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Laidback Show Episode 8 – Imanae Malik

Cross posted from The Laidback Show | Show notes after the jump
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Astonished at the level of Hatred for Pakistan by Baluchi nationals

Its has been quite sometime that the Baluchistan people have been in a constant struggle for their freedom and separation from Pakistan, stories and reports have been heard far and wide, the true picture was at best illusive but I was shocked to see the extent of their hatred when I heard this 10 min BBC Urdu interview of an MBBS student in Quetta.

The words with which she expressed her hatred for Pakistan did truly shock me, it is as if we are re-living the 1947 separation with India, the animosity between the Hindus and Muslim then is being reflected into a Baluchistan vs Pakistan hatred sentiment. Have we gone too far, or is there still hope / light at the end of the tunnel?

To be honest considering the immaturity of our present leaders, I have little confidence that anything better will happen and if not for anything else, they’d actually relish the opportunity to make matters even worse


US Immigration Form lists Baluchistan as Country of Citizenship

Over the past many years there has been a strong lobby of Baluchistan Separatists Movement who strive to separate the Province of Baluchistan from Pakistan. The efforts in recent times have gained significant foot hold to become the talk of the town in recent few months, Patriotic Pakistanis are generally averse to this proposition while the corrupt politicians continue to strangulate the province forcing the Baluchis to struggle for an independent Baluchistan.

A few years back in 2006 US Armed Forces Journal published a map outlining the new Blood Borders which discussed the possibility of a seperate Baluchistan, this map was met with severe outcry across Pakistan. The pros and cons of such a division are still heavily debated and only until recently has it started taking a turn for the worse

A reader of this blog, Basit, pointed about a surprising discovery in one of the forms published on the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) website, the form under question is the AR-11 [Change of Address] form which is used by non US Nationals to notify the USCIS of any change in address. Surprisingly the field “Country of Citizenship” lists Baluchistan (Pakistan) as an option. Within the list of countries listed, I was relieved to see Pakistan still listed, but cant seem to understand why they chose to list Baluchistan alone and conveniently forgot to list the more populus of our other three provinces like Sindh, Punjab or even NWFP.
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Stop Twittering – Fight or Succumb

Guest blog by temporal who blogs at Baithak Blog

Earlier I had posted Who killed the Baloch leaders? by Qurat ul ain Siddiqui. More on this saga here.

This should raise alarms. Will it? This is extra-judicial killings – by state organs. The last time it happened under Benazir and Sharif Governments, the agencies got emboldened and thousands of Baluchis and Muhajirs died.

Earlier in the 70s, the same agencies were involved in what was then East Pakistan.

A fool learns from his mistakes. An idiot does not.

We seem to be bent upon endlessly repeating mistakes. Either that, or the agencies are a power unto themselves and are a state within state and cannot be controlled.

The key question to ask is – ‘who exercises control over these agencies and how effective is their control?’

The concern of our MaiBaap is not displaced. They urge effective control over this behemoth (the Agencies) as much for their benefit as for ours.
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Baluchistan, a golden goose that could have been

Guest Blog by Insouciant

Baluchistan, which earned the status of a separate province only in 1970, comprises of 44% of the land of Pakistan. Buried with vast resources of natural gas, copper and gold, it has a unique geo-political importance in the region. The landlocked Afghanistan and energy rich Central Asia is in its north, Iran and its fourth world’s largest oil reserves is in its West, and Strait of Hormuz – through which 40% of the world’s oil passes – only few hundred miles away lies in the South-West. One would wonder with this geography the area could have been developed as the energy corridor for the region, yet the province has been exploited in the name of federation for decades.

The dams that have been built, the Gwadar port that started functioning recently, and the gas fields that fire the kitchens of the rest of the country hold no meaning and no promises for the locals. To a Baloch development means dispossession, exploitation, migration, cattle never changing into motorcars, gidans never changing into houses and thumb expressions never into signatures.
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Offroaders trip to the Dureji & Sorh Valley

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These past few days while the political turmoil was unfolding in Islamabad I was actually busy exploring Pakistan with the offroad enthusiasts from OffroadPakistan.com.

We departed Friday morning in a convoy of 12 offroad vehicles to venture into the wilderness of Sindh and Baluchistan. Rounding the Dureji Valley we went headlong into the mystical terrain of Sorh. Words will do little justice to our three day trip so I leave you with pictures which try to capture the beauty of Pakistan.

It is after such adventures that I am rejuvenated with renewed love for Pakistan – Pakistan is without doubt the most beautiful place in the world and I hope that we all can one day successfully snatch it from the hands of our corrupt leaders and bring it back to a hot tourist destination for the world to enjoy
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Drones parked in our own backyard, to Bomb our own People

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In a shocking discovery reports have emerged from simply Google Earth images evidence of three drones parked on an airfield in some remote destination within Baluchistan, the images were captured by orbiting satellites and archived within Google Earth data warehouse to suddenly be discovered recently. Though there is no denying that during the Musharraf regime bases were rented out to the American army costing them a massive deficit to the tune of $10 Billion. But what probably irks the nation is that the Pakistani government have categorically denied that the Pakistani bases are being used to launch drones-
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Baluchi women in military torture cells, sexual slavery, Musharraf accused

Asian Human Rights Commission has in early January published a report which reveals a shocking trend in Baluchistan, women who have been struggling for the greater autonomy of Baluchistan have been arrested by state agencies and have been forced into sex slavery under the custody of the Pakistan Army.

