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  1. Adil Baloch

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    Balochistan: Two killed, several women and children abducted in Kahan

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    QUETTA: Two men were killed and around 15 women and children abducted during an attack in Sartaaf area of Kahan on 28 November, 2016.

    According to reports the Pakistan forces attacked houses of Shafi Mohammad Marri and Band Ali Marri and killed both men.

    The military, FC and other security agencies looted the houses and abducted at least 15 women and children.

    The names of the victims could not be ascertained until filing of this report while their whereabouts and fate remained unknown.

    Two month ago Pakistan forces killed Shaif Mohamad Marri’s sons Zaman Khan, Sarang Khan, Mubarak and Jallav during a similar attack.

    http://balochwarna.com/2016/12/04/b...several-women-and-children-abducted-in-kahan/
     
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    Pak army burning huts of poor Baloch :frown:

     
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    Looks like the video is shot by Pak state militants(aka Pakistan armed forces) for bragging or show evidence to high command, how bravely they burnt all those huts of poor people!
     
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    Human Rights Day: Baloch activists take to streets around the world to protest against Pakistan atrocities

    Baloch activists have take it to the streets of Australia, Germany and South Korea to protest against "inhuman" Pakistan.

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    New Delhi, December 10, 2016 | UPDATED 20:14 IST
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    In August 2016, All India Radio started broadcasting in Baloch language to express solidarity with the cause of a free Balochistan.

    Jawad Baloch, President of the Balochistan Republican Party (BRP) in Germany told India Today a few months ago that they are thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his help on the issue.

    "We expect such help from him in the future too, so that we can get rid of inhuman Pakistan," he said.

    India's support has been a major irritant to Pakistan as well.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while talking about human rights abuses in Pakistan during his Independence Day speech in August, had made a reference to Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

    Today, on Human Rights Day, Balochistan activists took the protest against Pakistan to the streets in several countries.

    Melbourne - Australia


    Berlin - Germany


    Seoul - South Korea


    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...tan-atrocities-human-rights-day/1/831743.html
     
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    Is the Islamic State Now in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province?
    How the Middle Eastern terrorist group found a home in Pakistan’s restive province
    By Shah Meer Baloch for The Diplomat
    December 14, 2016

    Pakistan has been a hotbed of Islamic militants for years. Over 45 known terrorist and extremist organizations have sprung up or split off since the 1980s. The government, however, has continued to deny that the Islamic State (ISIS) is present in the country. Speaking in London last year, then-Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said “even a shadow of ISIS would not be allowed.” Senior officials in both Karachi and Punjab province have admitted, however, that their forces had carried out raids against ISIS militants.

    Now it seems that the government is admitting to the presence of ISIS after the military says it thwarted planned ISIS attacks on foreign embassies and the Islamabad airport, according to military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa.

    The targeted killing of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association, Advocate Bilal Anwer Kasi, on August 8, 2016, marked the beginning of the self-proclaimed presence of the Islamic State in the province. When his body was brought to Civil Hospital Quetta, hundreds of lawyers gathered there to pay homage. That was when a suicide bomber struck, killing 63 of them. The total death toll that day was reported to be 93, with scores of others injured. This time responsibility was claimed by ISIS.

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    It was the first, but not the last, devastating attack in Balochistan province claimed by this terrorist group, whose stronghold is in the Middle East. It was followed by two other major attacks – one on the Police Training Academy in Quetta, and the second on a Sufi shrine near Lasbela known as Shah Noorani. In these three attacks over four months, approximately 250 people were killed and more than 300 were injured.

    Why Balochistan?

    One might question why Balochistan has been selected for the expansionist policy of Islamic State into Pakistan. The answer is that Balochistan shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran on the west, and also borders the other provinces on the east. Suffering defeat and losing territory in the Middle East, ISIS sees Balochistan, with its rugged mountains, as a safe haven. Because of the porous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the newly established Islamic State could carry out attacks in both countries. The Afghan war sent approximately 3 million refugees to Balochistan. It would not be out of the question for ISIS to try to recruit these refugees to carry out terrorist activities. Also, while having a strong foothold in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, ISIS might easily expand to Iran’s Sistan Balochistan province. Iran is a Shia-majority state, which treats the Sunni with an iron hand. There is already an ongoing Sunni-backed movement that keeps attacking Iranian forces. Pakistani Balochistan and Iranian Balochistan share a boarder, so Pakistani Balochistan would be the logical point for ISIS to expand into Iran.

