punjab's interest or else Pakistan will break apart and Punjab will ends up as a deadlock state among all anti-Punjab states (Sindhudesh, Balochistan, Pakhtunistn, Afghanistan, Iran and India) and will not survive. It is better for Punjabis to take heed and do the right thing to end their monopoly, exploitation and discriminative and abusive policy that is directed against the other provinces and accept their genuine rights and demands and accommodate them well equally without any further delay. 
You can not have peace until your all federating units are treated and accommodated fairly and equally and their genuine demands and reservations are accepted by Punjab. 
Baloch demands are simple, genuine and just. Here are few that needs to addressed immediately to get started to solve the Balochistan's conflict peacefully within the federation without further violence and bloodshed.
1. The Pashtun FC, an anti-Baloch force who is busy in kill and dump and Disappearances of Baloch citizens, should be removed from all Baloch towns and cities immediately and replaced by the local jobless angry frustrated Baloch citizens to make them feel accommodated and counted citizens of Pakistan.
2. The Pashtun FC should be deployed on Pak- Afghan border to check the infiltration of Taliban terrorists and drug smugglers. 
3. All Pashtun area of Balochistan should be joined with KPK province and Baloch areas of Punjab, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur, should be rejoined with Balochistan to restore and protect Balochistan historical demography. 
4. All Afghan refugees living in Balochistan must be returned back to Afghanistan without any further delay, their Fake ID cards, birth certificates and Pak Passport should be canceled and their names removed from the Balochistan voter's registration list and Census record.
5. Constitutional amendment must be done to guarantee that there will be no demographic changes in Balochistan.
5. The right and demands of Baloch citizens to use and utilize their own natural resources, including the trillions dollars Rekodiq and Sandak Gold and silver reserves, Sui gas royalties and all proceeds from the Gwadar port and CPEC, should be accepted, upheld and honored to uplift the lives millions Baloch citizens who are living in extreme poverty and in Stone Age in their own homeland. 
5. The wide spread joblessness and corruption in Balochistan must be addressed on priority basis and Balochistan's job quota of Baloch citizens must be honored both in the federal departments, Pakistan's armed forces and in the foreign services to accommodated the jobless Baloch youths to make feel counted and proud citizens of Pakistan. 
6. The widespread corruption in Pakistan must be addressed honestly and sincerely and a fool proof system of check and balance must be put in place backed by a free and independent powerful judiciary to ensure transparency and rule of law in every department. Those who violate the law and steal national wealth fraudulently must be held accountable and sent to jail, their properties and assets forfeited and they must be declared ineligible to run for any office or job within the Government.
These are all genuine and just demands that the Baloch citizens are making for decades and they must be addressed and accepted by the rulers without any further delay. But, if the rulers in Islamabad continue to ignore and reject the genuine demands of Baloch citizens, we have no option left to knock the doors of the international bodies, including the ICJ, ICC and UNO, to seek justice for our people.
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

BNC strongly condemn the Pakistan’s Supreme Court for its hypocritical verdict to disqualify PM Nawaz Sharif.



Washington D.C -- Balochistan National Congress (BNC) strongly condemn the Pakistan’s supreme court for its hypocritical verdict against PM Nawaz Sharif to disqualify him. 

PM Nawaz sharif was declared disqualified to hold or run for the office of Premiership by the Pakistan Supreme Court for hiding his salary in his last application, years ago when he ran for the Office.

“It is very sad and pity that the Supreme Court didn’t charged him for the Panama scandal, mega corruptions and money laundering but used a silly, totally irrelevant and pity excuse to disqualify him”, said Dr. Baloch, the President of BNC. 

He said Baloch people have no sympathy for PM Nawaz sharif being gone but the question is why this Supreme court doesn’t act or move when Baloch citizens are made disappeared in thousands, their houses are being burned to ashes on daily bases by the Pashtun FC making them homeless in their own home towns and their bodies are being thrown from the flying helicopters with full impunity on daily basis? 

And where is this supreme court where Sindhi, Baloch and Muhajir political activists are being kidnapped, tortured and made disappeared in Karachi everyday by the Rangers who are acting as the “Judge, Jury and executioners”, without the due process of law, he asked.