AHRC had earlier also published another report accusing General Pervaiz Musharraf of running these military torture cells during his tenure. The report initially originates from a Baluchistan Liberation Front activist Munir Mengal who in 2006 was trying to launch a Baluchi TV channel but as coincidence would have it, the Pakistan Army was dead-set in uprooting the Baluchi uprising which resulted in the assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti.

The report can be read in its entirety on the AHRC’s website but a few shocking sections are reproduced here. A close look at the incidents that have been quoted range from 2005 to 2007, the Musharraf era. Though we cant be sure that if these cells still do exists or have been dismantled at the fall of military dictatorship in February 2008, and sincerely hope that such heinous crimes are not still being orchestrated by our democratic government. But it seems that Ms. Zarina Marri is still missing and suspected to be held hostage against her free will.
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Goran Gatti, Baluchistan – Off-Road Expedition


Quite often the glamorous sights and sounds of tempting destinations worldwide lures us away from the abundant destinations within Pakistan. These last few days I was actually on a 4×4 expedition trip a secluded mountain called Goran Gatti located deep within Baluchistan within the Hingol National Park.

Goran Gatti is a breathtaking 3 km wide plateau mountain scaling at 1020m high, located roughly 300 km from Karachi, the only possible way to reach this beautiful destination is to either traverse on an extremely slow camel back journey or alternatively attempt the terrain with a few capable off road vehicle and maybe test our luck. The OffRoadPakistan club has since early 2007 been trying to reach this destination with three previously unsuccessful attempts embarked upon this fourth expedition hoping the last Baluchistan flood had tried up enough to allow a smoother passage. I personally was part of the previous two attempts but this time we were far better prepared then ever before, the challenge was to be the first ones to reach this mountain on jeeps
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Senator supporting Baluchistan Honour Killing rewarded with Ministry

Senator Israrullah Zahri

In a very shocking turn of events Mr. Asif Ali Zardari yesterday expanded his cabinet with 40 members and inducted a very controversial Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri. Mr Israrullah Zehri a few months back in August stood up in the Senate and justified the crime of burying women alive by arguing in the upper house that ‘It is a Baluch tribal tradition (to bury accused women alive) and we have to respect it’

Five women were buried alive in Baluchistan a few months before as it was reported that the girls were at the house of Mr. Chandio at Baba Kot village when Mr. Abdul Sattar Umrani, brother of the provincial minister, came with more than six persons and abducted them with gun points. They were taken in a Land Cruiser jeep, bearing a registration number plate of the Baluchistan government, to another remote area, Nau Abadi, in the vicinity of Baba Kot. After reaching the deserted area, Abdul Sattar Umrani and his six accomplices took the three girls out of the jeep and beat them before opening fire with their guns. The girls were seriously injured but were still alive. Sattar Umrani and his accomplices hurled them into a wide ditch and covered them with earth and stones. The two older women protested and tried to stop the burial of the girls who were plainly alive, but the attackers pushed them too into the ditch and buried all alive.
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IDSP asks for Relief Aid in Baluchistan

IDSP Pakistan sends out an urgent appeal asking for help and assistance for the disaster stricken people of Baluchistan where hundreds are feared dead and thousands left homeless. its almost like a deja vu of the earthquake in 2005.

The email sent across a wide number of networks is attached, if anyone can help then please contact Ghulam Rabani (Mobile 0343-8000181) the appointed point man for the IDSP Baluchistan relief effort
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FAST Relief – urges for Immediate help in Baluchistan

The early morning of 29th October marks yet another tragedy in Pakistan mainly in the vicinity of Zairat, Baluchistan where a masive earthquake of 6.2 intensity shook the earth. The death count after approximately 24 hours stands roughly around 175 dead while there are thousands injured. A large number of relief agencies have rushed to the area to help in the relief.

FAST University in Karachi quickly came into action to setup a FAST Relief program urging volunteers to quickly collect the following items
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Pakistan Ka Mutlub Kia? Islam Ki Ruswai, Aur Kia

Guest post by temporal of Baithak Blog

Al- Quran 5:32 “…if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.”

Forget we are Pakistanis for a moment? Remember we are Muslims – first and last – nice, wonderful, kind, gun toting neighbour hating Muslim.

Of course this has nothing to do with Islam or Pakistan. Any one who casts even a wild aspersion over this is a bigot.

True, 98 or 99% of Pakistanis follow Islam.

True, at cartoons and books published in distant lands forces us to come out in the streets and burn and loot our public property.

True, we believe in one Allah.

True, we kill other Muslims in the name of (our) Allah without regret.

True, true, true!
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