    The set-up for Islamic militants is already in place in the form of the madrassas in Balochistan, established to counter Baloch nationalists who fought the original annexation of Balochistan into Pakistan and the non-secular government that they have had to live under. Most of those religious schools in remote areas of Balochistan are already under the control of jihadi networks, and are also recruiting people. The same protocol given to the government forces to counter the nationalist movement could then be used against them by ISIS, just as the Taliban turned against the very forces which created them for the purpose of defeating the Soviet Union.

    However, countering an insurgent movement with a jihadi-sponsored movement has never been a smart move, and a disastrous policy in the long run as demonstrated by the insidious tactics of the Taliban.

    Strategically and geopolitically, Balochistan is very crucial as it shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran. Being the largest province of Pakistan by area, it is linked to all Pakistani provinces. For decades Balochistan has been witness to the Baloch national insurgency movement, calling for freedom from Pakistan. However, compared to the other provinces, Balochistan has been far removed from religious extremism. Sunni, Hindu, Shia, and Zikri (a group of Baloch people who believe that Mahdi will come back as a Prophet before end of the world) have all been living in peace and harmony without clashes, discrimination, and hatred. It is a known fact that the Sunni-Baloch and the Zikri-Baloch, despite different religious beliefs, often intermarry and respect one another’s religious practices.

    But today Balochistan is not what it once was in terms of peace, tolerance, and harmony. Extremist religious doctrine implanted in the province to impede the Baloch nationalist movement is now out of the control. In a conversation with Akthar Mengal, Balochistan’s former chief minister, about the presence of ISIS in Balochistan, he said, “Pakistan is a safe haven for local terrorist groups like the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkar-e-Taiba, etc. Why would it not be a safe place for ISIS? I think there is no surprise in it. During the East-West cold war, then Dictator Zia-ul-Haq cashed in on what he saw as opportunity while in creating and sponsoring Taliban.”

    Mengal also observed, “Most of the religious militant groups are based in Punjab but they carry out terrorist attacks in Balochistan. The establishment has been using religious militant groups as a tool to counter nationalist movements for years in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Because of these ill-advised policies of the past, the establishment has learned nothing. It is the high time to change all these bad policies, not only in theory but also in practice.”

    Foreign policy expert Malik Siraj Akbar told me he that believes the Islamic State is being led by a nexus of Taliban leaders who have been hiding in Quetta, Balochistan for years. And there are people within Jammiat Ulema-e-Islam (Nizriyati group) that feel passionate about jihad but are unhappy with the pace of jihadist activities. They feel that JUI is not committed enough to the cause, nor supportive of the Afghan Taliban. Thus, “we have a breed of angrier local militants who see in ISIS hope for the revival of jihadist activities in the entire region.”

    “The Islamic State represents a mindset that has always had a large following in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” says Akbar. “While the Pakistani government claims to have conducted a successful operation against the Pakistani Taliban, attacks by the Islamic State and its local supporters indicate that the menace still exists, although players have changed. The longer Pakistan denies the existence of the Islamic State, the more room it will be providing them to deepen their roots in the country and promote their mission.”

    He added, “The Pakistan military supports Lashkar-e-Taiba because it fights India in Kashmir, but PML-N’s support leans more toward Lashkar-e-Jhangvi – not because they share the same ideology but because of a shared vote bank.” PML-N, or Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, is the ruling party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    The Rise of ISIS in Pakistan

    There have been more than 26,000 terrorist attacks since 2002 in Pakistan, according to security analyst Amir Rana. On the Capital TV talk show “Cross Check” on November 17, he remarked that ISIS had become a terrorist brand, attracting terrorists from all over the world. Host Awais Tauheed brought up the report by the Sindh Counterterrorism Department, which concluded that the central character in the recent attacks on Shah Noorani in Balochistan and Safoora Goth in Karachi was Shafiq Mengal, son of Balochistan’s former caretaker chief minister, Naseer Mengal. However, these attacks were also claimed by Islamic State. Does that mean Shafiq Mengal is now acting as ISIS?