And where was this supreme court when more than 200 Baloch judges and lawyers and more than 600 Baloch police officers were murdered on broad day light in Quetta, Balochistan? And where is this Supreme Court where a Baloch police officer on duty was recently ran over by an criminal MPA Mr. Kocahkzai, who has not been charged and disqualified yet, he questioned.

He said, by acting hypocritically on a such flimsy pretexts and excuses to oust PM Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Supreme Court once again have shown its ugly face and proved  to be a puppet organ of Pakistan’s military and that it is there only to serve their interests and not the interests of the country or its citizens.

He said, people are being fooled by this drama, but actually behind the doors, a military coup is in making through the court system to bring Gen Raheel Sharif, to head a caretaker civilian Government, who was recently fired by the Saudis to lead the Islamic Nato over his refusal to take action against Iran and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

He said Pakistan is being run by the military, either directly or indirectly, through a so called civilian elected Government which is elected through a rigged and fraudulent bogus system of voting to fool the people of Pakistan and the world community, but in reality all the power rests in GHQ hands.

He said, there is no true democracy in Pakistan, there has never been one, nor there any institution exists in Pakistan that is free and independent to do their constitutional duties and mandate to serve the people of Pakistan and the country freely.

He said, Pakistan is at the brink of collapse and disintegration and is sliding towards anarchy, unrest, civl war and political instability. Unless bold and mega steps are taken to keep the military out from meddling into the state affairs, treating and accommodating all federating units and minorities equally and taking them all onboard, there is nothing you can do to stop the country from breaking apart.



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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Reko Diq gold mine project: Pakistan may face $11.5-billion penalty

By Zafar Bhutta

Published: July 12, 2017



Empty trailers for housing workers at the site of the gold and copper mine exploration project of Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) are seen in this undated photo in Reko Diq, in Balochistan, Pakistan. 



ISLAMABAD: An arbitration tribunal of the World Bank has ruled in favor of Tethyan Copper Company Pvt Ltd (TCC) in a case involving the Reko Diq gold mine project in Balochistan. As a result of the ruling, Pakistan may face a penalty of $11.5 billion for not awarding the project to TCC.

The World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) had earlier rejected Pakistan government’s application to dismiss TCC’s claims on grounds of corruption and malpractices by the latter.

Balochistan wants Chinese helping hand for its mining industry
Both the federal and provincial governments submitted applications before the ICSID and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague during 2015-16, seeking admittance of new evidence showing TCC’s corrupt practices in Reko Diq affairs for illegal and undue gains.

The move was futile, however, as the court ruled against the government for unlawful denial of the mining lease for Reko Diq to TCC- a joint venture between Chile’s Antofagasta and Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation.

The arbitration claim had been submitted in 2012 by the TCC. Five years later, in 2017, it filed for compensatory damages amounting to $9.1 billion based on fair market value of its investments in the project till November 15, 2011. In addition, it also filed a claim of $2.3 billion as pre-award compound interest.

The government has to submit its reply to TCC’s damages claims by July 21.

The previous government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had tried to settle the dispute with TCC but failed. It had also warned the Balochistan government that the federal government will not pay damages in case of an adverse ruling from international tribunals.

TCC held 75% shares in the project while Balochistan had a 25% stake. The company claims it has invested over $500 million in exploration, scoping and feasibility studies on the project. Total investment was projected to be $5 billion over a period of five years.

TCC and Balochistan reached a deadlock in 2009 because of two issues. First, TCC wanted Balochistan to bear 25% financial obligation according to its share in the project. But the province refused to take any financial responsibility.

Second was the purported involvement of a Chinese company in the project. A letter written by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Chile Burhanul Islam to then Petroleum Minister Naveed Qamar in September 2009 had advised against involving Metallurgical Corporation of China in the same mining site.

Not a dime spent on environmental protection

In a feasibility report submitted to the Balochistan government, TCC projected a turnover of over $60 billion for the gold and copper project over a span of 56 years. This projection was based on a price of $2.2 per pound of copper and $925 per ounce of gold, in the year 2009.

The mine has estimated reserves of 11.65 million tons of copper and 21.18 million ounces of gold.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2017.

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‘Lack of data on minerals in Pakistan a challenge to sector’s growth’


The Newspaper's Staff Reporter Updated July 05, 2017




ISLAMABAD: Although minerals, including gemstones, have great potential to contribute to Pakistan’s economy, the lack of real data on minerals in the country is one of the fundamental challenges to the sector’s growth, Prof Saleem H. Ali from the University of Delaware said on Tuesday.