    Jibran Nasir, a civil rights activist who has been one of the leading figures in the movement against cleric Abdul Aziz for refusing to condemn the terrorist attack on Army Public School in December 2014, says that while Pakistan has been denying the presence of ISIS, the truth is that the group does exist in Pakistan. It is not like that they are coming from the Middle East; they are recruiting the religious extremists within Pakistan. In one of his interviews, Abdul Aziz told TV journalist Saleem Safi that he is not involved in warfare; rather, he has been working on “ideology” – preaching the ideology of Islam. Aziz and his followers negate the idea of democracy. Instead they demand “Islamic Sharia.” And from this you have the makings of the potential ISIS recruit.

    Commenting on the recent win of Maulana Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi, son of slain Sipah-e-Sahaba founder Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, in the by-election for Punjab Assembly Constituency PP-78, Jibran said that a person involved in spreading hatred against the Shia sect of Muslims winning such an election is a defeat for Pakistan’s political process and justice system. A person who has been promoting intolerance and making hate speeches is now going to be a member of the Assembly. It will only serve to promote hatred, religious intolerance, and extremism in Pakistan; it will, indeed, be catastrophic.

    Federal Minister Mir Hasil Bezanjo, whose National Party is in a governing coalition with the ruling PML-N, said in an interview, “There is no Islamic State in Balochistan specifically. But most of the religious terrorist organizations like the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State are the by-products of Wahhabism [an offshoot of Sunni Islam which originated in and is being sponsored by Saudi Arabia]. The religious terrorist groups who are operating are coming from the Wahhabist school of thought. So whether it is ISIS, al-Qaeda or Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, they are same.”

    Bezanjo added, “To clamp down on these terrorist groups, the modus operandi must be eliminated, which is the generating and spreading of terrorism. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is known to be the mother of terrorism in Pakistan. If people are joining ISIS, they are coming from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and other groups. There is now the National Action Plan to clamp down on terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. They must be suppressed if terrorism is to be eliminated in Pakistan.”

    Results of the Government Crackdown

    A few months ago, Lieutenant General Bajwa declared that Islamic States’ plans to expand into Pakistan had been foiled when four plotters were arrested in a raid in Lahore. But with the recent attacks in Balochistan, it seems that it has succeeded in securing the allegiance of some terrorist groups in Pakistan.

    In the view of Malik Siraj Akbar, “Pakistan is not a self-starter in terms of going after Islamic extremist groups. The last time Pakistan took action against al-Qaeda or the Taliban was because of force and incentives from the Americans. This time, the Americans or other world powers will not be pushing Pakistan very hard to take action unless ISIS carries out a 9/11-like attack on the United States. I am not very hopeful that Pakistan will go after ISIS only because it carried out some terrorist attacks on Balochistan and killed a few hundred people. The Pakistani state is too confident that Islamists will not be able to overthrow the government and gain control over the state.”

    Of the 20-point National Action Plan to crack down on terrorists which was established in January 2015 after the Peshawar school attack on December 16, 2014 killed 145, including 132 children, it is quite obvious that several key points have had no real results. There has been no signs of strict action against the literature, newspapers and magazines promoting hatred, extremism, sectarianism and intolerance; choking financing for terrorist and terrorist organizations; registration and regulation of religious seminaries; or completely dismantling the communication network of terrorists (points 5-8). Nor has the government actually implemented zero tolerance for militancy in Punjab (point 15) or dealt firmly with sectarian terrorists (point 18).

    If Pakistan is really serious about defeating ISIS and putting an end to other religious terrorist groups – and having the world take it seriously – it should consider a four-pronged approach.

    First, it must actually enforce the ban on identified terrorist groups, which has been in existence for four years.

    Second, it must target and eliminate the recruiting tactics of terrorist groups, which start with radical clerics preaching hatred to a naïve citizenry.

    Third, it must stop foreign funding of terrorist networks.

    And fourth, it must put a stop to those serving and retired military officers who volunteer to “train fighters of ISIS and other like-minded organizations” in West Asia. Because of such training sessions,“it has not been a surprise that almost all recent attacks by ISIS-affiliated ‘lone wolves’ have had a Pakistan connection.”