Mr Ali, the professor of energy and environment at the University of Delaware in the United States, cautioned that only a careful and practical approach, along with an elaborated strategy, was the key to tapping into the sector.

Mr Ali was delivering a lecture on ‘How Can Minerals Contribute to Pakistan’s Development Path?’ at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute.

Projects under CPEC could support mineral developments in some sectors, US professor says

Referring to the case of Reko Diq gold and copper reserves in Balochistan, he said these mines still offer tremendous opportunities but the right planning and the proper use of technology and expertise is important to benefit from this national wealth.


“The dilemma with any mineral rich country was that such resources offer positive as well as negative impacts,” he said, adding that the rational use of such resources needs a highly thoughtful approach to harness this potential.

Mr Ali highlighted that a detailed formulation of rules and procedure was needed to define the incentives, programmes and capacities related to mineral development projects, or operational consequences could arise after the start of exploration activity.

“To reach at a workable policy and get benefits from minerals in Pakistan several legal requirements are needed, which includes upfront tax incentives, pace of extraction following price or planning for scarcity etc.” He added: “Likewise, the integrity of the environment over the long term and economic viability of the operations must remain core areas of concern.”

He also spoke about the benefits of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, saying it would support mineral developments in some sectors, such as the cement industry, while the importance of energy minerals such as coal would also increase.

He said there is also “huge potential for Pakistan to be tapped in the gemstone industry”, adding that Pakistani gemstones are high grade items in commercial foreign jewellery markets.

SDPI’s Dr Imran Khalid earlier explained the importance of the contribution of minerals to the national economy. He said although opinions about the potential and capacity of this sector in Pakistan are diverse, the importance of the sector to the economy could not be ignored.

Published in Dawn, July 5th, 2017

https://www.dawn.com/news/1343312/lack-of-data-on-minerals-in-pakistan-a-challenge-to-sectors-growth




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

China helped Pakistan avert currency crisis with $1.2bn loans: FT

ISLAMABAD: China helped Pakistan stave off a currency crisis with $1.2bn loans, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

State-backed Chinese banks have twice come to the rescue of the nuclear-armed state with $900m in 2016 and $300m in the first three months of this year, the newspaper quoted officials as saying.

The loans demonstrate the perilous fragility of Pakistan’s stocks of foreign currency, depleted in recent months by rising imports and falls in exports and remittances from Pakistanis abroad, it said.

Commenting on the geopolitical importance of the loan, the report said China’s financial help also underlines an increasingly close relationship at a time of strains between Pakistan and the US.

Beijing is preparing to invest at least $52bn in Pakistan to build a highway, energy pipelines, power-generation facilities and industrial parks from the western port of Gwadar on the Gulf to the Chinese border to the north.

‘But despite its expected benefits, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project is set to further deplete the foreign currency stocks, needed to pay contractors and suppliers.’

Figures from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) show the country had $17.1bn of net reserves at the end of February, down from $18.9bn at the end of October and a peak of $25bn several years ago.

This has forced the country to seek emergency loans from outside sources to repay older loans made in foreign currencies.

The report added: “Of the $1.2bn from the Chinese institutions, $600m came from the government-run China Development Bank and $600m from the state-owned Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the only mainland bank with a branch in Pakistan. Policy banks such as CDB often act on behalf of the central bank”.

One Pakistani official told the FT: “China keeps a very close eye on our economic trends and they’re happy to come to our help wherever needed.”

But experts warn that Pakistan is likely to have to return to institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, to which it sought recourse in 2013, for further support.

Vaqar Ahmed, deputy executive director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad, said: “Technically speaking we should have gone back to the IMF in January, but ministers are likely to try and wait until after the election [for parliament planned for 2018].”

One member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz told the Financial Times ministers were loath to turn to the IMF until after the election in an effort to limit the political fallout.

“The IMF is a politically volatile issue in our country. If we go to the IMF to deal with our needs, that will send a very negative political signal and the opposition [parties] will use that against the government,” the person said.

It was only last year that Pakistan cleared the IMF debt incurred in 2013, a repayment that led policymakers in Islamabad and abroad to express optimism about prospects for economic stability.