    So far Pakistan has not seriously addressed any of these critical tasks. Small wonder, then, that Islamic State has managed to secure a foothold in the country.

    Shah Meer Baloch is a former Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, a fellow of the Swedish Institute and the Institute for Foreign and Cultural Relations (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen/IFA), and a freelance writer. He graduated from the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad (Pakistan) in International Relations. His research focus is on Asia-Pacific politics, Balochistan issues, extremism and human rights. He is from Pasni, District Gwadar.
    http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/is-the-islamic-state-now-in-pakistans-balochistan-province/
     
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    Baloch leader seeks B'desh's help to raise Balochistan issue
    Dhaka, Dec 15, 2016, (PTI)

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    Equating atrocities in Balochistan to the massacre of Bengalis by Pakistan Army during the 1971 liberation war, a self-exiled Baloch leader has sought Bangladesh's support to raise the issue at the UN and help liberate the restive region from "Pakistan's occupation".

    "They (Pakistan) are committing the same atrocities that they had committed with you," Mir Suleman Dawood Jan Ahmedzai said here yesterday, referring to Bangladesh's independence struggle during which 3 million Bengalis were killed.

    "The family of the present prime minister (Sheikh Hasina) went through the same crisis and even worse," he said, referring to Bangladesh's founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who led the independence movement.

    He said 'Pakistan occupied his country' in March 1948 and since then has been carrying out atrocities to suppress public uprisings.

    Ahmedzai said Balochs are expecting "cooperation and diplomatic understanding of the situation they are going through" from Bangladesh so that Dhaka can take it up to the UN.

    "We, Balochistan, cannot speak in the UN as we are not a member. We want members to speak for us," bdnews24.com quoted him as saying.

    In Balochistan, they are committing atrocities on a daily basis, he said, adding that Pakistan has adopted ‘kill and dump’ policy in Balochistan.

    "More than 25,000 people are missing and over a million displaced. First, people go missing and then they are found in the wilderness....tortured, bullet-ridden bodies."
    "Our only plan is to regain independence for Balochistan. We are optimistic," he said.
    He accused Pakistan of "spreading terrorism from Manila to California with its army intelligence".

    "Only difference between normal terrorists and Pakistani army is that they are wearing uniforms while the others are not. Both are terrorists. One has a shield of the government and the other one is a non-state actor," he said.

    "Going to the background as to who they back or finance, you will trace them in every terrorist link from Manila to California".

    Ahmedzai has been staying in Britain since 2007 to gather international support for their cause of an independent Balochistan.

    He was in Dhaka to take part in a seminar organised by the Centre for Genocide Studies at the Dhaka University.

    The Balochistan issue returned to the spotlight in the region after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech in August pointed at human rights violations in the province.
    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/586749/baloch-leader-seeks-bdeshs-help.html
     
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    113 mutilated bodies found dumped across Balochistan in 2016: BHRO
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    Balochistan: Pakistan forces abduct 9 women, 8 children from Sui area
    Military operation conducted in different areas of Sui. Many houses burned down and several people including women and children abducted.

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    Pakistan conducted military operation in different areas of Sui and abducted 9 women and 8 children. Many houses too were burned down and several people were reportedly tortured.

    According to Baloch Republic Party (BRP) Media Cell, Pakistani forces conducted a heavy military operation in different areas of Sui and Naseerabad including Matt, Darenjan, Uch, Shari Darbad, Chattar and Sheerani, earlier in the morning.

    Seventeen people including women and children of Mitta Khan Bugti and Saeed Khan Bugti were taken by Pakistani army in Chattar.

    Some of abductees have been identified as Naaz Khatoon, Roz Bibi, 3-year-old Hameed, 9-month-old Ramzan Bugti, Bakhto Bugti, and Zarnaz Bugti.

    Shah Nawaz Bugti from the BRP Media cell further detailing about the operation said that the women were brutally tortured before being abducted.

    "Earlier it was Baloch political activists, now women are abducted, beaten up and detained by Pakistan army. Human rights group should take immediate notice of the situation," he said.
     
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